What is ICOMOS?
The International Council on Monuments and Sites is an international non-governmental body of people professionally concerned with conservation, with separate arms in 89 countries. It sets the standards in conservation philosophy and techniques throughout the world, keeping them up to date through its fourteen specialist and scientific committees. Since the Venice Charter of 1964, its formal statements have enshrined universal conservation principles. It is the official adviser to UNESCO on cultural World Heritage Sites.
Since 1965, the UK Committee of ICOMOS has worked for higher standards in conservation. It also works for international education and has special responsibilities for World Heritage Sites, these being specifically mentioned in the government's Planning Policy Guidance Note PPG15.
Anyone working in historic conservation, or with a professional interest, is eligible to apply for membership of ICOMOS UK.
Use of the library and documentation centre at ICOMOS headquarters, Paris
Access to professional contacts at home and overseas
Free or reduced admission to some museums, galleries, monuments and sites abroad
Reduced price on some ICOMOS UK publications
The World Heritage Committee was set up by UNESCO in 1972 to protect the world's most outstanding historic monuments, cultural and natural sites. There are currently 552 sites inscribed and these are spread around 112 countries. ICOMOS UK advises on sites nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage list. It acts as a link between the British Government and the World Heritage Committee, and helps with Management Plans as well as monitoring developments at the World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom.