April 18th is a major celebration for ICOMOS and each year the state representatives of Australia ICOMOS organise a number of activities around Australia so that you can celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultural heritage with colleagues, and along with ICOMOS members the world over. It is important to note that this day is not (and never was) called ‘world heritage day’!
Australia ICOMOS welcomes other conservation-minded organisations celebrating this day by organising their own heritage activities: however, we ask that you use the correct title to promote the day. This day is about more than ‘world’ heritage sites – it seeks to raise public awareness of the full diversity of cultural heritage places and landscapes whether they be of international, national or local significance.
About the day
In response to a proposal by ICOMOS, 18 April was endorsed as The International Day for Monuments and Sites by UNESCO in 1983. This special day offers an opportunity to raise public awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability. Through its Scientific Council, ICOMOS develops a triennial plan for the themes for the International Day for Monuments and Sites. Australia ICOMOS joins with our colleagues around the world to celebrate and promote this theme by holding activities, conferences, colloquia or other events to raise awareness among the public, the owners of heritage places, or the public authorities by linking a global theme to local or national realities.
For further information on the Day, previous themes, support material and the calendar of activities around the world go to the International Day for Monuments and Sites page of the ICOMOS International website.
About the theme for 2013
The theme for 18 April 2013 – The International Day for Monuments and Sites – is the Heritage of Education. The theme was announced during the last ADCOM meeting held in Beijing and will focus on schools, universities, libraries, academies, etc. in their expressions in different geo-cultural contexts.
Throughout history and in different geo-cultural contexts, education was practised in a wide range of places or buildings. Open spaces, agora or the protective shadow of a tree could be useful for the transmission of knowledge, but also specific institutional buildings such as schools, universities, madrasas, academies, libraries, monasteries, etc.
Many of those buildings, groups of buildings or sites are recognised as bearing not only social or institutional values but also historic or artistic ones, and have therefore become a significant part of our cultural heritage.
The protection and conservation of the heritage of education not only implies preserving cultural assets but also, at the same time, celebrating education as one of the fundamental human tasks.
To read more about this theme, click on the links below:
Information on events taking place across Australia can be obtained by clicking on the links below:
- “The History of Education and the Values of Cultural Heritage” lecture, Perth, Tuesday 16 April
- “Education in different geo-cultural contexts” seminar, Sydney, Thursday 18 April
- International Day for Monuments and Sites event, Brisbane, Thursday 18 April
- Professor Laurence Loh lecture, Adelaide, Monday 22 April
About the theme for 2012
World Heritage – This year’s theme has been chosen to mark the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, which was adopted in 1972. The focus will be on “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities” – which spans their involvement in the nomination process, management and conservation of properties, but also as actors and beneficiaries from a socio-economic perspective, and holders of indigenous management practices and traditional knowledge. ICOMOS welcomes the theme chosen as it represents a continuation of the theme of the ICOMOS 17th General Assembly Scientific Symposium. To read more about this theme, click on the link below:
Click on the links below for information about Australia ICOMOS events celebrating The International Day for Monuments and Sites for 2012.
- Wednesday 18 April – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MONUMENTS AND SITES NSW SYMPOSIUM
- Wednesday 18 April – “Why World Heritage: The Realities and the Potentials for Communities” forum, WA
Australia ICOMOS held a National Symposium on this theme in November 2012. Click on the link below to read the report from this Symposium
About the theme for 2011
The Cultural Heritage of Water – Water is one of the key resources required to sustain life. It has led to the development and generation of significant material culture in the form of items, technology and places. How to obtain it, how to store it, how to harness its power and conserve it has motivated human endeavour in a myriad of ways. Click here to read more on this theme.
Click on the links below for information about Australia ICOMOS events celebrating The International Day for Monuments and Sites for 2011.
- Sunday 3 April – Open day at Cataract Dam (NSW)
- Sunday 10 April – Visit to Susac Lime Supply (WA)
- Saturday 16 April – Visit to the Murtoa Stick Shed (VIC)
- Monday 18 April – Visit to offices of Riddel Architecture (Fortitude Valley, QLD)
- Monday 18 April – Heritage of water on Cape York Peninsula (James Cook University – Cairns, QLD)
About the theme for 2010
In 2010 the theme drew international attention to the issues facing the conservation of the world’s Agricultural Heritage. Click here for details about some of these issues.
The 2010 year falls midway in a triennial program celebrating the Heritage of Technology.
The 2009 theme was Heritage and Science – About the Theme of 18 April 2009: Heritage and Science
Click here for information about Australia ICOMOS hosted activities celebrating this day for 2010.