April 18

April 18 – International Day on Monuments & Sites

April 18 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’!

Information about the theme and events for the current year is presented below. For information about the themes and events for previous years, visit the International Day on Monuments & Sites webpage.


Events for 2017 – click on the links for details


About the theme for 2017: Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism

In 2017, the theme is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 18 April program is led by the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee and the participation of the worldwide ICOMOS network.

“Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism” is an important theme in the context of conservation in the 21st century. At the outset we should remind ourselves that ICOMOS has been a leader in this field over many years producing the first ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Charter in 1976 and the second – endorsed by the General Assembly in Mexico – in 1999. During 2017, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee Cultural Tourism is leading a Review of the Charter and looks forward to contributions from National and International Scientific Committees in providing feedback through the meetings and events they organize to celebrate ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites 2017.

For more about the theme, visit the ICOMOS website.

Australia ICOMOS has organised a series of events during 2017 to celebrate “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism” theme. Information on events taking place across Australia is outlined below.


  • The Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments & Sites, 18 April 2017, Sydney

Presented by Australia ICOMOS in association with the Sydney Opera House and the Heritage Council of NSW.

The 2017 guest speaker is Richard Johnson AO MBE, whose talk is titled HERITAGE – INHERITANCE “Contemporary Relevance and Continuity”. The talk explores that which we have inherited from the past and its continued value and contemporary relevance as an expression of our living culture.

Richard Johnson AO MBE is a recipient of the AIA Gold Medal in Architecture and has practised both nationally and internationally – all involving exceptionally sensitive design solutions. His interests are broadly spread beyond architecture, urban and exhibition design. Richard is active in the professional and educational arenas and was recently appointed Honorary Professor of Architectural Practice at the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW.

MC for the event will be Dr Tracy Ireland, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage, University of Canberra.

Date, Time & Place: Tuesday 18 April 2017, 5.30 for 6.00pm start, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000


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  • Tasmania’s Historical Tourists, Their Legacy – Our Heritage, and Sustainable Management, free public lecture, 20 April 2017, Hobart

Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

5:30 for 6:00pm, Thursday 20 April 2017
(tea & coffee will be available from 5:30 to 5:50pm)


  • Marion Walker (Consultant historian) – speaking on historical tourism in Tasmania
  • Anne McConnell (Consultant, M ICOMOS) – speaking on the heritage of historical tourism in Tasmania
  • Jane Harrington (PAHSMA, M ICOMOS) – speaking about the sustainable management of heritage sites in the tourism context and using Port Arthur as a case study

The MC will be John Wadsley (Consultant, M ICOMOS).

Please RSVP (for numbers), by Wednesday 19 April on (03) 6165 7001 or by email to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


  • Sustainable Heritage? How does sustaining Cultural Heritage relate to Sustainable Tourism? Panel/Talk, 20 April 2017, Canberra

A panel with Rachel Jackson, Penny Spoelder and a member of the Ngunnawal community
Part of the Australia ICOMOS Canberra Talks

This year’s theme for 18 April – the ICOMOS International Day on Monuments and Sites – is Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism. This theme provokes various questions:

What is Sustainable Tourism when related to Cultural Heritage, what is ‘Sustainable Heritage? Is an emphasis on the economic viability of tourism a detriment to heritage? What are issues for maintaining a place’s heritage values, whether its physical form or a community’s intangible connections? The panel will present perspectives on these questions to be followed by a Q&A.

A member of the Ngunnawal community is expected to share how visiting Indigenous sites is both a positive experience for visitors, yet a potential risk and impact on cultural values and protocols.

Rachel Jackson, GML Heritage Principal actively promotes the importance of heritage in a sustainability context and is a member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability, and the Australia ICOMOS national committee for this topic. Rachel specialises in heritage projects for complex heritage sites, with a focus on cultural landscape management, heritage sustainability and adaptive reuse. She has provided heritage advice for significant heritage places such as the Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House, the Port Arthur Historic Site, and the Australian National University.

Penny Spoelder is the new Director of ACT Historic Places. Her work experience encompasses conservation planning and management and commercial use across Australia: at Kosciuszko alpine resorts, Goat Island, Quarantine Station North Head, and Fort Denison in Sydney, Port Arthur and Maria Island in Tasmania, the Houtman Abrolhos Islands in WA, and Fort Queenscliff, Victoria. She has also worked in New Zealand, the South Pacific, and for the UN in Mongolia.

See other discussions of this topic at the Australia ICOMOS website.

Refreshments are available! (A $5.00 donation is appreciated)

Date & Time: 5.00-7.00pm, Thursday 20 April 2017 – note 5.30pm start for talk
Venue: Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side)
RSVP: to Sarah Webeck via email


  • Marking the Rolls – Preserving Queensland’s Architectural Heritage, 18 April 2017, Brisbane

Marking the Rolls – Preserving Queensland’s Architectural Heritage will see the official launch of a new digitised architectural research resource by the Honourable Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef.

With the support of the Board of Architects, The University of Queensland’s Library has digitised the rolls of architects from the Queensland Government Gazette, from 1930 to 1980. They are now available online and freely accessible as an architectural research tool for students, academics and historians.

Date: Tuesday, 18 April
Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start 
Location: Level 4, Fryer Library, Duhig Tower (2), UQ St Lucia Campus
RSVP: click here to register or call (07) 3365 6362
Cost: Free of charge

Following the event there will be light refreshments and a tour of our Centre for Digital Scholarship.

This event is generously supported by Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Australia ICOMOS.