ISC20C – Twentieth Century

International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage

The ICOMOS Twentieth Century Heritage International Scientific Committee (ISC20C) is interdisciplinary in its membership and recognizes the diversity of regional and cultural expression in twentieth-century heritage. The ISC20C welcomes expert, associate and institutional members.

The ISC20C focuses its efforts on conserving and celebrating mid to late twentieth-century places that are most at risk through lack of recognition and protection.

The committee co-ordinates a range of projects, conferences, declarations, and publications to address these issues. The Heritage Alerts program is a key advocacy project through which ISC20C raises international public consciousness about specific sites under threat each year.

The committee members form a permanent international and inter-disciplinary group representing various specializations and research themes particular to the heritage places of the twentieth century. We facilitate international and regional collaboration through projects such as the Socialist Realism initiative and the Maseana project; and actively disseminate current knowledge in the field through the ongoing development of our Heritage Toolkit. Annual meetings and conferences identify current and forthcoming issues for ISC20C engagement. We actively use social media platforms as a forum for discussion and exchange of information and conservation initiatives.

In 2014, the committee published the international standard: Approaches for the Conservation of the Twentieth Century Architectural Heritage (known as the Madrid Document) which is currently being extended to include urban areas and landscapes for the General Assembly in Delhi in 2017.

ISC20C is active in providing advice within ICOMOS and externally about world heritage listing and management of modern heritage places.

The committee works in partnership with relevant regional and international organisations with an interest in twentieth-century heritage such as UIA (International Union of Architects), TICCIH (International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage), ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), mAAN (Modern Asian Architecture Network), and DOCOMOMO (International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement).

By promoting and celebrating the values of the heritage places of the twentieth century and its creators, ISC20C aims to lead, support and sustain its conservation, management and interpretation. We take a broad view of what constitutes twentieth-century heritage places by including in our work buildings, structures, urban ensembles and city plans, cultural landscapes, industrial and historic archaeology, tangible and intangible heritage.

Australian Members

  • Ms Sheridan Burke (ISC20C President) – Expert
    Australian voting member
  • Ass Prof David Jones – Expert
  • Ms Helen Lardner – Expert
  • Ms Susan Macdonald (Vice President for World Heritage) – Expert
  • Ms Louise Cox – Expert
  • Mr Steven Barry – Associate

Visit the ISC20C website.