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.


About the theme for 2020: Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility

Now, more than ever, the theme of Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility is important as an expression of our global unity in the face of the ongoing worldwide health crisis.

Why ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’?

The theme of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’ reflects the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift, conflict, and environmental uncertainty. The theme recognises that heritage – whether places, landscapes, practices, or collections – are frequently connected with and valued by multiple and diverse groups and communities. At its core, the overarching theme is concerned with the relationships between cultures or cultural groups and their collective responsibility for the care and safeguarding of the significant attributes, meanings, and values of heritage.

For more about the theme, visit the ICOMOS website.

To celebrate the 2020 International Day for Monuments and Sites, Australia ICOMOS has set up a Sharing & Showcasing Science Heritage webpage, to share and showcase some of Australia’s significant science heritage – the forgotten and invisible, as well as the well-known. Science heritage is a heritage that is shared across scientific disciplines and technologies and between scientists/technologists and heritage practitioners; it is a shared responsibility that should be shared more broadly with the community.