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 2018 – click on the links for details


About the theme for 2018: Heritage for Generations

The 2018 theme for the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites is Heritage for Generations led by the ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group.

Sharing stories and the transfer of knowledge between generations is a crucial step in cultural development, characterising the human experience since time immemorial.

“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow” – Nelson Mandela

 The ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites Day 2018 seeks to celebrate:

  • Inter-generational transfer of knowledge: engagement across the global community to emphasize the importance of knowledge exchange between generations to promote the ICOMOS ethos for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage;
  • Youth leadership: Emerging Professionals in each country will take the lead in organising events that focus on reaching the younger members of the wider public community by showcasing the creative use of social media.

Communication across generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges. Combining the knowledge of experienced practitioners with the energy and dynamism of newer members brings about a more holistic approach to ongoing initiatives.

The International Day for Monuments and Sites 2018 is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of intergenerational exchanges when it comes to safeguarding and celebrating our heritage. Activities to foster fruitful dialogue between generations may include, but are not limited to: conferences, lectures, training sessions, round-table discussions, poster sessions, pub nights involving Q&A sessions with younger and older members of professional and non-professional heritage communities, interactive site visits to heritage properties and others.

For more about the theme, visit the ICOMOS website.


  • The Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments & Sites, 18 April 2018, Sydney

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

The 2018 guest speaker is Professional Historian Dr Lisa Murray, whose talk is titled Monuments and Memories: re-assessing colonial imperialism.

Public monuments and memorials have been a vital form of commemoration that have shaped our collective memory and understanding of history for generations. Monuments have been erected by governments and institutions, private citizens through public subscriptions, and by individuals. They function to reinforce power and privilege, shaping public narratives. Memorials help people to remember, but at the same time they also assist in the art of forgetting. The meaning and social values of monuments are never static. Monuments take on layers of meaning through interpretation, cultural practices, re-inscribing and protest. The broadening of historiography in the late 20th century has allowed many groups of people to challenge the dominant colonial imperial narratives and to add other voices to the historical dialogue.

This lecture will reflect upon how the social values of monuments evolve and the challenges in addressing conflicting memories, both European and Aboriginal social values, in our public monuments.

Dr Lisa Murray is a Professional Historian. With over 15 years of experience in the field of public history, Lisa is passionate about making history accessible to the public. Lisa is the award-winning author of planning histories and a regular contributor to debates around public history, including being a speaker at TEDxSydney in 2013. Her most recent books are Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide (NewSouth Publishing, 2016), which won a National Trust Heritage Award, and Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects, an expansive catalogue that accompanied an anniversary exhibition at Sydney Town Hall in 2017. Lisa is currently writing a history of Australian Cemeteries, to be published by the National Library of Australia. Other research interests include history in the digital age; sensory urbanism; history and creative practice; landscapes and memory; the Dictionary of Sydney; Sydney music; and Sydney cookery books.

MC for the event will be Laura Matarese, who is the Planning and Heritage Policy Officer at the Sydney Opera House. Prior to joining the House, she was a heritage consultant in Australia (2007-2014) and most recently worked at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, in the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative on the Eames House, Salk Institute and education and training projects (2014-2018). Laura was awarded a US/ICOMOS internship at the Presidio Trust, San Francisco (2013). She holds a master’s degree in heritage conservation from the University of Sydney and is a member of ICOMOS’ International Scientific Committee for Twentieth Century Heritage.

Date, Time & Place: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 5.30 for 6.00pm start, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000


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  • What is Heritage in the 21st Century? Melbourne, Wednesday 18 April

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and Australia ICOMOS invite you to the launch of the Australian Heritage Festival Victorian program on Wednesday 18 April, the International Day of Monuments and Sites.

This event is a discussion panel that will examine the evolving field of heritage in Victoria, recognising the increasing interdisciplinary nature of the heritage profession and emerging practitioners. It is presented in partnership with Australia ICOMOS, and with support from the Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), Melbourne School of Design. The event will draw on current movements that demonstrate how communities value heritage places and will consider the role of heritage in underpinning place-making in our urban and regional centres.

The confirmed panellists are:

  • Maddison Miller – Archaeologist, Heritage Victoria; Co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group to the Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub of the National Environmental Science Program
  • Adam Mornement – Associate Principal, Heritage, Lovell Chen; Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee
  • Stephen Rowley – Planning consultant; Lecturer in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University
  • Tanya Wolkenberg – Team Leader Heritage, City of Melbourne

The panel will be chaired by Felicity Watson – Advocacy Manager, National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, Masson Rd, Parkville VIC 3010

6:00-8:30pm, Wednesday 18 April. Light Refreshments will be provided from 6pm

This event is now sold out.


  • Australian Heritage Festival Launch on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, 18 April, Brisbane

Unconventional Heritage: Archaeology & Acoustics – how places and music can tell the story of our city

The National Trust of Australia, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Science and Australia ICOMOS, invites you to celebrate Queensland’s rich heritage with the launch of Australia’s Annual Heritage Festival!

The event will feature Archaeologist Dr Jon Pragnell and Musician and Historian Dr John Willsteed.

The 18th April marks the start of the Australian Heritage Festival and is also the International Day of Monuments and Sites. The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is proud to collaborate with two premier heritage organisations to bring you an evening of entertainment and inspiring talks in the birthplace of modern Brisbane.

Date and Time
Wed. 18 April 2018
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST

Spring Hill Reservoir
230 Wickham Terrace
Spring Hill, QLD 4000

This event is free of charge but please register online – you will also find out more information at this link!


  • Streetwise Design book launch, 19 April, Melbourne

To commemorate the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites (18 April), a book launch and ICOMOS drinks are being held at the Japanese Room, Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne) at 6pm on 19 April. The event is sponsored by Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants.

Streetwise Design – A Practical Guide for New Development and Adaptive Reuse in Asian Liveable Heritage Cities, published by Think City (Malaysia), is the third and final book in a series of Streetwise books by Australian conservation architect, Elizabeth Vines. It provides practical design advice for local communities, which are challenged by the need for new, appropriate infill development and adaptive reuse of existing heritage buildings. While the book focuses on the Asian context, it outlines principles that are applicable worldwide, and is comprehensively illustrated in colour by international and Australian examples.

For more information, see the Streetwise Design Melbourne book launch flyer.

RSVP by Thursday 16 April to Adam Mornement by email.