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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Managing Natural World Heritage

tool_image.cfm.jpgThe goal of this Resource Manual is to help State Parties to manage natural values within World Heritage properties. As such it is aimed at natural and mixed World Heritage properties as well as cultural landscapes. Natural World Heritage sites are inscribed because of their superlative values relating to scenery and other superb natural phenomena geology, ecosystems and/or biodiversity.  The intention is to help managers understand and incorporate World Heritage concepts and processes into natural site management.

World Heritage Series n°27 Managing Historic Cities


With over 250 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, cities are one of the most abundant and diverse categories of heritage. This quantity and diversity add to the dynamics of urban heritage conservation, where concepts and approaches are constantly changing and evolving.

To stay in the forefront of international views and trends and to contribute to ongoing debates involving development of standards and practices, a World Heritage Cities Programme was established to assist States Parties in their efforts to protect and preserve their urban heritage. As cities have a constant need for upgrading or further development of infrastructure, housing and services, the World Heritage Cities Programme aims to address the permanent challenge of how to accommodate the needs for modernization and investment in historic cities and city centres without compromising historic character and identity.
This publication contains a selection of papers written for the regional expert meetings organized in the context of UNESCO's initiative on the conservation of the Historic Urban Landscape. They contain forward-looking ideas and some propose innovative strategies for inclusion into urban conservation practice, while others promote specific tools for particular issues arising from historic urban landscape management.

World Heritage Series n°31 Community development through World Heritage


Community Development through World Heritage is a direct outcome of the international student exchange programme Sharing Our Heritages, which was sponsored by the Australian Government and the European Union. The programme involved students and lecturers in 2005–2008 from Charles Darwin University (CDU), Curtin University of Technology (CUT), Deakin University (DU), Melbourne, and the University of Western Sydney (UWS), in Australia; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), Belgium; University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland; Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain; and Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus (BTU), Germany.

World Heritage Papers 34 - World Heritage in a Sea of Islands - Pacific 2009 Programme


The Pacific region covers about one third of total surface area of the earth and comprises over one thousand islands and atolls. This reservoir and the wealth of cultural and natural diversity and traditional knowledge is first and foremost a living heritage. The region’s Indigenous communities are playing an important role as its custodians.
As most of the Pacific small islands joined UNESCO in the 1980s and 1990s and ratified the World Heritage Convention after the year 2000, their experience in international cooperation for heritage protection is relatively recent. Being a State Party to the World Heritage Convention provided an opportunity for these islands and territories to protect their rich cultural and natural heritage against environmental threats and development pressure, while re-establishing crucial socio-cultural ties and exchanges among Pacific Island nations.
Until recently, the Pacific Island countries were represented on the World Heritage List by one single property only: East Rennell in the Solomon Islands, inscribed in 1998. The Pacific Island countries and their heritage experts soon understood the need to devise a more coordinated and strategic approach to ensure the protection of their heritage at the international level through the World Heritage Programme.
The World Heritage Pacific 2009 Programme (2003-2009) was adopted at the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2003 as a strategic regional initiative. It established clear and priority actions to be undertaken to achieve concrete results in the protection and management of Pacific heritage, as determined directly by the countries and territories concerned. The progamme set out the responsibilities of stakeholders and a timeframe for execution. This regional approach has been successfully implemented and followed-up by the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan (2010-2015), which places a strong emphasis on capacity building as well as community participation. It has
encountered such great success, to a large degree, because it took into account the aspirations of the Pacific countries and peoples to achieve sustainable development through the safeguarding of their irreplaceable heritage. Thanks to this programme, the number of sites from the Pacific region inscribed on the World Heritage List has increased from one to five.
This year, to mark the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, governments, institutions and individuals around the world are celebrating “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities.” Consistent with this theme, the present publication explores the following three key components of World Heritage: ‘Diverse Values and Interconnected Histories’,‘Being Community in the Pacific’ and ‘Building Capacity.’ It highlights case studies in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Palau and the Marshall Islands et al. Thanks to this new publication, the pioneering efforts by all those involved in the World Heritage Pacific 2009 Programme will be fully recognized.
Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the Government of Australia for generously providing the financial support for this publication through the UNESCO/Australian Funds-in-Trust co-operation.
Kishore Rao
Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre

World Heritage Papers 35 - Understanding World Heritage in Asia and the Pacific - The Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting 2010-2012

publi_paper_series_35_en_thumb-350--20130221095441.jpgThe World Heritage Convention aims to protect the most outstanding cultural and natural heritage places on Earth. Countries (States Parties) that have adhered to the World Heritage Convention accept an obligation to manage World Heritage properties on their territory to the highest standards of protection, and periodically report on what action they have taken to fulfil this task.

World Heritage Review World Heritage Review n°66 Small Island Developing States


Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The UNESCO World Heritage Programme for Small Island Developing States coordinates and develops activities in these areas, providing support for the preparation of new nominations to the World Heritage List, and conservation and management assistance for sites inscribed on the List with a view  o sustainable development. 

Protecting T&T’s heritage | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper

Protecting T&T’s heritage | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper

ICOM-CC Triennial Conferences - ICOM-CC

ICOM-CC Triennial Conferences - ICOM-CC

Call For Papers For a special issue of Museum & Society journal Museum education today: synergies and innovations in multicultural contexts

Call For Papers

For a special issue of Museum & Society journal
Museum education today: synergies and innovations in multicultural contexts

Guest editors Dr Stella Sylaiou & Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti

We invite papers for a forthcoming special issue of Museums & Society which will explore the current state in museum education theory and practice. Our rationale begins with the notion that museums can engage new audiences, trigger aesthetic sensitivities, exercise creativity and imagination. In today’s multicultural societies, museums need to explore new synergies with educational institutions and develop innovative means to address educational challenges in engaging ways. In addition, information and communications technologies (ICT) as a burgeoning field of investigation provide to museums a plethora of tools to share resources and communicate broadly to a wide range of users.
The purpose of this special issue is thus two-fold: (a) explore the synergies developed by museums in order to address the impact of informal education in multicultural contexts and (b) the ICT innovations imported in enhancing learning in informal and non-formal contexts.

Themes may include -but are not limited- to the following areas:
• Museum education in multicultural contexts: new research questions
• Community outreach and museum education
• Engaging immigrants through museum education: emerging case studies Museums and schools: towards the re-definition of a creative synergy
• Learning by doing through the use of interactive activities
• Experiential-based learning and museum education
• ICT and personalized museum education
• Mobile experiences and museum education
• Gamification and museum education
• Crowdsourcing and museum education
• Virtual and augmented reality and museum education
Send your abstract of 300 words along with a brief CV in both guest editors: Dr Stella Sylaiou ( and Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti ( Please do not hit 'reply' to this email.

All accepted abstracts will undergo a double peer-
review process. The issue is scheduled for publication in November 2014. For more information, feel free to contact the guest editors.

Brief CVs of guest editors

Stella SYLAIOU has a B.Sc. in History and Archaeology (AUTh), a M.Sc. degree in Archaeological Computing (University of Southampton, UK), a Diploma in Open and Distance Learning (Hellenic Open University), a M.A. in Museology (AUTh) and a Ph.D. degree from Inter-departmental Postgraduate Program, Protection, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Monuments (AUTh), Greece, part of which was funded by the Marie Curie Scholarship for the Transfer of Knowledge (Centre of VLSI and Computer Graphics, University of Sussex, UK). From 2009 till today she teaches at the Fine Art and Art Sciences Department, University of Ioannina, Greece, the Visual and Applied Arts Department, University of Western Macedonia, Greece, the School of Social Sciences (M.Sc. in Cultural Organisations Management) of the Hellenic Open University, the Department of Geomatics & Surveying of the Technological Educational Institute of Serres. She carried out two postdoctoral researches funded by funded by the Greek State Scholarships and Research Committee of Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. She participated in eight research projects, she has nine publications in scientific journals, twenty peer-reviewed articles in conferences. Her research interests lie in the areas of Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, Museum Education, Cultural Communication, Cultural Management and Museology.  
Anastasia FILIPPOUPOLITI is a lecturer in pedagogics and museum education at the Department of Education Sciences in Preschool Age at the Democritus University of Thrace. She also teaches at the Hellenic Open University in the postgraduate course of Cultural Organisations Management. She has obtained a B.A. in Philosophy and History of Science (University of Athens), and an M.A. and a Ph.D degree in Museum Studies (both from the University of Leicester, UK). She has been a post-doctoral researcher in museology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She has worked at the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation as the project manager of the EU-funded project The Environment Museum of Stymfalia. Among her publications is the two-volume edited book Science Exhibitions: Communication and Evaluation and Science Exhibitions: Curatiοn and Design (Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc, 2010). Her research interests span the areas of museology, science communication and museum education with a particular focus on science and technology museums, science exhibitions and related educational programmes.
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Jim Roberts
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Crossing Borders: Connecting European Identities in Museums and Online

This publication is produced within the three-year research programme EuNaMus – European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, coordinated at Tema Q at Linköping University (
EuNaMus explores the creation and power of the heritage created and presented by European national museums to the world, Europe and its states, as an unsurpassable institution in contemporary society. National museums are defined and explored as processes of institutionalized negotiations where material collections and displays make claims and are recognized as articulating and representing national values and realities. Questions asked in the project are why, by whom, when, with what material, with what result and future possibilities are this museums shaped.
This Open Access publication presents key findings of research undertaken by the Eunamus consortium in its attempts to understand the ‘museology of Europe’. This notion is used here to describe activities which are peculiar to museums and which result from the manner in which museums assemble and deploy objects. This idea can also be used to understand the museological aspects of the city, in which architecture, buildings, monuments, parks, piazzas and boulevards become curated objects. The museological aspect explored here also acts as a counterpoint to the narrative tradition in museums, explored elsewhere in the work of Eunamus. This research investigated the ways in which the city, online museum-like spaces, and national, regional and local museums produce opportunities for connecting identities. A study of national art museums and capital cities, for example, sought to understand how acts of nation making also produced a sense of Europe and of a shared European identity. This aim addressed a central purpose of Eunamus research: to understand how the portrayal of history in national museums could contribute to greater European social cohesion.

National Museums Making History in A Diverse Europe

This is the summary policy report of the Eunamus project. Drawing together findings from all of the other project reports and conferences, it reflects upon the way histories are constructed and deployed in Europe’s national museums. It sets out to address two questions: In what ways do national museums, and the histories they display, contribute to social division and cohesion? How might national museums be a force for greater social cohesion in Europe in the future? The report discusses how national museums perform, interpret and narrate meaningful pasts and how these acts of communication are perceived by visitors and citizens. The report concludes with eight policy implications:
  • National museums need to be autonomous creative institutions
  • National museums need to understand and be open about their performances
  • National museums need to overcome national constraints
  • National museums need to develop and share tools for establishing bridge-building narratives
  • National museums need to review their impact on perceptions of citizenship
  • National museums need to reach new audiences
  • Regional and local museums hold great potential for international bridge building
  • National museums can act as forums for contested issues
The three-year research programme, EuNaMus – European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, is coordinated at Tema Q at Linköping University (www.eunamus. eu). EuNaMus explores the creation and power of the heritage created and presented at European national museums to the world, Europe and its states, as an unsurpassable institution in contemporary society. National museums are defined and explored as processes of institutionalized negotiations where material collections and displays make claims and are recognized as articulating and representing national values and realities. Questions asked in the project are why, by whom, when, with what material, with what result and future possibilities are these museums shaped.

Volume 10,2012 — University of Leicester

Volume 10,2012 — University of Leicester

Volume 11, 2013 — University of Leicester

Volume 11, 2013 — University of Leicester