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ICOMOS-UK Conference at the University of Greenwich

The ICOMOS-UK one-day Hybrid conference will explore how a Rights-Based Approach, including Decolonisation, is being introduced into UK World Heritage sites. Book here for in person or online tickets. Delegates will be offered a special post-conference guided tour of the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College.

About the event

Demonstrating a participatory approach that identifies a range of stakeholders is now a necessary element for World Heritage site nominations and a Rights-Based Approach (RBA) is encouraged for the management of all existing sites.

This conference is aimed at exploring the features of a RBA and its application within the UK context. This goes beyond nomination and into the day-to-day management of our World Heritage sites. It will explore the need to reveal the shared histories and heritage of our unique culturally diverse nation. It should also reinforce the longer term sustainability of WorldHeritage sites and the communities who inhabit and support them.

An RBA approach asserts the importance of considering a diversity of opinions. A plurality of voices can contribute to a better understanding of World Heritage sites and heritage in general, making them more accessible and relevant to today’s society. Such an approach can also make a positive contribution to the narrative around the legacies of Decolonisation and heritage diversity.

All World Heritage sites, and heritage sites more generally, face innumerable challenges. These can only be overcome by empowering communities and other stakeholders to actively engage with processes of interpretation, stewarding and safeguarding of these sites.

A Rights-Based Approach Tool is being developed by ICOMOS which will set out best practice for heritage management. It will provide guidance for practitioners for ensuring that communities and stakeholders are given access to influence all aspects and stages of heritage management.

This conference will help UK heritage professionals and communities understand the key concepts of an RBA, and how they might be utilised and embedded in day-to-day operations.

Tickets for the in-person event can be purchased here

Tickets for the online event can be purchased here



ICOMOS-UK is the UK national committee of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), which has a special role as official adviser to UNESCO on cultural World Heritage Sites. ICOMOS-UK plays a vital role in advising on aspects of World Heritage and sites for nomination across the UK.  It is an independent charity with a UK-wide and international mission to promote and support best practice in the conservation, care and understanding of the historic environment.



  • Greenwich Hospital
  • Old Royal Naval College
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • The Royal Parks
  • St Alfege
  • Trinity Laban
  • University of Greenwich
  • Visit Greenwich