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The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) works through its International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-century heritage (ISC20C) to promote the identification, conservation and presentation of Twentieth-century heritage places. The committee is multidisciplinary. It encourages younger members to participate in specific projects and works in partnerships with relevant regional and international organisations such as UAI, TICCIH and Docomomo. ICOMOS is an international conservation non-government organisation of conservation professionals which acts as UNESCO's adviser on cultural heritage and the World Heritage Convention. Through its 90 national committees and 28 International Scientific Committees, ICOMOS can engage a wide range of participants in the promotion and protection of the heritage places of the Twentieth-century. ISC200C considers that it is the mid to late Twentieth-century places that are most at risk, through lack of recognition, conservation and celebration and co-ordinates a range of projects, conferences, declarations and publications to address these issues.


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ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage 

Next ISC20C Annual Meeting - October 12-13, 2016

Meeting location:  Dudley Zoological Gardens, Castle Hill, Dudley, United Kingdom

We are pleased to inform you that the next ISC20C Annual Meeting is now confirmed and scheduled to take place at Dudley Zoo in Castle Hill, Dudley, United Kingdom.  ISC20C member, Stuart Tappin, has organized a wonderful program for us - see detail information below and flyer attached. Dudley Zoo is close to Birmingham which is easily accessible by train from London.  The closest airport to Dudley is in Birmingham (BHX / EGBB) – which has international and domestic flights. Our regular committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, with a lecture and tours of Dudley Zoo and nearby Coventry on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Note: All members are encouraged to arrive Tuesday evening before (October 11, 2016) in Dudley as the committee meeting will start at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 12.   It should be noted that we are requesting a individual registration of 50 £ per person.  We encourage all members to notify us if you will be in attendance at the meeting in October.  Please confirm your attendence by email to Kyle Normandin at: knormandin@wje.com 

NEXT ISC20C MEETING – October 12-13, 2016

Meeting Location:

Dudley Zoological Gardens

Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4QF

United Kingdom



Updated Program (Revised September 5, 2016)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 

All Committee members arrive and informal dinner and drinks to be held at the Dudley Village Hotel. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016 

ICOMOS ISC20C Annual Gemeral Meeting 

9:30 AM - Meeting at original entrance to the Zoo on Castle HIll 

Welcome by Derek Grove, Director of Dudley Zoological Gardens 

AGM at the Interpretation Centre.  Lunch at the Queen Mary Cafe in the Zoo 

Continue AGM meeting then there will be free time to visit the Zoo (Please note that the Zoo closes at 5:30 PM)  

Return to hotel to freshen up then there will be dinner at the Dudley Canal Trust (line to menu is provide below) followed by a boat trip on the canal. 



Thursday, October 13, 2016 

Dudley Zoo Conservation Conference

9:30 AM  Meet at the Interpretation Centre at the main entrance to the Zoo for tea and coffee 

10:00 AM  Presentations on the Zoo buildings.  Berthold Lubetkin and the repair works. 

This will be followed by a demonstration at the bear ravine of the concrete repair techniques and an opporunity to look at some of the buildings. 

1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch  

2:00 PM  Leave by coach to St. Thomas Moore Church in Sheldon then onto Coventry Cathedral for a guided visit led by the current Cathedral architect.  Luggage can be stored at the Cathedral.  The Cathedral closes to general visitors at 5:00 PM however delegates may stay for Choral Evensong at 5:15 PM.

Either taxi or a 15 minute walk to Coventry Station for direct trains to London


How to get to Dudley

Dudley is about 8 miles north of Birmingham.

For those flying to the UK the nearest airport is Birmingham International. There are direct trains to Sandwell and Dudley Station or change at Birmingham New Street Station.For those flying into London the trains leave from Euston Station. The journey to Sandwell and Dudley Station takes about one hour forty minutes. Tickets can be booked in advance on the Virgin Trains website. https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/Cheaper  Cheaper fares are available if you fix the train leaving from London. It is cheaper to by a return that two single journey tickets and a return ticket from London to Sandwell will allow you to pick up the train in Coventry after the visit on Friday 14.  From Sandwell and Dudley Station there are taxis to the hotels near to the zoo. The journey is 10-15 minutes and will cost around £8.

Where to stay

There are a few modern hotels within a 10 minute walk of the zoo.

The Dudley Village Hotel


The zoo have kindly arranged a 10% reduction in the price of a room if you enter the promotional code PRO10A.

Quality Inn


Premier Inn


For more details including registration details and paper proposal submissions, please see link below.

Click here to download October 2016 meeting flyer


Heritage Alerts !
The Administration Building at the Izumo Shrine, Shimane, Japan

September 9, 2016

One of the leading International organizations for the protection of 20th Century Cultural Heritage, the International Council on monuments and Site International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century heritage (ICOMOS ISC20C), has expressed its concern about the alarming situation now facing the Administration Building at the Izumo Shrine, in Shimane, Japan.

The ICOMOS ISC20C believes that a solution to the Shrine Administration building's problem could also be found if given further expert assessment.  The committee has strongly encouraged Shrine authorities to seek a positive conservation outcome for this item of Japan's modern heritage. The enduring architectural significance of the building has also been recognized by heritage authorities such as Docomomo Japan, which in 2005, identified the Administration Building of the Great Shrine of Izumo as one of the 100 most important buildings representing modern architecture in Japan.  The architectural and artistic merit of the building, as well as its historical significance is uncontested, however the building has not yet been well documented.  The ICOMOS ISC20C has asked that the Shrine seek an improved technical solution to the problem that would allow the building to remain and continue in a useful purpose for the Shrine.

For more information, please visit weblink:  http://www.icomos-isc20c.org/id3.html   

International Congress Center (ICC), Berlin, Germany

September 12, 2015

The ICC Berlin is a landmark of former West Berlin. Its relevance has long been accepted by the scientific community in Germany. Important institutions (the Architectural Association of Berlin, the Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland, the Monument Council of Berlin, the Association of Conservationists in Germany) have argued publicly for the listing of the ICC.

Based on these regional and national activities ICOMOS expressed the international appreciation by adopting a resolution at the General Assembly of ICOMOS in Florence in November 2014. The basis of this resolution was a 17-page ICOMOS Heritage Alert prepared by ICOMOS Germany. It consists of a detailed description that, similar to a justification for listing, addresses all major aspects of the building and its monument value: From its historic value as testimony to the Cold War to the largely authentic state of conservation, the Heritage Alert characterises the building’s architectural-historical value and also names the organisations supporting the Alert. The resolution sums up the central points of the Alert.



For more information, please visit weblink:  http://www.icomos-isc20c.org/id3.html  
Shukhov Tower, Moscow, Russia
March 16, 2014

One of the leading International organizations for the protection of 20th Century Cultural Heritage – the International Council on Monuments and Sites International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ICOMOS ISC20C) and the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural heritage (ISCARSH), wishes to express its concern regarding the alarming situation now facing the future of Shukhov Radio Tower, designed by Vladimir Shukhov in 1919-1922, in Moscow, Russia.  The unique structure is a globally famous masterpiece of the 20th Century, showcasing Russian engineering skills and architecture, yet it is threated with dismantling and removal.
For more information, please visit weblink:  http://www.icomos-isc20c.org/id3.html 


Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism
May 8, 2014

The ISC on 20th Century Heritage recently initiated a project to invite ICOMOS members to identify the different forms of tangible and intangible heritage of socialism, an important testimony of 20th Century heritage which may indeed represent internationally outstanding values. Recognising that 20th Century heritage is underrepresented on the UNESCO World Heritage List, ISC20C aims to stimulate discussion and debate and specifically to consider the potential significance of socialist heritage in Europe. This may include updating national tentative lists for World Heritage nominations by assessing and supporting the listing of significant places representing the “Socialist Heritage“ or by co-operating through multinational networks of post-socialist countries to consider the potential of a transnational serial nomination to the World Heritage List.

ICOMOS members generally and especially the National Committees in Central and Eastern Europe in post-socialist countries have been invited to initiate local and national identification, conservation, interpretation, listing and protection activities for significant landmarks of socialism as an important heritage layer which testifies of the social, political and cultural milieu of the Cold War in a divided Europe and represents the achievements and conditions of life of the post-war generation for future generations.ICOMOS Germany in its Journal of the German National Committee, vol. LVIII, Berlin 2013 (ISBN 978-3-930388-90-5), entitled “Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism. World Heritage Proposals from Central and Eastern Europe” publishes the documentation of the European ICOMOS expert meeting held in Warsaw, 14-15 April 2013 to explore the feasibility of an international serial nomination of 20th Century monuments and sites in post-socialist countries for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With this publication the editors wish to take stock of a multi-national cooperation and publication project initiated by ICOMOS in 2010 and supported by ISC20C. Due to the ongoing threats to the architectural and horticultural heritage of the post-war decades everywhere in Europe, in particular the architectural monuments and ensembles in the post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, ICOMOS Poland and ICOMOS Germany initiated an international exchange of experience on how to preserve the architectural heritage of the post-war period.  Architectural monuments of the so-called Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism being the focus of these contributions.

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