ICOMOS is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organisation committed to furthering the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of the world’s cultural heritage
It was founded in 1965, following the adoption of the Venice Charter in 1964.
ICOMOS is dedicated to the development of common doctrines, the evolution and circulation of knowledge, the creation of improved conservation techniques, and the promotion of cultural heritage significance.
ICOMOS has built a solid philosophical, doctrinal and managerial framework for the sustainable conservation of heritage around the world.
As an official advisory body to the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, ICOMOS evaluates nominations and advises on the state of conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Our over 10 000 members are organised in more than 100 National Committees, and our 28 International Scientific Committees are at the forefront of scientific inquiry and exchange (materials, techniques and types of heritage). They foster a multidisciplinary approach; undertake research; develop and advocate conservation theory, guidelines and charters; and promote training for better heritage conservation.
For more information on ICOMOS – www.icomos.org