August 2006

Ename Charter Now Official Activity of ICOMOS Committee on Interpretation and Presentation

In accordance with its founding mission statement and work programme, the International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP) has adopted the continuing review and revision of the ICOMOS Ename Charter on the Interpretation of Cultural Heritage Sites as an official activity of the committee.  Following the ICIP officers’ review and revision of the latest pre-ICIP text (dated 05-07-05), a revised version of the text (dated 31-07-06) has been circulated to all members of the committee for their comments and suggestions.  During the autumn, an ICIP approved text will be distributed to the Scientific Council and all National Committees for another round of review and recommendations.  Since this will be the fourth round of review and revision that this document has undergone, it is the hope of ICIP that a finalised text can be submitted for consideration by the Executive Committee at its January 2007 meeting.


May 2006

ICOMOS Ename Charter on the cover of the George Wright Forum

The ICOMOS Ename Charter is featured in the latest issue of the George Wright Forum.

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May 2005

Charleston Declaration Proposed

At the conclusion of the 8th Annual US/ICOMOS Conference on Heritage Interpretation, held in Charleston, South Carolina 5-8 May, a declaration was formulated describing the main points of the conference discussions and offering continued support for the ICOMOS Ename Charter Initiative.

Download the draft text of the Charleston Declaration (in Word format)



Theme for 2006 Ename International Colloquium announced

Who Owns the Past?

As part of their continuing program of public discussion and reflection on the role of heritage in modern society, the Department of Culture of the Province of East-Flanders and the Ename Center for Public Archaeology are organizing a three-day event in March 2006 to examine questions relating to public rights and responsibilities in the preservation and interpretation of cultural heritage, with a view toward highlighting new approaches, methodologies, and technologies to aid in this task.

Following last year’s colloquium on “Memory and Identity,” it is clear that in many places in the world, heritage is in conflict. In 2006, we will examine issues of diversity, inclusiveness, and contested ownership right ed by the study and commemoration of heritage within modern multicultural societies.

Download the First Call for Papers.


April 2005

US/ICOMOS International Symposium

The Ename Charter has been chosen as the theme of this year’s US/ICOMOS International Symposium in Charleston , South Carolina , USA . This Symposium is sponsored by the Historic Charleston Foundation.

For this conference 161 abstracts were received from every continent, many mentioning that the Ename Charter as a standard for heritage interpretation.

For more information on program and speakers, check:



January 2005
January 13-14, 2005:
Colloquium "Memory & Identity" - Ghent (Belgium)

An international colloquium on the role of heritage in modern society was held at the Provincial Capitol (Provinciehuis), Ghent, Belgium.
This event brought together historians, archaeologists, and heritage professionals from Europe, Vietnam, the United States, South Africa, Israel, and Palestine to present a range of perspectives on conflicting memories and contrasting historical visions — and to reflect on the role of public heritage as a powerful tool for social reflection and intercultural dialogue.

For more information on the colloquium and speakers: