ICOMOS Documentation Centre

The ICOMOS Documentation Centre in Paris is open to anyone interested in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. ICOMOS members have priority access to the Documentation Centre.  It contains:

  • 40,000 titles on heritage worldwide
  • 400 periodicals
  • 25,000 slides, photographs and plans
  • Original nomination files of World Heritage Sites worldwide since 1978

You can visit the Documentation Centre (check the opening hours first),  search the catalogue, consult the open archive or buy publications

ICOMOS  Guidelines and Statements

ICOMOS Ethical Statement for ICOMOS members
This is an ethical commitment for ICOMOS members, which outlines an ICOMOS member’s practical responsibility towards cultural heritage and towards fellow members.

Policy for the Implementation of the World Heritage Mandate
This covers conflicts of interest in relation to ICOMOS and individuals working on World Heritage Site nominations or projects relating to World Heritage Sites

Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments
This is Guidance for those commissioning Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) for World Heritage Sites, to help evaluate the impact of proposed development on the Outstanding Universal Value of properties.

Other key ICOMOS charters, texts and guidelines are on the ICOMOS  international website.

Photographic Record of Views of London’s World Heritage Sites (London Views Project)

This project began in 2007 to make a photographic record of the London skyline around London’s four World Heritage Sites – the Tower of London, Westminster, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Maritime Greenwich.   Our Cultural Landscapes Committee was concerned that some of London’s most evocative views were in danger of being lost forever because of new buildings and developments.

We commissioned landscape photographer Gavin Kingcome to take images of all four World Heritage sites.  We wanted to:

  • Make the photos available for public use and scrutiny
  • Draw attention to the beauty of London’s World Heritage skyline

Publications available from ICOMOS-UK

The Conservation Plan

A guide to the preparation of conservation plans for places of European cultural significance

James Semple Kerr ISBN: 1863640266

National Trust of Australia, 7th Edition 2013

Dr Kerr has kindly allowed Australia ICOMOS to provide The Conservation Plan as a free download:

To be a Pilgrim: Meeting the Needs of Visitors to Cathedrals and Churches in the United Kingdom

ICOMOS-UK Research Findings, 2001 ISBN: 0953535010

This publication is available as a free download. Please contact

The Norwich Accord – Finding the Spirit of Place (2009)

This is a declaration articulating the relationship between conservation, communities and cultural tourism.  It is based on research and evidence gathered over a three-year period by the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee.

Implementing the European Landscape Convention (2006)

This booklet was published following an ICOMOS-UK and IUCN UK invited workshop in 2006.  It includes a ten-point action plan distilling key ideas from the workshop and suggests how opportunities presented by the European Landscape Convention might be put into practice.

Archive List of ICOMOS-UK Publications 1990 – 2001

This is a list of publications produced by ICOMOS-UK from 1990 to 2001. These publications are no longer for sale, but we may have archive copies for reference only.  Please contact

World Heritage

For information and links on World Heritage, please click here.