Education, Training and Events Sub-Committee (ETESC)

About Us

The aim of the ICOMOS-UK Education, Training & Events Sub-Committee is to develop, deliver, disseminate, and promote conservation practice standards and related education, understanding, and awareness through events and activities supporting the full diversity of stakeholders. These stakeholders include public cultural heritage sectors, private industries, individual practitioners, educators, and the wider society engaged in the conservation of tangible and intangible heritage in the UK. The sub-committee also takes particular account of ICOMOS’ international models of good practice.

These aims reflect both the work of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Training and the key purposes of ICOMOS-UK’s training philosophy and initiatives, such as:

  • Keeping abreast of and engaging with key emerging trends and issues;
  • Climate change;
  • Contested heritage;
  • Equalities, Diversity and Inclusivity;
  • Community and people-cantered approaches.

What We Do

Our aim is to facilitate and deliver education, training, and capacity-building programs in the fields of conservation, preservation, and management in local, national, and international contexts. We achieve this through events and other resources that reflect the needs of all engaged in or relevant to conservation practice. These individuals and communities include those from across all cultural heritage sectors, practitioners and educators in public and private sectors, diverse local and marginalized communities, and those promoting beneficial outcomes, such as capacity building, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice, inclusion and equality, and environmental impacts and responsibilities.

Furthermore, we acknowledge and address the changing needs and priorities in education and training policy and practice. This includes addressing evolving practice challenges, such as those generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and adapting to changing learning needs, from apprenticeships to internships. We also serve as a sounding board and guide in these matters.

You can find a copy of our Terms of Reference here.


The Committee aims to create a diverse and inclusive community comprising individuals with expertise, experience, or a strong interest in heritage education, training, and events. Membership is open to all members of ICOMOS-UK. We particularly encourage new students and emerging professionals to join and actively participate in our endeavours.

You can find a copy of our membership registration form here.

Current members

Ataa Alsalloum – Committee Chair, an architect and a Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Heritage, the University of Liverpool.

Seán O’Reilly – Committee Vice-Chair. Director, IHBC: The Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Noor Ragaban – Committee Coordinator. PhD student, the University of Liverpool.

Aylin Orbasli – Professor of Architectural and Urban Heritage, Oxford Brooks University.

Evelyne Godfrey – Archaeological scientist, Uffington Heritage Watch.

Edmund Simons  – Heritage specialist and Archaeologist.

Cristina Gonzalez-Longo – Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde. President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Training Committee (CIF).

Olivia Atkinson – Archaeology graduate, University of Central Lancashire – current student at Master of Arts in Sustainable Heritage Management at the University of Liverpool.

Tamrin Afroz – Architect graduate, North South University, Bangladesh – current student at Master of Arts in Sustainable Heritage Management at the University of Liverpool.