International Symposium on the Conservation of Brick Monuments at World Heritage sites

International Symposium on the Conservation of Brick Monuments at World Heritage sites

When: 19-21 October 2017

Where: The Classic Kameo Hotel, Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Who: Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture, and UNESCO Bangkok

With supports of The Crown Property Bureau of Thailand and Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands

Language: English and Thai

Contact: Mrs. Montakarn S. Kittipaisalsilp (culture.bgk@unesco.org)

The symposium was initiated in response to the decision of the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of the Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site.

The symposium will provide a platform for exchanging knowledge on conservation of brick monuments in the context of World Heritage Sites, in line with international standards and World Heritage principles elated to authenticity and integrity. It will be attended by experts from various international institutes related to cultural heritage conservation, for instance, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Japan), Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (Germany), World Monuments Fund, ICOMOS, ICCROM and national agencies responsible for the conservation of brick-associated World Heritage Sites in South-East Asia.

The invited speakers will address a range of challenges in conservation, including the appropriate application of scientific conservation principles, traditional building techniques and materials in undertaking conservation of ancient sites, as well as practical ways to include local communities for sustainable heritage protection. 

The symposium will focus on thematic sessions, as follows:

  • Keynote Session: International standards on the conservation of World Heritage Sites
  • Session 1: Evolving principles and practices in the conservation of brick monuments for World Heritage Sites
  • Session 2: Brick monument conservation in Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site: challenges and responses
  • Session 3: Revival of traditional craftsmanship in brick and lime conservation for World Heritage Sites
  • Session 4: Towards an updated conservation philosophy for brick monuments at Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site

Downloads:

1. Presentation synopses and speaker's profiles

2. All presentation handouts

The symposium also includes a one-day field visit to monuments in the Historic City of Ayutthaya, which will be followed by a half-day Session 4, which is a final panel discussion among participants.

The discussion aims to gather observations and recommendations that will result in the definition of authenticity and integrity in the context of Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site, the proposed update of conservation principles and practices in line with international standards and the recommendations for institutional and technical capacity building in heritage protection for Thailand.