ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee Conference 2017

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 to Friday, 29 September, 2017

Organized by: IPHC 2017 Conference Organising Committee,


The next ICOMOS IPHC Conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, September 28th – 29th 2017 to coincide with the planned National Programmes Antarctic season opening weekend in Christchurch on September 30th & October 1st 2017.

The IPHC 2017 Conference theme is Polar heritage and the ships behind it: management and protection
Getting to and from polar regions has been a constant issue for all polar expeditions, and the ships that made this happen are a key component of polar heritage.

The IPHC 2017 conference will explore the many aspects that arise in the management and protection of these vessels including:
Historic shipwrecks in polar regions both on land or underwater
Polar ships that survive as museum displays
Ownership of polar wrecks and remnants
Relocation of polar wrecks and remnants
Use of modern polar ships to access polar heritage sites
Indigenous use of ship-wreck materials, indigenous input relating to wreck history, and indigenous/non-indigenous interactions related to polar ships and crews
Royal Canadian Mounted Police ship patrols and their influence on indigenous groups in arctic Canada
World War II ships, and the history of polar convoys
Law issues and the protection of underwater heritage

The IPHC 2017 Conference Organising Committee invites submissions of papers that address this theme. Please submit a 300-word abstract and title by 28th February 2017, together with the name(s) of the author and email address to Karen Clarke k.clarke@nzaht.org. If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea for a paper, please contact one of the following: IPHC President Julian Bickersteth j.bickersteth@icssydney.com, IPHC Vice President Susan Barr snbarr@gmail.com, IPHC Secretary General Nigel Watson n.watson@nzaht.org

Submission of abstracts deadline: 28 February 2017