VHNSC Rules of governance

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SUMMARY

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ESTABLISHMENT

The Vernacular Heritage National Scientific Committee (hereinafter called the VHNSC) was reinstated (under the terms of the Dubrovnik-Valetta Principles) by ICOMOS (Ireland) at its meeting on the 8th day of May 2012.

 


DEFINITION

The "vernacular heritage" consists of sites, structures, settings, complexes, areas and landscapes as well as their related features, artifacts and documents that provide evidence of historic or ongoing vernacular processes including craft practices, local knowledge, and regional styles.

Vernacular heritage includes both tangible and intangible culture whether immovable or movable, such as individual and community knowledge and skills, belief systems, social practices, and the organisation of work.

The ICOMOS Charter on the Built Vernacular Heritage (1999) describes vernacular building as:

a) A manner of building shared by the community;

b) A recognizable local or regional character responsive to the environment;

c) Coherence of style, form and appearance, or the use of traditionally established building types;

d) Traditional expertise in design and construction that is transmitted informally;

e) An effective response to functional, social and environmental constraints;

f) The effective application of traditional construction systems and crafts.

 


OBJECTIVES

The aims of the VHNSC are:

  • To promote the documentation, assessment, interpretation, conservation and management of vernacular heritage, as defined above, at both a national and international level.
  • To collaborate with ICOMOS International, with the International Committee for the Conservation of the Vernacular Heritage, (CIAV) and with any other bodies, government agencies or institutions whose work and mission is aligned to the objectives of the Committee.
  • To promote the widest possible understanding of the importance of vernacular heritage among the general public and government institutions.
  • To provide a platform for dialogue and cooperation between professionals, experts, academics and students of vernacular heritage through meetings, fieldtrips, conferences, workshops, lectures and other appropriate activities.
  • To encourage a multidisciplinary approach to working with the vernacular heritage.
  • To work for the integration of knowledge and expertise among members of the VHNSC leading to further advancement of the ICOMOS goals.
  • To establish best practice and standards for the training and qualification of those engaged in vernacular heritage documentation, assessment, interpretation, conservation and management.
  • To report to the National Committee of ICOMOS (Ireland).
  • To provide expert advice to ICOMOS Ireland and International ICOMOS on vernacular heritage matters.
  • To facilitate communication between the scientific work performed at the national level and the scientific work performed at international levels.

And any other objectives as determined in each annual programme of work/action plans of the VHNSC.

 


ACTIVITIES

The Statutes of ICOMOS International, and the Memorandum and Articles of
Association of ICOMOS Ireland regulate VHNSC activities.

The Charters, Principles and Documents of ICOMOS inform the activities of the Committee.

 


MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to all ICOMOS (Ireland) members.
ICOMOS members who wish to become VHNSC members should indicate their background and interest in vernacular heritage. At its next meeting, the
VHNSC will accept or reject the application.
The Committee shall establish a membership roll.

Criteria for participation: Any member who fails to participate in the activities of the Committee for a period of one year will be removed from the membership roll.

 


ADMINISTRATION

The Committee takes its decisions by majority vote of the members present at its meetings.

Meetings of the Committee shall be held not less than twice annually.
Out of the members, the Committee shall elect a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary.

The elected members are responsible for the preparation of the Committee's meetings, the implementation of the Committee's decisions, the preparation of the election process and the preparation and submission of the Annual Report.

The Committee shall prepare and adopt a three-year programme of work in accordance with the D-V Principles of ICOMOS. The Committee shall prepare and adopt an Annual Action Plan in accordance with the D-V Principles of ICOMOS.

The Committee shall compile and submit an Annual Report in accordance with the requirements of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland.

 


FINANCING

The members of the Committee shall themselves fund their own participation in the activities of the committee, especially their presence at meetings.

Any special activities or events organised by the Committee shall be financed by funds allocated by ICOMOS Ireland from its annual budget and application shall be made to the executive of ICOMOS Ireland for any such funding request.

Funds may be obtained by the Committee on its own initiative, on behalf of ICOMOS Ireland, from international and national organisations and by funds from any other source provided by way of gift, bequest, donation or sponsorship towards the achievement of the objectives of the Committee.

 


MISCELLANEOUS

The Committee shall be bound by the principles of Irish law.
The Rules may only be changed by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of the VHNSC.

Nothing in these rules shall be interpreted in a way that is inconsistent with the realisation of the objective of the Committee.

Any interpretation of these rules should be made in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of ICOMOS Ireland.

Any disputes over the interpretation of these rules shall be arbitrated by the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland.
The rules enter into force with the approval of the National Committee of ICOMOS Ireland.

 

 


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