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The first recorded watercolour in Australia was made by surgeon Arthur Bowes Smyth on 11th February 1788.
We welcome supporters and membership from the UK Overseas territories, which share a common heritage with Commonwealth countries. Following the completion of the Grytviken Conservation Management Plan by Purcell Architects in 2018, the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has been implementing several of the recommendations.
The use of heritage lodging as a means of sustainable tourism using the example of the Serena Shigar Fort located in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Nicky Sugar, Archivist, summarises the remarkably rich collections held at Bristol Archives which reveal perspectives on the Commonwealth in unexpected detail…
Ann Coats, Chair of the Naval Dockyards Society, reveals an eleventh-hour attempt to save the last workers' housing in Bermuda Dockyard from demolition...
All interested in the work of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum should be aware of the existence of The Watercolour World (TWW) project.
The Commonwealth Heritage Forum is interested in all aspects of the built heritage of the Commonwealth. In the late 1940s and 50s there was a resurgence of interest in ‘tropical architecture’ by some of the leading modernist architects of the day. Jessica Holland highlights the work of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, who left a fascinating heritage of important buildings in West Africa and India...
The British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA), founded in 1977, was the first organisation to address the built heritage of the British Empire in the East.
The accomplished photographer, Anirban Mitra, shares some of his evocative photographs of the former government houses and palaces of Bengal.
The writer, historian and filmmaker, Bobby Singh Bansal describes some of the work he has carried out on Sikh heritage in the remote regions of Pakistan, and the restoration of several sites, such as the dilapidated Anglo-Sikh war memorial at Ramnagar, not far from the battlefield at Gujranwala...
Writer and Broadcaster, Hugo Vickers describes the founding of the Commonwealth Walkway Trust, and explains its ambitions and ways in which the public can get involved…
By Philip Davies - Our Chairman explains the progress we are making on our exciting new initiative to identify Heritage at Risk in Commonwealth countries...

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