July 2015




Dear INTO Amicus. 

July is nearly over.  It is only six weeks until the International Conference of National Trusts opens in Cambridge. It is going to be an amazing conference bring together INTO members from around the globe, to learn to share to inspire and to be inspired.  Our host partners the National Trust (England Wales and Northern Ireland) are excited to have this opportunity to host you, to share in the knowledge and to show you some of their special places.

There is still time to register, but the time is very short.  Please come and join us, you will be very pleased that you did.

The Conference begins with the INTO Congress in the morning of September 7th.  At the Congress we elect our Executive Committee to govern INTO until the next ICNT (Bali in 2017). 

For those who can't be with us in Cambridge: "We will miss you!"   For those who are coming "We can't wait to see you again!"

We know there will be many questions.  The conference team and the INTO team are always here to help you.  We are an email away.  You can contact us through these email addresses:

As an AMICUS member you can us our special concierge@intoorg.org





Sincerely,   Catherine and the INTO team.


A message from Simon Molesworth, AO, QC, President of INTO 

INTO reinforces local heritage voices – an opportunity for all to share

INTO reinforces local heritage voices – an opportunity for all to share

Via this e-News the INTO 2014 Annual Report is being made available to the membership. In that Report I have written a president’s overview. I chose to highlight an aspect of the relationship of member National Trusts within INTO. Many INTO members desire their own advocacy role, their status, to be reinforced by their international organisation – by their INTO offering the capacity to reinforce their role. In providing a couple of examples of how this relationship can be made to work for the benefit of our INTO members, I invite all readers to consider how they might be able to associate INTO with their events and campaigns. The two-way mutual benefit is obvious.

Our INTO member in Indonesia, BPPI, has always impressed me with the way they actively promote and highlight their membership of INTO. At their conferences, annual meetings and events, their banners and presentation slides always include the INTO logo, reminding the viewer that here is an organisation that is part of a global family of like organisations. There is concurrently a none too subtle message that BPPI dos not stand alone but rather has the support of INTO, bringing international kudos and, by association, clout – strengthening their heritage conservation message.

In Australia twice so far this year I have been invited in my INTO presidential capacity to be present at major heritage events in Broken Hill in New South Wales. My participation was sought so as add an international awareness dimension to the events. The organisers had formed the view that the heritage conservation message they wished to convey would be so much more effective, would carry greater weight, if those present were reminded that across the globe there are millions of people who share a similar heritage vision.

The Broken Hill Branch of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) organized an event to commemorate the centenary of the only act of war on Australian soil in the 1st World War. Known as the Battle of Broken Hill, the 1915 act of war by two Turks, which was suppressed by NSW police and an impromptu local militia, was generally considered to be a nation building event in Australia’s history. More than 300 people commemorated the anniversary at a railway heritage museum where 100 years before a fateful train had pulled out before being besieged in a gun battle. In my speech to the event I outlined the mission of INTO and said that people around the world shared a common vision for respecting our common past: “When you build a nation there are milestone events that occur and some of them are sad and you wish they didn’t happen” I said. “But when they do happen, we learn from them and that’s the essence of heritage”. I said the Picnic Train attack “established Broken Hill as being part of the Australian community that stood up for the values that we all shared in those days, and that we all hopefully still share today”.

Later that month, after a ten year campaign, the City of Broken Hill became the first entire city to be heritage listed on Australia’s National Heritage List. The National Heritage List compiled by the Australian Government is Australia’s pre-eminent heritage list recognising and protecting the Nation’s most valued natural, Indigenous and historic heritage sites. Inclusion in the National Heritage List is the highest heritage honour in Australia. The comprehensive listing process is building a living and accessible record of important aspects of our history, significant and evolving landscapes and the critical moments that helped define us as a nation.

Being just the 103rd place to be listed, the City of Broken Hill was declared to be of outstanding heritage value to the nation for its significant role in the development of Australia as a modern and prosperous country. The listing recognised the significance of over 130 years of continuous mining operations, its contribution to technical developments in the field of mining, its pioneering role in the development of occupational health and safety standards, and its early practice of regenerating the environment in and around mining operations.


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Around the world, Rangers dedicate their lives to protecting wildlife and landscapes.   July 31st each year is World Ranger Day. Many Rangers are employees of our member trusts.  It can be dangerous work if they are fighting to protect wildlife from poaches.   What all Rangers share is the dedication to their 'patch' and the love of that special place in their charge.

We urge all our readers to spend a moment and think about what our world would be without these brave men and women in our organizations.

The role of an Upland Ranger with the National Trust

The role of an Upland Ranger with the National Trust

As Ranger jobs go we think ours is pretty special. You see we’re one of four upland footpath teams that work for the National Trust in the Lake District. We spend our days out and about on the high fells undertaking work for ‘Fix the Fells’, a partnership project that aims to protect the spectacular Lakeland fells from erosion by …

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Mémoires of an East Anglian Land Agent, by Oliver Maurice, Hon Director INTO

Mémoires of an East Anglian Land Agent, by Oliver Maurice, Hon Director INTO

For those coming to ICNT 16 in Cambridge I thought it might be of interest to have a little background from my personal experience of managing some of the NT properties that we will be visiting as part of the Conference itself and also, for those coming early or staying on afterwards, other NT properties in the Region which they …

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Don't forget the National Trust's London

Don't forget the National Trust's London

A personal point of view about London by Bill Turner, INTO Vice-Chair. Really no trip to England is complete without spending some time in London, one of the most exciting cities in the world. There is so much National Trust to see in London. The map below shows the location of the key National Trust properties in the London area. …

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INTO Annual Report for 2014 now available on-line

Report of the Directors for the year ended 31 December 2014 The Directors are pleased to present their annual report together with the consolidated financial statements of the charity for the year ending 31 December 2014 which are also prepared to meet the requirements for a Directors’ Report and Accounts for Companies Act purposes. The Directors who served during the …

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THIS IS YOUR LISTING.   INTO member organisations may post advertising for Volunteers, for Training opportunities and Employment opportunities.   You may submit these positions using a special form located in the Members Only section of the INTO website.   We strongly urge you to take advantage of this INTO members' service to advertise these opportunities.

The position posted below is a sample of positions that INTO hopes to fill.  Your positions can be posted on the INTO website and in the next newsletter.

Website Translator (French)

This is an INTO position. This is a long-term position. The Website Translator can work from any location that provides reliable internet connection. The successful candidate will have good writing and editing skills in English and French. Content of the INTO website, eNews and social media is translated originally using Google Translate, but then requires review and edit before being …

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Social Media Officers (French-speaking)

These are long-term INTO volunteer positions. The applicants may be based anywhere in the world with adequate internet access. Responsible for delivery of INTO messages via Twitter, Facebook and other social media in French or Spanish. A strong knowledge (or willingness to learn) of Social Media and Social Media trends would be a great asset. To find out more about …

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Within the National Trust family there are thousands of knowledgeable, skilled people.  From time to time some of these people seek to broaden their knowledge and experience by volunteering with INTO member trusts in other climates.   Interested?  You can join our list.  


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