The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

INTO Conferences

Bringing together heritage professionals from across the globe

About the INTO conference

The INTO Conference is at the heart of everything we do. Since the 1970s, the International Conference for National Trusts has been gathering people from across the globe to collaborate to protect our world heritage.

It is an opportunity for our network to meet and discuss collective goals and challenges in our sector. Each biennial Conference is hosted by a member of our global family in partnership with INTO.

INTO Online 2021

We have all had to dig deep over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. National Trusts and similar bodies around the world have been deeply affected. Many have had to radically alter their plans over the course of 2020, and the long-term impacts are still unclear for many INTO members.

In 2021, we will gather the National Trusts of the world at a virtual conference focussed on building resilience, taking place from 20-22 April.

Resilience is the ability to reduce, prevent, anticipate, adapt or recover from hazardous events efficiently.  It is a key value of the international National Trust movement.

Now more than ever we need to come together as a global family. To share ideas and approaches, concerns and worries. And to stand in solidarity with other members of the movement.

More information about INTO Online 2021 will be available soon. 

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The INTO conference is hands-down the best investment I make in my own personal and professional development, and in finding new ideas for my National Trust. Over the course of a few days, I meet with dozens of peers facing similar challenges and doing great work around the world.
- Natalie Bull, National Trust for Canada
International experts advise Czech National Trust in Prague

INTO Antwerp 2022

We have postponed our INTO Antwerp conference to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

INTO Antwerp 2022 will focus on Building Bridges: Learning from the past today to create a better future. Delegates will share examples and best practices for managing heritage in a sustainable and future-orientated way, whilst at the same time seeking to build bridges with the past and the stories we tell about our places.

INTO Antwerp 2022 will be co-hosted by INTO member Herita.

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Past INTO Conferences

INTO Bermuda 2019

'Arms Wide Open' demonstrated the extraordinary diversity of what we do. From dealing with biodiversity loss, managing small islands, to volunteerism and building membership, the 2019 Bermuda conference asked how heritage can welcome the world with open arms.

INTO Bali 2017

‘Our Cultural Heritage, the Key to Environmental Sustainability’ welcomed over 200 global heritage leaders to explore the connection between cultural tradition and sustainable development, with a focus on practical solutions.

INTO Cambridge 2015

‘Common threads; Different patterns’ provided a platform to hear from some of the most influential and experienced professionals working in the conservation of built, natural and cultural heritage today.

INTO Entebbe 2013

Delegates travelled to Entebbe to explore the growing appreciation and importance of heritage for our future well-being. The Conference provided an opportunity to share and explore new insights on the diversity and relevance of heritage.

INTO Bermuda 2019 Panel with Queen Quet, Princess Dana, Catherine Leonard, Fiona Reynolds and Alana Anderson

INTO Bermuda 2019

Our last conference was held in Bermuda in partnership with Bermuda National Trust. Our theme of 'Arms Wide Open' asked how we better welcome the world into heritage and expand our reach. We published a number of the case studies on diversity shared during the conference in our 'Arms Wide Open' Report.

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Why come to the INTO Conference?

A chance to shape the debate

Be a part of vibrant, dynamic discussions on emerging issues confronting the global National Trust movement and our role in the future of conservation.

“Better than any book you can buy in a shop … You have given out more inspiration than you can ever know” Sara Lampitt, National Trust of Guernsey

Learn by sharing

Learn from and exchange knowledge with your international peers. Gain insights on how National Trusts in other countries operate.

“The INTO conference is hands-down the best investment I make in my own personal and professional development, and in finding new ideas for my National Trust. Over the course of a few days, I meet with dozens of peers facing similar challenges and doing great work around the world.” Natalie Bull, National Trust for Canada

 

Benefit from world-class speakers

Connect and benefit from the expertise of exceptional speakers sharing their insights and practical experiences.

“Everyone made a great effort to make us feel welcome and the debates and speakers were, of course, outstanding.  The entire thing gave much impetus to us here in Slovenia to go ahead and push for the eventual establishing of a National Trust for Slovenian heritage as well.  INTO’s inspiration, input and experience will be very beneficial in convincing our potential members and the local policy makers that such a Trust could be instrumental in managing our heritage.” Jaro Ješe, Kultura-Natura Slovenija

Discover new models and practices

Experience effective models and trends that will help you professionally and give your organisation a competitive advantage.

“For me, the greatest impact was in the broad range of people that I was able to meet, who are working within the same field—it not only put my own work into a global perspective but also gave our organisation inspiration and ideas for new projects and collaborations in the coming months and years.” Jonathan Eaton, Cultural Heritage without Borders, Tirana, Albania

Build your network

Network and explore new partnership opportunities with like-minded individuals and organisations from across the world.

“Attendance at ICNT has enabled us to learn far more about awareness and education. It was also of great benefit to be able to meet so many like-minded people. We greatly value the contact that we have with INTO and no longer feel as isolated …” Lin Goncalves, National Trust of Zimbabwe

Access to relevant programmes for self and professional development

Select a stream that is most relevant to your field of expertise and interest from our a varied thematic tracks. Past streams have included: diversity and inclusiveness, education, built heritage, environment and capacity building.

“I have attended four conferences. Each time we all came away knowing just how connected our concerns are in the face of climate change, limited financial support, the need for partnerships, and threats which could destroy that which we seek to preserve and protect.” Peter Dessauer, US National Parks Service

Experience the built, natural and cultural heritage of another country

Get to know the people, properties, programmes and context of another National Trust, with all its rich history and beautiful natural sites.

“Combining workshops and learning journeys, the conference provided a unique opportunity for the participants to not only learn about heritage, but also to experience heritage.” David Kaweesi, Uganda National Commission for UNESCO

Break out of your comfort zone

There is something liberating about spending an intense few days in a new space focussed on learning, networking and feeding off the energy of like-minded people. The INTO conference is a place to challenge yourself and grow.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my work and see that we are doing well.  All the spirit and energy transmitted at the Conference makes me to continue with more energy.  Learning and sharing experiences from high profile professionals in cultural and natural heritage coming from all the world was a unique experience. It was like receiving diamonds in our hands.” Sdenka Fuentes, Bolivian Society for Historical Studies, Heritage and Restoration

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