Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan
The Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committee and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Committee are delighted to announce the launch of the first joint Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site (WHS) Management Plan. Throughout the development of the Plan there have been opportunities for the local community to participate at drop in consultation sessions, at stakeholder workshops and on-line during the 12 week public consultation. The Management Plan is a framework for the many partners who help to manage the World Heritage Site including Wiltshire Council, The National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England, North Wessex Downs AONB, MoD, local parish and town councils and individual landowners and householders that make up the World Heritage Site. The Plan covers a wide range of topics from planning policy, conservation and roads and transport to tourism, interpretation, education and community engagement. The WHS Coordination Unit has worked hard over the past two years to produce a comprehensive document that sets out the issues facing the World Heritage Site and how we will approach these. The Unit has strengthened its relationships with its many partners during the development process and looks forward to working with them over the coming six years.
The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan and it is now available online at http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/management-of-whs/stonehenge-and-avebury-whs-management-plan-2015/
Stonehenge World Heritage Site Coordinator
Technical Evaluation Phase of the World Heritage application process: UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) policy brief
The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) has produced a policy brief assessing the Technical Evaluation phase of the World Heritage application process. This was done following a consultation with national agencies and governments, applicant sites and the 2013 expert panel. It includes a series of practical recommendations for future rounds. One of these recommendations was to conduct an annual survey of sites on the tentative list to ascertain their intentions going forward. The UKNC is in the process of conducting that survey for 2015.
The brief can be downloaded here: UKNC Policy Brief: Technical Evaluation Phase of the World Heritage application process
For more information contact:
UK National Commission for UNESCO
Suite 98, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL
Digital and Youth Engagement with World Heritage Sites: Free Digital Workshop and lecture at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham
Wednesday 13th May and Thursday 14th May on Digital and Youth Engagement with World Heritage Sites. To reserve a space email Jamie Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 UK India Exchange on World Heritage: The project is the result of a collaboration between an Ironbridge researcher and the founder of GoUNESCO and is funded by the University of Birmingham India Travel Fund. This digital workshop is a follow up to an UK India exchange April/May 2015 and aims to provide a springboard for future collaborations and conversations.
Communicating Values and Developing Audiences Digital Workshop – 13th May 13:00-15:00
An Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) and GOUNESCO digital workshop. Through a series of online papers innovative approaches to digital interpretation and youth engagement with World Heritage sites will be discussed from the UK and Indian perspective.
More details here: UK_India_Exchange_on_World_Heritage__Communicating_Values_and_Developing_Audiences_Digital_Workshop
A Lecture by Ajay Reddy, GoUNESCO, as part of the Ironbridge Institute Visiting Lecture Programme – 14th May 17:00-18:00
- How does one get a person interested in heritage?
- How can the internet and all pervasive digital media be used to encourage awareness of heritage?
- How can we make use of technology to build scalable methods of outreach?
- Ajay Reddy speaks about his experiences with GoUNESCO, an initiative he started in 2012 and which is now supported by UNESCO New Delhi.
The talk will also discuss using lean methodologies and techniques used by startups to amplify reach and improve effectiveness of campaigns. He will also discuss the differences between online and offline activations, their effectiveness and relate them to his experience in promoting heritage awareness and advocacy.
More details here: Ajay Reddy_poster
2015 UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit Conference: ‘How can we use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better?”
20th-22nd October 2015, Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site, South Wales.
The Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site is proud to host the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit in October 2015. The event promises to be a unique Summit with young people coming from across the country to celebrate and learn about World Heritage and how culture can change the World.
The Summit will see many of Britain’s World Heritage Sites represented by young people aged between 13 and 17 (25 in special education). Young people who wish to attend must form a group of 4 and enter the nationwide creative competition exploring their local or nearest World Heritage Site, answering the question “How can we use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better?” The top group from each area will win the opportunity to attend the Summit for 3 days free of charge.
The theme of the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit is “How can we use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better?”. Understanding World Heritage can help us become aware of our own roots, and of our cultural and social identity, which can help us to create meaningful and lasting social innovation and change, building peace in the minds of men and women. The aims of the Summit are for youth-delegates to:
- Gain knowledge and understanding of their World Heritage Sites
- Become champions for World Heritage and change for the better
- Learn new skills to empower young people to have an active voice
- Identify ways in which young people can use World Heritage to create a society that reflects the ambitions of a peaceful society.
During the Summit young people will share their experiences and enthusiasm for their local World Heritage Sites and their ambitions for the future of the World they live in. There will be an exciting programme where the successful young people will visit key attractions within Blaenavon Industrial Landscape such as Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks, , Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and explore the industrial landscape
The Youth Summit follows similar events held in 2010 and 2012 at the Jurassic Coast and Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Sites. This event is being held under the patronage of UNESCO.
For more information and to find out how to be part of this exciting opportunity please visit our website www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/youthsummit
This is an example of a poster that will be going to schools around the country:Poster A4-teal-print
Record numbers celebrate World Heritage Day in Bath
On Sunday 19 April Prior Park Landscape Garden played host to World Heritage Day in Bath. This annual event, celebrating and promoting the city’s World Heritage Site status, is now in its seventh year. The theme chosen for the day was the landscape setting of the city – one of the key attributes for which the entire City of Bath was designated a UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’ in 1987.
Built on the southern slopes overlooking the city, the garden of 18th century entrepreneur Ralph Allen’s home at Prior Park is the perfect venue from which to appreciate Bath’s green setting. Bath & North East Somerset Council worked in partnership with the National Trust, owners of Prior Park Landscape Garden, in staging the event and local residents enjoyed free access through the Council’s ‘Discovery Card’ scheme. The property attracts 37,000 visitors each year. The 1,150 visitors on World Heritage Day set a new record for daily attendance, a figure which included a large number of first time visitors.
Visitors of all ages enjoyed a range of activities including landscape drawing, photography, bug-hunting, dressing-up as Georgians and learning country dances. Garden tours were led by the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides, and experts were on hand to help visitors discover more about natural history, garden features, archaeology and Bath stone. Picnickers by the famous Palladian Bridge enjoyed traditional music played by Bath City Jubilee Waits, with further entertainment provided by Natural Theatre Company actors portraying Ralph Allen, Mrs Allen, architect John Wood and Capability Brown. Local organisations and Heritage Lottery Fund projects were also represented, including the ‘Archway Project’, which will deliver a new World Heritage Interpretation Centre in central Bath right next to the Roman Baths.
Photos copyright Bath and NE Somerset Council