World Heritage in Europe Today

News, Publications, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

World Heritage in Europe

World Heritage attracts and fascinates: media around the world publish thousands of articles about it every year and countries invest a great deal of work and money to get sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Yet not enough is known about the conservation and management efforts that go into protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the 1000+ sites that are currently on the List.

World Heritage in Europe Today, a UNESCO publication released on 18 February 2016, brings together insights from States Parties, site managers and other stakeholders involved in the protection, conservation and management of World Heritage properties in the region. It gives an in-depth look at the current trends and practices while presenting a clear vision for future priorities. Drawing on the wealth of data that has emerged from the recently-completed Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, the publication features engaging graphics, analyses and case studies that highlight the experience of the thousands of people who are directly involved with the management and conservation of World Heritage in Europe – a region which accounts for close to half of the properties on the World Heritage List.

The Publication highlights the current realities of World Heritage in Europe, proposes recommendations for improvement and inspires innovative approaches for World Heritage in the 21st century.

Hard copies are available now at the UNESCO online book store, as well as pdfs for free download at the following address: 

Durham WHS 30th anniversary lecture

Events, News, Opportunities, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdale

Durham World Heritage Site 30th anniversary lecture series


Monday 21st March, 6pm

Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Sarah Simmonds
World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site

“Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site: 30 Years of Challenges, Responses and Change in a Cultural Landscape”

Following a brief exploration of the two landscapes that make up the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, Sarah will discuss some of the major challenges involved in protecting their outstanding universal value and the responses to these over the last thirty years.

Sarah is one of the two coordinators who make up the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Coordination Unit.  Before working in World Heritage Site management in the UK she worked abroad in development and education as a specialist in capacity building for the UN in East Timor and Afghanistan and before this with VSO in Indonesia.  Sarah has worked for almost a decade as a World Heritage Site coordinator developing a special interest in partnership working, participatory management planning, community engagement, landscape scale strategies and planning policy. She has a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage from the Institute of Archaeology at UCL.  Her dissertation focussed on the issues and ethics related to the engagement of international agencies with local cultural projects in Ethiopia. Her most recent challenge has been writing the first joint World Heritage Site Management Plan for Stonehenge and Avebury which was published in 2015.  She has been  a member of the ICOMOS-UK Executive Committee since 2014.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

The lecture is free of charge. However, as places are limited, booking is necessary.

Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at

Alternatively, you can register your interest by contacting the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre using the contact details below.

If possible please would you let me know if you intend to attend the drinks reception too, for catering purposes.

World Heritage seminar at the Tower of London

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Tower of London - named as the most popular UK WHS with Uk residents in a Sykes Cottages poll of 2016
Dear World Heritage UK supporters,
Closing date for registration Monday 7th March!
For those of you who have not yet registered, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), in association with World Heritage UK, are kindly hosting a free seminar for World Heritage practitioners at the Tower of London, 10.30 – 15.00, on Monday 14th March (programme attached). Lunch is included at this event.
Speakers at the ‘Challenges and Opportunities’ seminar include: 
Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA    Update on tourism and heritage trends and ‘What good looks like’ in heritage tourism’                                               
Kate Pugh OBE, Chief Executive, The Heritage Alliance  ‘Changes to the heritage policy landscape; how Government is addressing the sector’s key issues’ and asking ‘What policy issues are most important for UK world heritage sites?’                                                                                                                                       
VisitBritain and VisitEngland  Predictions for the inbound and domestic market in 2016′                                  
Chris Gee, Senior Campaigns Manager, WWF UK    Threats to World Heritage Sites around the world’                                                                                                                                                                                         
 with excellent opportunities for questions and networking.
To reserve your place at this free seminar, go to              

Regards to all,               

Chris Mahon
Development Director, World Heritage UK