CEO sought at New Lanark World Heritage Site

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    Role: Chief Executive
    Location: New Lanark
    Salary: c.£80,000
    New Lanark is a World Heritage site – an authentic and enduring historic community which
    preserves and celebrates social and economic values that remain of global contemporary
    relevance. It is an international, award-winning visitor destination and a living, working
    New Lanark Trust, an independent charity, is the principal owner and manager of property
    within the World Heritage Site, having carried out one of the most significant heritage
    restoration projects in Scotland for many years.
    Reporting to the Board of Trustees through the Chair of the Board, the Chief Executive is
    responsible for leading and managing the operations of New Lanark Trust and its subsidiary
    companies, ensuring the overall financial sustainability of the Trust and safeguarding the
    historic village of New Lanark.
    The ideal candidate will have a creative, innovative, imaginative and energetic leadership
    approach, directed at maintaining financial sustainability without compromising the social
    and historical context of New Lanark’s heritage. An ability and willingness to work and
    communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary Board of non-executive Trustees is
    essential as is a demonstrable track record in successfully managing commercial activities.
    Candidates should have experience in developing and influencing strategy and policy and in
    establishing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders and strategic partners.
    We are looking for someone who has an empathy with heritage values and the legacy of
    Robert Owen and who is passionate about the prospect of leading our dedicated team and
    iconic organisation.
    For more information, including how to apply, please visit
    or call Catriona Mackie at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555 for a
    confidential discussion.
    Closing date for applications is Monday 16
    May 2016.
    New Lanark Trust (Registered Charity SC008552).

Durham Cathedral WHS 30 years Lecture on Ironbridge Gorge

30th Anniversary, Celebration, Education, Events, lecture, News, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

May lecture poster


Monday 9th May, 6pm

Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Anna Brennand
Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

“Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site: the Challenges of the Last 30 Years and the Opportunities for the Future”

Anna will discuss the challenges faced by the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and explain the opportunities these present for protecting its outstanding universal value, as the Site celebrates its 30 years designation.

 Anna Brennand has been Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust since June 2013. Before taking up this post Anna was the Trust’s Deputy CEO and Director of Finance & Resources having joined the Museum in 2007. During this time Anna led the successful, multi-award winning £12m redevelopment of Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Trust’s largest site. Anna is a Board Member of the Museums Association, a member of the National Museum Directors Council and sits on a variety of regional tourism bodies. She is also a Trustee of a large Further Education college and a Trustee of World Heritage UK. She lectures at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage on the topics of Managing Multi-site Museums, Fundraising in the Heritage Sector and Income Generation in Heritage Organisations.

 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.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.

 Kind regards,

 Raffaella Aliprandi

WHSVC Lecture Series Organiser
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
7 Owengate

Tel: 0191 334 3805

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

30th Anniversary, Arts, Events, Exhibition, News, World Heritage Sites

Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdaleWe seem to be moving rather swiftly through 2016, the year in which we are celebrating 30 years since Durham received its World Heritage status, and I’m delighted to be able to tell you about our forthcoming exhibition:

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

by Martin Matthews

An exhibition of Original Paintings, Limited Edition Prints and New Music.  Experience a journey from Lindisfarne to the Mourne Mountains in music and paint.

This highly successful exhibition, last shown in Durham in February 2014, is again being shown at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and this time will be accompanied by the newly released CD “Cowraik to Carlingford” the partner piece to the first CD in the cycle, “Lindisfarne to Walltown”.

 It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the opening of this exhibition, please RSVP if you would like to join us at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on the 4th May (6pm – 7.30pm), meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments. Our address and contact details are below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,


Shift Leader

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

7 Owengate



 Phone:     0191 334 3805



World Heritage UK news update: newsletter, membership leaflet and hero-grammes!


Dear Members and Supporters of World Heritage UK

I am pleased to say that if you have not already seen it, the organisation’s first newsletter is now online, available to download here. Our thanks to Chris Mahon, our Development Director, for putting this together. We hope to make this quarterly and will be looking for World Heritage stories from you all to add to future editions.

I am also delighted that we have a Membership leaflet published, which is also available here. Remember, individual membership is only £25, so please do pass this form or link on to any others who you think might be interested in joining. Full membership details are available here.

A big hero-gramme to two volunteers who have helped us in recent times – Don Gobbett, who has been gathering information about WHS Steering Groups, and Coralie Acheson, who has become our Tweetmaster – if you don’t follow us we are @worldheritageuk – many thanks to you both.

Finally, I hope you all found the time to mark World Heritage day on April 18th – I know that there were activities happening at some Sites, and we hope it to grow to become nationwide next year.

More news of the conference to follow very soon… in the meantime, thanks for watching, and all the best.


Sam Rose

Chair of Trustees, World Heritage UK


The splendour of Georgian society is celebrated at World Heritage Day in Bath

Celebration, News, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

On Sunday 17 April the Assembly Rooms came alive with echoes from Georgian Bath for World Heritage Day.

This annual free event, which celebrates and promotes the city’s World Heritage Site status, is now in its eighth year.  World Heritage Day is held at a different venue in Bath each year.  This was the first time the event had taken place indoors.  The theme chosen for the day was Bath’s Georgian social legacy – one of the key attributes for which the city was designated a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in 1987.  The Assembly Rooms, which opened in 1771, provided the perfect setting for a range of themed activities and entertainments.

Over 650 visitors of all ages took the opportunity to learn Georgian dances with the Jane Austen Dancers, listen to 18th century music, gamble at the card tables, try on fancy costumes and make-up, explore displays of Georgian objects and find out more about the art and architecture of the Assembly Rooms.  Craft activities were enjoyed by the younger visitors – many a tricorn hat was spotted around town that day!

A highlight was the chance to meet Captain William Wade (Bath’s Master of Ceremonies from the 1770s) and his friends – the artist Thomas Gainsborough and Mr and Mrs James Hook Campbell.  However, proper standards of behaviour were not always observed as it emerged Captain Wade and Mr Campbell were rivals for the affections of Mrs Hook!  At times the tension spilled over from the card tables to a formal duel with swords and pistol – the skilful stage-fighting actors of the Natural Theatre Company put on an entertaining show for the crowds!

Guided tours are a popular feature of Bath’s World Heritage Day.  This year there were three to choose from.  The Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides led walks around the ‘Upper Town’, to explain how the ‘Company of Bath’ shifted their focus to developments in this fashionable area in the 18th century.  Within the Assembly Rooms visitors were given wonderful views of the elegant interiors of the public rooms on a Balcony Tour.  ‘Georgian Highlights Tours’ of the Fashion Museum’s brand new ‘Fashion in 100 Objects’ exhibition were also on offer.

A showcase was provided for Bath’s many and varied heritage organisations.  The National Trust with their technology partners from the University of Bath invited visitors on a virtual reality walk through Ralph Allen’s landscape garden at Prior Park.  The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution brought along the fascinating 18th century diaries of ‘Enlightened’ Bath resident, Edmund Rack.  The city’s major Heritage Lottery Fund projects were all represented, with informative displays and staff on hand from Bath Abbey Footprint, the Cleveland Pools Trust, the ‘Bathscape’ landscape partnership and the Archway Centre Project.  The exciting Archway Centre development will extend learning facilities at the Roman Baths and deliver a World Heritage Interpretation Centre in the heart of the city.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal celebrates World Heritage Day!

Events, News, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

Last weekend we celebrated World Heritage Day with a busy programme of activities. We’ve been holding an annual World Heritage Weekend for about 6 years now & we usually pick the nearest weekend to International Sites and Monument Day. Holding our event at the weekend means more visitors, and especially families, can enjoy the activities and find out more about the World Heritage Site. This year we were also able to link the event with our 30 year anniversary celebrations. We had 3500 visitors over the weekend who enjoyed a range of family activities including a 30 Year Anniversary Exhibition, ‘stick the World Heritage Site on the map’ activity and an appearance by the 18th century Historic Gardener along with all his historic garden tools and surveying equipment. Everyone on the estate gets involved in our plans & the 30 year anniversary display above our main entrance was designed by Neil in our Admissions Team. We find celebrating World Heritage Day is a great opportunity to raise the profile of our World Heritage Site status.

Sarah France                                                                                                                                                        

World Heritage Site Coordinator and Conservation Manager

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate

Estate Office

Ripon HG4 3DY

Tel: 01765 643173

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at Blenheim Palace

Events, News, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites
Blenheim Palace- credit Darling Starlingscredit:darling starlings

Blenheim Palace has announced a very special party for the Queen’s 90th Birthday on 12 June. The Great Court will be transformed for the celebrations with brass bands playing at times throughout the day. At 1pm the seven brass bands will come together to play Happy Birthday and the National Anthem in celebration of our longest reigning monarch.

Her Majesty has been a regular visitor to the Palace, staying with the Duke & Duchess of Marlborough on in 1958 and visiting most recently in 1975.

Blenheim Palace will also have a big screen on display in the Great Court which will be showing the celebrations for the Queen in the Mall and a Winston Churchill lookalike will also be gracing the party.

A birthday table will be laid by Head Butler, Stephen in The Saloon, Blenheim Palace’s State Dining Room with walls and ceilings painted by French decorative artist Louis Laguerre. The Duke and his family have their Christmas dinner here every year.

Situated within the Great Court will be food carts and four barrows selling goodies; from hot dogs to a chocolate fountain with sweets and waffles. Visitors can also toast Her Majesty with a glass of champagne from Searcys Champagne Wagon.

Visits are encouraged to bring their own blankets and a picnic to enjoy the ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and celebrations or can book a table in the stunning Orangery Restaurant for elevenses, lunch or a quintessential Afternoon Tea.

WHAT:            Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday at Blenheim Palace

WHEN:            12 June

WHY VISIT:    Experience a birthday celebration like no other in Blenheim Palace’s spectacular Great Court.

ADMISSION:  Park & Gardens ticket required: Adult £14.90 Child £6.90 Family £39.90


For more information please contact:

Melodie Manners | | 01637 873379 or 07815 709548

  • Opening times and ticket pricing applies
  • Seven local brass bands will be playing from 11am until 3pm each with a 30 minute slot.
  • At 1pm the seven brass bands will come together and play ensemble.
  • Blenheim Palace is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
  • Blenheim Palace is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England


Annual Pass


Blenheim Palace offers an amazing annual pass ticket deal. When you buy a single day ticket to the Palace, Park and Gardens, you can convert it into an annual pass for free and gain unlimited entry for 12 months.

Annual Pass Privilege Card – 15% discount on dining and shopping*

Blenheim Palace is offering a special Privilege Card upgrade option with the Annual Pass. For an extra £5 you can receive a 15% discount in all Blenheim Palace Shops and Cafés!

World Heritage UK Members Meeting, Giant’s Causeway, June 27th/28th 2016

Events, Members Meeting Giant's Causeway, Network meetings, News, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

The next World Heritage UK Members Meeting will take place at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland from 2pm on Monday 27th June to 1pm on Tuesday 28th June 2016. The meeting will begin with a tour of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its Visitor Centre. There will be a business meeting on Tuesday morning for members to agree a 3 year plan and discuss any other issues, followed by a workshop with case studies covering planning issues.

On Monday evening there will be a delegate’s dinner at the Causeway Hotel. Accommodation is also available here but early booking is recommended. Other accommodation in the area is also available.

Tickets are free for Voting Members, £30 for Associate Members and Observers and Non-Members are welcome too, at £75.

To book, please go to


World Heritage UK AGM and Annual Conference location announced – in Wales!

Conference, Conference Caernarfon October 2016, Events, News, Opportunities, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

The second annual World Heritage UK Conference will take place in Caernarfon from the 10th-11th October 2016. The press release by the Welsh Government can be found here:


Exterior view of the Castle from across the Seiont Caernarfon Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: CN079 NGR: SH477626 Gwynedd North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

Caernarfon is part of the Castles and Walled Towns of King Edward in Gwynedd, one of the UK’s 29 World Heritage Sites. It will coincide with Caernarfon Castle’s hosting of the Weeping Window poppy display, originally located at the Tower of London, which form part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War.

Diary date! More details of the conference will follow in due course.