Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site valued at over £1 Billion


A new report has found that residents, visitors and businesses attach an economic value of between £1.2 – £1.4 billion to the World Heritage Site.

(PR Taken from EWH Website May 26, 2016)

The survey, using a Treasury-approved approach, is the first time the value of the city’s heritage has been measured in this way.

The report reveals the depth of public support for the World Heritage site. The survey found that 96% of respondents feel that the city’s heritage is beneficial, and that this support is regardless of respondents’ economic or social background. Residents, visitors and businesses all strongly support the conservation of Edinburgh’s heritage, and see the World Heritage Site as a public good and long-term legacy for future generations.

The report was designed to capture the relationships that residents, businesses and visitors have with the site, and to express this through the attribution of a monetary value. Importantly, the contingent valuation established by the research is entirely separate to the commercial activities of businesses and residents within the World Heritage Site.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage commented: ‘this pioneering report shows that the World Heritage Site is deeply valued, and that its long term maintenance should be a priority for public spending. It also demonstrates a tremendous breadth of support with visitors, residents, and businesses all seeing the benefit to the city.’

Brian Lang, Chairman of Edinburgh World Heritage said: ‘the World Heritage Site is a fundamental driver of the city’s economy, and plays a vital role in attracting over 4 million visitors every year. The research shows that this value is widely understood, with residents and businesses agreeing that investment in heritage has long-term benefits for the city.’

Cllr. Gavin Barrie, Convener of the Economy Committee, responded: ‘we are immensely proud of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It brings tremendous value to the city and its economy and this research is to be welcomed. The report spells out why millions of visitors are flooding to Edinburgh every year to enjoy the World Heritage Site. This is of great benefit as the capital is heralded as the ‘gateway’ to the rest of Scotland. Our residents also take pride in the area and businesses report great benefits to the local economy. The evidence suggests that the economic value placed on the World Heritage Site drives investors’ financial decisions.

You can download a copy of the report here, or on the EWG website here.

World Heritage UK response to Culture White Paper

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World Heritage UK response to Culture White Paper

Dear members and supporters

In response to the Culture White Paper published last month, World Heritage UK have put together a letter to Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy.  We are aware that there is no longer an official consultation period for this White Paper, but in the interests of being part of a listening government, we are hopeful that the Minster will take into account what we have written.

The letter, and our original submission to the process, can be found here. The essence is that whilst we feel that it is a positive move to put World Heritage in the Paper, and to aim to “set a global standard in the stewardship of World Heritage Sites“, there is a missed opportunity to provide some much needed support for the UK Sites to reach that high quality standard that the Paper aspires to, and further therefore be able to provide the expertise needed to support Sites overseas.

As such we have requested a discussion with the Minister about how some of the proposed Cultural Protection Fund can be used for this purpose.

We would welcome your comments, and if you feel the urge to write as individual Sites,  please feel free to quote from the letter.

With best wishes

Sam Rose, on behalf of World Heritage UK
Chair of Trustees



World Heritage Status… it’s What You Make It?


Mark Suggitt, Director, of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, has done an excellent article for the newsletter of the Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums (ABTEM) about World Heritage status. We thought it was so good that we would share it with you all – thanks Mark!

Download here: ABTEM Newsletter – May 2016

Giant’s Causeway or bust – the World Heritage UK summer 2016 Members meeting


Giant’s Causeway or bust – the World Heritage UK summer 2016 Members meeting

As many of you may know, World Heritage UK has had an aspiration to reach all nations of the UK in the first year of operation.  After a the conference in England last October, the technical meeting in Scotland in January, ‘Conference 2016’ planned for Wales in October (more in a subsequent blog) we are delighted that the National Trust were able to invite us to Northern Ireland and the Causeway at the end of June for the first of the ’Members meetings’.

This will not be new news of course, as the meeting has been open for registration for while now, and bookings are going well, but I thought now would be a good opportunity to say a little more about it.

Being a new organisation, we are responding to members wishes and trying out activities to see what is going to work to help achieve your aims.  The perhaps mis-named Members Meeting (mis-named because non-members are very welcome) is a more relaxed opportunity to learn in detail about a Site, an aspect of its Management, and explore wider issues around World Heritage.  We won’t have formal or external speakers but instead use case studies from within the membership and other colleagues to help us learn how to better manage our Sites.

It is also an opportunity to hold a meeting of the representatives of the voting members, something that we say we will do in our constitution, and to give them / you a chance to tell us Trustees how they would like the organisation to go forward… so if you represent a Site and are a voting member this is your chance!

This meeting will start on the afternoon of Monday 27th June at 2pm with a tour around the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its Visitor Centre.  This will give us a chance to find out more about how the centre was established, how it works, and get a warts and all insight into the success of this facility.

We will continue in the evening with a delegates dinner at the Causeway Hotel, where normally most of the serious work is achieved!

Tuesday 28th will start with the short business meeting for voting members, principally to agree the three year forward plan for World Heritage UK and to discuss any other issues.  This will be followed until 1pm with a workshop session looking into the thorny issue of planning, with some case studies and plenty of time for discussion.

We will then have lunch and depart, hopefully in the sunshine!  If you have any questions, please do ask me or Chris, and if you intend to come (free to members, small fee for non-members) please do book up here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-members-meeting-tickets-23991921483

Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there.



The Institute of Fundraising has a programme called Giving to Heritage.  There is a course being run by them on Tuesday 21st Jun 2016 in Manchester that could interest many World Heritage related organisations.

They say:”Having even a few committed major donors onside can make a significant impact on your heritage organisation’s income, but finding the right ones, and bringing them on board, can be a daunting and nerve-wracking task. The workshop is intended to provide an overview of major donor fundraising and provide participants with the tools to start a major donor programme in their heritage organisation.”

The course is only £20 and full details are available here.  We have not checked with them about eligibility, but because it is part of the Giving to Heritage  programme and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Catalyst initiative, all not-for-profit heritage organisations should be eligible.  Please do check with them if you are unsure, and let us know how it goes.

@WorldHeritageUK Needs YOU!


Did you know that World Heritage UK is on twitter? Go to @worldheritageuk to check us out and say hello.

We would love the twitter account to be a forum for networking and promotion of the UK’s incredible World Heritage sites and tentative list sites. If you and/or your site are on twitter do give us a follow and get involved – we’ll be doing a hashtag a month on a World Heritage theme, as well as engaging with news and events, so please join in. The more the merrier!

Additionally, if you would like to get involved in some twitter events, such as an ‘#AskaWHS’ or ‘#Behindthescenes’ let us know and we’ll schedule them in!

Thanks, and tweet on!

Bond at Blenheim Palace

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Bond at Blenheim Palace - Nocturne 2016

The line-up for this summer’s Nocturne concert series is now complete with the announcement that The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform a selection of music from classic Bond films on Saturday June 25th. Presented by former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton (A View To A Kill), and featuring guest vocalists Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, The RPCO will perform themes from films including Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Live & Let Die, Licence to Kill, Skyfall and the acclaimed score from Spectre under the direction of conductor Richard Balcombe. With some scenes from Spectre having been filmed at Blenheim Palace, the World Heritage site is a fitting location for a concert in tribute to the iconic film series.

Nocturne transforms The Great Court at Blenheim Palace into the ultimate open-air concert venue and the other headline events at this year will be Ennio Morricone, who will conduct a 200-strong orchestra and choir on Thursday June 23rd, The Corrs, with support from Jack Savoretti, on Friday 24th and Elton John and his band, with support from Foy Vance, on Sunday 26th.

Tickets for ‘The Music From Bond’ start at £37.50 and are on sale from Monday April 25th. 

See www.nocturnelive.com

World Heritage Education

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World Heritage Education

This is a Call For Papers for contributions to a new, open access, postgraduate/ graduate journal called furnace that is edited by young scholars in the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham. furnace hopes to be a facilitator for sparking debates and discussions surrounding the expanding and diversifying disciplinary field of cultural heritage.

Article 4 of the World Heritage Convention states that each State Party has ‘the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage’ (UNESCO 1972); it is through Outreach and Education that this ‘transmission’ is undertaken.

 Article 27 enshrines the Educational duties of WHSs, as it states that ‘the States Parties to this Convention shall endeavour by all appropriate means, and in particular by educational and information programmes, to strengthen appreciation and respect by their peoples of the cultural and natural heritage’ (UNESCO 1972).

 It is important to remind WHSs and stakeholders, that Education and Outreach is a duty and obligation. This is a timely reminder as many World Heritage Sites are undergoing a period of change through restructuring and the rewriting of their Management Plans.

 World Heritage Education can occur through formal learning programmes at site level, nationally through state parties and globally. World Heritage Education however remains under researched. This is a symptom of heritage education in general which remains under researched in comparison to that of museum education.

 Therefore we are seeking submissions with a focus on either of the following research questions:

  • What is World Heritage Education?
  • How can the concept of Outstanding Universal Value be communicated to young audiences?
  • What is the relationship between heritage education, museum education and World Heritage Education?
  • How can educational visits to World Heritage Sites enhance learning?
  • How are World Heritage Sites learning resources for classroom based learning?
  • What are the challenges in World Heritage Sites developing learning programmes?

The theme of the 4th issue of the IIICH Postgraduate journal furnace is World Heritage Education.

 Full papers are required by Friday June 10th 2016. They should be sent to: furnace@contacts.bham.ac.uk . Decisions will be made quickly by the editorial board. Those accepted will be reviewed and corrected for publication launch on Friday September 30th 2016.

See the webpage for further information on submissions. https://furnacejournal.wordpress.com/

 For further information or any questions, please contact us via the email above or tweet at @furnacejournal