Seasonal message from Sam Rose

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sam rose 2015Dear World Heritage UK members and supporters

This has been the first full year for World Heritage UK and I think we can safely say that it has been busy and successful.  January kicked the year’s events off with an excellent Technical Meeting on Management Planning in Edinburgh.  Not only did it include a useful set of presentations and workshop sessions, but the Burns Night supper went down very well, and some people even braved the torrential rain for a short field trip on the Tuesday morning.   Our thanks go to our outstanding hosts, Historic Environment Scotland.

This was followed by an excellent one-day seminar at the Tower of London in collaboration with ALVA about challenges and opportunities facing World Heritage; highlighting perhaps the degree with which we as World Heritage Sites would benefit from collaborating across the sector.

June brought the first summer Networking Meeting, hosted superbly by the National Trust at Giant’s Causeway.  The mixture of field trip, evening meal, general meeting and presentations worked well, and it was a pleasure to see another of the UK’s natural sites.

Caernarfon was the venue for the second annual World Heritage UK conference in October, which, from all the feedback, was every bit as good as the first one in Saltaire.  The mixture of case studies, high-profile speakers (young and old), field trips and an evening reception at Penrhyn Castle made for a very popular and useful event.  We are particularly grateful to Cadw for their support for this event, and also to Gwynedd Council and the National Trust.  We will be looking to maintain the high standard next autumn at Ironbridge – dates to be confirmed shortly in the new year.

Finally, in collaboration with the Institute of Fundraising and their Giving to Heritage scheme, we held the first of what we hope to be an ongoing set of training events in subjects that you say you need support  – in this case fundraising.  This was followed for some people by a House of Lords reception to celebrate 30 years of World Heritage Sites in the UK.  World Heritage UK were identified as a key partner by Historic England, and it was a useful event for profile raising.

In terms of profile and advocacy, we have managed to get ourselves around some ‘important desks’, including that of the new Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, in respect of ‘post-Brexit’ issues. We produced a useful paper in that respect which is available on our website.  Locally,  World Heritage Sites have, as ever, been promoting the values and importance of World Heritage, particularly those seven that were given the status some 30 years ago.

There are many more things I could say but I won’t bore you any further – it is Christmas after all – apart from to say that I hope we are doing what you, as members, need.  This is your organisation, you are the members, so please do let us know what you think.

As for next year, we are confirming the programme for the year which will start with a Technical Meeting about World Heritage and Planning in Bath on March 8th.   We will also be looking to join Sites up better around 2017 World Heritage Day (April 18th), and hopefully make a bit of splash about it.  More details will follow as we get into the new year. 

Finally, if you are not a member and would like to be, or knows someone/an organisation who would, please get in touch with Chris on chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org.  It is important to build our membership, after all, World Heritage is for Life, not just for Christmas.

 Have a really great festive season, and all of the very best for 2017

Very best wishes

Sam Rose and the Board of Trustees

World Heritage UK

Save-the-date: Planning Technical Workshop 8th March 2017

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Save-the-date  Planning Technical Workshop

We are pleased to announce the date and location of the next World Heritage UK Technical Workshop, which as a result of Member feedback, will explore further issues around Planning and World Heritage Sites.

Save the date:

Date: Wednesday 8th March 2017 (evening networking social event on the 7th likely)

Venue: Bath Cricket Club (website here)

Bath Cricket Club is located at the recreational heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, with spectacular views across the ground taking in the spires of Bath Abbey and St Johns Church to the city and beyond. The club is 5 minutes from both Bath Spa railway station and the newly re-refurbished bus stations with car parking alongside the clubhouse.

Further details on the programme, tickets, accommodation etc. to follow.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tony Crouch, Don Gobbett and Chris Mahon

World Heritage UK Technical Workshop Team

World Heritage Fundraising Masterclass

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World Heritage UK Workshop “An Introduction to Fundraising Targets and
Techniques”
World Heritage UK was pleased to support a Giving to Heritage workshop run in London
at the end of November. This was specifically targeted for World Heritage Site Co-
ordinators and provided an introductory insight to fundraising and support from the
private and philanthropic sectors, a new approach to many of us who are more used to
seeking funding from public sources such as Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) or EU
programmes.
Giving to Heritage is a joint venture between The Heritage Alliance and the Institute of
Fundraising, made possible through a funding programme with HLF. This is a capacity
building programme designed to increase the fundraising capabilities of those working in
the heritage sector; training can be delivered through specifically targeted workshops
such as this, and through one-to-one consultancy sessions and webinars. The WHS
training workshop was attended by 14 delegates and was delivered by Valentine Morby
who has direct experience of working with WHSs through work he has done previously in
Bath and currently with the Jurassic Coast Trust.
particants learning from Trainer Valentine Morby photo:chrismahon
The session looked at what an organisation needs to have in place before approaching
and private sector donor – a strong vision, robust business plan and fundraising and
communications strategies. The importance of developing and maintaining long-term
relationships with donors was emphasised and to be clear about exactly what you wish
them to fund, and then build your case. This should be capable of being briefly
summarised through its features, advantages and benefits (the FAB approach) or
through the four pillars of vison (what you wish to do), enemy (what is stopping you), hero
(who can deliver) and recipient (who will benefit).
The clear message in approaching donors is to be clear, compelling, concise and
convincing – a message that everyone went away with!
Further information is available from:
www.instituteof-fundraising.org.uk
www.givingtoheritage.org.uk
Lesley Garlick
World Heritage UK Trustee

Entrepreneurship in Cultural Heritage – Workshop

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Organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham
In association with the West Midlands Museum Development
Location: The Old Ikon Gallery, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, B5 5SE
February 2nd 2017

Over recent years the heritage sector has been hit by cumulative cut-backs in public sector funding, reductions in visitor spend and increasing competition for visitors. At the same time, a multitude of new opportunities continue to emerge relating to technological innovation, new audiences and communication networks and new management approaches. In the context of this developing landscape for the heritage sector, this workshop explores the increasing need for museums and heritage organisations to become ever more entrepreneurial in their approach in order to increase their resilience to the changing environment and also to identify ways and means to build profile, audiences, income and opportunities to communicate the heritage at their heart.
Through presentations by speakers who, in different ways, are involved with innovative approaches  to the heritage and museums sector and through discussion, this workshop aims to identify some of the more entrepreneurial management practices of the heritage sector and to explore challenges and opportunities for future entrepreneurial actions.
Key Themes:

·        Working towards resilience

·        Partner working outside of the heritage sector

·        The role of the creative industries

·        Going global

·        Building audiences and income

Confirmed speakers include:

*  Dr Chris Ferguson (Auckland Castle)
*  Traci Dix-Williams (Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust)
*  Colin Chester-Head of Buying, The National Gallery
*  Tony Trehy (Director, Bury Art Museum)
*  Harvey Edgington (National Trust)
*  Elliot Goodger- Birmingham Museums Trust Enterprise Committee

Pre-booking is essential.

To book your place: http://shop.bham.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=30&catid=58&prodid=1376

Early-bird rate of £45 ( by 13 Jan 2017)
Full delegate rate of £55 (by January 27th 2017)

Contact: Jamie Davies, Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage
j.g.davies@bham.ac.uk<mailto:j.g.davies@bham.ac.uk>
0121 414 5616

Staff and volunteers from Accredited Museums or those officially Working towards Accreditation should reserve their place via the events page of the West Midlands Museum Development website: mdwm.org.uk  or contact wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk<mailto:wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk>

Gorham’s Cave Complex WHS – lecture

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ICOMOS-UK would like to invite you to join them for their annual Christmas lecture, which will celebrate the inscription of the UK’s latest World Heritage Site, the Gorham Cave Complex in Gibraltar, earlier this year. They will be welcoming Professor Clive Finlayson, Director of the Gibraltar Museum and of the Gorham’s Cave Complex, to give a lecture entitled ‘In the footsteps of the Ancestors – excursions into the Gorham’s Cave complex World Heritage Site’.

Event Details                                                                                                                                              Date: 15 December 2016

 Venue: the Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ

 Tickets: £16 (members)/ £19 (non-members) / £11 (students)

The ticket price includes a glass of wine and festive refreshments

The dispersal of modern humans across the globe in the Late Pleistocene is an unfolding story. As people reached new regions of the planet they discovered that they had not been alone. Conventional wisdom tells us that the competitively superior modern humans were responsible for the demise of all who they came across in their relentless path towards global colonisation. The story of humanity is much more complex than this and it is becoming increasingly clear that the evidence does not support this simple model. New technologies, now capable of piecing together the entire Neanderthal genome, are revolutionising the way in which we understand the story.

New technologies are not enough on their own – they often rely on fossils and artefacts which largely come from museum collections from caves excavated over a century ago. Fortunately, there are also sites which have survived the attention of over-eager Victorian archaeologists and their contemporaries and which have the potential, in combination with new technologies, of revealing the secrets of the Ancestors. These sites, which include the Gorham’s Cave complex, newly inscribed as a World Heritage Site, constitute the most universal heritage of all, that of all humans, past, present and future. It is our responsibility to protect these key sites and to welcome them, as equal partners, into the community of castles, churches and historic towns.

Book now: Visit http://www.icomos-uk.org/about-us/events/ to download a booking form and return it to us at ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ or email it to admin@icomos-uk.org

Payments can be made by cheque addressed to ICOMOS-UK or online at http://www.icomos-uk.org/payment/

Parliamentary Reception for World Heritage

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Celebrating 30 years of World Heritage in the UK

Guest blog by Henry Owen-John, Head of International Advice, Historic England

On November 29th Historic England, in partnership with WHUK and others, organised a parliamentary reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UK’s first World Heritage Sites. At the event hosted by Historic England Commissioner Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey on the terrace of the House of Lords, the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, spoke of her own enthusiasm for some of the UK’s WHSs that she had visited with her family. She also drew attention to figures just published in Heritage Counts https://content.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/heritage-and-the-economy/heritage-and-the-economy-2016.pdf/ that show that 40 million people, participate in heritage – almost 75% of the population. The Secretary of State praised the work done by all those involved in the management and promotion of the UK’s WHSs.

Baroness Lola Young and Secretary of State Karen Bradley (all images copyright Historic England)

40 MPs and 20 members of the Upper House were present together with 150 people from across the heritage sector in the UK to hear Sir Laurie Magnus the Chair of Historic England and Duncan Wilson talk passionately about WHSs and what they mean to communities across the world. Duncan suggested that the words of Croatian writer, Slavenka Drakuliç, on what the destruction of the bridge at Mostar meant to her, epitomised everyone’s passion for outstanding heritage: ‘We expect people to die; we count on our own lives to end. The destruction of a monument to civilisation is something else. The bridge in all its beauty and grace, was built to outlive us; it was an attempt to grasp eternity. It transcended our individual destiny. A dead woman is one of us. But the bridge is all of us forever.’ The backdrop to these words was an image of a joyous celebration of the reconstructed bridge at Mostar.

Sir Laurie Magnus and Duncan Wilson, the Chair and CEO of Historic England

Historic England advises government on meeting the UK’s obligations under the terms of the World Heritage Convention and works closely with World Heritage UK in promoting good practice in the management and presentation of our WHSs and championing their value, not only as places of outstanding universal value, but also as drivers for economic, environmental and social benefit. Duncan Wilson said that while in other parts of the world there were threats from armed conflict and natural disaster, in the UK we had our own challenges in protecting some of our WHSs from over development. However, he also made clear that in the 30 WHS in the UK and its overseas territories we have many examples of good practice which is widely respected on the world stage.

During the event a short video was shown which captured the essence of many of the UK’s WHSs and put over some key messages about the value of world heritage. The video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhidUvtRR-M&t=15s

World Heritage International Offer

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Heritage Sector International Commercial Offer

World Heritage UK were pleased to be invited by Historic England to an evening reception at Wellington Arch, London,  on Monday 28 November.  Invitees included leading practitioners of heritage conservation and restoration work overseas, and representatives of relevant bodies and colleagues from government departments. 

The Culture White Paper issued by the Dept. for Culture, Media and Sport asked Historic England to work with other heritage and related organisations to develop the heritage sector’s international commercial offer.  The purpose of the evening was to help set the agenda for this.  Historic England Chairman Sir Laurie Magnus confirmed what we all know, in that the UK is a world leader in heritage management.  The heritage sector has however, lagged behind others such as the leading UK museums in successfully sharing these skills commercially overseas or attracting inward investment. It was time, he said, to ‘take the bushel off our light’, to be proud and open about our expertise and look to see if overseas partnerships could be made, with Heritage England and DCMS support.

WH:UK members have a varied and impressive range of skills including, management planning, museum management, heritage education and heritage tourism to name but a few.  A range of suggestions from the membership relating to potential commercial opportunities has already been gathered to submit to Historic England, but if you have any further ideas please do contact Chris Mahon chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org 

Tony Crouch

City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager