World Heritage UK: Chair’s update


Dear friends of World Heritage in the UK

Having successfully got past a dark and dismal January, I thought it a good moment to do a quick update.


Firstly, the Winter 2016 / 2017 World Heritage UK newsletter can be downloaded here. This is a growing publication and my thanks Chris for pulling it together.

Members of WH:UK automatically receive this when it is issued (so apologies to many of you for the cross posting), and have the opportunity to contribute appropriate stories and information… an excellent reason to join up if you haven’t done already.

Bath Technical meeting

March 8th is the date for this year’s technical workshop, with a focus this time on issues around planning and how it is approached in the UK in respect of World Heritage Sites.  We know that this is a huge subject, and we may only scratch the surface at this meeting, but we would like to use this to start to develop a Position Paper to put to Government around the issues that World Heritage Sites face.  Numbers are looking good, but there are still plenty of places so please book up here.  The event is very good value, especially so for members… (another excellent reason to join up).

World Heritage Day 2017

Those of us in the business know that World Heritage is woefully known and understood in the UK, even though many of our Sites are world famous and all are globally important.  World Heritage UK is committed to remedying this, and one simple thing we can all do to try to make more of World Heritage Day, April 18th, to raise profile of the Sites and the concept of World Heritage more generally.  In 2017, the theme is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. We are looking at a plan involving events, social media and the website, and will get back to you as we progress more, but if you have ideas about how we as a community can do this well, or want to help do it, please send them to Chris at

Give as you live

As we are a charity, we need to raise funds to supplement our membership fees so that we can do more to support World Heritage Sites.  One way of doing this is through charity-giving shopping websites, and we have recently signed up to ‘Give as you live‘  Basically, it is a portal for a load of online stores, including John Lewis, Argos, M&S etc, and also a price comparison website.  Any purchase you make from any of these hundreds of store and services, which started at will generate a commission for World Heritage UK, as long as, when you sign in, you identify World Heritage UK as your chosen Charity.  So, in essence, it is free and very easy to use, has all of the online stores you might use anyway, might even save you money, and supports your Charity at the same time.  What’s not to like!  Please do sign up here and start shopping… thanks.


Finally, in order to make the most of World Heritage UK we are always looking for volunteers to help with specific tasks. At the moment, I would really value someone with a bit of experience with WordPress to take on a role with the Website, and make to more up to date and exciting!  We could also benefit from someone who can support Chris with the Facebook side of things, and start to make good links between Sites – to complement the excellent work our Twitter volunteer Coralie is doing. Please do let Chris know if you have a bit of time and want to help in any capacity, and I’m sure we can match your skills to a role.

Many thanks and I hope to see you soon at one of our meetings,

Best wishes

Sam Rose (Chair of World Heritage UK)


Practical and conceptual challenges with conservation in the 21st Century – call for provocations!

News, Opportunities

Practical and conceptual challenges with conservation – call for provocations!

Daisy Sutcliffe, who coordinated the Arts Programme for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and her colleague Phil Nicholson are keen to invite provocations from those working in conservation for their upcoming session Visualising the Conserved Anthropocene at the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers conference later this year.

How does the way that ‘Nature’ is considered ‘other’ or opposed to ‘Humans’ affect your work?

How does the current state of geopolitics impact on the way that conservation is practiced in your field?

How could visualisations that address these assumptions help to conserve our environments in the anthropocene, and help to support your work?

You don’t need to be academic or speak in academic language, in fact we hope that the session will question this format and be able to make further links between those who primarily think about conservation and those who practice conservation daily. For those who are not planning to attend the conference or might find a trip to London prohibitive, we can offer a live video link, and there is the possibility that we may be able to negotiate limited guest passes for the conference on the day of the session.  If you are interested, please follow the instructions below, and, with apologies, please note the short deadline of next Monday, 6th February.

Call for Provocations: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2017: ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’. London, 29th August – 1st September 2017

Visualising the Conserved Anthropocene 

Convenors: Daisy Sutcliffe (The University of Glasgow), Philip Nicholson (The University of Glasgow)

Sponsored by: Postgraduate Forum (PGF)

‘Conserving’ our environments in the Anthropocene throws up new conceptual and practical challenges, not least that the organisations that are charged with supporting this conservation such as UNESCO, the IUCN and WWF were set up by Western cultures in the mid-twentieth century. Here, the environment was largely framed within a classical geopolitical, modernist thinking with humans at the pinnacle of a hierarchical structure with responsibility for an appropriate stewardship of a Nature conceived of as other. As numerous commentators have observed, the Anthropocene has challenged the ‘rootedness’ of philosophical debates on a life well lived, instead placing emphases on material ontologies of exposure and vulnerability, symbiosis and depredation. Furthermore, it has exhausted established modes of visualising Nature, from photos of doomed polar bears, maps showing the borders of inscribed sites of conservation, to the transects that reveal a geological archive. What are the implications of such material ontologies for ‘visualising’ the Anthropocene? How might new modes of visualisation be developed for the Anthropocene and how might these be applied to conservation policy and practice? This session will explore these fraught, yet productive, tensions between the Anthropocene, conservation and visualisation, with an emphasis on work in progress.

We invite provocations reflecting on some of the challenges of conservation and visualisation of environments in the Anthropocene. We ask, how might these new modes of visualisation be productive for the conservation of environments in the Anthropocene?

Such provocations might include, but are not limited to:

•       Insights from artist residencies
•       Curating the Anthropocene
•       New approaches in geographic information science
•       Creative Geo-visualisations
•       Field encounters across disciplinary and cultural boundaries
•       New or novel institutional structures
•       Experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to conservation

Contributors will have up to 10 minutes to outline their provocations. We welcome presentations in the form of traditional papers but also encourage alternative formats such as PechaKucha style, photo or video essays, short film screenings, performances etc. These will lead to a facilitated discussion.

Please submit title, name & affiliation and an abstract of no more than 250 words to and Daisy Sutcliffe by Monday 6th February 2017.


Daisy Sutcliffe

Researcher, Evaluator, Facilitator and Producer, engagement with nature / heritage / arts
+44 7811 379105