‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference 2017 – registration now open

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‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference
7-10 October 2017
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Early Bird registration now open!
About the conference
The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and World Heritage UK have joined forces to hold special four-day international meeting at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site near Telford, Shropshire. The first two days will bring together academics from around the world to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage Values, from 7-8 October.
This will be followed by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practitioners will gather to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences, on 9-10 October.
Together, this joint event will take place at Ironbridge Gorge which, in 1986, became one of the first UK sites to be awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.  The designation of Ironbridge Gorge as a World Heritage Site recognised the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. The surviving built and natural environment with its museums, monuments and artefacts, serve to remind us of this area’s unique contribution to the history and development of industrialised society.
 
About the conference programme:
 
From 7-8 October, the conference sessions will explore heritage research and global policy, drawing its themes from an AHRC Collaborative doctoral research project between the AHRC, IIICH and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust which examines the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest, and how World Heritage Values are communicated with these groups. The sessions will focus on sharing and discussing research undertaken by four PhD candidates from the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham, which taken together comprises 12 years of research on a single World Heritage Site, while placing it in combination with comparative and contrasting case studies presented by researchers and practitioners from around the world. The sessions will focus on the following research themes:
·         Education within the World Heritage Site
·         Specialist Groups & World Heritage: Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial WHS
·         Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
·         The communities of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
 
From 9-10 October, delegates will hear from some of the most influential leaders in Heritage before considering the key audiences to target in a series of session themes which will explore how we can best communicate with ‘Governments and the Public Sector’, talk to ‘Business and Funders’, and address the needs of ‘Young People and Communities’, as well as how we communicate with each other (World Heritage Sites, Europe and the UNESCO family) and with the wider world, including the media.
 
Book your tickets
To see our draft programme, and book your tickets for the conference, please visit our website at:
www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com Don’t forget to take advantage of our early-bird booking discount by 31st August!
If you are attending the conference as a representative of a World Heritage UK Voting Member organisation, that organisation is entitled to ONE free ticket. For this ticket allocation please register via this Eventbrite page:  https://communicatingworldheritage.eventbrite.co.uk
Additional representatives from your Voting Member organisation are welcome to attend the conference at the standard ticket rate using the conference registration link at www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com/tickets
We look forward to seeing you there!

New Lanark Networking Meeting success

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The second of World Heritage UK’s annual networking meetings took place at the New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site in July. Over 30 delegates enjoyed exploring this remarkable place between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and hearing presentations from a variety of knowledgeable speakers.copyright HES

Some of the delegates enjoying the roof garden. Copyright: Historic Environment Scotland

The theme of the meeting was ‘Running the Business of World Heritage’ and there was plenty of commercial experience to share from UK and international WHS examples. We heard about the visitor centres at Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the Al Falaj in Oman, masterplanning at Kew Gardens and financial strategy at Fountains Abbey, telling the story at Durham Cathedral, customer experience at Edinburgh Castle and ‘big picture’ visioning at New Lanark itself. Plenty of discussion time too and the networking was enhanced with fine food at the Mill One Hotel restaurant.

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Delegates to the 2017 World Heritage UK Networking and General Meeting. Copyright Chris Mahon

Thanks to David Holroyd, Justin Scully, Chris Blandford, Jane Gibson, Heather Sebire, and Gillian MacDonald for giving the talks, Graham U’ren, Beth Thomas and Sam Rose for chairing sessions, to Jane Masters and her tour guides at the New Lanark Trust for hosting us at the excellent Mill One Hotel and to Historic Environment Scotland for supporting the event.

David Holroyd and Graham U’ren presenting. Copyright Chris Mahon

If you haven’t yet visited the New Lanark World Heritage Site, do go if you can. There is an amazing cultural story to be heard here and the Falls of Clyde is a great natural feature without which the mills would not have been built.

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Welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark. Copyright: Chris Mahon

English Lake District World Heritage Site inscription announced

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Wasdale-5-Andrew-LockingWasdale – copyright Andrew Locking

From the World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow, Poland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO announced yesterday:

T­­­he English Lake District, a cultural landscape in North West England that inspired Romantic poets and conservationists including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, has been inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in Krakow, Poland, in July 2017.

World Heritage Sites are areas recognised for their ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ (OUV), meaning their cultural or natural heritage transcends national boundaries and is of importance to present and future generations of all humanity. Recognised for its landscape of mountains, valleys and lakes intertwined with over 1,000 years of human activity, the Lake District will now become the UK’s 31st World Heritage Site, and one of five World Heritage Sites in the UK recognised as a “cultural landscape.”[1]

The UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites form an important part of the diverse UNESCO family in the UK. This now includes over 160 UNESCO designations such as Creative Cities, Global Geoparks, Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Chairs. All these designations are working toward the common aim of enhancing peace, security and sustainable development by fostering international collaboration through education, science, culture, communication and information.

[1] These are Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (England), St Kilda (Scotland), Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (Wales), and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (England).