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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark. Copyright: Chris Mahon
Wasdale – 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.”
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.
 These are Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (England), St Kilda (Scotland), Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (Wales), and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (England).