Celebrate World Heritage Day at Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Celebrate World Heritage Day with a special lecture by Richard Annis, showcasing all the exciting findings during Durham University’s refurbishment of the Exchequer Building.

As part of the celebrations, this lecture is being hosted by Durham Cathedral in one of their hidden gems, the Priors Hall, and will also give you an opportunity to hear more about the Cathedral’s exciting Foundation 2020 appeal, which aims to build an endowment of £10 million by 2020 to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

The refurbishment of a “hidden gem” between two World Heritage Site landmarks is nearing conclusion. Specialist restoration teams have been putting the finishing touches to the overhaul of the former Exchequer and Chancery, a Grade I-listed building on Palace Green, Durham. The last surviving administrative building used by the Prince Bishops from medieval times, since the 1850s it has been used as part of the university library. Skilled trades people have revealed some unknown features of the building along the way and Richard’s talk will give us a taster of the beautiful medieval features of the Exchequer building that have been restored and revealed during the work.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture on site.

This lecture is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Please do write an email to raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Richard Annis is Senior Archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. In the past 30 years he has worked on a wide variety of archaeological projects throughout the north-east of England and in Cumbria, Humberside, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire. Richard’s specialist interests include the archaeology of buildings and he has studied structures ranging in size and complexity from castles to cow byres. Most recently Richard led the excavation and managed the process of post-excavation processing, examination and analysis of the skeletons of the Scottish soldiers from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar and worked on the major refurbishment of the Exchequer Building.

English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated by royal visit

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WP_20180326_10_25_56_ProHundreds of people came to see His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales as the guest of honour at a special community event on 26th March, to mark the Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The long journey to World Heritage Site status was led by Lord Clark of Windermere, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership and submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England.

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Prince Charles unveils the UNESCO plaque with Lord Clarke

The Prince of Wales attended the event at Crow Park, Keswick, and unveiled the official UNESCO plaque to mark the designation. As Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clarke maintained, “this plaque will give local people and visitors a place to come and appreciate not just the spectacular landscape, but also the rich, cultural history of the Lake District as a World Heritage Site”.

The event was a celebration of the unique cultural landscape of the Lake District to which special guests and members of the community were invited to attend. Among these was World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, who explained the work of the organisation to the Prince of Wales, finding that the guest of honour fully understood the values that underpin the UK’s World Heritage Sites, as well as the issues they face. Michael Ellis, the new Heritage Minister was also present, and it is hoped that a further meeting with him and World Heritage UK will be arranged.

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Chris Blandford meets the Prince of Wales with John Hodgson and Keith Jones

UNESCO asks all World Heritage Sites to celebrate their status by erecting an official plaque, but with so many inspirational viewpoints to choose from across the Lake District, a number of locations and plaques were considered by the Partnership. The criteria included a stunning landscape view, good public access for all and strong representation of the three World Heritage Site themes of cultural landscape: identity, inspiration and conservation. The National Trust’s Crow Park, overlooking Derwent Water, was chosen for this special event. 

Lake District National Park Chief Executive, Richard Leafe, explained how the benefits of this new status were already being seen across the National Park. “Since last summer, we have seen some great examples of organisations, businesses and communities using World Heritage status to flourish and prosper,” Richard said. “From inspirational cultural events to welcoming first-time visitors to the park, this global recognition has encouraged new opportunities, while continuing to be a much loved national park for everyone to enjoy.”

The English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of over a thousand across the world and is the 31st inscription for the UK. It is the UK’s largest World Heritage Site at 229,200 ha and is the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site.

There are three themes that underpin the English Lake District World Heritage Site inscription are:

1)    Identity: The acknowledged beauty of the Lake District is the result of thousands of years of industry and agricultural development of the spectacular natural landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes and woodland.

2)    Inspiration: The beauty of the Lake District inspired artists and writers of the Picturesque and Romantic movements and generated ideas about landscape that have had global influence.

3)    Conservation: The Lake District has been enjoyed and valued by visitors for more than 250 years. Concern to protect it was the inspiration for the birth of the conservation movement, including the National Trust and protected areas including UK National Parks.

 

Celebrating World Heritage Day in Stonehenge and Avebury 2018

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Celebrating World Heritage Day at Stonehenge and Avebury 2018

 World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability

Endorsed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO the day is an opportunity to raise the profile of World Heritage Sites across the globe and to recognise and explore their unique and special features. Many of you will know the most famous Sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids and the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil but did you know that we have 31 World Heritage Site in the United Kingdom and that the most recent of these is the Lake District which was added to the List last year?

Here in Wiltshire we are incredibly fortunate to have the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site – to use its proper title. The globally iconic stone circles are instantly recognisable but do you know about all the other monuments and sites which form part of this 50 square kilometre landscape which makes up our World Heritage Site? The partners that look after all things World Heritage are planning to make sure that this year Wiltshire marks World Heritage Day with an array of fun activities and events all across Wiltshire to help you find out more about our World Heritage and how to get involved.

At Avebury you can join the National Trust for a guided walk and find out why this World Heritage Site is globally important as you explore the landscape visiting the Bronze Age ‘hedgehog’ barrows and stroll down to Neolithic West Kennet Avenue. You’ll discover some of the most exciting parts of the prehistoric landscape at Avebury.

Or join the Human Henge group for a more sensory experience of Avebury’s ancient landscape. Human Henge is a ground-breaking project about archaeology, mental health and creativity that is interesting, adventurous, safe and fun. Walk, sing and learn in the company of archaeologists and musicians, connecting with others who have walked here before us.

At Stonehenge English Heritage invite you to meet their friendly volunteering team. See them make and decorate prehistoric style pottery, fashion rope out of water reed, and make cheese and bread over the open fire in the Neolithic Houses.  Learn about the plants foraged from the Stonehenge landscape and chat to the volunteers as they repair the chalk daub walls of the houses.  There will be a chance to sign up and join this amazing team and learn some essential Neolithic life skills! There are also free guided walks around the site, a trail for grown-ups, prize give ways during the day, and a Stonehenge100 talk by Archaeologist Phil Harding in the evening.

Local museums are getting involved too with a Family fun day at Wiltshire Museum in Devizes on Saturday 14th April where you and the kids can make a model of Stonehenge, take part in the ‘Early Man’ gallery trail and craft jewellery making. You can learn more about the temporary exhibition at Stonehenge Visitor Centre that explores the diet of the Neolithic people who built and used the monument 4500 years ago at Feast! A lecture by Sue Greaney, English Heritage Senior Properties Historian.

At the Salisbury Museum you can join Museum Director Adrian Green to discover more about the extraordinary life of General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers (1827 – 1900). This study day will include a morning lecture, opportunity to handle artefacts from the Pitt-Rivers collection and an afternoon visit to a few of the sites he excavated. You will need your own transport for this one.

At the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre you can hear from World Heritage Site Partnership Manager, Sarah Simmonds, all about the Outstanding Universal Value that makes this landscape so special and of global significance. There will be an exhibition of images from the archives and an illustrated talk by Ruth Butler, the Heritage Education Officer at Wiltshire Council.

World Heritage Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the many things that are so special about our World Heritage Site landscape and to help people explore and enjoy it.  The World Heritage Site Coordination Unit has pulled together an exciting programme that will give you a taste of what the Site has to offer. We are grateful to our partners who are laying on a series of special events around World Heritage Day as well as for their day to day work together with local landowners, farmers and communities in protecting and managing this internationally important asset.  (Alistair Sommerlad, Chair of the World Heritage Site Partnership Panel)

You can find out about the whole programme of events taking place in the weeks around World Heritage Site Day on the World Heritage Site Coordination Unit’s website: www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/news-events/events/

If you can’t make any of the events, why not head out on to one of the many footpaths and permissive paths or across open access land to explore this unique rural and tranquil prehistoric landscape for yourself? All are welcome to share in and experience Wiltshire’s amazing collective cultural heritage.

World Heritage Site Coordinator for the English Lake District – top job in a top place

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Wasdale-5-Andrew-LockingA further opportunity has arisen to apply for this fantastic opportunity to work in a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. All enquiries:

http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/job-pages/world-heritage-site-coordinator2

Man Engine kicks off Wales tour at Blaenavon WHS

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Man Engine WalesBritain’s largest mechanical puppet to begin 2018 tour at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site

The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will start its tour of Wales with an opening ceremony in Blaenavon on Sunday 8 April 2018.

The colossal Man Engine will begin his journey at Big Pit National Coal Museum before parading down to Blaenavon Ironworks accompanied by choirs, brass bands and theatrics as part of his journey across Wales, entitled: Man Engine Cymru: Forging a Nation.

From Blaenavon it will visit Parc Bryn Bach, Cyfarthfa Park and Castle, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, the National Waterfront Museum Swansea, Swansea City Centre and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.

The Welsh tour is a collaboration of the cultural sector in Wales, with Swansea University working in partnership with the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw), Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, five local authorities (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Swansea), Head 4 Arts and Golden Tree Productions.

The team behind the Man Engine, Golden Tree Productions, are creating a bespoke visual and aural experience for the Welsh expedition set to include theatrical shows, live music and storytelling to highlight the rich industrial heritage of south Wales.

Visitors will be able to view the event outside the Big Pit Museum and parade through the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial estate.  Tickets to view the main event at the Ironworks can be booked via www.ticketsource.co.uk or through the Blaenavon Box Office 01495 742333.

Best Practice in World Heritage blossoms at Kew Gardens

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World Heritage UK’s latest workshop, ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’ took place last week in the magnificent setting of the Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beating the inclement weather the week before, the participants enjoyed a bright couple of days (with the occasional shower) exploring some of the treasures this remarkable place holds. the orchid houseTravelling on the explorer bus through budding narcissi and spring crocus, the party of thirty delegates were transported to The Pagoda, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Temperate House so see behind-the-scenes restoration work and special privilege access to areas not open to the public. Towards the PagodaClimbing three hundred steps to the top of the pagoda to meet the restoration experts and the first of the ornamental dragons being mounted there was a memorable experience. Particularly impressive was the amount of research that has taken place in order to match the original design of the  architect William Chambers back in 1761, including paint analysis to achieve an accurate representation of the eighteenth century colour scheme. there be dragonsThe group were told that this monument is the most important garden ornament in the world – quite fitting to be found in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage (like The Pagoda, managed by Historic Royal Palaces) this hidden gem is an early example of a cottage orné, a rustic thatched cottage built as a country retreat, not as a residence, and used for taking tea during walks in the gardens. A favourite place of King George III, it houses many Hogarth prints and once had a menagerie which included the first kangaroos from the colonies. Queen Charlotte's CottageThen the magnificent Temperate House which is undergoing major restoration and the works are now nearing completion with just a few weeks to go. This is a major investment into World Heritage, costing £41m and the newly painted (four coats) and glazed building is already receiving some of the 10,000 plants of 1500 species while the finishing touches to the structure are being undertaken. Temperate House restorationAfter a warm welcome speech from the Director at Kew Gardens, Richard Deverell, the workshop participants received expert wisdom in stimulating presentations from two of Kew’s senior staff, setting the scene for them getting engaged in three workshop groups which enabled a willing exchange of knowledge and experience between those taking part. The notes from the plenary feedback session are currently being distilled and will be available shortly. Workshop welcome                                                        If this was not enough to fill the one and a half days spent together, everyone enjoyed the evening dinner at the nearby London Museum of Water and Steam, where the heritage engines were fired up in a magnificent demonstration of 19th century mechanical engineering. Thanks go to John Porter for setting up this arrangement. Thanks are also due to the sponsors of the event, Historic England and Lichfields, without whom this workshop would not have been realised.Dinner at the London Museum of Water and Steam Cheers!

World Heritage UK Membership 2018 – special offer!

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World Heritage UK is a charity and the only organisation solely focused on the business of managing the UK’s World Heritage Sites. World Heritage UK works to secure the sustainable future of UK World Heritage Sites by advocating for support and resources, and promoting the importance of the value of the Sites.

Its membership is made up of organisations that have the responsibility of taking care of the UK’s most important heritage sites. We also welcome individual membership from people who have an interest in World Heritage. Our individual members are students, professionals working in the heritage sector or just people who want to show their support for World Heritage in the UK.

We hold 3 meetings a year including our annual conference which grows in popularity each year. We keep our members updated on matters related to World Heritage and provide networking and training opportunities.

We have a special limited offer for our new membership year. The first 30 people to join by the end of April 2018 will receive one of our stunning World Heritage in the UK maps.  This map includes information on all 31 of the UKs sites.

There are 3 ways to join:

Using our PayPal facility

Direct transfer to our account using your online banking facility

Send a cheque to our Finance Manager

Then just complete a whuk-individual-membership-form18-19 and send it to treasurer@worldheritageuk.org and we’ll send you a shiny new map in the post!