World Heritage UK 2020 events programme – dates for the new diary

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As agreed by the World Heritage UK Board of Trustees, the first event of World Heritage UK’s events in 2020 will take place on Wednesday 29th April 2020 in The Marlborough Room at the magnificent Blenheim Palace UNESCO World Heritage Site at Woodstock in Oxfordshire. It will be a one-day workshop with the provisional title ‘Restoration in World Heritage Sites – repairs and how to fund them’. This is an area of work that the Blenheim Palace team have particular expertise in and are willing to share with participants. There will be in the region of £7-8 million worth of repairs underway at the time of the event, including dredging the lakes designed by Capability Brown so plenty of opportunities to experience these with expert guidance. Registration will be required to take part in this workshop and places will be limited, so do act swiftly when tickets become available in the next few weeks.

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World Heritage UK’s summer workshop will be in the recently inscribed English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd July 2020. The venue here will be the Ambleside Campus of the University of Cumbria, where we will be using the Percival Lecture Theatre to consider ‘Marketing World Heritage’. Further details to follow.

Westminster underwater

Preparations are already underway for World Heritage UK’s Annual Conference and AGM which this year will take place in Scotland with the all-too-important theme of ‘World Heritage and Climate Change’. Provisional dates to pencil in you diary at this stage are Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September 2020, with venues expected to be either Glasgow or Stirling and to include visiting the Antonine Wall component of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further details to follow. (photo credit: www.sustainablebusinesstoolkit.com)

World Heritage UK Chair’s Christmas message

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On behalf of all the Board of Trustees at World Heritage UK,  I wish all our members, supporters and your families a very happy and restful Christmas.

2019 has been a busy year, set against a turbulent political back-drop and with the need to urgently address global environmental challenges which are undoubtedly becoming the defining issue of our age. We know through our networks the hard work that goes on every day at all of our 32 UK World Heritage Sites, often undertaken by just a few dedicated people and a pocketful of change. Hard work, creative minds and professional expertise then turn these ingredients into heritage protection and interpretation which is the envy of the world.

Christmas is a time for thankfulness and optimism. Perhaps we can look forward to a little more political stability in 2020?  …and maybe even the prospect of more funding?!  Whatever the New Year will bring, we will face it collectively with enthusiasm, mutual support and the knowledge that what we deliver, in conserving our irreplaceable cultural and natural heritage, is cherished by so many in this generation and those who will succeed us.  They can’t always say thank you for all that you do, but I can.

Happy Christmas!

Tony

Tony Crouch
Chair of Trustees
World Heritage UK

World Heritage UK contributes to European World Heritage Ibiza meeting

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Ibiza

World Heritage UK’s President, Chris Blandford, attended the 5th European Meeting of the World Heritage Associations in Ibiza on the 26th and 27th November as an invited speaker. The conference was hosted by the Spanish World Heritage Cities Group who generously sponsored event costs.

The theme of the conference was ‘Sustainable Management of World Heritage Sites’ and papers were presented on economic, social and environmental approaches. Chris Blandford was invited to present a paper on ‘World Heritage: a New Opportunity for Global Tourism’, a version of the UK World Heritage Review summary he gave at this year’s annual conference in Llangollen. It  was followed at the Ibiza meeting by a discussion on how most other European countries faced similar challenges but had not so far had the opportunity or resources to bring the case forward to their governments.

The UK Review’s main report includes a short section comparing the considerable support offered to other country Associations by their governments and the tourism sector, dissimilar to the UK situation. Nevertheless, the European country associations feel that the activities of World Heritage UK demonstrate good practice and are keen to maintain contact through the emerging umbrella group, the “European Group of World Heritage Associations”. A further outcome from this engagement is that World Heritage UK, through its presence at these meetings over the last few years, has been contributing to the evolution of an informal governance structure for this group.

Strengthening of World Heritage UK’s ties, relationships, and networking with the other European country World Heritage associations similar to World Heritage UK, together with the promulgation of the Review conclusions to a wider audience beyond the UK are of significance. The latter is obviously very relevant as the UK leaves the European Union and it reinforces the notion that World Heritage has “no boundaries” and will continue to be a pan-Europe concept.

In addition to increasing World Heritage UK’s international credibility, another outcome of being part of this group is learning how World Heritage works in different parts of Europe so that this can be used to expand the case for better support for World Heritage here. 

Equivalent associations to World Heritage UK meet once a year to share experience and good practice. 80 delegates were represented in Ibiza, from Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and others. World Heritage UK has been regularly represented at these meetings and other workshops over the last three years and is developing a growing network of contacts across Europe. It is expected that the 2020 meeting will take place in Bordeaux.

Ibiza town is not all clubs and mega-yachts. The host World Heritage Site in Ibiza is a ‘Mixed’ cultural and natural site combining a dramatic and well preserved old town, citadel and defences  (demonstrating visible stages from Roman, Islamic, Medieval and Renaissance periods) and an extensive marine and coastal ecosystem containing the rare seagrass habitat (Posidonia – an endemic species only found in the Mediterranean).