We are actively reviewing our 2020 events programme in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
and the current restrictions. 

We are also investigating other means of continuing to support the UK’s World Heritage community which don’t require people to physically come together in groups.

We will provide further updates as the situation evolves. In the meantime, do subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you get the most up-to-date information straight to your inbox.

2020 Events…

POSTPONED:  The 2020 summer Workshop was to be held in the recently inscribed English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd July 2020.  In partnership with the University of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park Authority, the theme of the Workshop was to be: ‘Marketing World Heritage’. EVENT POSTPONED – please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

UNDER REVIEW: World Heritage UK’s Annual Conference and AGM this year was due to take place in Scotland on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September 2020 and focus on the important theme of ‘World Heritage and Climate Change’. EVENT UNDER REVIEW – please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Generally, World Heritage UK hosts at least three events a year, one of each of the following:

Annual Conference and AGM: For our members and anyone with an interest in World Heritage matters each annual Conference is based on a theme, with speakers invited to present on topics related to that theme.  Often, high profile government, national agency, UNESCO and international representatives attend.  This multi-day event always takes place at one of the UK’s World Heritage Sites and the opportunities for networking, special events and site tours are second-to-none, specifically tailored around the theme and the specific interests of our delegates.

Technical workshops: Primarily for World Heritage Site Coordinators and other practitioners, our technical workshops take place in Spring and are specifically for professional, CPD, skills-sharing, thematic discussions and networking. They also provide opportunities for national agencies to update and consult with Site practitioners, in keeping with the UK’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention. These one-day meetings will be in accessible city venues around the UK (whether or not they are World Heritage Sites), and don’t tend to involve tours or site visits as standard. 

Members General Meetings: Taking place in Summer, this is the second opportunity for member representatives to get together each year and explore the practicalities of a World Heritage Site and its management in more detail.  These meetings tend to take place over two days and will have specific learning outcomes to help colleagues meet CPD needs.  Any members (voting or associate) are welcome to attend these meetings.

Other events: We also occasionally host or support meetings which focus on a particular aspect of the UK’s World Heritage Site management, for example an annual gathering of World Heritage Steering Group Chairs.  We also support our members getting together on a regional or specialist basis to network, share news, ideas and best practice.  These meetings are generally by invitation only.

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