UK WORLD HERITAGE: ASSET FOR THE FUTURE – A Review of the State of UK World Heritage Sites
In 2018-19, World Heritage UK undertook a comprehensive Review of the state of the UK’s 27 Mainland World Heritage Sites (not including Jodrell Bank Observatory, which was inscribed shortly after this Review was completed in Summer 2019).
This Review is a snapshot in time – it highlights the key issues and opportunities for UK World Heritage Sites as a whole and, more importantly, proposes a series of priorities and actions to help realise each site’s local, national and international potential.
It is hoped that this Review will assist the UK Government and other stakeholders in supporting the sustainable management of the UK’s World Heritage Collection (both natural and cultural) long into the future
Download WH UK Review – Exec Summary (8 pages)
Download WH UK Review – Statement (20 pages)
Download WH UK Review – Summary Report (84 pages)
The full, detailed Review, including datasets collected as part of this research, will be made available in due course.
Why research matters to WHUK and its partners
Research has been on the WHUK agenda ever since the organisation’s earliest inception. The Board took the view that well-founded research would help to increase understanding of the UK’s sites and help achieve educational objectives related to WHUK’s charitable objects
In 2016 WHUK Professor Ian Wray and Dr. Carol Ludwig at Liverpool University in the Department of Civic Design undertook an extensive survey of partners to identify their research interests and needs (Ian Wray is Vice Chair of WHUK with a special interest in research issues). This was an open-ended survey and was written up in the report: ‘Towards an Outline Research Strategy’ available here WHUK Research Position Paper v1 Sept 2017.
Following discussion at the annual WHUK conference in Caernarfon in 2016, Jamie Davies volunteered to take the research agenda forward with Ian Wray and was appointed by the Board as Honorary Head of Research for World Heritage UK.
Jamie Davies is the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s International Stakeholder Engagement Portfolio Manager (Heritage). From the age of 17, he has been a volunteer with the Llŷn Maritime museum in North West Wales, later becoming a committee member and trustee. Since September 2016, Jamie has been a committee member for the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales. Between 2016 & 2018 he was a teaching fellow in cultural heritage at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. Jamie holds an Archaeology BA and International Cultural Heritage Management master’s from Durham University. He has recently passed his PhD viva for his thesis on Education at World Heritage Sites.
Jamie’s first piece of work can be downloaded here: WHUK Research Position Paper v1 Sept 2017