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Durham WHS 30th anniversary lecture

March 11, 2016 Published by Beth Thomas

Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdale

Durham World Heritage Site 30th anniversary lecture series


Monday 21st March, 6pm

Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Sarah Simmonds
World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site

“Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site: 30 Years of Challenges, Responses and Change in a Cultural Landscape”

Following a brief exploration of the two landscapes that make up the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, Sarah will discuss some of the major challenges involved in protecting their outstanding universal value and the responses to these over the last thirty years.

Sarah is one of the two coordinators who make up the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Coordination Unit.  Before working in World Heritage Site management in the UK she worked abroad in development and education as a specialist in capacity building for the UN in East Timor and Afghanistan and before this with VSO in Indonesia.  Sarah has worked for almost a decade as a World Heritage Site coordinator developing a special interest in partnership working, participatory management planning, community engagement, landscape scale strategies and planning policy. She has a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage from the Institute of Archaeology at UCL.  Her dissertation focussed on the issues and ethics related to the engagement of international agencies with local cultural projects in Ethiopia. Her most recent challenge has been writing the first joint World Heritage Site Management Plan for Stonehenge and Avebury which was published in 2015.  She has been  a member of the ICOMOS-UK Executive Committee since 2014.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

The lecture is free of charge. However, as places are limited, booking is necessary.

Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at

Alternatively, you can register your interest by contacting the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre using the contact details below.

If possible please would you let me know if you intend to attend the drinks reception too, for catering purposes.