World Heritage Webinar # 3 – York

October 23, 2023 Published by Alex McCoskrie

Number 3 in a series of 4 autumn webinar talks, on the UK’s World Heritage Tentative List – Wednesday 8th November 2023.

York, A World Heritage City

In 2023 York was placed on the UK Tentative List of World Heritage Sites. This was the culmination of a campaign that commenced in 2006 when then Lord Mayor Janet Hopton raised the question “Should York be a World Heritage Site?“. This talk will: look at the background to York’s bid for World Heritage status; set out what a World Heritage Site in York might consist of; describe how the York World Heritage Steering Group currently thinks York meets the UNESCO criteria for OUV; examine the benefits and possible drawbacks to designation; and will look at the possible timetable for nomination of York by His Majesty’s Government to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Speaker: John Oxley MBE FSA is an independent archaeologist and consultant based in Scarborough, UK. He retired from the post of City Archaeologist for the City of York in 2019, a post he held since 1989. As Secretary of the York World Heritage Steering Group he coordinated the City of York’s successful submission in 2022 to be placed on the UK Tentative List of World Heritage Sites. He has lectured, led tours, and advised and worked on archaeological projects in China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Sweden and throughout the UK. He was awarded an MBE in 2021 for services to Heritage.

Individual webinar tickets are £5. Tickets for all 4 are £15.

If you miss a webinar, you will have access to a YouTube recording, to watch at your leisure.

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