‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’ workshop, Kew Gardens

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IMG_1878Tickets are selling fast for the World Heritage UK technical workshop ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’ to be held at the Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 6th and 7th March 2018.

Details are being finalised but this World Heritage UK workshop ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’ is not to be missed! It will include speaker experts from the top of their professional game and some unique behind-the-scenes experiences not available to the visiting public at the Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The developing workshop package includes:

2 day entry to Kew Gardens

Three workshop sessions on commercial best practice with top speakers for your CPD

Exclusive access to preview two new exhibits – The Pagoda and The Temperate House

1 hour Explorer Bus tour of Kew Gardens

‘Back of House’ experience – see the rarest of plants and hear from the horticultural scientists conserving them

Two Lunches and refreshments

Evening networking dinner in Richmond (optional extra)

Tickets are just £95 plus Eventbrite booking fee (or £20 for World Heritage UK Voting Member organisations, to cover catering and admin costs).

Ticket booking and outline programme details are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-workshop-commercial-best-practice-in-world-heritage-tickets-42086363446

More details on the programme will be circulated shortly.

Advance booking is essential as only 50 places are available for the workshop sessions and behind the scenes tours. Please be advised that 33% of the places available for this workshop have been snapped up already so if you or your colleagues do intend to come to the Kew Gardens workshop you are advised to secure your place as soon as possible or you may be disappointed.

Please do share this message with relevant colleagues and networks.

Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site 2018 lecture series announced

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After a very successful and challenging 2017 season of lectures on the theme of Heritage at Risk, we are now returning closer to home, to look at the setting in which our World Heritage Site sits. Please join us to find out how the landscape around us forms an integral part of what makes us a World Heritage Site.

Here is a calendar with some provisional dates for the early part of 2018:

·         Weds 24th January, 6pm PG20 Pemberton Rooms. Martin Roberts “Landscapes of Supply: the Medieval Granges of Durham Cathedral Priory”

·         Weds 28th February, 5.30pm Palace Green Library. IMEMS Annual World Heritage Lecture. Dr Dee Dyas, University of York. “A sense of place? Pilgrimages and the senses, past, present and future.” To book this event, please visit www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events

·         Thurs 15th March, 6pm PG20 Pemberton Rooms. Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership. “The North Pennines Geopark – Durham’s nearest neighbour in the UNESCO designated sites of the UK”

·         Tues 1st May, 6pm PG20 Pemberton Rooms. Gemma Lewis, Curator, Durham Castle and Museum of Archaeology. “Power and planning, visual representations of Durham castle through the ages”

·         Early June, Jonathan Larwood, Senior Specialist, Geology and Palaeontology, Natural England. “Culturally natural or naturally cultural, exploring the relationship between nature and culture through World Heritage”

·         Lectures after the summer vacation will be confirmed in Spring 2018

Jane Gibson

Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinator

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

7, Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB

 

 

UK Government Heritage Statement on Heritage Day

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Announced at a Heritage Day event organised by Heritage Alliance on the 5th December, you can read the Minister’s speech here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/john-glens-speech-launching-the-heritage-statement

The Heritage Statement is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-heritage-statement-2017

See pages 25 and 26 for references to World Heritage Sites. Measures in the statement include launching a new Heritage Council, chaired by the Minister, to emphasise the value of the historic environment, build consensus and ensure greater coordination.

Meeting the Minister

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World Heritage UK’s Chair and President have met with John Glen, the Under Secretary of State for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism at Whitehall in London. Sam Rose and Chris Blandford introduced the Minister to the goals of World Heritage UK and a range of issues were discussed. One of the significant outcomes was an invitation to meet with a senior representative of Visit Britain, a meeting which will take place next week.

Seen here with one of Visit Britain’s ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign posters, the UK’s 31 globally recognised UNESCO World Heritage Sites should fit nicely into this theme.

Fancy a World Heritage job in the English Lake District?

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Join the applicants flocking to this exciting new new position!

The Lake District National Park Authority are currently advertising for a full time World Heritage Site Coordinator in UK’s most recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further details can be found at:

http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/job-pages/world-heritage-site-coordinator

Jodrell Bank Observatory is UK latest nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status

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The nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Jodrell Bank Observatory  in Cheshire has now been announced, coinciding with the 60th Anniversary of the
tracking of the launch rocket of Sputnik 1 by the Lovell Telescope in 1957. The University of Manchester is now preparing the papers for nomination, which will be submitted to UNESCO in January 2018. If successful it will be the UK’s 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site, following the inscription of the English Lake District earlier this year.

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In preparation for inclusion in the World Heritage List, the site is also improving its visitor facilities, and is working on a project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create a spectacular new gallery space that will celebrate the ‘can do’ story of the creation of the new science of radio astronomy.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor of the University said ‘The University is very proud that our Jodrell Bank Observatory is going forward to UNESCO for inscription as a World Heritage Site. As an institution that is known for its internationally leading research, it is very fitting that our rich heritage in science has received such acclaim’

Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, said: ‘Jodrell Bank is the one remaining radio astronomy site, worldwide which dates from the early days, so it is very important that we protect and celebrate the physical record of our involvement in the creation of a new science’.

Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre said ‘We have been working to prepare the case for the World Heritage Site inscription for Jodrell Bank Observatory for some years now, so it’s absolutely fantastic to reach this milestone. The Lovell Telescope in particular has become an icon for science and engineering, and we look forward to showcasing the rich scientific heritage of this and the wider site on an international stage.’

Professor Michael Garrett, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and holder of the Sir Bernard Lovell Chair in Astronomy & Astrophysics, added, ‘Jodrell Bank has played a leading role in radio astronomy for over seventy years, work which is reflected in the landscape of the site. This rich history is still being written with the execution of state-of-the art astronomical research programmes on the Lovell Telescope and the e-MERLIN array of national facility radio telescopes, plus our hosting of the international headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array’.

See also http://www.jodrellbank.net/worldheritagesitestatus/

World Heritage UK 3rd Annual Conference in full swing!

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Over 160 world heritage practitioners and academics have gathered at ‘Enginuity’ at the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site over the last 3 days, as the international Ironbridge handbook‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference enters its 4th and final day. We have heard from many speakers and the networking is alive and vibrant. Watch this website for uploaded presentations and more information on what has gone one at this milestone event.

For World Heritage UK, this has been a successful collaboration with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, with financial support provided by Historic England and Telford and Wrekin Council. Special thanks go to Hannah, Coralie, Joe, Gosha, Jamie and Gemma for helping to make this such a successful occasion.

Also taking place today was the charity’s Annual General Meeting and the election of Trustees. The current Chair, Sam Rose was re-elected along with existing Trustee Jane Gibson and a new appointment to the Board, David Holroyd, who is currently working at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Communicating World Heritage conference presents: ‘An Evening of Victorian Entertainment’ – sign up now!

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Blists Hill Victorian VillageFor One Night Only!  On the evening of Monday 9th of October from 6.00pm – 8.00pm for the delight and delectation of delegates desiring dining diversions, and with the cooperation, collaboration and combined coalition of Telford and Wrekin Council and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, we are pleased to announce an ‘Evening of Victorian Entertainment’ at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

With traditional fayre (sausage and mash (non-meat options available) and a cash bar you will be sufficiently refreshed, renewed and revived to respond to requests for rhymes and reveries from the repertoire of our revered role-players.

Songs will be sung! Jigs will be jigged! Victorians will be venerated!

To attend this unique event you must be registered as a delegate to the 9th and/or 10th October days of the ‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference being held at Enginuity at the Ironbridge Gorge. Furthermore you must register again with Gemma Aston at venuehire@ironbridge.org.uk to let the organisers know: a/ that you are intending to come to this evening event b/ if you have any dietary requirements c/ if you have any access requirements.

There will be coach transfer from the conference to Blists Hill, which will also take delegates back to central Ironbridge and on to Telford Town Centre and Shrewsbury at the end of the evening.

Register now!

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Blenheim Palace wins VisitEngland award

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Blenheim Palace 2017Blenheim Palace has been awarded the highly regarded VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction. The accreditation offers prospective visitors from all over the world the reassurance of an official endorsement of high quality and showcases the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s tireless commitment to excellence.

With scores of more than 80% in each category, judges found Blenheim Palace to have a 100% score in its Retail Category and an impressive 93% score in the Attraction Category.

Judges from VisitEngland commented “Blenheim Palace achieved an overall score of 89% under the VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. The broad range of well-publicised tours and experiences particularly impressed this year.

They continued: “Excellent customer service was the overriding quality delivered throughout the day with some outstanding individuals at the visitor information desk, two of the retail facilities and the buggy tour driver.”

Heather Carter, Operations Manager at Blenheim Palace says: “This represents another great audit by an internationally recognised body of quality for our visitors. VisitEngland have given us a very positive score which we are all thrilled with. She continues: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff who work so hard to maintain this standard of excellence.”

Built in the early 18th century to celebrate Britain’s victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

For more information please contact: Melodie Manners | melodie@flamingo-marketing.co.uk | 07815 709548 or 01637 873379