Parliamentary Reception for World Heritage

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Celebrating 30 years of World Heritage in the UK

Guest blog by Henry Owen-John, Head of International Advice, Historic England

On November 29th Historic England, in partnership with WHUK and others, organised a parliamentary reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UK’s first World Heritage Sites. At the event hosted by Historic England Commissioner Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey on the terrace of the House of Lords, the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, spoke of her own enthusiasm for some of the UK’s WHSs that she had visited with her family. She also drew attention to figures just published in Heritage Counts https://content.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/heritage-and-the-economy/heritage-and-the-economy-2016.pdf/ that show that 40 million people, participate in heritage – almost 75% of the population. The Secretary of State praised the work done by all those involved in the management and promotion of the UK’s WHSs.

Baroness Lola Young and Secretary of State Karen Bradley (all images copyright Historic England)

40 MPs and 20 members of the Upper House were present together with 150 people from across the heritage sector in the UK to hear Sir Laurie Magnus the Chair of Historic England and Duncan Wilson talk passionately about WHSs and what they mean to communities across the world. Duncan suggested that the words of Croatian writer, Slavenka Drakuliç, on what the destruction of the bridge at Mostar meant to her, epitomised everyone’s passion for outstanding heritage: ‘We expect people to die; we count on our own lives to end. The destruction of a monument to civilisation is something else. The bridge in all its beauty and grace, was built to outlive us; it was an attempt to grasp eternity. It transcended our individual destiny. A dead woman is one of us. But the bridge is all of us forever.’ The backdrop to these words was an image of a joyous celebration of the reconstructed bridge at Mostar.

Sir Laurie Magnus and Duncan Wilson, the Chair and CEO of Historic England

Historic England advises government on meeting the UK’s obligations under the terms of the World Heritage Convention and works closely with World Heritage UK in promoting good practice in the management and presentation of our WHSs and championing their value, not only as places of outstanding universal value, but also as drivers for economic, environmental and social benefit. Duncan Wilson said that while in other parts of the world there were threats from armed conflict and natural disaster, in the UK we had our own challenges in protecting some of our WHSs from over development. However, he also made clear that in the 30 WHS in the UK and its overseas territories we have many examples of good practice which is widely respected on the world stage.

During the event a short video was shown which captured the essence of many of the UK’s WHSs and put over some key messages about the value of world heritage. The video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhidUvtRR-M&t=15s

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World Heritage UK 2016 Conference – last chance for tickets!

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Dear World Heritage UK supporter (Welsh language version below)

Conference 2016 – secure your place here

Please find attached here the latest draft programme for this year’s UK national conference ‘Why World Heritage Matters‘ to be held on the 10th and 11th October at the Galeri, Caernarfon – adjacent to the ‘Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd‘ World Heritage Site.

Programme: As is often the case in the run up to conferences, the programme has changed a little, but it is evolving into an excellent all round event with international speakers, local speakers and some workshop sessions.  We are also fortunate to have speakers from the latest UK World Heritage Site to be inscribed, Gorham’s Cave Complex in Gibraltar.

Value for money: Please note that your registration fee also includes one of the tours and, subject to final confirmation, an evening reception at Penryhn Castle.

Networking: As ever, the event will also provide great opportunities to network, share good practice and catch up with the successes and challenges of managing our fabulous Sites from around the UK.  Booking is strong so you are advised to secure your place here

Accommodation: Also attached is a list of hotels near the conference venue, some offering discounts to conference delegates.

Pass it on: We are a very inclusive community so please do pass this on to any other people that you think might be interested.

Exhibition and sponsorship: Finally, any members are welcome to bring along exhibitions, but please contact Chris first (details below). Any commercial partners who wish to exhibit or help sponsor the event are also welcome, but again, please please contact Chris first.

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in October.

Chris Mahon, Development Director, World Heritage UK, 01352 780774 / 07860 856952 chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org
Sam Rose, Chair of Trustees, World Heritage UK


Cynhadledd 2016 – sicrhau eich lle yma (here)

Gweler ynghlwm drwy glicio yma (here) raglen ddrafft ddiweddaraf ar gyfer ein cynhadledd genedlaethol ‘Pam fod Treftadaeth y Byd yn Cyfri’ Cynhelir y gynhadledd ar y 10fed a’r 11eg o Hydref yn y Galeri, Caernarfon – ger ‘Safle Treftadaeth y Byd Cestyll a Muriau Tref y Brenin Edward yng Ngwynedd’.

Rhaglen: Fel sy’n digwydd yn aml yn y cyfnod cyn cynadleddau, mae’r rhaglen wedi newid ychydig ac yn esblygu i fod yn ddigwyddiad arbennig gyda siaradwyr rhyngwladol alleol ynghyd âa gweithdai amrywiol. Rydym hefyd yn lwcus i gael siaradwyr o’n safle diweddaraf, ogof Gorham yn Gibraltar.

Gwerth am arian: Nodwch fod y ffi cofrestru yn cynnwys ymweliad safle ac yn amodol ar gadarnhad terfynol, derbyniad gyda’r nos yng Nghastell Penrhyn.

Rhwydweithio: Fel arfer, bydd y digwyddiad yn cynnig cyfleoedd gwych i rwydweithio, rhannu arfer da a dal i fyny â’r llwyddiannau a’r heriau o reoli Safleoedd anhygoel o bob rhan o’r DU. Cynghorir i chi archebu lle yma (here) cyn gynted a phosibl.

Llety: Mae’r atodiad yn cynnwys rhestr o westai (hotels) sy’n agos at leoliad y gynhadledd – mae rhai yn cynnig gostyngiadau.

Pasiwch ymlaen: Rydym yn gymuned gynhwysol, felly pasiwch yr wybodaeth yma ymlaen i unrhyw un fyddai â diddordeb.

Arddangosfeydd a nawdd: Mae croeso i unrhyw aelodau ddod ag arddangosfeydd gyda nhw – cysylltwch â Chris yn gyntaf (manylion isod). Mae croeso hefyd i unrhyw bartneriaid masnachol sy’n dymuno arddangos neu’n helpu noddi’r digwyddiad gysylltu â Chris i drafod ymhellach.
Diolch yn fawr, ac edrychwn ymlaen i’ch gweld ym mis Hydref

Gorham’s Cave Complex is UK’s 30th World Heritage Site

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Amidst the current turbulence of Turkey’s political crisis, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has agreed to the inscription of the Gorham’s Cave Complex at its meeting in Istanbul yesterday. In the year that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first World Heritage Sites for the UK, we can now rejoice on achieving its 30th World Heritage Site in as many years. Congratulations to all concerned on this success and best wishes for a safe return home.

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The Gorham’s Cave Complex is the last known site of Neanderthal survival, around 28,000 years ago, in the world; it provides one of the most detailed sequences in southern Europe, combining evidence of climate, sea-level and ecological change, of the critical period leading to the Last Glacial Maximum;  It contains a rich archive of plant and animal fossil material allowing a detailed reconstruction of ecological change and the subsistence ecology of Neanderthals.  The material from the excavations includes the largest collection of fossil bird species from this period anywhere in Europe.  This Complex also provides an insight into the arrival of Modern Humans to their last European outpost. The presence of Solutrean parietal and mobile art adds to the site’s significance.

‘Why World Heritage Matters’ conference tickets now bookable

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The second annual conference of World Heritage UK, will have a unique Welsh flavour. Strong connections to the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site and to the Slate Industry of North Wales Tentative List site, together with a topical theme of ‘Why World Heritage Matters’, provide a backdrop to the stage where we will explore the economic and social engagement challenges with World Heritage.

You can now get your tickets for the World Heritage UK conference HERE Don’t forget, there are discounts for all World Heritage UK Member categories so join up before you buy to take advantage of these offers.

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Exterior view of the Castle from across the Seiont Caernarfon Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: CN079 NGR: SH477626 Gwynedd North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

Keynote speakers from political, funding, policy and best practice contexts; dynamic workshop sessions; engaging visits to the three other locations comprising the site and tentative list locations; updates from WHS from all around the UK and plenty of opportunity for questions, networking and ‘hwyl’ with fellow delegates.

The event is supported by the Historic Environment Service (Cadw), Welsh Government.

Mi fydd gan ail gynhadledd flynyddol WH:UK flas Cymreig unigryw eleni. Gyda chysylltiadau cryf â Safle Treftadaeth y Byd – Cestyll a Muriau Trefi  Edward 1 yng Gwynedd, a’r ffaith fod  ardaloedd Diwydiant  Llechi  Gogledd Cymru ar restr posib Safle Treftadaeth y Byd, ynghyd â thema amserol o ‘Pam fod Treftadaeth Y Byd o bwys?’, mae’n gosod y cefndir a’r cyd- destun i ystyried yr heriau economaidd ac  ymgysylltu cymdeithasol sy’n gysylltiedig â Threftadaeth y Byd.

Fe fydd y prif siaradwyr o gefndiroedd gwleidyddol, cyllid, polisi ac arfer gorau; sesiynau gweithdy deinamig; ymweliadau i dri o’r safleoedd sydd ar y rhestr posib; diweddariad gan safleoedd o bob rhan o’r DU a digon o gyfle ar gyfer cwestiynau, rhwydweithio a ‘hwyl’ gyda chyd-gynrychiolwyr.

Mae’r digwyddiad yn cael ei gefnogi gan y Gwasanaeth Amgylchedd Hanesyddol (Cadw), Llywodraeth Cymru.

WHEN Monday, 10 October 2016 at 09:00 – Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at 15:00 (BST)                WHERE GALERI Caernarfon – Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ

Durham Cathedral WHS 30 years Lecture on Ironbridge Gorge

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May lecture poster

MAY LECTURE

Monday 9th May, 6pm

Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Anna Brennand
Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

“Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site: the Challenges of the Last 30 Years and the Opportunities for the Future”

Anna will discuss the challenges faced by the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and explain the opportunities these present for protecting its outstanding universal value, as the Site celebrates its 30 years designation.

 Anna Brennand has been Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust since June 2013. Before taking up this post Anna was the Trust’s Deputy CEO and Director of Finance & Resources having joined the Museum in 2007. During this time Anna led the successful, multi-award winning £12m redevelopment of Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Trust’s largest site. Anna is a Board Member of the Museums Association, a member of the National Museum Directors Council and sits on a variety of regional tourism bodies. She is also a Trustee of a large Further Education college and a Trustee of World Heritage UK. She lectures at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage on the topics of Managing Multi-site Museums, Fundraising in the Heritage Sector and Income Generation in Heritage Organisations.


 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 raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.

 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.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.

 Kind regards,

 Raffaella Aliprandi

WHSVC Lecture Series Organiser
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
7 Owengate
DH1 3HB
Durham

Email: raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk
Tel: 0191 334 3805

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

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Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdaleWe seem to be moving rather swiftly through 2016, the year in which we are celebrating 30 years since Durham received its World Heritage status, and I’m delighted to be able to tell you about our forthcoming exhibition:

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

by Martin Matthews

An exhibition of Original Paintings, Limited Edition Prints and New Music.  Experience a journey from Lindisfarne to the Mourne Mountains in music and paint.

This highly successful exhibition, last shown in Durham in February 2014, is again being shown at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and this time will be accompanied by the newly released CD “Cowraik to Carlingford” the partner piece to the first CD in the cycle, “Lindisfarne to Walltown”.

 It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the opening of this exhibition, please RSVP if you would like to join us at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on the 4th May (6pm – 7.30pm), meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments. Our address and contact details are below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,

 Jo

Shift Leader

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

7 Owengate

Durham

DH1 3HB

 Phone:     0191 334 3805

Email:        visitor.centre@dur.ac.uk                                                         

Website:  http://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/