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.

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

‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference tickets deadline #communicatingwh

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Communicating World Heritage Conference

7-10 October 2017

Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, UK

Bookings close on 29th September!

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There are just a few weeks left to book for the eagerly anticipated Communicating World Heritage Conference which will take place at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site from 7 to 10 October 2017. Tickets for the conference, and accommodation close to the venue, are being booked up quickly so don’t miss your chance to join a growing group of professionals, academics and practitioners to explore the many ways of communicating World Heritage to a variety of audiences, and discuss the latest research and global policy in relation to key themes such as World Heritage tourism, communities, education and specialist groups.

With conference tickets and local accommodation selling quickly, it’s best to book early. Take a look at the programme on our website to find out more about the speakers and sessions. Of course, within the programme there will be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues, enjoy   informal drinks, conference dinner and walking tours to be announced.

Programme Highlights

We are delighted to be welcoming such a diverse and exciting group of speakers from organisations such as UNESCO, Historic England and the Heritage Alliance, as well as leading academics from around the world. Their specialist knowledge and expertise will provide a unique cross-disciplinary perspective on the communication of World Heritage, and a range of interesting talking points for colleagues throughout the conference.

Our full programme is available on the conference website, and a few of the many highlights over the four days include:

Michael Di Giovine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Professor Di Giovani will present “Communicating Sustainability through World Heritage Tourism,” examining the ways in which world heritage practitioners can engage with tourism to communicate sustainability values to a diversity of audiences. (Saturday 7th October).

Dr. Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer and co-Director of the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent (UK). Dr Labadi will present the paper “For Everyone? Communicating World Heritage values and Stake Holders.” This presentation will explore how the World Heritage terminology is difficult to understand, even for specialists, making it even more difficult to communicate to the public. There will be a focus on how communities are increasingly associating World Heritage with exclusions and how these communities have acted upon these exclusionary trends. Finally, Dr Labadi will examine the approaches that aim to bring about solutions to these issues. (Sunday 8th October)

Andrew Stokes, England Director for Visit England will join the join the ‘Heritage Leaders’ session to present the latest information on the value of World Heritage to the tourism market and how this can be communicated. (Monday 9th October).

Mr Bo Jiang, Vice President of ICOMOS-China and Mr Yimeng Zhang, Great Wall Protection Project at the China Academy of Cultural Heritage, will be giving presentations about two icons of World Heritage, the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China. This is a rare opportunity to hear speakers from this country on their specialist subjects and will provide great insight into communicating World Heritage with the wider world. (Tuesday 10th October).

 

To book your place, please visit www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com/tickets

Jurassic Coast Trust becomes guardian of World Heritage Site

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Dorset and East Devon CoastThe Jurassic Coast Trust has just started on a new and exciting stage in its development having recently taken on the responsibility for looking after the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site.

Known to one and all as the Jurassic Coast, the Site stretches from Studland Bay in Dorset to Orcombe Point in Exmouth, East Devon and is England’s only natural World Heritage Site.  Since being given this accolade by the UN’s Scientific, Cultural and Educational body UNESCO in 2001, leadership and management of the Site has been by Dorset and Devon County Councils, coordinated through a small team hosted in County Hall in Dorchester.

This 16-year period has seen the World Heritage Site maintained in great condition, the growth of a national and international brand, the redevelopment of existing and creation of new visitor centres and museums, and the delivery of a huge range of educational activities, all relating to the Jurassic Coast.

The Trust is an independent charity that aims to make the Jurassic Coast an even more meaningful and inspiring part of people’s lives and it is already supported by a range of local businesses and local Ambassadors who get behind its passionate commitment to the Coast.

Alex O’Dwyer, Vice Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust, says, “The Jurassic Coast Trust is thrilled to be taking on responsibility for the management of this extraordinary World Heritage Site. Our work over the last few years, alongside the County Councils, has been to build understanding of the coast and engage people in it, so that they will care for it and cherish it. “

Hilary Cox, Chairman of Dorset County Council, said “The Jurassic Coast has done great things for the communities, and visitors, of Dorset and East Devon for many years and we look forward to supporting the Trust to grow and expand on our achievements.”

Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management at Devon County Council, added “We value the benefits that cross-border working has brought to both Devon and Dorset, and we are excited about taking the Jurassic Coast to the next stage under the Trust’s leadership.”

The Trust will be working coast-wide from its new base in Bridport. One of its early highlights is the collaboration with the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester to bring ‘Dippy’, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton, to the Jurassic Coast.   You can find out more about this and the work of the Trust at www.jurassiccoast.org.

For more information: Sam Rose, Chief Executive, The Jurassic Coast Trust,       Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, DT6 3JP  01308 800349    sam.rose@jurassiccoast.org     https://jurassiccoast.org/

Silk Road and Great Wall World Heritage to be major feature at #communicatingWH conference

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Delegates at the ‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference (7-10 October, Ironbridge) will be honoured by the presence of two expert speakers from China who will be giving presentations about two icons of World Heritage, the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China. This is a rare opportunity to hear speakers from this country on their specialist subjects and World Heritage UK has been working closely with the British Council to enable this special occasion to happen.

Mr Bo Jiang is the Vice President of ICOMOS China and works for the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. He is Director of the Institute of Underwater Archaeology and the National Centre of Underwater Cultural Heritage. He will be speaking about the Silk Road and Belt and its maritime component.

Mr Yimeng Zhang is the Great Wall Research Specialist and works on the Great Wall Protection Project at the China Academy of Cultural Heritage, also under the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

It is hoped that they will be joined by the Vice Principal of Shanghai University, Duan Yong, who is setting up a new cultural heritage academy at the university, with the Shanghai Municipal Government and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

The expert speakers will be presenting in the ‘Communicating with the wider world’ session on the 10th October but the Chinese delegation will be participating in the whole 4-day conference so there will be opportunities for delegates to speak with them throughout the event.

Today, 31st August, is the last day for early bird discount conference tickets after which the price will move to the standard rate. Book now to save at:  www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com

 

Business speakers for ‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference announced #communicatingWH

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Dominic Hare

In the ‘Communicating with business and funders’ session of the conference we are pleased to have the new Chief Executive of the Blenheim Palace World Heritage Site, Dominic Hare, as a speaker. Blenheim Palace is a great example of a successful World Heritage business and is particularly imaginative and creative in its thinking and practice. For the last 14 years, Dominic has served as Finance Director at Blenheim Palace and was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Blenheim Estate in January 2017.

 

Richard Church

Richard Church

Also speaking on the business theme will be Richard Church, Project Director at BatteredSuitcase.com, who will be talking about his experiences in special interest tourism to World Heritage destinations as one of the popular 5 minute elevator pitches that are a feature of World Heritage UK conferences. Batteredsuitcase.com is one of the most recent companies to join World Heritage UK as a corporate member.

 

Hear from both these presenters on Monday 9th October and book your tickets at:  www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com

 

VisitEngland and Heritage Alliance – new speakers for communications conference

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Andrew Stokes

Very pleased to announce these new speakers to the conference programme. Andrew Stokes is the England
Director for Visit England and he will join the join the ‘Heritage Leaders’ session to present the latest information on the value of World Heritage to the tourism market and how this can be communicated.

Lizzie Glitheroe-West

Lizzie Glitheroe-West is the Chief Executive of the Heritage Alliance, and who better to speak as part of the session on ‘Communicating with each other’ in the heritage sector and the UNESCO family.  Both World Heritage UK and the IIICH have recently and simultaneously joined the Heritage Alliance so Lizzie will be in good company along with other HA Members in the audience.

You can see more information about the conference and get your ticket at a discounted ‘early bird’ rate if go to the conference website where you can book to participate in any combination of days in this four day event. There you will also find details of local accommodation at Ironbridge and Telford which is best booked early!

‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference 2017 – registration now open

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‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference
7-10 October 2017
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Early Bird registration now open!
About the conference
The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and World Heritage UK have joined forces to hold special four-day international meeting at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site near Telford, Shropshire. The first two days will bring together academics from around the world to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage Values, from 7-8 October.
This will be followed by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practitioners will gather to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences, on 9-10 October.
Together, this joint event will take place at Ironbridge Gorge which, in 1986, became one of the first UK sites to be awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.  The designation of Ironbridge Gorge as a World Heritage Site recognised the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. The surviving built and natural environment with its museums, monuments and artefacts, serve to remind us of this area’s unique contribution to the history and development of industrialised society.
 
About the conference programme:
 
From 7-8 October, the conference sessions will explore heritage research and global policy, drawing its themes from an AHRC Collaborative doctoral research project between the AHRC, IIICH and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust which examines the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest, and how World Heritage Values are communicated with these groups. The sessions will focus on sharing and discussing research undertaken by four PhD candidates from the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham, which taken together comprises 12 years of research on a single World Heritage Site, while placing it in combination with comparative and contrasting case studies presented by researchers and practitioners from around the world. The sessions will focus on the following research themes:
·         Education within the World Heritage Site
·         Specialist Groups & World Heritage: Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial WHS
·         Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
·         The communities of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
 
From 9-10 October, delegates will hear from some of the most influential leaders in Heritage before considering the key audiences to target in a series of session themes which will explore how we can best communicate with ‘Governments and the Public Sector’, talk to ‘Business and Funders’, and address the needs of ‘Young People and Communities’, as well as how we communicate with each other (World Heritage Sites, Europe and the UNESCO family) and with the wider world, including the media.
 
Book your tickets
To see our draft programme, and book your tickets for the conference, please visit our website at:
www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com Don’t forget to take advantage of our early-bird booking discount by 31st August!
If you are attending the conference as a representative of a World Heritage UK Voting Member organisation, that organisation is entitled to ONE free ticket. For this ticket allocation please register via this Eventbrite page:  https://communicatingworldheritage.eventbrite.co.uk
Additional representatives from your Voting Member organisation are welcome to attend the conference at the standard ticket rate using the conference registration link at www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com/tickets
We look forward to seeing you there!

New Lanark Networking Meeting success

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The second of World Heritage UK’s annual networking meetings took place at the New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site in July. Over 30 delegates enjoyed exploring this remarkable place between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and hearing presentations from a variety of knowledgeable speakers.copyright HES

Some of the delegates enjoying the roof garden. Copyright: Historic Environment Scotland

The theme of the meeting was ‘Running the Business of World Heritage’ and there was plenty of commercial experience to share from UK and international WHS examples. We heard about the visitor centres at Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the Al Falaj in Oman, masterplanning at Kew Gardens and financial strategy at Fountains Abbey, telling the story at Durham Cathedral, customer experience at Edinburgh Castle and ‘big picture’ visioning at New Lanark itself. Plenty of discussion time too and the networking was enhanced with fine food at the Mill One Hotel restaurant.

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Delegates to the 2017 World Heritage UK Networking and General Meeting. Copyright Chris Mahon

Thanks to David Holroyd, Justin Scully, Chris Blandford, Jane Gibson, Heather Sebire, and Gillian MacDonald for giving the talks, Graham U’ren, Beth Thomas and Sam Rose for chairing sessions, to Jane Masters and her tour guides at the New Lanark Trust for hosting us at the excellent Mill One Hotel and to Historic Environment Scotland for supporting the event.

David Holroyd and Graham U’ren presenting. Copyright Chris Mahon

If you haven’t yet visited the New Lanark World Heritage Site, do go if you can. There is an amazing cultural story to be heard here and the Falls of Clyde is a great natural feature without which the mills would not have been built.

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Welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark. Copyright: Chris Mahon

‘Running the Business of World Heritage’ – WHUK Networking & General Meeting 4th and 5th July 2017

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punlm211008001_o1 CropFollowing on from the success of last year’s World Heritage UK Networking Meeting at the Giant’s Causeway WHS, this year we move to Scotland and the unique and successful New Lanark WHS where we plan to share our experiences on ‘running the business of World Heritage’. So, a commercial theme this year and this is appropriate as the operation at New Lanark is an exemplar. There will be opportunities to learn from each other as we hear from world heritage colleagues on their experiences of business plans and strategies, innovative enterprises and products, hospitality and customer satisfaction and the interpretation of the offer that each World Heritage Site provides to sustain it as a viable and sustainable business. The event will also include a World Heritage UK General Meeting to meet the governance requirements of the charity.

The meeting will take place in the Bonnington Linn Conference Room at the New Lanark Mill Hotel on the 4th and 5th July where a limited amount of accommodation has been reserved for delegates. Booking is urgently required to secure any of the following: 5 bedrooms reserved in the New Lanark Mill Hotel (these are Bed and Breakfast) @£89.00 per night based on two sharing or @£65.00 per night for single occupancy.

17 bedrooms in the Wee Row Hostel (bedroom only but breakfast available separately) @£55.00 based on 2 sharing or £40.00 for single occupancy.

Delegates wishing to book this accommodation MUST either phone 01555 667200 or e-mail hotel @newlanark.org and reference ‘Masters allocation’ for their booking to be made at these rates. Bookings cannot be made online. See http://www.newlanarkhotel.co.uk/ or call 01555 667200 for more details.

The Eventbrite webpage for registration to this event is ready for your sign up HERE

The draft programme is in preparation but so far includes:

  • speakers and presentations from the UK’s World Heritage Sites
  • the World Heritage UK General Meeting
  • an evening reception with New Lanark WHS staff and Partnership Board, with a presentation by the New Lanark Chief Executive on access and new development
  • a 3-course networking dinner (optional) @£23.95
  • 5 specialised tours of the WHS – on architecture, power, textiles, social history and the general story of New Lanark