‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference, 7th-10th October at Ironbridge Gorge – Save-The-Date!

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The third annual conference of World Heritage UK, in association with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, will take place from 9-10 October at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, where practitioners will join to explore the many ways of communicating World Heritage to different audiences.

The event will be preceded (7-8 October) by a special international meeting to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage values.

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 the 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.

The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage is currently seeking paper proposals for panels from 7-8 October relating to the theme of Communicating World Heritage Values. To see the full call for papers please visit the website link below. Deadline: 15th May 2017.

Full conference programme to be announced. Tickets will go on sale in June. For more information, please visit the conference website HERE

Regarding the 7-8 October programme: J.G.Davies@bham.ac.uk

Regarding the 9-10 October programme: chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org


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‘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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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 conference: ‘Evidence On Trial’

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An international conference hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, 12 – 14 July 2016. As well as panel sessions to explore a variety of evidential issues, the conference will host a major debate: Evidence On Trial. This will address the question ‘is there such a thing as reliable evidence?’

Of particular interest to World Heritage UK members will be: ‘Evidence under the Heritage Bridge’, by Dr Andreas Pantazatos (Durham University). This panel will explore how we can best address what kind of evidence is required to inform those who manage World Heritage sites so as to meet our obligations to protect the past for future generations and realise a shared sense of belonging for all relevant stakeholders. The 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage defines these obligations, establishing a mandate to foster global solidarity through wise stewardship of these unique sites.

Booking details can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=481

World Heritage UK AGM and Annual Conference location announced – in Wales!

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The second annual World Heritage UK Conference will take place in Caernarfon from the 10th-11th October 2016. The press release by the Welsh Government can be found here: http://gov.wales/newsroom/cultureandsport/2016/11075722/?lang=en


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Caernarfon is part of the Castles and Walled Towns of King Edward in Gwynedd, one of the UK’s 29 World Heritage Sites. It will coincide with Caernarfon Castle’s hosting of the Weeping Window poppy display, originally located at the Tower of London, which form part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War.

Diary date! More details of the conference will follow in due course.


World Heritage seminar at the Tower of London

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Dear World Heritage UK supporters,
Closing date for registration Monday 7th March!
For those of you who have not yet registered, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), in association with World Heritage UK, are kindly hosting a free seminar for World Heritage practitioners at the Tower of London, 10.30 – 15.00, on Monday 14th March (programme attached). Lunch is included at this event.
Speakers at the ‘Challenges and Opportunities’ seminar include: 
Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA    Update on tourism and heritage trends and ‘What good looks like’ in heritage tourism’                                               
Kate Pugh OBE, Chief Executive, The Heritage Alliance  ‘Changes to the heritage policy landscape; how Government is addressing the sector’s key issues’ and asking ‘What policy issues are most important for UK world heritage sites?’                                                                                                                                       
VisitBritain and VisitEngland  Predictions for the inbound and domestic market in 2016′                                  
Chris Gee, Senior Campaigns Manager, WWF UK    Threats to World Heritage Sites around the world’                                                                                                                                                                                         
 with excellent opportunities for questions and networking.
To reserve your place at this free seminar, go to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-world-heritage-sites-seminar-tickets-21412317819              

Regards to all,               

Chris Mahon
Development Director, World Heritage UK

World Heritage UK Conference presentations and Minister’s video: Saltaire 2015

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The first WH:UK Conference took place in elegant Victoria Hall, in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, Bradford, on October 14th & 15th 2015.  This post gives the presentations from the 2 day event.  Photos can be seen on a different post, here, and  the outputs from the workshop sessions and participant feedback will be posted shortly.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here.


Please remember that the copyright of presentations and content lies with the authors, so please contact them should you wish to use any material contained therein. 

Day 1

Sam Rose, Chair, WH:UK.  Opening remarks
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Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Heritage and Tourism

Peter Debrine, Programme Specialist Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO
Peter de Brine UNESCO

James Beresford, CEO Visit England
James Berresford Visit England

Professor Mike Robinson, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham
Mike Robinson Part of Something Really Special

Sue Davies, Canadian Rockies Case Study
Sue Davies Canadian Rockies

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive Officer – Tourism and Marketing for Wales at The Welsh Government
Manon Antoniazzi Welsh Government

Dr Sam Rose, Jurassic Coast WHS Manager
Sam Rose Jurassic Coast Case Study

Helen Manlagen, Chair, Culture Ctte, Uk National Commission for UNESCO
Helen Maclagen UKNC UNESCO

Remi Delaplanque, Châteaux de la Loire network
Remi Deleplanque Loire Valley

Day 2

Deborah Boden, WHS Coordinator, Cornish and West Devon Mining Landscapes
Deborah Boden Cornish Mining WHS Tourism Oct 2015

Adam Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Edinburgh World Heritage
Adam Wilkinson City of Edinburgh

Max Bryant, National Trust General Manager, North Coast, Northern Ireland
Max Bryant Giant’s Causeway


Attendees list

The final participant list is available here.


Our thanks to Bradford City Council, Historic England, the Victoria Hall staff, our Tour Guides and all participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.


Conference photos

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What did you think of the conference?

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Delegates for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Delegates for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Well, the van is unpacked and the trip north is over, as is the inaugural conference of World Heritage UK.  I thought it was great, and will post more next week about my reflections on it.  But more importantly we need to know what you thought, and if you were there, please could you complete our feedback questionnaire.

It is on survey monkey, should only take about 10 minutes max and your views are really important in helping us do an even better event next year.  Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHUK2015

Please also feel free to comment on, or ‘like’ this or other blog postings – it will help us in getting better search ratings with Google.

Thanks, Sam Rose.

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Adam Wilkinson from Edinburgh World Heritage

More photos from the conference will follow.

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Part of Something Really Special: Connecting the World Through Heritage Tourism

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Prof. Mike Robinson

That’s the title of Mike’s presentation to the audience at the inaugural conference of World Heritage UK to be held at the Saltaire World Heritage Site 14th and 15th October this year – have you reserved your place yet? Tickets

Professor Robinson holds the Chair of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, UK and is Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change and of the Tourism and Cultural Change Book Series.

For over 25 years Mike’s work has focused upon the relations between heritage, culture and tourism. He has published 18 books along with numerous articles and chapters on the various ways in which these realms collide. Mike wrote the UNESCO Report on Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development and contributed to the World Report on Cultural Diversity. He is a founding member of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Tourism, Culture and Development, a former member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and was a Government appointed member of the UK’s Expert Panel to determine the UK’s Tentative List for World Heritage in 2010-2011. He contributed to the UNESCO Expert Panel for the Programme in World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism. Mike works with UNESCO offices in China and South East Asia. He works with the Council of Europe and various EU wide agencies and has held Visiting Professorships in the USA, Italy, South Africa and Taiwan and has undertaken work on heritage and tourism in a further 30 countries. He is a Trustee of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

World Heritage Tourism: Unlocking the Potential. Programme update

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Spaces at the inaugural World Heritage UK Conference, to be held at Saltaire on October 14th 15th 2015, are filling up fast.

The revised programme is available here, and it is fantastic to see the variety of speakers presenting, including from Government, UNESCO, the World Heritage association of France, Ironbridge Institute, a number of our World Heritage Sites, and from all the Home Nations.   We also have an evening Lord Mayor’s reception followed by curry on the 14th and a choice of excellent tours to round off the main business on the 15th.

If you are intending to come, or know someone who is, please do go to the event booking page at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-tourism-unlocking-the-potential-tickets-17652177137?aff=es2

If you have any questions at all about the conference, or membership, please contact Chris on chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org