‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’ conference review

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The World Heritage UK annual conference for 2018 is now a happy memory with much learned, experiences and knowledge shared, networks renewed and new friendships forged over two days in October. The historic Tower of London, in the shadows of its neighbouring 21st century high rise glass skyscrapers, was the perfect place to discuss the ‘setting’ of the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and our thanks go to Historic Royal Palaces for hosting the event and providing some memorable behind-the-scenes tours.

The conference attracted over a hundred participants, including Michael Ellis, the Under Secretary of State and his team from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), colleagues from Historic England and the heritage agencies of the devolved nations (who also provided country overview presentations), university academics, heritage consultancy professionals, representatives of most of the UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites, delegates from Bermuda, Germany, Malta and a delegation from the China Academy of Urban Planning Design.

The Minister’s words were very supportive of the work of World Heritage UK and he re-stated the Government’s commitment to heritage protection. This backing will be important when the UK World Heritage Site Review, being carried out by World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, is published in 2019, and a summary of progress on this review work formed part of the busy conference programme.

Delegates also heard fascinating insights into case studies where the settings of World Heritage Sites were being challenged, in particular by tall buildings at the Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and in Liverpool, by road development at Stonehenge, nationally significant infrastructure projects and changes in agricultural policy in the English Lake District and a variety of issues in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, including wind turbines, industrial and housing developments.

There were interactive sessions too, with a Question Time style panel and the popular 5- minute ‘elevator pitches’ which provided short but insightful contributions that were received well by an enthused audience.

As usual the conference’s additional activities were epic, including a wide range of short behind-the-scenes tours both at the Tower of London and at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Sites, a speedy clipper trip on the River Thames and a jolly conference dinner at the Old Brewery in Greenwich.

Feedback from delegates has been 100% positive on the overall experience of the conference via the 39% of feedback forms received. Speaker’s presentations and other arisings from the event will be uploaded to the World Heritage UK website in due course.

We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s conference which will be hosted in Llangollen by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site in North Wales. In the meantime, the next event will be a technical workshop on ‘Education in World Heritage Sites’ which will take place at Big Pit, Blaenavon on 19th and 20th February 2019

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World Heritage UK conference sponsors support Tower of London event

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Thanks to the generous support of these sponsors, World Heritage UK is able to keep the costs of delegate’s attendance affordable at its latest conference ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’, at the Tower of London, 15th and 16th October 2018. This is the 4th annual conference of the charity organisation and it promises to be the most compelling yet, not just for the prestigious venue in the city of London but also for the controversial nature of its subject matter. Development in and around World Heritage Sites is often in the news and here will be discussed such topical places as Stonehenge and its road issues, plans affecting the sites in Liverpool and London with tall buildings and other factors, plus many more examples from around the UK and its Overseas Territories.  The event is already attracting international interest so best secure your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. You can register for the conference here

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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‘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

UK military cultural property protection to feature at #communicatingworldheritage conference

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At a period when many of us are troubled by the destruction of World Heritage in various parts of the world, it is timely that “Communicating World Heritage” conference delegates will be hearing from this latest of our confirmed guest speakers.  We are delighted to welcome Lt. Col. Tim Purbrick to speak at the  conference on the 9th October, at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The Ministry of Defence is an impressive addition to the conference programme and will form part of the “Communicating with Governments and the public sector” session.
Lt. Col. Purbrick is the SO1 Cultural Property Protection at Army HQ. This is a new appointment as the Armed Forces move to deliver against the obligations of the Hague Convention (1954). His conference presentation will be “Delivering a Military Cultural Property Protection Capability”.
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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

 

Culturally Natural? – report launch announced at #communicatingWH conference

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Sarah France from the National Trust’s World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park and geologist Jonathan Larwood from Natural England have been working on the links between culture and nature in the UK’s World Heritage Sites for some time now. At last, the report of the ‘Culturally Natural or Naturally Cultural?’ workshop held at Fountains Abbey is ready and will be launched at the ‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference on 9th and 10th October at Ironbridge Gorge. The collaboration for the publication includes support from WWF UK, the IUCN National Committee UK and World Heritage UK.

The report contains papers from speakers at the workshop, results of some new research on Nature in the UK’s World Heritage Sites and forewords from UNESCO, IUCN and the Mayor of Ripon.

Early bird discounted tickets for the full 4-day conference are still available until the 31st August, after which the price reverts to the full rate, so book now to take advantage of the early bird rate at www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com where you can also find the conference programme and other essential details.

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.

 

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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