Presentations from WH:UK Technical Workshop, Bath, March 8th 2017

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Introduction

This meeting was aimed at World Heritage practitioners and took place in Bath Cricket Club, on 8th March 2017, with an evening social meal the night before.  Its focus was on the UK planning systems in respect of World Heritage Sites – seeing if there was a ‘dovetail or disconnect’. The day looked at the different systems, and discussed a very wide range of case studies in terms of impact on World Heritage Sites.  The event also had a couple of workshop sessions to look at issues and solutions – and the intention is that we can use this information to start to develop a position paper for government in respect of World Heritage and the Planning system. This post gives the presentations and other information from the event.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here: Final programme

Presentations

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. 

Morning

Overview of the planning system and planning policy:

1 Don Gobbett Planning Overview

2 Hilary Jordan Planning Policy

How decisions on development proposals are made at local level

3 Rebecca McAndrew Blaenavon case study

4 Nick Bishop Lichfields – Cornish mining case study

Looking wider – national policy and working with national bodies

5 Henry Owen-John Heritage Impact Assessment and other stories

6 Jenny Bruce Edinburgh case study

Afternoon

Heading towards solutions:

National case study – National Infrastructure project

7 Sam Rose Navitus Bay case study

Local Case study – SPD development

8 Anna Irwin Pontcysyllte case study

Attendees list

The final participant list is available: Delegate list 8th March 2017

Feedback

Feedback will follow shortly

Acknowledgements

Our thanks to Lichfields, Historic England and Bath and NE Somerset Council as meeting sponsors, and to all speakers and participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.

Technical Workshop: Planning for World Heritage Sites – dovetail or disconnect? Bath, 8th March 2017

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THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS ON PLANNING, PRODUCED BY WORLD HERITAGE UK:

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Tickets for this technical workshop are now available  HERE

DRAFT PROGRAMME FOR 8TH MARCH 2017

Planning for World Heritage Sites – dovetail or disconnect?

MORNING SESSION – HOW DO THE UK’s PLANNING SYSTEMS WORK?

10.00 Introduction

10.15 Overview of the planning systems (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), to include:

  • planning policy and development management
  • who makes decisions about what
  • the underlying philosophy of the planning approach to development

10.30 Planning policy at national and local levels, to include, for each level:

  • why planning policies are important for World Heritage
  • where to find planning policies on World Heritage
  • what policies exist already?
  • can policies be totally prescriptive?
  • who makes policies – the roles of civil servants/local authority officers and ministers/elected local authority members
  • how to influence decision makers

11.00 Questions

11.10 Coffee

11.25 How decisions on development proposals are made, to include:

  • o   Who makes decisions – the roles of local authority officers and members, central government inspectors and        ministers
  • o   How decisions are made
  • o   What planners need to know when making decisions
  • o   How to influence decision makers
  • o   Heritage impact Assessment
  • o   OUV and “significance” – lessons from the Chacewater, Cornwall appeal decision

12.10 Decisions that threaten World Heritage Status, to include:

  • the role of the State Party
  • which Government departments do what
  • who advises the World Heritage Committee?
  • the role of ICOMOS
  • how is the decision for Reactive Monitoring made?
  • what is the process of Reactive Monitoring?

12.40 Questions

1.00     Lunch and group photo

AFTERNOON SESSION – WORKSHOP SESSIONS TO IDENTIFY ISSUES AND IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED

The aim of the afternoon session is to identify what is going well and what needs to be improved and is everyone’s opportunity to have their say. It will be split into two parts, first looking at national issues and then local government issues, and to hear about some specific examples.

1.30     Introduction

1.40     National and international issues

Possible issues to discuss

  • are the overall planning systems fit for purpose in relation to World Heritage?
  • is anyone monitoring the effectiveness of the planning systems?
  • are national policies sufficiently robust?
  • are World Heritage Sites sufficiently valued?
  • how can state reporting and the Reactive monitoring process be improved?

2.40     Local issues

Possible issues to discuss:

  • is anyone monitoring the effectiveness of the planning systems?
  • are local policies sufficiently robust?
  • are World Heritage Sites sufficiently valued?

3.40     Summing up and closing remarks, to include:

  • summary of gaps/suggestions from workshop sessions
  • next steps, including production of a position paper

4.00     Close and depart

New Tour for 2017 at Blenheim Palace

Arts, Conservation, Events, News, Opportunities, Uncategorized, World Heritage Sites

Discover the real ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Blenheim Palace, in a fascinating limited edition new tour for 2017. ‘Restoration & Conservation’ will be the theme of the guided tours which will begin in the New Year as part of the extended opening season experience offered to visitors at the Oxford World Heritage Site.

The ‘Restoration & Conservation’ tour will be exclusively available from 9 January – 8 February 2017, running twice per day excluding Sundays. The new tours will tie in to the annual deep clean of Blenheim Palace which will now be on full to visitors during this period. The tour will give an in-depth look into what is being done in each of the State Rooms.

The new tours will look at two very important aspects of running a 300 year old Palace, including restoring a piece of art, building or tapestry to its original condition, as well as the preservation and repair of the historical and cultural site and its artefacts. The tour will also examine the theme of renovation, exploring how Blenheim Palace must also modernise and remain as a comfortable family home and appealing to visitors.

From the necessary continuing restoration of the ‘Capability’ Brown Cascades and Bladon dams, work which will total approximately £2m when completed to keeping the Palace safe for its inhabitants and visitors, the tour will look at which projects are undertaken, when and why.

The fascinating tour will also look at the most impactful projects including The Eyes in 1928. Painted for the 2nd wife of the 9th Duke, Gladys Deacon, these have a great visual impact on visitors. Exposure to the elements over 80 years had caused the painting and plaster work to degrade to a point where they were barely visible. 

From clocks to paintings each piece of work often requires specialist and niche attention, with specialists sought from all over the world to complete the painstaking tasks of restoring priceless pieces of history.

The job of cleaning the China collection used to fall to the 10th Duchess and her unfortunate administrator, Archie Illingworth – he used to dread the call, ‘Mr Illingworth, today we are going to clean the China!’  The Duchess would wash the China and it was Archie’s responsibility to dry it.

 One of the recent renovations is the Bouchain Tapestry, the priceless 18th century tapestry depicting one of Britain’s most important military victories is 25ft wide and almost 15 feet high. The giant wall hanging is made of wool and silk and was woven in the Brussels workshop of the Flemish weaver, Judocus de Vos.

Part of a set of 10, the tapestries are the most accurate and detailed contemporary records that exist of the campaign, not least because the 1st Duke, John Churchill, provided accurate battle plans and portraits of the principal characters. After being painstakingly removed from the walls of the Palace’s Second State Room, the tapestry was carefully rolled up before being transported back to the city it was originally created in for renovation. It took a year to completely renovate!

From keeping the rain out, Blenheim Palace has over 7 acres of roof, to protecting ceremonial robes, the Marlborough;s Coronation Robes were beginning to deteriorate in the sunlight, there is must to learn and lots of exciting facts to discover.

What: New Restoration & Conservation Tour at Blenheim Palace

When: From 6 January – 28 February 2017, running twice per day excluding Sundays

Why Visit: Discover the intricate processes of historical restoration and modern conservation whilst maintaining the heritage of the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site.

Price: Palace, Park & Garden ticket required, Adult £24.90, Concession* £19.90, Child £13.90

Website: blenheimpalace.com

Save-the-date: Planning Technical Workshop 8th March 2017

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Save-the-date  Planning Technical Workshop

We are pleased to announce the date and location of the next World Heritage UK Technical Workshop, which as a result of Member feedback, will explore further issues around Planning and World Heritage Sites.

Save the date:

Date: Wednesday 8th March 2017 (evening networking social event on the 7th likely)

Venue: Bath Cricket Club (website here)

Bath Cricket Club is located at the recreational heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, with spectacular views across the ground taking in the spires of Bath Abbey and St Johns Church to the city and beyond. The club is 5 minutes from both Bath Spa railway station and the newly re-refurbished bus stations with car parking alongside the clubhouse.

Further details on the programme, tickets, accommodation etc. to follow.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tony Crouch, Don Gobbett and Chris Mahon

World Heritage UK Technical Workshop Team

World Heritage Fundraising Masterclass

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World Heritage UK Workshop “An Introduction to Fundraising Targets and
Techniques”
World Heritage UK was pleased to support a Giving to Heritage workshop run in London
at the end of November. This was specifically targeted for World Heritage Site Co-
ordinators and provided an introductory insight to fundraising and support from the
private and philanthropic sectors, a new approach to many of us who are more used to
seeking funding from public sources such as Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) or EU
programmes.
Giving to Heritage is a joint venture between The Heritage Alliance and the Institute of
Fundraising, made possible through a funding programme with HLF. This is a capacity
building programme designed to increase the fundraising capabilities of those working in
the heritage sector; training can be delivered through specifically targeted workshops
such as this, and through one-to-one consultancy sessions and webinars. The WHS
training workshop was attended by 14 delegates and was delivered by Valentine Morby
who has direct experience of working with WHSs through work he has done previously in
Bath and currently with the Jurassic Coast Trust.
particants learning from Trainer Valentine Morby photo:chrismahon
The session looked at what an organisation needs to have in place before approaching
and private sector donor – a strong vision, robust business plan and fundraising and
communications strategies. The importance of developing and maintaining long-term
relationships with donors was emphasised and to be clear about exactly what you wish
them to fund, and then build your case. This should be capable of being briefly
summarised through its features, advantages and benefits (the FAB approach) or
through the four pillars of vison (what you wish to do), enemy (what is stopping you), hero
(who can deliver) and recipient (who will benefit).
The clear message in approaching donors is to be clear, compelling, concise and
convincing – a message that everyone went away with!
Further information is available from:
www.instituteof-fundraising.org.uk
www.givingtoheritage.org.uk
Lesley Garlick
World Heritage UK Trustee

Gorham’s Cave Complex WHS – lecture

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ICOMOS-UK would like to invite you to join them for their annual Christmas lecture, which will celebrate the inscription of the UK’s latest World Heritage Site, the Gorham Cave Complex in Gibraltar, earlier this year. They will be welcoming Professor Clive Finlayson, Director of the Gibraltar Museum and of the Gorham’s Cave Complex, to give a lecture entitled ‘In the footsteps of the Ancestors – excursions into the Gorham’s Cave complex World Heritage Site’.

Event Details                                                                                                                                              Date: 15 December 2016

 Venue: the Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ

 Tickets: £16 (members)/ £19 (non-members) / £11 (students)

The ticket price includes a glass of wine and festive refreshments

The dispersal of modern humans across the globe in the Late Pleistocene is an unfolding story. As people reached new regions of the planet they discovered that they had not been alone. Conventional wisdom tells us that the competitively superior modern humans were responsible for the demise of all who they came across in their relentless path towards global colonisation. The story of humanity is much more complex than this and it is becoming increasingly clear that the evidence does not support this simple model. New technologies, now capable of piecing together the entire Neanderthal genome, are revolutionising the way in which we understand the story.

New technologies are not enough on their own – they often rely on fossils and artefacts which largely come from museum collections from caves excavated over a century ago. Fortunately, there are also sites which have survived the attention of over-eager Victorian archaeologists and their contemporaries and which have the potential, in combination with new technologies, of revealing the secrets of the Ancestors. These sites, which include the Gorham’s Cave complex, newly inscribed as a World Heritage Site, constitute the most universal heritage of all, that of all humans, past, present and future. It is our responsibility to protect these key sites and to welcome them, as equal partners, into the community of castles, churches and historic towns.

Book now: Visit http://www.icomos-uk.org/about-us/events/ to download a booking form and return it to us at ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ or email it to admin@icomos-uk.org

Payments can be made by cheque addressed to ICOMOS-UK or online at http://www.icomos-uk.org/payment/

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

World Heritage UK Fundraising Masterclass 29th November Central London – reminder and final call for bookings

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Dear friends of World Heritage UK,                                                                                                                         

This is by way of a reminder for the Fundraising Masterclass on the 29th November in central London. ‘An Introduction to Fundraising Targets and Techniques’ will be delivered by Valentine Morby on behalf of the Institute of Fundraising (see: www.valentinemorby.org and www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk). This is a must for all World Heritage Sites and World Heritage UK Members who wish to improve or update their fundraising skills with guidance from an expert.

There are still just a few places available, with the excellent discount for World Heritage UK members – book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-fundraising-masterclass-tickets-27820249114?aff=erelexpmlt 

The half-day’s training is delivered two fast-paced sessions – see Course Description. First we will look at what your World Heritage organization needs in place before it seeks funding from the private sector and how it can develops its strongest key messages and ‘asks’. In the second session we will take a tour of a range of income streams and offer tips and techniques to help put you ahead of your competitors.

Your Trainer: Valentine Morby BA MInstF has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector supported by 10 years commercial business experience. Valentine has worked as an independent fundraising consultant since 2008, including running a number of capital appeals and working with a number of heritage organisations, including Bath Abbey, No.1 Royal Crescent Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Cleveland Pools, Roman Baths Foundation and the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Please be advised that there are a only a limited number of tickets left for this masterclass so you are encouraged to book soon. This is a potentially great investment and a discount benefit from your membership fee if you have joined World Heritage UK (but non-member tickets available too!)

More details are on the Eventbrite page, in the attached file, or just by contacting me at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

Best wishes,

Chris

Chris Mahon

Development Director, World Heritage UK

 

World Heritage UK Fundraising Masterclass 29th November Central London- open now for booking

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Dear friends of World Heritage UK,                                                                                                                         

We are delighted to invite you to a Fundraising Masterclass on the 29th November in central London. ‘An Introduction to Fundraising Targets and Techniques’ will be delivered by Valentine Morby on behalf of the Institute of Fundraising (see: www.valentinemorby.org and www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk). This is a must for all World Heritage Sites and World Heritage UK Members who wish to improve or update their fundraising skills with guidance from the experts!

I am pleased to advise that tickets – including an excellent discount for World Heritage UK members – are now available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-fundraising-masterclass-tickets-27820249114?aff=erelexpmlt 

The half-day’s training is delivered two fast-paced sessions. First we will look at what your World Heritage organization needs in place before it seeks funding from the private sector and how it can develops its strongest key messages and ‘asks’. In the second session we will take a tour of a range of income streams and offer tips and techniques to help put you ahead of your competitors.

Your Trainer: Valentine Morby BA MInstF has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector supported by 10 years commercial business experience. Valentine has worked as an independent fundraising consultant since 2008, including running a number of capital appeals and working with a number of heritage organisations, including Bath Abbey, No.1 Royal Crescent Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Cleveland Pools, Roman Baths Foundation and the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Please be advised that there are a limited number of tickets available for this masterclass so you are encouraged to book early to ensure your place. This is a potentially great investment and a discount benefit from your membership fee if you have joined World Heritage UK (but non-member tickets available too!)

More details are on the Eventbrite page, or just contact me at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

Best wishes,

Chris

Chris Mahon

Development Director, World Heritage UK

Museums and Heritage Advisor Article

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Dear Friends of World Heritage UK

We thought you’d like to see an article about the forthcoming conference in Museums and Heritage Advisor which went live yesterday:

http://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/features/second-world-heritage-uk-conference-opens-gwynedds-unesco-world-heritage-sites-next-week/.

We have a great turnout booked in for the event, but we can always squeeze in one or two last minute bookings so if you are interested please click here or contact Chris at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org.

Best wishes

All at World Heritage UK