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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark. Copyright: Chris Mahon
Following 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
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
“A good time had by all”at the latest World Heritage UK Members Networking Meeting which took place at the Causeway Hotel at Bushmills in Northern Ireland, a stone’s throw(!) from the Giant’s Causeway itself. This two half-day meeting began with guided tours to the World Heritage Site by excellent National Trust staff and behind-the-scenes talks at the magnificent visitor centre. Who knew it was so green? Ground sourced heating, recycled grey water and a green roof to boot! Not sure if they came to inspect these credentials too, but HM Queen and Prince Phillip arrived by helicopter during our meeting there, greeted by amongst others, World Heritage UK Board Member and National Trust General Manager for the site, Max Bryant.
Then it was down to business. The next day a General Meeting discussed the proposed 3 year strategy which was considered and agreed by World Heritage UK members. Presentations on a variety topics were heard but the main focus was on planning matters and, after a useful overview from Henry Owen-John from Historic England, case studies from the Jurassic Coast and Giant’s Causeway were given. It was agreed to have a more in-depth planning theme for the next World Heritage UK Technical Workshop early in 2017.
Thanks are due to the team at the Causeway Hotel and all the other National Trust staff and volunteers who spent time with us while we were there. We came away educated and entertained!
The next World Heritage UK Members Meeting will take place at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland from 2pm on Monday 27th June to 1pm on Tuesday 28th June 2016. The meeting will begin with a tour of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its Visitor Centre. There will be a business meeting on Tuesday morning for members to agree a 3 year plan and discuss any other issues, followed by a workshop with case studies covering planning issues.
On Monday evening there will be a delegate’s dinner at the Causeway Hotel. Accommodation is also available here but early booking is recommended. Other accommodation in the area is also available.
Tickets are free for Voting Members, £30 for Associate Members and Observers and Non-Members are welcome too, at £75.
To book, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-members-meeting-tickets-23991921483?aff=es2
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.
Regards to all,
Development Director, World Heritage UK
Chloe Porter is a planning officer in Edinburgh City Council and has written an excellent blog about the recent World Heritage UK technical workshop on WHS management plans and systems in ‘Planning Edinburgh’. You can read it here:
Watch this space for further World Heritage UK events in 2016, including a Members Meeting at the Giant’s Causeway at the end of June and the second World Heritage UK conference in October.
The second World Heritage UK Network meeting will take place in Edinburgh from lunchtime on Jan 25th to 4pm on the 26th, and will have an extended focus on Management Planning.
More details will follow as the event is put together, but it is likely to involve the guest speaker and learning session on the afternoon on the 25th (as per the morning of the Liverpool meeting), with the rest of that day and the next day being dedicated to preparation for and detailed work on good practice and latest reconsiderations on Management Planning.
Watch this space for more details.
The first WH:UK Network meeting took place in the fabulous surroundings of Liverpool City Library on March 16th 2015. Please do feel free to comment on the event or post any photos at the bottom of the page.
The meeting agenda can be downloaded here: WHUK Networking meeting Liverpool 160315 Programme
Presentations from the day
Sam Rose, Shadow Chair, WH:UK. Welcome and an introduction to World Heritage UK
World Heritage UK Liverpool Sam Rose pdf
Rob Burns, Urban Design and Heritage Conservation Manager for Liverpool. Liverpool mercantile maritime city, value added?
World Heritage UK Liverpool Rob Burns pdf
Helen Maclagen, Culture Director, the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Wider Value of UNESCO
World Heritage UK Liverpool Helen Maclagen pdf
Deborah Boden, WHS Coordinator, Cornish Mining Landscape WHS. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape WHS UNESCO reactive monitoring Missions 2013 and 2015
World Heritage UK Liverpool Deborah Boden pdf
At each networking meeting we will record the key points from the day for peoples continuing professional development. The notes from this event are: World Heritage UK Liverpool March 2015 Notes
We have had 14 responses to date from the Survey Monkey questionnaire. For those still to respond, the link is here. The summary of responses so far can be accessed here:WHUK Liverpool 2015 Evaluation preliminary results Sorry that some of the results are a bit confusing – we will get better at it!
Our thanks to English Heritage (as was) for support for the day, and for the Liverpool Library Staff.
A full list of attendees will be published in the notes, but you might recognise a few from here