Save the date! World Heritage UK 2018 conference, 8/9 October,Tower of London

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World Heritage UK 2018 conference, ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the historic wonders of the world and the jewels in the crown of any nation. The United Kingdom is blessed with 31 of them and each year, World Heritage UK celebrates these gems with a conference. The theme for this year’s event will be ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’, to take place at the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 8th and 9th October 2018.

Many of our World Heritage Sites are facing management issues, not only from within their boundaries, but from external pressures beyond, which can be hard to control. Here, delegates will look at the setting in which a World Heritage Site exists, issues with buffer zones and examining how best to deal with Outstanding Universal Value in the margins.

The conference will be delivered in association with Historic Royal Palaces and we expect to continue the success of previous years with an exciting programme of speakers and side events – perhaps a boat trip on the River Thames or a behind-the-scenes tour at the Tower of London. More detail and registration arrangements to follow – this just to get the 8th and 9th October dates in your diary.

The Romans are Coming! – Bath World Heritage Day, Sunday 22 April 2018

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World Heritage Day Ermine Street Guard trebuchetEvery April the City of Bath World Heritage Site celebrates its unique heritage and the reasons for the city’s World Heritage Site status with a free community event. Bath World Heritage Day takes place on Sunday 22 April from 11am-3pm on the lawn in front of the iconic Royal Crescent.  The star attraction will be the expert Roman re-enactment group, The Ermine Street Guard, who will be setting up a Roman camp for visitors to explore and demonstrating Roman military tactics.  As well as watching the action, visitors can chat to the Roman soldiers and investigate how Romans lived through original objects from the city’s Roman Baths collection. 

Along with celebrating Bath’s Roman past there will be the opportunity to find out more about the city’s Georgian heritage.  The Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides will be leading free walks around the Upper Town and shorter guided strolls along the Royal Crescent.  The National Trust will be celebrating 25 years of looking after Ralph Allen’s landscape garden at Prior Park.  Volunteers from the Herschel Museum of Astronomy will have solar telescopes to allow visitors to safely view the sun.  There will also be the chance to do fun space-themed activities and dress up at the famous Georgian astronomers, William and Caroline Herschel.  No. 1 Royal Crescent is offering free admission to Bath and North East Somerset Discovery Card holders on the day, with the opportunity to meet costumed characters and handle 18th Century objects. To appreciate one of Bath’s Georgian gems, visitors are invited to view Bath’s Assembly Rooms, which opened in 1771 to offer entertainment for fashionable visitors to the spa city.  The rooms will be open free of charge from 10.30am-5pm. 

Bath World Heritage Day is a great opportunity to find out the latest news from major heritage projects in the city.  Teams from Bath Abbey Footprint, the Cleveland Pools Trust and Minerva’s Owls of Bath will be at the event to demonstrate their initiatives.  The exciting plans to open Bath’s first World Heritage Centre and extended learning facilities for the Roman Baths through the Lottery-funded Archway Project will be on display. 

Elsewhere in the city there will be an event at Sydney Gardens from 2-5pm to find out more about another of Bath’s Heritage Lottery Fund projects to improve and development the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens.  There will be lots for visitors of all ages to see and do. 

For further information visit www.bathworldheritage.org.uk/events where you can download the World Heritage Day leaflet and the Sydney Gardens Community Day flyer. 

Guided tours of Royal Crescent

World Heritage UK Welcomes Change of Mood on Liverpool’s World Heritage Site

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Liverpool World Heritage Site Credit: Wikipedia commons

 

Liverpool’s World Heritage Site has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites ‘in danger’ since 2012.  UNESCO’s primary concern has centred on the tall buildings in the ‘Liverpool Waters’ development proposal, put forward by Peel Holdings, which was given outline planning permission in 2012.  The perceived negative impact of these proposed tall buildings was on long distance views of the Liverpool skyline from the other bank of the Mersey.  Of particular concern, it appears, were the tall buildings proposed for the former Clarence Dock site, which is within the World Heritage Site buffer zone.

See also: https://lbndaily.co.uk/world-heritage-uk-backs-liverpools-push-preserve-world-heritage-status/

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/heritage-body-takes-up-liverpools-case/

World Heritage UK, the body representing all 31 UK World Heritage Sites, is aware that in response to UNESCO’s concerns, Liverpool City Council and Peel Holdings have together recently taken three positive initiatives to minimise the risk of Liverpool losing World Heritage Status and to ultimately take it off the ‘endangered’ list.  These include a new high level task force to raise the profile of the World Heritage Site and address the concerns raised by UNESCO; a ‘Desired State of Conservation Report’ to set out their view of the city’s World Heritage status as it stands; and a review of the master plan for the Liverpool Waters area, where in fact no new development has actually taken place since outline permission was granted in 2012.

From its national perspective, World Heritage UK warmly welcomes all these initiatives and believes that they signal a genuine change of mood in Liverpool.  On behalf of all of the UK’s World Heritage Sites, we ask UNESCO to open a process of constructive dialogue with the UK Government and Liverpool’s stakeholders, in the hope that this will lead to a change in the position they have previously taken on Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.  We further hope that, as the ‘State Party’, the Government will fully engage with the process, thus enabling then to fulfil their international obligations and responsibilities under the World Heritage Convention for the protection and enhancement of the outstanding universal value of all the UK’s World Heritage Sites, not least Liverpool.

As Liverpool’s ‘Desired State of Conservation Report’ notes, there has been spectacular progress in restoring Liverpool’s historic buildings, in the World Heritage Site and beyond. The number of heritage ‘buildings at risk’ has been reduced to only 2.75% of the building stock – far below the UK national average. The restoration of the once derelict Stanley Dock for a new hotel and residential accommodation is a shining example of achievement and work in progress.

World Heritage UK has been briefed on the initial work on Peel’s revised masterplan for Liverpool Waters.

Chris Blandford, World Heritage UK President, said: ‘Whilst the revised plan is still at an early stage, we believe that it has the potential to deliver a far more coherent, sensitive and appropriate development form, one which better respects the Site’s outstanding universal value, and is better integrated with Stanley Dock and the adjacent Ten Streets regeneration area’.

Sam Rose, World Heritage UK Chair, said: ‘Cities grow and change, as they always have done, and there will always be conflicts and tensions in the protection of the outstanding universal value of urban World Heritage Sites. We see no situation that is not resolvable with early and constructive dialogue, and we encourage that now in the case of Liverpool.  It would be a big loss for the outstanding heritage of the UK, and for the people and businesses of Liverpool if this iconic city was to lose its deserved global status’.

The UK has six World Heritage Sites that fall into the ‘cities’ theme, the largest and most complex three being Bath, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

Celebrate World Heritage Day at Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Celebrate World Heritage Day with a special lecture by Richard Annis, showcasing all the exciting findings during Durham University’s refurbishment of the Exchequer Building.

As part of the celebrations, this lecture is being hosted by Durham Cathedral in one of their hidden gems, the Priors Hall, and will also give you an opportunity to hear more about the Cathedral’s exciting Foundation 2020 appeal, which aims to build an endowment of £10 million by 2020 to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

The refurbishment of a “hidden gem” between two World Heritage Site landmarks is nearing conclusion. Specialist restoration teams have been putting the finishing touches to the overhaul of the former Exchequer and Chancery, a Grade I-listed building on Palace Green, Durham. The last surviving administrative building used by the Prince Bishops from medieval times, since the 1850s it has been used as part of the university library. Skilled trades people have revealed some unknown features of the building along the way and Richard’s talk will give us a taster of the beautiful medieval features of the Exchequer building that have been restored and revealed during the work.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture on site.

This lecture is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Please do write an email to raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Richard Annis is Senior Archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. In the past 30 years he has worked on a wide variety of archaeological projects throughout the north-east of England and in Cumbria, Humberside, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire. Richard’s specialist interests include the archaeology of buildings and he has studied structures ranging in size and complexity from castles to cow byres. Most recently Richard led the excavation and managed the process of post-excavation processing, examination and analysis of the skeletons of the Scottish soldiers from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar and worked on the major refurbishment of the Exchequer Building.

English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated by royal visit

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WP_20180326_10_25_56_ProHundreds of people came to see His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales as the guest of honour at a special community event on 26th March, to mark the Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The long journey to World Heritage Site status was led by Lord Clark of Windermere, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership and submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England.

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Prince Charles unveils the UNESCO plaque with Lord Clarke

The Prince of Wales attended the event at Crow Park, Keswick, and unveiled the official UNESCO plaque to mark the designation. As Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clarke maintained, “this plaque will give local people and visitors a place to come and appreciate not just the spectacular landscape, but also the rich, cultural history of the Lake District as a World Heritage Site”.

The event was a celebration of the unique cultural landscape of the Lake District to which special guests and members of the community were invited to attend. Among these was World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, who explained the work of the organisation to the Prince of Wales, finding that the guest of honour fully understood the values that underpin the UK’s World Heritage Sites, as well as the issues they face. Michael Ellis, the new Heritage Minister was also present, and it is hoped that a further meeting with him and World Heritage UK will be arranged.

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Chris Blandford meets the Prince of Wales with John Hodgson and Keith Jones

UNESCO asks all World Heritage Sites to celebrate their status by erecting an official plaque, but with so many inspirational viewpoints to choose from across the Lake District, a number of locations and plaques were considered by the Partnership. The criteria included a stunning landscape view, good public access for all and strong representation of the three World Heritage Site themes of cultural landscape: identity, inspiration and conservation. The National Trust’s Crow Park, overlooking Derwent Water, was chosen for this special event. 

Lake District National Park Chief Executive, Richard Leafe, explained how the benefits of this new status were already being seen across the National Park. “Since last summer, we have seen some great examples of organisations, businesses and communities using World Heritage status to flourish and prosper,” Richard said. “From inspirational cultural events to welcoming first-time visitors to the park, this global recognition has encouraged new opportunities, while continuing to be a much loved national park for everyone to enjoy.”

The English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of over a thousand across the world and is the 31st inscription for the UK. It is the UK’s largest World Heritage Site at 229,200 ha and is the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site.

There are three themes that underpin the English Lake District World Heritage Site inscription are:

1)    Identity: The acknowledged beauty of the Lake District is the result of thousands of years of industry and agricultural development of the spectacular natural landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes and woodland.

2)    Inspiration: The beauty of the Lake District inspired artists and writers of the Picturesque and Romantic movements and generated ideas about landscape that have had global influence.

3)    Conservation: The Lake District has been enjoyed and valued by visitors for more than 250 years. Concern to protect it was the inspiration for the birth of the conservation movement, including the National Trust and protected areas including UK National Parks.

 

World Heritage Site Coordinator for the English Lake District – top job in a top place

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Wasdale-5-Andrew-LockingA further opportunity has arisen to apply for this fantastic opportunity to work in a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. All enquiries:

http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/job-pages/world-heritage-site-coordinator2

Best Practice in World Heritage blossoms at Kew Gardens

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World Heritage UK’s latest workshop, ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’ took place last week in the magnificent setting of the Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beating the inclement weather the week before, the participants enjoyed a bright couple of days (with the occasional shower) exploring some of the treasures this remarkable place holds. the orchid houseTravelling on the explorer bus through budding narcissi and spring crocus, the party of thirty delegates were transported to The Pagoda, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Temperate House so see behind-the-scenes restoration work and special privilege access to areas not open to the public. Towards the PagodaClimbing three hundred steps to the top of the pagoda to meet the restoration experts and the first of the ornamental dragons being mounted there was a memorable experience. Particularly impressive was the amount of research that has taken place in order to match the original design of the  architect William Chambers back in 1761, including paint analysis to achieve an accurate representation of the eighteenth century colour scheme. there be dragonsThe group were told that this monument is the most important garden ornament in the world – quite fitting to be found in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage (like The Pagoda, managed by Historic Royal Palaces) this hidden gem is an early example of a cottage orné, a rustic thatched cottage built as a country retreat, not as a residence, and used for taking tea during walks in the gardens. A favourite place of King George III, it houses many Hogarth prints and once had a menagerie which included the first kangaroos from the colonies. Queen Charlotte's CottageThen the magnificent Temperate House which is undergoing major restoration and the works are now nearing completion with just a few weeks to go. This is a major investment into World Heritage, costing £41m and the newly painted (four coats) and glazed building is already receiving some of the 10,000 plants of 1500 species while the finishing touches to the structure are being undertaken. Temperate House restorationAfter a warm welcome speech from the Director at Kew Gardens, Richard Deverell, the workshop participants received expert wisdom in stimulating presentations from two of Kew’s senior staff, setting the scene for them getting engaged in three workshop groups which enabled a willing exchange of knowledge and experience between those taking part. The notes from the plenary feedback session are currently being distilled and will be available shortly. Workshop welcome                                                        If this was not enough to fill the one and a half days spent together, everyone enjoyed the evening dinner at the nearby London Museum of Water and Steam, where the heritage engines were fired up in a magnificent demonstration of 19th century mechanical engineering. Thanks go to John Porter for setting up this arrangement. Thanks are also due to the sponsors of the event, Historic England and Lichfields, without whom this workshop would not have been realised.Dinner at the London Museum of Water and Steam Cheers!

World Heritage UK Kew workshop dinner venue announced – an extra steamy affair!

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Delegates attending the World Heritage UK workshop ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’ at Kew Gardens on the 6th and 7th March will be experiencing an extra and very special treat if they come to the workshop drinks, dinner and demonstration on the evening of the 6th – we shall be dining amongst the engines at the London Museum of Water and Steam! Why not join us for the workshop?  – last remaining tickets can be found at the registration page where you will also find details of the event’s programme which includes unique behind the scenes tours at Kew Gardens, workshop sessions and top class speakers.

Masterclass in commercial best practice expected at Kew Gardens

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The upcoming World Heritage UK workshop on 6th and 7th March promises to be a masterclass in commercial best practice for world heritage sites, with three senior experts from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sharing their expertise with those attending.

Richard-Deverell1After the privilege of a behind-the-scenes tour of some of Kew’s yet-to-be-opened exhibits, delegates will hear from the head of the organisation, Chief Executive and Director of RBG Kew, Richard Deverell.

The Head of Commercial Activities at Kew Enterprises, Adam Farrar, will then talk about the ‘Evolution of Kew’s commercial strategy and major events – the difficulties, opportunities and benefits’.Adam_Farrer

This will be followed on the second day by the Director of Estates and Capital Development at Kew Gardens, Andrew Williams, who will present a particular case study on one of Kew’s most recent attractions,  ‘The Hive – delivery challenges’.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This fantastic opportunity to hear from such eminent presenters wandrew williamsill provide the perfect context for the rest of the discussions which will be carried out in small groups in three workshop sessions, where participants, many experts in their own right, will share their own experiences and skills, exploring how they identify their customer markets, how they have developed their own commercial packages and how they then get on and deliver them.

Remaining tickets for this one-off event are available HERE

 

World Heritage UK Commercial Best Practice workshop sessions at Kew announced

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Remaining tickets for this event are available HERE

World Heritage UK workshop, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:

‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’

6th and 7th March 2018

DRAFT PROGRAMME

Tuesday 6th March

09.00 to 12.00/13.00 – Special ‘Under the skin’ tours

Restricted numbers are able to visit the Pagoda restoration project and delegates will be among of the first people to see the dragons and the amazing colour scheme. This is a Historic Royal Palaces project and would be led by one of their conservation team or the lead project manager. The location will still be a construction site so time will be needed to change into Personal Protection Equipment.

Also included is a tour of the refurbished Temperate House which is the largest remaining glass house in the world. This will also be a construction site at the time of the visit. The party will be split into two groups visiting both sites in turn.

13.00 to 14.00 Lunch (Cambridge Cottage) 

14.00 to 14.15 ‘Welcome to Kew’, Richard Deverell, CEO and Director of RBG Kew

14.15 to 14.45 Lead presentation:  ‘Evolution of Kew’s commercial strategy and major events – the difficulties, opportunities and benefits’, Adam Farrar, Head of Commercial Activities, Kew Enterprises

14.45 to 15.45 Workshop 1 ‘Understanding the market’                                                           

In this workshop we shall explore in small groups what your ‘market’ is and how you have undergone identifying it. Please be prepared to share the methods have you used and what results you have achieved if you have them.

15.45 to 1600 Tea/coffee break

1600 to 1700 Workshop 2 ‘How to develop your package’                                                     

In this workshop we shall examine how the activities explored in workshop 1 have helped you to develop your offer and ask what your package now looks like? Please be prepared to share your experience and the results you have achieved if you have them.

1700 to 1715 Commercial context from the UK World Heritage Site Review – Chris Blandford

1715 to 1745 Elevator pitch style presentations from World Heritage Sites

1745 to 1900 Free time 

19.00 Meet in Richmond – Dinner (venue to be confirmed)

Wednesday 7th March

9.00 to 10.00 Kew site tour by Explorer Bus – whole site tour and back of house nursery visit

10.00 to 10.30 Tea/Coffee break

10.30 to 10.50 Lead presentation: ‘The Hive – delivery challenges’, Andrew Williams Director of Estates and Capital Development , Kew Gardens

10.50 to 11.50 Workshop session 3 – ‘How to deliver commercially’

In this workshop we shall consider how you make sure your offer is commercially sound and what you have learnt from the process (positive and negative). Please be prepared to share the methods have you used and what results you have achieved if you have them.

11.50 to 12.30 Questions and general discussion

12.30 to 13.30 Lunch  

13.30 to 1430 Feedback presentations from the four workshop groups

1430 to 1500 Summary of learning, next actions

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