UK Government Heritage Statement on Heritage Day

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Announced at a Heritage Day event organised by Heritage Alliance on the 5th December, you can read the Minister’s speech here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/john-glens-speech-launching-the-heritage-statement

The Heritage Statement is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-heritage-statement-2017

See pages 25 and 26 for references to World Heritage Sites. Measures in the statement include launching a new Heritage Council, chaired by the Minister, to emphasise the value of the historic environment, build consensus and ensure greater coordination.

Meeting the Minister

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World Heritage UK’s Chair and President have met with John Glen, the Under Secretary of State for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism at Whitehall in London. Sam Rose and Chris Blandford introduced the Minister to the goals of World Heritage UK and a range of issues were discussed. One of the significant outcomes was an invitation to meet with a senior representative of Visit Britain, a meeting which will take place next week.

Seen here with one of Visit Britain’s ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign posters, the UK’s 31 globally recognised UNESCO World Heritage Sites should fit nicely into this theme.

Fancy a World Heritage job in the English Lake District?

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Join the applicants flocking to this exciting new new position!

The Lake District National Park Authority are currently advertising for a full time World Heritage Site Coordinator in UK’s most recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further details can be found at:

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

Jodrell Bank Observatory is UK latest nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status

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The nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Jodrell Bank Observatory  in Cheshire has now been announced, coinciding with the 60th Anniversary of the
tracking of the launch rocket of Sputnik 1 by the Lovell Telescope in 1957. The University of Manchester is now preparing the papers for nomination, which will be submitted to UNESCO in January 2018. If successful it will be the UK’s 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site, following the inscription of the English Lake District earlier this year.

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In preparation for inclusion in the World Heritage List, the site is also improving its visitor facilities, and is working on a project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create a spectacular new gallery space that will celebrate the ‘can do’ story of the creation of the new science of radio astronomy.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor of the University said ‘The University is very proud that our Jodrell Bank Observatory is going forward to UNESCO for inscription as a World Heritage Site. As an institution that is known for its internationally leading research, it is very fitting that our rich heritage in science has received such acclaim’

Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, said: ‘Jodrell Bank is the one remaining radio astronomy site, worldwide which dates from the early days, so it is very important that we protect and celebrate the physical record of our involvement in the creation of a new science’.

Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre said ‘We have been working to prepare the case for the World Heritage Site inscription for Jodrell Bank Observatory for some years now, so it’s absolutely fantastic to reach this milestone. The Lovell Telescope in particular has become an icon for science and engineering, and we look forward to showcasing the rich scientific heritage of this and the wider site on an international stage.’

Professor Michael Garrett, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and holder of the Sir Bernard Lovell Chair in Astronomy & Astrophysics, added, ‘Jodrell Bank has played a leading role in radio astronomy for over seventy years, work which is reflected in the landscape of the site. This rich history is still being written with the execution of state-of-the art astronomical research programmes on the Lovell Telescope and the e-MERLIN array of national facility radio telescopes, plus our hosting of the international headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array’.

See also http://www.jodrellbank.net/worldheritagesitestatus/

World Heritage UK 3rd Annual Conference in full swing!

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Over 160 world heritage practitioners and academics have gathered at ‘Enginuity’ at the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site over the last 3 days, as the international Ironbridge handbook‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference enters its 4th and final day. We have heard from many speakers and the networking is alive and vibrant. Watch this website for uploaded presentations and more information on what has gone one at this milestone event.

For World Heritage UK, this has been a successful collaboration with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, with financial support provided by Historic England and Telford and Wrekin Council. Special thanks go to Hannah, Coralie, Joe, Gosha, Jamie and Gemma for helping to make this such a successful occasion.

Also taking place today was the charity’s Annual General Meeting and the election of Trustees. The current Chair, Sam Rose was re-elected along with existing Trustee Jane Gibson and a new appointment to the Board, David Holroyd, who is currently working at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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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Blenheim Palace wins VisitEngland award

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Blenheim Palace 2017Blenheim Palace has been awarded the highly regarded VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction. The accreditation offers prospective visitors from all over the world the reassurance of an official endorsement of high quality and showcases the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s tireless commitment to excellence.

With scores of more than 80% in each category, judges found Blenheim Palace to have a 100% score in its Retail Category and an impressive 93% score in the Attraction Category.

Judges from VisitEngland commented “Blenheim Palace achieved an overall score of 89% under the VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. The broad range of well-publicised tours and experiences particularly impressed this year.

They continued: “Excellent customer service was the overriding quality delivered throughout the day with some outstanding individuals at the visitor information desk, two of the retail facilities and the buggy tour driver.”

Heather Carter, Operations Manager at Blenheim Palace says: “This represents another great audit by an internationally recognised body of quality for our visitors. VisitEngland have given us a very positive score which we are all thrilled with. She continues: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff who work so hard to maintain this standard of excellence.”

Built in the early 18th century to celebrate Britain’s victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

For more information please contact: Melodie Manners | melodie@flamingo-marketing.co.uk | 07815 709548 or 01637 873379

‘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

Jurassic Coast Trust becomes guardian of World Heritage Site

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Dorset and East Devon CoastThe Jurassic Coast Trust has just started on a new and exciting stage in its development having recently taken on the responsibility for looking after the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site.

Known to one and all as the Jurassic Coast, the Site stretches from Studland Bay in Dorset to Orcombe Point in Exmouth, East Devon and is England’s only natural World Heritage Site.  Since being given this accolade by the UN’s Scientific, Cultural and Educational body UNESCO in 2001, leadership and management of the Site has been by Dorset and Devon County Councils, coordinated through a small team hosted in County Hall in Dorchester.

This 16-year period has seen the World Heritage Site maintained in great condition, the growth of a national and international brand, the redevelopment of existing and creation of new visitor centres and museums, and the delivery of a huge range of educational activities, all relating to the Jurassic Coast.

The Trust is an independent charity that aims to make the Jurassic Coast an even more meaningful and inspiring part of people’s lives and it is already supported by a range of local businesses and local Ambassadors who get behind its passionate commitment to the Coast.

Alex O’Dwyer, Vice Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust, says, “The Jurassic Coast Trust is thrilled to be taking on responsibility for the management of this extraordinary World Heritage Site. Our work over the last few years, alongside the County Councils, has been to build understanding of the coast and engage people in it, so that they will care for it and cherish it. “

Hilary Cox, Chairman of Dorset County Council, said “The Jurassic Coast has done great things for the communities, and visitors, of Dorset and East Devon for many years and we look forward to supporting the Trust to grow and expand on our achievements.”

Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management at Devon County Council, added “We value the benefits that cross-border working has brought to both Devon and Dorset, and we are excited about taking the Jurassic Coast to the next stage under the Trust’s leadership.”

The Trust will be working coast-wide from its new base in Bridport. One of its early highlights is the collaboration with the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester to bring ‘Dippy’, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton, to the Jurassic Coast.   You can find out more about this and the work of the Trust at www.jurassiccoast.org.

For more information: Sam Rose, Chief Executive, The Jurassic Coast Trust,       Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, DT6 3JP  01308 800349    sam.rose@jurassiccoast.org     https://jurassiccoast.org/

Cornish ‘Man Engine’ wins HLF best arts award

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MAN ENGINECongratulations to Golden Tree Productions, whose ‘Man Engine’ has won the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Best Arts Project’ Award. The Man Engine was such a great success when it toured the World Heritage Site areas of Cornwall and west Devon last year and we are all thrilled that this achievement has been recognised in this way.

Commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site as part of its  ‘Tinth’ Anniversary programme of events in 2016, the giant metal puppet, “MAN ENGINE”, which toured mining heritage sites across west Devon and Cornwall, has won the National Lottery Best UK Arts Project Award, beating more than 1,300 other entrants.

Created by arts company Golden Tree Productions, in response to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site call for proposals from the region’s vibrant culture sector to celebrate World Heritage status, Man Engine attracted over 150,000 people to events at locations across the Site and generated 160 million views across traditional and digital media outlets worldwide.

Julian German, Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, said: “This is obviously wonderful news for everyone in Cornwall and west Devon, and beyond. The World Heritage Site Partnership, backed by Cornwall Council, were seeking a vision, an ambition and a tenacity that would come together in a fitting tribute to our ancestors’ ingenuity and entrepreneurialism. We certainly found this in the Man Engine. The Man Engine undoubtedly captured the world’s imagination, bringing the towns and villages along the route to the attention of an international audience, and stimulating enthusiasm for and awareness of the importance of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Today’s announcement of the National Lottery Arts award will yet again honour the stories, the dedication and the ingenuity of our ancestors, and I extended our thanks and congratulations to the Golden Tree team.”

Will Coleman, artistic director of Golden Tree, added that: “Last year, we collectively pulled off something truly spectacular, working together with people all over Cornwall and West Devon to make the Man Engine tour the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site a reality.  This year, we’ve done it again thanks to almost 8,000 people voting for the Man Engine to become the country’s favourite Arts project in the National Lottery Awards.  What a phenomenal response. I simply want to thank everyone who commissioned us, supported us, sponsored us, volunteered for us, sang for us, helped us along the way, or simply came to see us and took part. The personal and family stories of triumph and tragedy have been deeply moving. I am delighted to confirm that this win is a significant boost to our plans for the Man Engine to awaken again.  2018 will see him touring across Cornwall and Devon and heading to Wales and England on his travels. For now, I cannot say any more, but thank you again to everyone that voted, and watch this space for news very soon!”

For more information: Ainsley Cocks, Research and Information Officer, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office / Sodhva Lown Ertach an Bys Balweyth Kernewek

Tel: 01872 322585                                                                                         Email: acocks@cornwall.gov.uk                                                Web: www.cornishmining.org.uk