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World Heritage UK 2024 Spring Workshop – Industrial Heritage

April 10 @ 9:00 am - April 11 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

£30.00 – £115.00
Slate Landscape of NW Wales World Heritage Site

World Heritage UK 2024 Spring Workshop, at Bangor University, North Wales.

Dates: Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April 2024

Format: In-person plus broadcast live via YouTube

Theme: Industrial Heritage; the workshop will include broad topics that will be of interest to all World Heritage and heritage professionals

Venue: Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University, Deiniol Rd, Bangor LL57 2TQ


Wednesday 10th April – Opportunities

  • 09.30am – Registration/teas/coffees
  • 10.00am – Welcome from Bangor University’s Head of School of History, Law and Social Sciences, Prof. Peter Shapely and World Heritage UK
  • 10.15am – Keynote: Towards a Narrative for Britain’s Industrial World Heritage by Prof. Ian Wray, Heseltine Institute, University of Liverpool
  • 10.45am – Industry, Heritage and City Regeneration by Katie Wray, Director, Deloitte
  • 11.15am – Industrial Heritage and Inbound Tourism, with VisitBritain’s Niamh Walsh and Beth Reynard, Policy and Public Affairs Managers
  • 11.45am – tea/coffee break
  • 12.00pm – Communicating and Celebrating Intangible (Industrial) Heritage with DCMS’ Phil Foxwood (online)
  • 12.30pm – Industrial Heritage and STEM with Prof. Teresa Anderson from Jodrell Bank WHS and Manchester University (online)
  • 1.00pm – buffet lunch at Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre, Bangor University
  • 2.00pm – travel to Dinorwig Quarry & Llanberis Slate Museum; come prepared for walking in the outdoors (boots, rainproofs etc)
  • 2.30pm – site visit at the quarry and museum with Heritage Consultant and Historian David Gwyn as our tour guide
  • 3.30pm – Presentation from Cadw on Industrial Heritage in Waiting: conserving industrial artefacts without re-use
  • 4.00pm – Slate Museum film
  • 4.20pm – slate cutting demonstration
  • 5.00pm – travel from Llanberis to Blaenau Ffestiniog; a very scenic drive through the Slate Landscape WHS
  • 6.00pm – social event at Cellb Cinema & Arts Centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog (with hot buffet, see menu below, and live music from local Welsh-language band Ffenest) – please note there is no wheelchair access to this evening event; bar available
    • Hot food – Welsh lamb cawl (traditional Welsh stew of lamb, root vegetables and potato) (DF/GF); slow roasted Welsh black beef with a caramelised onion sauce, roast carrots, and creamed potato (GF); Quorn stir fry with Pak Choi and coconut rice (VG/GF/DF), selection of breads
    • Desserts – traditional Welsh cakes (Welsh cakes – or Pice ar y maen in Welsh! – originate from Wales and are a cross between a cookie, scone and a pancake but are truly unique when it comes to their taste and texture); Bara Brith (Bara Brith is a traditional Welsh tea bread flavoured with dried fruits and spices); Welsh cheese selection with crackers and chutney (GF available)
    • You’ll be able to try a bit of everything if you wish…
  • 9.00pm – travel to Bangor
  • 10.00pm – arrive Bangor

Thursday 11th April – Challenges

  • 09.30am – teas/coffees
  • 10.00am – Welcome by from Bangor University and WHUK
  • 10.10am – Extractive Industrial Heritage; highlighting the challenges of sustainably managing WH status within active mining/quarrying landscapes, with Friederike Hansell, German Focal Point for World Heritage, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
  • 10.35am – Industrial Heritage and Local Communities with Blaenavon WHS’ Ashleigh Taylor and Rebecca Hartley
  • 11.00am – Industrial Heritage Festivals with Sebastian Eck, Head of Events from ExtraSchicht and Ruhr Tourism, in Germany (online)
  • 11.30am – Redhills’ Intangible Cultural (Industrial) Heritage with Redhills’ Ross Forbes
  • 11.45am – tea/coffee break
  • 12.00pm – Transatlantic slavery: the impact on Wales with academic Prof. Pat Hudson from Cardiff University
  • 12.45pm – Q&A/workshop wrap up
  • 1.00pm – buffet lunch at Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre, Bangor University
  • 2.00pm – travel from Bangor to Penrhyn, again with David Gwyn as our guide
  • 2.15pm – visit to Penrhyn Castle; National Trust link to slavery/plantations/Penrhyn Quarry etc (please bring your NT Membership card if you’re a member)

  • 3.30pm – travel from Penrhyn Castle to Penrhyn Quarry
  • 4.00pm – Penrhyn/Bethesda Quarry visit; opportunity to see working quarry and how commercial activity works adjacent to heritage conservation
  • 5.00pm – Travel back to Bangor
  • 5.30pm – Arrive Bangor and workshop ends

Accommodation suggestions:

Getting to Bangor – click here for the university’s guide to getting to and around Bangor.

Directions – click here for direction to the Pontio Innovation Centre.

Parking – click here for a car parking map for Bangor University.

Accessibility – click here for workshop venue Pontio’s access details. Please note there is no wheelchair access at Wednesday evening’s social event.

Catering – there will vegan options available at Pontio and at The Cellb.

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Images: Penrhyn Castle Image by Greg Montani at Pixabay



April 10 @ 9:00 am UTC+0
April 11 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
£30.00 – £115.00
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