World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day 2017 showcases the UK’s ’Wonders of the World’ in a global day of celebration

News

Press release April 11th 2017: World Heritage Day 2017 showcases the UK’s ’Wonders of the World’ in a global day of celebration

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind and protecting and preserving these amazing places demands the collective efforts of all of us.  World Heritage Day, on the 18th of April, offers an opportunity to raise people’s awareness about the diversity of cultural and natural heritage we have in the UK and across the world, and the efforts that are required to look after it. Put simply, it is an opportunity to shout about how fantastic our World Heritage is, and you can find out more at https://worldheritageuk.org/whday17/

April 18th is an ‘official’ international celebration day first proposed by ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites and then approved by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (the part of the UN that manages World Heritage) – in 1983. Each year has a theme, and this year’s theme is sustainable tourism, but many Sites simply choose to use the day to raise awareness.

A number of UK World Heritage Sites are celebrating the day this year with a programme of events, including the City of Bath, Durham Cathedral, Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, Ironbridge Gorge, Saltaire, Maritime Greenwich, and all of the six Scottish World Heritage Sites. Activities include diverting rivers, creating St Kilda in Minecraft, guided walks, illuminations, craft activities, ceramics workshops, games, short talks and even yarnbombing!

World Heritage UK, the national charity that represents the UK’s 30 World Heritage Sites is collating this information on its website at https://worldheritageuk.org/whday17/ so make this your first point of call for your guide to the day. We are also preparing a Twitter Thunderclap and will have a Twitter World Heritage hour in the afternoon on the 18th, so keep watching the hashtag #WHDay2017 and sign up to our twitter feed at @worldheritageuk to see what happens!

Dr Sam Rose, Chair of World Heritage UK, says “We have 30 outstanding UK World Heritage Sites, 25 of which are on the mainland of our four home nations, ranging from the spectacular Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales, through to the Palace of Westminster and the Neolithic Sites of Orkney. Even if your local World Heritage Site doesn’t have an event on the 18th April, please pay it a visit and be amazed.” The full list of UK World Heritage Sites can be seen at https://worldheritageuk.org/about/ourworldheritagesites/

World Heritage UK Conference presentations and Minister’s video: Saltaire 2015

Conference, Conference Saltaire October 2015, Downloads, Events, News

Introduction

The first WH:UK Conference took place in elegant Victoria Hall, in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, Bradford, on October 14th & 15th 2015.  This post gives the presentations from the 2 day event.  Photos can be seen on a different post, here, and  the outputs from the workshop sessions and participant feedback will be posted shortly.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here.

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. 

Day 1

Sam Rose, Chair, WH:UK.  Opening remarks
Sam Rose speech 2015 final

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Heritage and Tourism

Peter Debrine, Programme Specialist Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO
Peter de Brine UNESCO

James Beresford, CEO Visit England
James Berresford Visit England

Professor Mike Robinson, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham
Mike Robinson Part of Something Really Special

Sue Davies, Canadian Rockies Case Study
Sue Davies Canadian Rockies

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive Officer – Tourism and Marketing for Wales at The Welsh Government
Manon Antoniazzi Welsh Government

Dr Sam Rose, Jurassic Coast WHS Manager
Sam Rose Jurassic Coast Case Study

Helen Manlagen, Chair, Culture Ctte, Uk National Commission for UNESCO
Helen Maclagen UKNC UNESCO

Remi Delaplanque, Châteaux de la Loire network
Remi Deleplanque Loire Valley

Day 2

Deborah Boden, WHS Coordinator, Cornish and West Devon Mining Landscapes
Deborah Boden Cornish Mining WHS Tourism Oct 2015

Adam Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Edinburgh World Heritage
Adam Wilkinson City of Edinburgh

Max Bryant, National Trust General Manager, North Coast, Northern Ireland
Max Bryant Giant’s Causeway

 

Attendees list

The final participant list is available here.

Acknowledgements

Our thanks to Bradford City Council, Historic England, the Victoria Hall staff, our Tour Guides and all participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.

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Conference photos

Conference, Conference Saltaire October 2015, Events, News

What did you think of the conference?

Conference, Conference Saltaire October 2015, Events, News
Delegates for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Delegates for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Well, the van is unpacked and the trip north is over, as is the inaugural conference of World Heritage UK.  I thought it was great, and will post more next week about my reflections on it.  But more importantly we need to know what you thought, and if you were there, please could you complete our feedback questionnaire.

It is on survey monkey, should only take about 10 minutes max and your views are really important in helping us do an even better event next year.  Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHUK2015

Please also feel free to comment on, or ‘like’ this or other blog postings – it will help us in getting better search ratings with Google.

Thanks, Sam Rose.

venue for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Adam Wilkinson from Edinburgh World Heritage

More photos from the conference will follow.

venue for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Salts Mil in Saltaire

The conference is upon us!

Conference Saltaire October 2015, News

OK – speech written, shirts ironed, last minute panics over (I hope) and tomorrow I shall be packing some exhibition material into a van and heading up to the Saltaire World Heritage Site in the mighty city of Bradford.

The programme assembled promises to provide a fascinating mix of national and international perspectives, case studies, academic viewpoints and more. If you add on the Mayoral reception, curry night and tours, it has the makings of a great couple of days.

If you are coming, I look forward to seeing you there. If not, we will publish presentations and other reports from the event on this website, so please do watch this space.

In some respects, World Heritage UK starts in Saltaire on Wednesday morning, although some might say it started in 1986, and has just been waiting for the right time to start speak up about it; I hope that we can say after this week that the speaking up has started.  It only remains for me to thank the organising committee for getting us to the that start line, and for such a great team effort.

Sam

More details of the event can be found here