Happy New Year from World Heritage UK! – why not start it with Learning and Engagement at Big Pit, Blaenavon UNESCO World Heritage Site?

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Why not start your 2019 off with something to look forward to? Book now for World Heritage UK’s ‘World Heritage Site Learning and Engagement – from cradle to grave’ Technical Workshop on the 19th and 20th February, to be held at Big Pit, Blaenavon. Tickets are available at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-site-learning-and-engagement-from-cradle-to-grave-tickets-53536344648 where you will also find links to the full event programme.

PLUS! – On the morning of the 19th January (10am – 12pm) at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre there will be the first World Heritage Learning and Engagement Network meeting. This is free and open to all colleagues, staff and volunteers who are involved with learning and engagement in World Heritage Sites. It will be an opportunity to share best practice, share ideas, develop new ideas and create cross-site opportunities for World Heritage. Contact ashleigh.taylor@torfaen.gov.uk for more information on this.

Also watch this space for details of the summer networking meeting and the Autumn annual conference, this year to be held near the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site at Llangollen, in North Wales.

We hope to see you at some of our events – have a great year!

chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

 

‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’ conference review

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The World Heritage UK annual conference for 2018 is now a happy memory with much learned, experiences and knowledge shared, networks renewed and new friendships forged over two days in October. The historic Tower of London, in the shadows of its neighbouring 21st century high rise glass skyscrapers, was the perfect place to discuss the ‘setting’ of the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and our thanks go to Historic Royal Palaces for hosting the event and providing some memorable behind-the-scenes tours.

The conference attracted over a hundred participants, including Michael Ellis, the Under Secretary of State and his team from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), colleagues from Historic England and the heritage agencies of the devolved nations (who also provided country overview presentations), university academics, heritage consultancy professionals, representatives of most of the UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites, delegates from Bermuda, Germany, Malta and a delegation from the China Academy of Urban Planning Design.

The Minister’s words were very supportive of the work of World Heritage UK and he re-stated the Government’s commitment to heritage protection. This backing will be important when the UK World Heritage Site Review, being carried out by World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, is published in 2019, and a summary of progress on this review work formed part of the busy conference programme.

Delegates also heard fascinating insights into case studies where the settings of World Heritage Sites were being challenged, in particular by tall buildings at the Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and in Liverpool, by road development at Stonehenge, nationally significant infrastructure projects and changes in agricultural policy in the English Lake District and a variety of issues in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, including wind turbines, industrial and housing developments.

There were interactive sessions too, with a Question Time style panel and the popular 5- minute ‘elevator pitches’ which provided short but insightful contributions that were received well by an enthused audience.

As usual the conference’s additional activities were epic, including a wide range of short behind-the-scenes tours both at the Tower of London and at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Sites, a speedy clipper trip on the River Thames and a jolly conference dinner at the Old Brewery in Greenwich.

Feedback from delegates has been 100% positive on the overall experience of the conference via the 39% of feedback forms received. Speaker’s presentations and other arisings from the event will be uploaded to the World Heritage UK website in due course.

We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s conference which will be hosted in Llangollen by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site in North Wales. In the meantime, the next event will be a technical workshop on ‘Education in World Heritage Sites’ which will take place at Big Pit, Blaenavon on 19th and 20th February 2019

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Photo credits: Sam Rose

DCMS Ministerial announcement on the Welsh Slate Industry today!

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DCMS Heritage Minister Michael Ellis announced today that the Welsh Slate Mining Landscape bid can progress to nomination. Whilst there is still work to do, this is a huge hurdle cleared for the project. Pictured below at the House of Commons announcement are MP Liz Saville Roberts, Lord Dafydd Wigley, Minister Michael Ellis and Cllr Ioan Thomas.

Slate Industry Minister announcement

You can find more information on this UNESCO tentative list site at:   http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5678/

COMMISSION – THE PREPARATION OF THE NEW MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE CASTLES AND TOWN WALLS OF KING EDWARD IN GWYNEDD WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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The Welsh Government through Cadw and key partners require suitably qualified/experienced specialist advisors to support the preparation of a new long-term management plan for the The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd (WHS).

The successful applicants will act as key facilitators in programmed consultation events, capture and synthesise key issues, lead on the drafting of relevant material and the preparation of the final management plan to draft design stage for publication.

Please find the relevant Invitation To Quote information (including specification) on the attached documents.

Please contact Laurence Smith for further information: Laurence.smith@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Specification doc for Edwardian Castles Management Plan final ITQ letter for specialist support in preparing Edwardian Castles Management Plan Final sent vers

ITQ letter for specialist support in preparing Edwardian Castles Management Plan Final sent vers


Comisiwn – PARATOI’R CYNLLUN RHEOLAETH NEWYDD AR GYFER SAFLE TREFTADAETH Y BYD(STB) CESTYLL A MURIAU TREFI Y BRENIN EDWARD YNG NGWYNEDD

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru drwy Cadw a phartneriaid allweddol yn chwilio am ymgynghorwyr arbenigol cymwysedig/profiadol er mwyn cefnogi’r gwaith o baratoi cynllun rheolaeth newydd ar  gyfer STB Cestyll a Muriau Trefi y Brenin Edward yng Ngwynedd.

Bydd yr ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus yn chwarae rôl allweddol gan hwyluso nifer o ddigwyddiadau ymgynghori, casglu a chrynhoi prif faterion, arwain ar waith drafftio a pharatoi’r cynllun rheolaeth hyd at ddraft terfynol  ar gyfer cyhoeddiad.

Gweler manylion Gwahoddiad i Ymgeisio (gan gynnwys y briff) drwy ddilyn y linc canlynol :

Cysylltwch gyda Laurence Smith am fwy o wybodaeth:  Laurence.smith@wales.gsi.gov.uk