‘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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World Heritage UK conference sponsors support Tower of London event

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Thanks to the generous support of these sponsors, World Heritage UK is able to keep the costs of delegate’s attendance affordable at its latest conference ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’, at the Tower of London, 15th and 16th October 2018. This is the 4th annual conference of the charity organisation and it promises to be the most compelling yet, not just for the prestigious venue in the city of London but also for the controversial nature of its subject matter. Development in and around World Heritage Sites is often in the news and here will be discussed such topical places as Stonehenge and its road issues, plans affecting the sites in Liverpool and London with tall buildings and other factors, plus many more examples from around the UK and its Overseas Territories.  The event is already attracting international interest so best secure your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. You can register for the conference here

Controversial World Heritage conference expected at the Tower of London, 15th and 16th October 2018

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Tall buildings and the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just one of many controversial issues regarding the ‘setting’ of World Heritage Sites to be considered by speakers and delegates at the 4th World Heritage UK Annual Conference on 15th/16th October 2018.   Photo credit: Historic Royal Palaces

World Heritage UK is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 4th Annual Conference, ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’, taking place at the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 15th and 16th October 2018. Please note the change of date from previous announcements, made to accommodate the very best available facilities at this prestigious venue.

The link to the registration webpage is  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/setting-the-scene-for-world-heritage-tickets-46877370477?

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’.

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.

We will be looking in detail at controversial urban examples from Liverpool, Edinburgh and London, but will also examine contentious cultural landscapes such as Stonehenge, natural World Heritage Sites and those with issues on the coast.

The Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis MP, has accepted our invitation to speak at the conference and he will be joined by Colonel Richard Harrold, Director of the Tower Group, Simon Hickman from Historic England, urban designer Pete Swift from Planit IE and Rob Burns from Urban Design and Heritage as confirmed speakers so far.

The conference will be delivered in association with Historic Royal Palaces and with support from Historic England and Border Archaeology. We expect to continue the success of previous years with an exciting programme of speakers and side events – perhaps an evening boat trip on the River Thames and behind-the-scenes tour at the Tower of London. More detail on these to follow.

There are only 150 tickets available for this conference, including a small allocation at a reduced rate for students and Voting Members of World Heritage UK. You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference tickets deadline #communicatingwh

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Communicating World Heritage Conference

7-10 October 2017

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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

Silk Road and Great Wall World Heritage to be major feature at #communicatingWH conference

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Delegates at the ‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference (7-10 October, Ironbridge) will be honoured by the presence of two expert speakers from China who 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 World Heritage UK has been working closely with the British Council to enable this special occasion to happen.

Mr Bo Jiang is the Vice President of ICOMOS China and works for the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. He is Director of the Institute of Underwater Archaeology and the National Centre of Underwater Cultural Heritage. He will be speaking about the Silk Road and Belt and its maritime component.

Mr Yimeng Zhang is the Great Wall Research Specialist and works on the Great Wall Protection Project at the China Academy of Cultural Heritage, also under the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

It is hoped that they will be joined by the Vice Principal of Shanghai University, Duan Yong, who is setting up a new cultural heritage academy at the university, with the Shanghai Municipal Government and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

The expert speakers will be presenting in the ‘Communicating with the wider world’ session on the 10th October but the Chinese delegation will be participating in the whole 4-day conference so there will be opportunities for delegates to speak with them throughout the event.

Today, 31st August, is the last day for early bird discount conference tickets after which the price will move to the standard rate. Book now to save at:  www.communicatingworldheritage.wordpress.com

 

VisitEngland and Heritage Alliance – new speakers for communications conference

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Andrew Stokes

Very pleased to announce these new speakers to the conference programme. Andrew Stokes is the England
Director for Visit England and he 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.

Lizzie Glitheroe-West

Lizzie Glitheroe-West is the Chief Executive of the Heritage Alliance, and who better to speak as part of the session on ‘Communicating with each other’ in the heritage sector and the UNESCO family.  Both World Heritage UK and the IIICH have recently and simultaneously joined the Heritage Alliance so Lizzie will be in good company along with other HA Members in the audience.

You can see more information about the conference and get your ticket at a discounted ‘early bird’ rate if go to the conference website where you can book to participate in any combination of days in this four day event. There you will also find details of local accommodation at Ironbridge and Telford which is best booked early!

‘Communicating World Heritage’ conference, 7th-10th October at Ironbridge Gorge – Save-The-Date!

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The third annual conference of World Heritage UK, in association with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, will take place from 9-10 October at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, where practitioners will join to explore the many ways of communicating World Heritage to different audiences.

The event will be preceded (7-8 October) by a special international meeting to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage values.

This joint event will take place at Ironbridge Gorge which, in 1986, became one of the first UK sites to be awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.  The designation of the Ironbridge Gorge as a World Heritage Site recognised the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. The surviving built and natural environment with its museums, monuments and artefacts, serve to remind us of this area’s unique contribution to the history and development of industrialised society.

The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage is currently seeking paper proposals for panels from 7-8 October relating to the theme of Communicating World Heritage Values. To see the full call for papers please visit the website link below. Deadline: 15th May 2017.

Full conference programme to be announced. Tickets will go on sale in June. For more information, please visit the conference website HERE

Regarding the 7-8 October programme: J.G.Davies@bham.ac.uk

Regarding the 9-10 October programme: chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

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Museums and Heritage Advisor Article

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Dear Friends of World Heritage UK

We thought you’d like to see an article about the forthcoming conference in Museums and Heritage Advisor which went live yesterday:

http://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/features/second-world-heritage-uk-conference-opens-gwynedds-unesco-world-heritage-sites-next-week/.

We have a great turnout booked in for the event, but we can always squeeze in one or two last minute bookings so if you are interested please click here or contact Chris at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org.

Best wishes

All at World Heritage UK

 

 

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World Heritage UK 2016 Conference – last chance for tickets!

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Dear World Heritage UK supporter (Welsh language version below)

Conference 2016 – secure your place here

Please find attached here the latest draft programme for this year’s UK national conference ‘Why World Heritage Matters‘ to be held on the 10th and 11th October at the Galeri, Caernarfon – adjacent to the ‘Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd‘ World Heritage Site.

Programme: As is often the case in the run up to conferences, the programme has changed a little, but it is evolving into an excellent all round event with international speakers, local speakers and some workshop sessions.  We are also fortunate to have speakers from the latest UK World Heritage Site to be inscribed, Gorham’s Cave Complex in Gibraltar.

Value for money: Please note that your registration fee also includes one of the tours and, subject to final confirmation, an evening reception at Penryhn Castle.

Networking: As ever, the event will also provide great opportunities to network, share good practice and catch up with the successes and challenges of managing our fabulous Sites from around the UK.  Booking is strong so you are advised to secure your place here

Accommodation: Also attached is a list of hotels near the conference venue, some offering discounts to conference delegates.

Pass it on: We are a very inclusive community so please do pass this on to any other people that you think might be interested.

Exhibition and sponsorship: Finally, any members are welcome to bring along exhibitions, but please contact Chris first (details below). Any commercial partners who wish to exhibit or help sponsor the event are also welcome, but again, please please contact Chris first.

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in October.

Chris Mahon, Development Director, World Heritage UK, 01352 780774 / 07860 856952 chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org
Sam Rose, Chair of Trustees, World Heritage UK


Cynhadledd 2016 – sicrhau eich lle yma (here)

Gweler ynghlwm drwy glicio yma (here) raglen ddrafft ddiweddaraf ar gyfer ein cynhadledd genedlaethol ‘Pam fod Treftadaeth y Byd yn Cyfri’ Cynhelir y gynhadledd ar y 10fed a’r 11eg o Hydref yn y Galeri, Caernarfon – ger ‘Safle Treftadaeth y Byd Cestyll a Muriau Tref y Brenin Edward yng Ngwynedd’.

Rhaglen: Fel sy’n digwydd yn aml yn y cyfnod cyn cynadleddau, mae’r rhaglen wedi newid ychydig ac yn esblygu i fod yn ddigwyddiad arbennig gyda siaradwyr rhyngwladol alleol ynghyd âa gweithdai amrywiol. Rydym hefyd yn lwcus i gael siaradwyr o’n safle diweddaraf, ogof Gorham yn Gibraltar.

Gwerth am arian: Nodwch fod y ffi cofrestru yn cynnwys ymweliad safle ac yn amodol ar gadarnhad terfynol, derbyniad gyda’r nos yng Nghastell Penrhyn.

Rhwydweithio: Fel arfer, bydd y digwyddiad yn cynnig cyfleoedd gwych i rwydweithio, rhannu arfer da a dal i fyny â’r llwyddiannau a’r heriau o reoli Safleoedd anhygoel o bob rhan o’r DU. Cynghorir i chi archebu lle yma (here) cyn gynted a phosibl.

Llety: Mae’r atodiad yn cynnwys rhestr o westai (hotels) sy’n agos at leoliad y gynhadledd – mae rhai yn cynnig gostyngiadau.

Pasiwch ymlaen: Rydym yn gymuned gynhwysol, felly pasiwch yr wybodaeth yma ymlaen i unrhyw un fyddai â diddordeb.

Arddangosfeydd a nawdd: Mae croeso i unrhyw aelodau ddod ag arddangosfeydd gyda nhw – cysylltwch â Chris yn gyntaf (manylion isod). Mae croeso hefyd i unrhyw bartneriaid masnachol sy’n dymuno arddangos neu’n helpu noddi’r digwyddiad gysylltu â Chris i drafod ymhellach.
Diolch yn fawr, ac edrychwn ymlaen i’ch gweld ym mis Hydref

Intangible Heritage – the stories within the stones: Durham WHS Conference 4-5 November 2016

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Help Durham celebrate their 30th Birthday in 2016

Durham Conference 2016

For more details download the Conference leaflet and / or contact:

Jane Gibson
Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinator
Email: p.j.gibson@durham.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 3803
Mobile: 07805741211