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
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 3803
Mobile: 07805741211

From Shropshire to Buenos Aires: Two conference calls from the Ironbridge Institute

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Call for Papers – BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

Dates: 6-10 July 2017

Location: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK

Short Description: Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape. Please see the website for full details and call for papers.

Web Link:
Organisers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (University of Illinois)
Contact: Hannah Stretton,

Deadline: Call for papers deadline: 1st November 2016

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Call for Papers –  Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home
Dates: 6 – 10 April 2017
City, Country: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Short Description: In their movements between old and new worlds, migrant communities carry with them practices, traditions, objects and stories that are transmitted across new communities and through generations. This conference seeks to explore the layering of global cultures that has been produced by centuries of global migration, and its effect on memory, identity and belonging, as well as its effects on tangible and intangible heritage. The conference is designed encourage provocative dialogue across the fullest range of disciplines. Thus we welcome papers from academic colleagues in a wide range of fields. Please see the conference website for full details and call for papers.

Web link:
Organisers: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (University of Illinois)
Contact: Hannah Stretton,
Deadline: Call for papers deadline: 14th October 2016

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World Heritage UK 2016 Conference programme update – Initial speakers list revealed – and AGM notice

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Dear World Heritage UK supporter,

Conference 2016

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.

This promises to be an exceptional event, with speakers currently including a Welsh Government Minister, Sir Neil Cossons OBE (former chair of English Heritage) and Baroness Kay Andrews (Chair of HLF Wales) from national perspectives, alongside representatives of UK Sites from the grass-roots perspective. The event will also provide great opportunities to network, share good practice and explore exciting sites in North Wales.  The final programme will be issued mid-September, but booking is strong so you are advised to secure your place here.

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

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

AGM 2016

The conference will also host the first AGM for WH:UK, an important moment for all members to have their say in the running of the organisation, and for voting members to determine board membership. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please have a look here.

Best wishes, and we look forward to seeing you in October.


Chris Mahon, Development Director, World Heritage UK, 01352 780774 / 07860 856952
Sam Rose, Chair of Trustees, World Heritage UK

‘Why World Heritage Matters’ conference tickets now bookable

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The second annual conference of World Heritage UK, will have a unique Welsh flavour. Strong connections to the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site and to the Slate Industry of North Wales Tentative List site, together with a topical theme of ‘Why World Heritage Matters’, provide a backdrop to the stage where we will explore the economic and social engagement challenges with World Heritage.

You can now get your tickets for the World Heritage UK conference HERE Don’t forget, there are discounts for all World Heritage UK Member categories so join up before you buy to take advantage of these offers.


Exterior view of the Castle from across the Seiont Caernarfon Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: CN079 NGR: SH477626 Gwynedd North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

Keynote speakers from political, funding, policy and best practice contexts; dynamic workshop sessions; engaging visits to the three other locations comprising the site and tentative list locations; updates from WHS from all around the UK and plenty of opportunity for questions, networking and ‘hwyl’ with fellow delegates.

The event is supported by the Historic Environment Service (Cadw), Welsh Government.

Mi fydd gan ail gynhadledd flynyddol WH:UK flas Cymreig unigryw eleni. Gyda chysylltiadau cryf â Safle Treftadaeth y Byd – Cestyll a Muriau Trefi  Edward 1 yng Gwynedd, a’r ffaith fod  ardaloedd Diwydiant  Llechi  Gogledd Cymru ar restr posib Safle Treftadaeth y Byd, ynghyd â thema amserol o ‘Pam fod Treftadaeth Y Byd o bwys?’, mae’n gosod y cefndir a’r cyd- destun i ystyried yr heriau economaidd ac  ymgysylltu cymdeithasol sy’n gysylltiedig â Threftadaeth y Byd.

Fe fydd y prif siaradwyr o gefndiroedd gwleidyddol, cyllid, polisi ac arfer gorau; sesiynau gweithdy deinamig; ymweliadau i dri o’r safleoedd sydd ar y rhestr posib; diweddariad gan safleoedd o bob rhan o’r DU a digon o gyfle ar gyfer cwestiynau, rhwydweithio a ‘hwyl’ gyda chyd-gynrychiolwyr.

Mae’r digwyddiad yn cael ei gefnogi gan y Gwasanaeth Amgylchedd Hanesyddol (Cadw), Llywodraeth Cymru.

WHEN Monday, 10 October 2016 at 09:00 – Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at 15:00 (BST)                WHERE GALERI Caernarfon – Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ

Durham conference: ‘Evidence On Trial’

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Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdaleEvidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life

An international conference hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, 12 – 14 July 2016. As well as panel sessions to explore a variety of evidential issues, the conference will host a major debate: Evidence On Trial. This will address the question ‘is there such a thing as reliable evidence?’

Of particular interest to World Heritage UK members will be: ‘Evidence under the Heritage Bridge’, by Dr Andreas Pantazatos (Durham University). This panel will explore how we can best address what kind of evidence is required to inform those who manage World Heritage sites so as to meet our obligations to protect the past for future generations and realise a shared sense of belonging for all relevant stakeholders. The 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage defines these obligations, establishing a mandate to foster global solidarity through wise stewardship of these unique sites.

Booking details can be found at

World Heritage UK news update: newsletter, membership leaflet and hero-grammes!


Dear Members and Supporters of World Heritage UK

I am pleased to say that if you have not already seen it, the organisation’s first newsletter is now online, available to download here. Our thanks to Chris Mahon, our Development Director, for putting this together. We hope to make this quarterly and will be looking for World Heritage stories from you all to add to future editions.

I am also delighted that we have a Membership leaflet published, which is also available here. Remember, individual membership is only £25, so please do pass this form or link on to any others who you think might be interested in joining. Full membership details are available here.

A big hero-gramme to two volunteers who have helped us in recent times – Don Gobbett, who has been gathering information about WHS Steering Groups, and Coralie Acheson, who has become our Tweetmaster – if you don’t follow us we are @worldheritageuk – many thanks to you both.

Finally, I hope you all found the time to mark World Heritage day on April 18th – I know that there were activities happening at some Sites, and we hope it to grow to become nationwide next year.

More news of the conference to follow very soon… in the meantime, thanks for watching, and all the best.


Sam Rose

Chair of Trustees, World Heritage UK


World Heritage UK AGM and Annual Conference location announced – in Wales!

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The second annual World Heritage UK Conference will take place in Caernarfon from the 10th-11th October 2016. The press release by the Welsh Government can be found here:


Exterior view of the Castle from across the Seiont Caernarfon Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: CN079 NGR: SH477626 Gwynedd North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

Caernarfon is part of the Castles and Walled Towns of King Edward in Gwynedd, one of the UK’s 29 World Heritage Sites. It will coincide with Caernarfon Castle’s hosting of the Weeping Window poppy display, originally located at the Tower of London, which form part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War.

Diary date! More details of the conference will follow in due course.


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Industrial Heritage Conference 2015 1-2 December 2016, Manchester

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Industrial Heritage Conference 2015 1-2 December 2016, Manchester

Following a campaign by a network of organisations involved in the conservation, protection, promotion and conversion of historic industrial sites, the Council of Europe has declared 2015 as European Industrial and Technical Heritage (EITH) Year.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic England (HE) and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) are organising an event to tie in with EITH 2015.

The central theme is re-use, with a focus on developing new uses for vacant, at-risk industrial buildings by connecting them to creative industries businesses, developers, investors, other commercial opportunities and community-led/not-for-profit organisations.

Historic buildings help to provide diversity in the nature and affordability of commercial floorspace. They are adaptable, flexible spaces, often with lower rents, and are crucial to the development of new industries, particularly creative and the knowledge economy. Creative companies largely want to work in premises near other like-minded enterprises, often in mixed-use, independent, adaptable, flexible spaces which can offer attractively-low rents.

This approach is embodied in places like London’s Shoreditch and Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Equally, industrial buildings can easily be converted to residential use, providing different typology and identity.

We’re delighted that the conference will be held at Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). The Museum is housed in the former Liverpool Road Stations, one of Manchester’s most important and historic sites.

The conference will explore the theme of re-use of industrial heritage. The event will be split into two days, each with a slightly different focus:

  • Day One will explore the role of the public sector in encouraging the creative reuse of industrial heritage and commercial opportunities presented by historic buildings, with a focus on creative industries, development and regeneration uses. It aims to connect with businesses, investors and local/national decision makers.
  • Day Two will explore opportunities to develop new uses and engage with commercial partners to leverage investment and funding with a focus on not-for-profit groups, community organisations, heritage sector partners and historic building owners.

You can find all the details and book on the website:

Some reflections on the Inaugural World Heritage UK conference, by Coralie Acheson

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Coralie Acheson

Last week a large group of professionals working with or alongside World Heritage Sites got together in Saltaire for the inaugural World Heritage UK conference, alongside a few ‘interested observers’ like myself. It was a great two days with a real buzz of positivity and creativity in the room.

There were a number of key ideas and themes that emerged, reflecting the fact that, although the UK’s World Heritage Sites are enormously varied in content, size, visitor numbers and management structure, there are areas of commonality shared across them.

The first of these is that there should be no shame in promoting these wonderful places to funding organisations, government and businesses. Not only are World Heritage Sites truly special places, they have great economic potential. Keith Nichol (DCMS) reminded us that the English visitor economy is worth £106bn to the national economy. Heritage already plays a sizeable role in both actual visitor spend, but also in contributing to ‘Brand Britain’. The case studies from the Jurassic Coast, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape and Edinburgh showed ways in which the World Heritage Site’s brand identity could be used in local business partnerships, giving a boost to products and services in the area while contributing to future conservation work.

The theme of destination management emerged throughout the conference. World Heritage Sites have the potential to be a major draw for bringing tourists into local areas, not just to the sites themselves. Visitor experience starts before they arrive at the site itself, and involves many aspects of the local community. Without forethought and integration with local businesses and the community this can lead to negative experiences, but there is a lot of potential for expanding the destination experience to benefit visitors, other attractions in the area, as well as the shops, restaurants and hotels in the surrounding region.

Finally the last theme I noticed related to the importance of storytelling and narrative, not just at a site level, but in regional and national spheres also. James Berresford from Visit England made the point that people don’t really visit England, they visit places in England, although this is arguably different for Scotland and Wales which have a strong ‘national brand’. In the breakout sessions there were a number of suggestions of how inter-site narratives could be created, both between World Heritage Sites across the country, and at other sites in the local area. These kind of approaches have been developed at the Cornwall and West Devon and Loire Valley sites presented at the conference, and no doubt elsewhere too, but could also be attempted outside of the large landscape wide World Heritage Sites. Perhaps with these kind of approaches Keith Nichol’s assertion that UK World Heritage is greater than the sum of its parts could be fully developed.

Coralie Acheson is studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham

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