Durham Cathedral to host World Heritage UK Summer Meeting – book now to avoid disappointment – tickets selling fast!

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World Heritage UK is pleased to announce its next two-day summer workshop and networking event, exploring the social and economic opportunities and challenges of working with people in and around World Heritage Sites. A rare treat, the meeting will take place in the historic Priors Hall of Durham Cathedral (not generally open to the public), at the heart of the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the support of Historic England and heritage consultancy, Purcell, we are able to bring you this opportunity for just £90 (plus booking fee). Register HERE as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as tickets are selling fast!

An optional third day (Thursday 8th August) is also offered, at a small additional cost of just £30 (plus booking fee), with a chance to visit some of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, at Hadrian’s Wall. Leaving Durham by coach in the morning, visiting Heddon on the Wall, the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre and on to Housesteads Roman Fort before returning late afternoon to Durham.

The draft programme for the 6th, 7th and 8th August is listed below and considers a range of subjects including: the socio-economic effects of world heritage status, heritage tourism, community archaeology, young people as heritage champions, along with some interesting international perspectives. Further information and confirmed speakers will be available shortly.

Delegates should come prepared to enjoy the presentations and contribute to developing these themes in panel sessions but it won’t be all work, with many opportunities to visit some highlights of this fascinating World Heritage Site including the Cathedral, Castle and Open Treasure exhibition, networking with world heritage colleagues and heritage service providers and a dinner in the Cathedral’s Medieval Undercroft restaurant included.

Perhaps a good opportunity to make it part of your summer holiday this year!

Day one: Tuesday 6th August
Pre-registration: Self-guided tour of Durham Castle
12.30-13.00 Registration and welcome refreshments (tea/coffee)

13.00-13.30 Session 1 Welcomes
Session Chair: tbc
13.00-13.10 World Heritage UK welcome
13.10-13.20 Sponsors’ welcome
13.20-13.30 Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site welcome

13.30-15.30 Session 2 Working with local people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (Wall CAP)
14.00-14.30 Volunteering as a tool for community engagement Durham Cathedral
14.30-15.00 Lumbini, Nepal, Birthplace of the Buddha
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15.30-16:00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)
Event group photograph

16.00 – 17.00 Visit to Open Treasure Exhibition

17.30-18.30 Early evening supper – Cathedral Undercroft Restaurant and networking drinks reception in World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Day two: Wednesday 7th August
09:00-10.00 Guided tour of Durham WHS 3 groups of 20

10.30-12.30 Session 2 Economic opportunities and challenges
Session Chair:tbc
10.30 – 11.00 England’s Northern World Heritage Collection
11.00 – 11.30 Tourist Tax
11.30 – 12.00 Analysing the socio-economic benefits of WHS status in Durham – a methodology
12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion and questions

12.30-13.30 Lunch and networking/visit the Cathedral

13.30-15.30 Session 3 Working with young people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Young Heritage Ambassadors/Young Curators
14.00-14.30 North Wales Young Custodians Scheme
14.30-15.00 Rediscovering the Antonine Wall
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15:30-16.00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)

16.00 – 16.30 Elevator pitches from World Heritage Sites x 5 x 5 minutes
16:30-17:00 Summary and concluding remarks
16.30 – 16.40 Preparing for the World Heritage UK Conference 2019 at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site
16.40 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

18.00-19.00 Public Lecture – Chris Blandford will speak about the World Heritage Site Review.

Day three: Thursday 8th August (optional) Frontiers of the Roman Empire – site visit to Hadrian’s Wall
9.30 Leave Durham by coach
10.30 Arrive at Heddon on the Wall to meet John Scott and Kerry Shaw
10.30-11.15 Site visit at Heddon on the Wall to share visitor experience and community engagement
11.15-11.45 Travel to The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre
11.45-12.30 Presentation by John Scott on Hadrian’s Wall management
12.30-1.30 Lunch (designated café area for delegates to buy own lunch)
1.30-1.45 Travel to Housesteads Roman Fort
1.45-3.30 Site visit at Housesteads Roman Fort
3.30-4.30 Travel back to Durham

Register HERE to take part in this fantastic opportunity!

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Understanding and Managing World Heritage Sites – training in Durham

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The team at the Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site would like to invite you to attend a Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) training opportunity on the 3rd July , supported by Historic England. You can find the full programme at this link 180703 HELM WHS Course – Durham Programme

You can also register for the course at: http://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/training-skills/helmtraining/world-heritage-sites/

And see a module for the course at:  https://rise.articulate.com/share/X4PVb7dZxauJf7NrL7s6X2_CHEWbC-NQ

If you would like to communicate with a human you can contact  Stella.jackson@historicengland.org.uk

Celebrate World Heritage Day at Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Celebrate World Heritage Day with a special lecture by Richard Annis, showcasing all the exciting findings during Durham University’s refurbishment of the Exchequer Building.

As part of the celebrations, this lecture is being hosted by Durham Cathedral in one of their hidden gems, the Priors Hall, and will also give you an opportunity to hear more about the Cathedral’s exciting Foundation 2020 appeal, which aims to build an endowment of £10 million by 2020 to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

The refurbishment of a “hidden gem” between two World Heritage Site landmarks is nearing conclusion. Specialist restoration teams have been putting the finishing touches to the overhaul of the former Exchequer and Chancery, a Grade I-listed building on Palace Green, Durham. The last surviving administrative building used by the Prince Bishops from medieval times, since the 1850s it has been used as part of the university library. Skilled trades people have revealed some unknown features of the building along the way and Richard’s talk will give us a taster of the beautiful medieval features of the Exchequer building that have been restored and revealed during the work.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture on site.

This lecture is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Please do write an email to raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Richard Annis is Senior Archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. In the past 30 years he has worked on a wide variety of archaeological projects throughout the north-east of England and in Cumbria, Humberside, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire. Richard’s specialist interests include the archaeology of buildings and he has studied structures ranging in size and complexity from castles to cow byres. Most recently Richard led the excavation and managed the process of post-excavation processing, examination and analysis of the skeletons of the Scottish soldiers from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar and worked on the major refurbishment of the Exchequer Building.

Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site 2018 lecture series announced

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After a very successful and challenging 2017 season of lectures on the theme of Heritage at Risk, we are now returning closer to home, to look at the setting in which our World Heritage Site sits. Please join us to find out how the landscape around us forms an integral part of what makes us a World Heritage Site.

Here is a calendar with some provisional dates for the early part of 2018:

·         Weds 24th January, 6pm PG20 Pemberton Rooms. Martin Roberts “Landscapes of Supply: the Medieval Granges of Durham Cathedral Priory”

·         Weds 28th February, 5.30pm Palace Green Library. IMEMS Annual World Heritage Lecture. Dr Dee Dyas, University of York. “A sense of place? Pilgrimages and the senses, past, present and future.” To book this event, please visit www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events

·         Thurs 15th March, 6pm PG20 Pemberton Rooms. Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership. “The North Pennines Geopark – Durham’s nearest neighbour in the UNESCO designated sites of the UK”

·         Tues 1st May, 6pm PG20 Pemberton Rooms. Gemma Lewis, Curator, Durham Castle and Museum of Archaeology. “Power and planning, visual representations of Durham castle through the ages”

·         Early June, Jonathan Larwood, Senior Specialist, Geology and Palaeontology, Natural England. “Culturally natural or naturally cultural, exploring the relationship between nature and culture through World Heritage”

·         Lectures after the summer vacation will be confirmed in Spring 2018

Jane Gibson

Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinator

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

7, Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB

 

 

World Heritage Day

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

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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/

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

Last lego

The Last Leg(o)! Durham Cathedral’s genius fundraising approach for their Open Treasure exhibition

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Last week saw the final brick added to Durham Cathedral in LEGO, marking the end of a successful three-year fundraising campaign.

Pearl Richardson (7) from Newcastle-upon-Tyne was the lucky brick-layer, having won a competition organised by the Cathedral which gave people the opportunity to  be in with a chance of laying the final brick.

Pearl has been a frequent visitor to the Cathedral over the last few years, with her twin brother Murray, because their dad Scott is a stonemason with the Cathedral’s Works Yard Team.

Mum Anne said: “Both children have placed several bricks on the model before and wanted to enter the prize draw to be in with the chance of winning the luck last brick placer’s role.  We were delighted when we heard that Pearl’s name had been drawn out and it is particularly lovely because her daddy has put his mark in history in stone on the Cathedral tower works and now Pearl has placed her own mark in history on the LEGO model.”

Durham Cathedral in LEGO began on 11 July 2013 to raise funds for Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new state-of-the-art exhibition experience which opened  in July, and was mentioned in our previous blog.

For the last three years, visitors to Durham Cathedral have been adding bricks at a cost of £1 each to Durham Cathedral in LEGO, generating an incredible £300,000 towards the £10.9 million Open Treasure project.

With 300,000 bricks and 1,450 individual modules, Durham Cathedral in LEGO is the largest LEGO model ever built by the general public measuring 3.84 metres long, 1.53 metres wide and 1.7 metres high.

The model has been designed by Bright Bricks, a UK-based company licensed by LEGO to design large-scale LEGO models, who have also worked with museums on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Durham Cathedral’s Head of Development, Gaye Kirby, said: “Durham Cathedral in LEGO has been a brilliant fundraising project, which has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Cathedral over the last three years. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our visitors and it has been wonderful to watch the model taking shape.

Durham Cathedral in LEGO has been such an important part of Cathedral life for the last three years, and we hope people continue to visit the model, which will remain on public display now it is finished.

For more information about Open Treasure, or to book tickets, please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure

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Discover Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site

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Open Treasure is a new world-class exhibition experience now open at the heart of Durham Cathedral.
Durham Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasure, part of a major development project which has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it.

Open Treasure gives visitors access to previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral’s magnificent Claustral buildings, showcasing the Cathedral’s collections so that they can be discovered and enjoyed by many more people of all ages.

The journey begins in the Monks’ Dormitory and continues through a new state-of-the-art Collections Gallery into the Great Kitchen, before visitors return to the Cloister via the Pilgrimage and Community Galleries in the Covey. These new exhibition spaces allow the Cathedral to display treasures from its internationally important collection with a dynamic rolling exhibition programme.

A complementary programme of learning and outreach is providing a range of exciting learning opportunities and events for school children, families and community groups.

Tickets for Open Treasure are available online and from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral. Click here to plan your visit.

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 https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=481

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

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Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdaleWe seem to be moving rather swiftly through 2016, the year in which we are celebrating 30 years since Durham received its World Heritage status, and I’m delighted to be able to tell you about our forthcoming exhibition:

“Wall to Wall, Lindisfarne to Carlingford”

by Martin Matthews

An exhibition of Original Paintings, Limited Edition Prints and New Music.  Experience a journey from Lindisfarne to the Mourne Mountains in music and paint.

This highly successful exhibition, last shown in Durham in February 2014, is again being shown at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and this time will be accompanied by the newly released CD “Cowraik to Carlingford” the partner piece to the first CD in the cycle, “Lindisfarne to Walltown”.

 It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the opening of this exhibition, please RSVP if you would like to join us at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on the 4th May (6pm – 7.30pm), meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments. Our address and contact details are below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,

 Jo

Shift Leader

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

7 Owengate

Durham

DH1 3HB

 Phone:     0191 334 3805

Email:        visitor.centre@dur.ac.uk                                                         

Website:  http://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/