World Heritage in Europe Today

News, Publications, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites

World Heritage in Europe

World Heritage attracts and fascinates: media around the world publish thousands of articles about it every year and countries invest a great deal of work and money to get sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Yet not enough is known about the conservation and management efforts that go into protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the 1000+ sites that are currently on the List.

World Heritage in Europe Today, a UNESCO publication released on 18 February 2016, brings together insights from States Parties, site managers and other stakeholders involved in the protection, conservation and management of World Heritage properties in the region. It gives an in-depth look at the current trends and practices while presenting a clear vision for future priorities. Drawing on the wealth of data that has emerged from the recently-completed Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, the publication features engaging graphics, analyses and case studies that highlight the experience of the thousands of people who are directly involved with the management and conservation of World Heritage in Europe – a region which accounts for close to half of the properties on the World Heritage List.

The Publication highlights the current realities of World Heritage in Europe, proposes recommendations for improvement and inspires innovative approaches for World Heritage in the 21st century.

Hard copies are available now at the UNESCO online book store, as well as pdfs for free download at the following address: 

Culture White Paper – wake the sleeping giants of world Heritage

consultation, Events, News

As you may already know, the Government is preparing to launch a Culture White paper sometime in the coming months. They have said that they want to hear from the people, so bearing in mind what was said at the recent conference, this is a very opportune time to raise the voice of World Heritage.

They have identified four broad themes…

“The first of these is the role that culture plays in creating places that people want to live, work and visit. How can our culture and heritage contribute to vibrant, healthy communities across the country, and how can we in Government support them to do that.

The second theme will focus on building financial resilience in cultural organisations and institutions through new funding models, to enable them to survive and prosper in a tough economic and financial climate.

Our third theme is about people and how they engage with culture. How do we ensure that everyone can learn about and through culture, and get the right encouragement and opportunities to experience and participate in cultural activities throughout their lives.

And finally, theme four explores working with our cultural institutions to promote Britain abroad, in our relations with other countries and international organisations, and to support trade, exports, inward investment, inbound tourism and presentation of cultural artefacts.”

.. and all of these relate to World Heritage.

The link for this is and particularly, they have an engagement page at

So if you feel passionately about our World Heritage, please do log-on, have a look and have your say. Please feel free to share any comments on twitter with #ourculture and @worldheritageuk or share your comments with us by commenting on this blog entry.

Bringing Outstanding Universal Value to life – “Tin”- the movie


The Cornish Mining WHS are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of their latest cultural programme production, the film version of the highly acclaimed musical drama “Tin”.

Based on real life events surrounding a banking scandal in the mining community of St Just in the 1890’s, the stage production of “Tin” was originally toured around Cornwall and west Devon as the Cornish Mining WHS contribution to the Cultural Olympiad in March 2012, to popular and critical acclaim. Based on this success, they have worked with the production company, Miracle Theatre, to create a feature film version for wider circulation.

Following premieres in Cornwall and London’s Leicester Square, the film goes on general release on 17th April at cinema’s in London and the south. Details of venues and how to book available here.