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



The World Heritage Convention: A UK Perspective, free event

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The World Heritage Convention: A UK Perspective

Henry Owen-John, Historic England

28 April, 17:30 – 18:30

University of Birmingham, Room TBC

Free event, all welcome

Book your free place: www.worldheritagetalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Henry Owen John, Head of International Advice for Historic England will look back to the origins of UNESCO and the introduction of cultural conventions, particularly the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Since 1972 definitions of heritage have expanded to become much broader and inclusive, yet World Heritage Sites, by their very nature are places that are unique or exceptional in global terms. This divergence poses a number of challenges. The criteria for achieving Outstanding Universal Value, the concept that is at the core of the Convention, have been set by experts and nominations for WHS status are led by specialists so how best can inclusive approaches to world heritage, in which often diverse communities can participate, be developed? And of what relevance is world heritage to the wider communities beyond the 29 WHSs in the UK and its overseas territories?

The World Heritage List is dominated by relatively prosperous countries with longstanding systems for the identification and protection of cultural and natural heritage. How can a more balanced and credible List be developed when so many countries have an understandably limited capacity to develop successful nominations? And, with 192 countries, often with very different approaches to heritage management, that are party to the Convention, the UK can sometimes find itself at odds with the broad consensus view about how best to manage and protect WHSs. In particular the concept of “constructive conservation” can clash with less flexible approaches to protection.

In all these circumstances how best can the UK seek to ensure that world heritage and the ethos of UNESCO are, and are seen to be, forces that can deliver social and economic as well as environmental benefit?

Digital and Youth Engagement with World Heritage Sites: Free Digital Workshop and lecture at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham


Digital and Youth Engagement with World Heritage Sites: Free Digital Workshop and lecture at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham

Wednesday 13th May and Thursday 14th May on Digital and Youth Engagement with World Heritage Sites. To reserve a space email Jamie Davies: jgd475@bham.ac.uk

2015 UK India Exchange on World Heritage:  The project is the result of a collaboration between an Ironbridge researcher and the founder of GoUNESCO and is funded by the University of Birmingham India Travel Fund. This digital workshop is a follow up to an UK India exchange April/May 2015 and aims to provide a springboard for future collaborations and conversations.

Communicating Values and Developing Audiences Digital Workshop – 13th May 13:00-15:00

An Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) and GOUNESCO digital workshop. Through a series of online papers innovative approaches to digital interpretation and youth engagement with World Heritage sites will be discussed from the UK and Indian perspective.

More details here: UK_India_Exchange_on_World_Heritage__Communicating_Values_and_Developing_Audiences_Digital_Workshop

A Lecture by Ajay Reddy, GoUNESCO, as part of the Ironbridge Institute Visiting Lecture Programme – 14th May 17:00-18:00

  • How does one get a person interested in heritage?
  • How can the internet and all pervasive digital media be used to encourage awareness of heritage?
  • How can we make use of technology to build scalable methods of outreach?
  • Ajay Reddy speaks about his experiences with GoUNESCO, an initiative he started in 2012 and which is now supported by UNESCO New Delhi.

The talk will also discuss using lean methodologies and techniques used by startups to amplify reach and improve effectiveness of campaigns. He will also discuss the differences between online and offline activations, their effectiveness and relate them to his experience in promoting heritage awareness and advocacy.

More details here: Ajay Reddy_poster