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
Wednesday 13th May and Thursday 14th May on Digital and Youth Engagement with World Heritage Sites. To reserve a space email Jamie Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org
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