World Heritage UK wins National Lottery support

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World Heritage UK has received a National Lottery grant of £100,000 for its ‘Unlocking the Potential’ project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the funding provides essential support to achieve World Heritage UK’s Vision, where ‘the UK will have a coherent approach to World Heritage Sites, which will be better known, understood, and supported through sustainable funding so they can provide inspiration, learning and enjoyment for society’.

The UK has 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which collectively tell our island story. They include Neolithic monuments, palaces, cathedrals, castles, entire cities, stunning natural coastline and pioneering industrial heritage. Individually they can be a challenge to manage, but as an outstanding collection World Heritage UK works to raise their profile, advocate for support and resource, promote their values and facilitate networking, training and sharing of good practice. Grant funding allows World Heritage UK to become more sustainable, strengthening the organisation with costs of new staff, professional guidance for improved governance, strategy and business development, fundraising, marketing, communication and training.

Tony Crouch giving talkWorld Heritage UK Chairman Tony Crouch said, “The UK is a world leader in terms of heritage management and our UNESCO World Heritage Sites need and deserve a strong body to help protect, promote and interpret our outstanding collection. World Heritage UK, with the valuable assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, can step up and fully fulfil that role.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of National Lottery Heritage Fund West Midlands, said “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this project will help strengthen World Heritage UK and ensure that the county’s rich and fascinating heritage is better managed, protected and shared with local people and visitors.”

About World Heritage UK

cropped-newlogobeatnick-test.png     World Heritage UK (www.worldheritageuk.org) is a charitable organisation set up in 2015 to undertake networking, advocacy and promotion for the UK’s 31 outstanding World Heritage Sites, and the Tentative List Sites progressing towards UNESCO World Heritage Site status.  World Heritage UK evolved out of the Local Authority World Heritage Forum , which was established as a Local Government Association special interest group in 1995, and which did a great deal of positive action to support the UK’s sites.

World Heritage UK is the only organisation exclusively focused on World Heritage in the UK, and the only one led by the World Heritage Sites themselves, reflecting a community-driven approach that has proven effective at many sites and which is favoured by UNESCO.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund logoUsing money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund  

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Tony Crouch, World Heritage UK Chair, at  tony.crouch@worldheritageuk.org or call 07875 488803 or  Chris Mahon, World Heritage UK Development Director at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’ conference review

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The World Heritage UK annual conference for 2018 is now a happy memory with much learned, experiences and knowledge shared, networks renewed and new friendships forged over two days in October. The historic Tower of London, in the shadows of its neighbouring 21st century high rise glass skyscrapers, was the perfect place to discuss the ‘setting’ of the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and our thanks go to Historic Royal Palaces for hosting the event and providing some memorable behind-the-scenes tours.

The conference attracted over a hundred participants, including Michael Ellis, the Under Secretary of State and his team from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), colleagues from Historic England and the heritage agencies of the devolved nations (who also provided country overview presentations), university academics, heritage consultancy professionals, representatives of most of the UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites, delegates from Bermuda, Germany, Malta and a delegation from the China Academy of Urban Planning Design.

The Minister’s words were very supportive of the work of World Heritage UK and he re-stated the Government’s commitment to heritage protection. This backing will be important when the UK World Heritage Site Review, being carried out by World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, is published in 2019, and a summary of progress on this review work formed part of the busy conference programme.

Delegates also heard fascinating insights into case studies where the settings of World Heritage Sites were being challenged, in particular by tall buildings at the Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and in Liverpool, by road development at Stonehenge, nationally significant infrastructure projects and changes in agricultural policy in the English Lake District and a variety of issues in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, including wind turbines, industrial and housing developments.

There were interactive sessions too, with a Question Time style panel and the popular 5- minute ‘elevator pitches’ which provided short but insightful contributions that were received well by an enthused audience.

As usual the conference’s additional activities were epic, including a wide range of short behind-the-scenes tours both at the Tower of London and at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Sites, a speedy clipper trip on the River Thames and a jolly conference dinner at the Old Brewery in Greenwich.

Feedback from delegates has been 100% positive on the overall experience of the conference via the 39% of feedback forms received. Speaker’s presentations and other arisings from the event will be uploaded to the World Heritage UK website in due course.

We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s conference which will be hosted in Llangollen by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site in North Wales. In the meantime, the next event will be a technical workshop on ‘Education in World Heritage Sites’ which will take place at Big Pit, Blaenavon on 19th and 20th February 2019

Do sign up to this blog to receive further updates on World Heritage UK activity www.worldheritageuk.org/blog

Photo credits: Sam Rose

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A new team at DCMS – and World Heritage UK have met the boss

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DCMS Changes

Since the arrival of Teresa May as Prime Minister there has been a lot of change at  Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).  The Secretary of State is now the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, who was formerly at the Home Office.

Whilst most other members of the team have changed, the World Heritage community is lucky to have continuety in the form of Tracey Crouch MP, the junior Minister with the brief for Heritage and Tourism, and we look forward to continue working with her over the coming years.

Brexit Round table

Over the last two weeks Site Coordinators have been asked for their views on how they think the referendum result may impact on WH Sites and their management.  This was in order to put together a briefing paper in advance of round table discussion about this issue between the Secretary of State and the Heritage Sector.

We were lucky enough to be offered a place around the table for the meeting, as part of a group that included the National Trust, Historic England, English Heritage Trust, Historic Houses Assocation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Royal Palaces, Heritage Alliance and the Churches Conservation Trust.

So it was in that rather exulted company that I attended the session on Wednesday armed with the views of our membership.  The round table was a useful exercise – collectively we expressed our percieved challenges, notably around losing funding, concerns over European designations and movement of people with necessary skills. We also presented some opportunities, particularly around the potential for new collaborations and the heightened role that the Heritage Sector can play in presenting the UK and in ‘soft power’ diplomacy.

The Secretary of State was relaxed and interested, and sees the importance and value of Heritage. Along with her colleague Lord Ashton (two ministers for the price of one!) we hope that they are able to use our messages around the cabinet table, in committees and in both houses.  I also hope that this is just the start of an enhanced dialogue with government, and I will keep you up to date.

Our briefing paper is available to download from this page – go to the bottom under Brexit discussions.  Please do continue to send Chris or I your examples to collate – the Secretary of State offered us an opportunity to email further thoughts at the end of the meeting, so if we have useful evidence or constructive comments we can send it her way.

Sam Rose

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Members Meet at the Giant’s Causeway

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“A good time had by all”at the latest World Heritage UK Members Networking Meeting which took place at the Causeway Hotel at Bushmills in Northern Ireland, a stone’s throw(!) from the Giant’s Causeway itself. This two half-day meeting began with guided tours to the World Heritage Site by excellent National Trust staff and behind-the-scenes talks at the magnificent visitor centre. Who knew it was so green? Ground sourced heating, recycled grey water and a green roof to boot! Not sure if they came to inspect these credentials too, but HM Queen and Prince Phillip arrived by helicopter during our meeting there, greeted by amongst others, World Heritage UK Board Member and National Trust General Manager for the site, Max Bryant.

Then it was down to business. The next day a General Meeting discussed the proposed 3 year strategy which was considered and agreed by World Heritage UK members. Presentations on a variety topics were heard but the main focus was on planning matters and, after a useful overview from Henry Owen-John from Historic England, case studies from the Jurassic Coast and Giant’s Causeway were given. It was agreed to have a more in-depth planning theme for the next World Heritage UK Technical Workshop early in 2017.

Thanks are due to the team at the Causeway Hotel and all the other National Trust staff and volunteers who spent time with us while we were there. We came away educated and entertained!

World Heritage UK Members Meeting, Giant’s Causeway, June 27th/28th 2016

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The next World Heritage UK Members Meeting will take place at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland from 2pm on Monday 27th June to 1pm on Tuesday 28th June 2016. The meeting will begin with a tour of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its Visitor Centre. There will be a business meeting on Tuesday morning for members to agree a 3 year plan and discuss any other issues, followed by a workshop with case studies covering planning issues.

On Monday evening there will be a delegate’s dinner at the Causeway Hotel. Accommodation is also available here but early booking is recommended. Other accommodation in the area is also available.

Tickets are free for Voting Members, £30 for Associate Members and Observers and Non-Members are welcome too, at £75.

To book, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-members-meeting-tickets-23991921483?aff=es2

 

LAKE DISTRICT LAUNCHES WORLD HERITAGE PLAN

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LAKE DISTRICT LAUNCHES WORLD HERITAGE PLAN

The Lake District’s quest for World Heritage status was launched on May 19th when 25 of the area’s leading organisations formally endorsed the Lake District’s Nomination.  Partners including the National Trust, Cumbria Tourism and Natural England agreed the documents that make the Lake District’s case for being globally important and deserving its place on the prestigious World Heritage list. Once finalised, these will be submitted to the UK government and Historic England ahead of formal submission to UNESCO in the ‘cultural landscape’ category in early 2016.

The bid demonstrates how the landscape of the Lake District has been shaped by farming and local industry for thousands of years, which in turn inspired the Romantic poets and subsequent global conservation movement, including the start of the National Trust.  The bid is in two parts: the nomination document defines why the Lake District deserves the international status of World Heritage inscription and the Partnership’s Plan outlines the future management, development and conservation of the Lake District not only as a National Park but now also as a prospective World Heritage Site.

This is the most significant milestone for the Partnership’s bid since January 2014 when the government confirmed the Lake District’s nomination.  Communities are being asked to get involved and share the journey to World Heritage status. Hundreds of Lake District schoolchildren have already started showing their support by collectively writing the ‘world’s longest letter’ in national stationery week in April, setting out the reasons why the Lake District is special to them. When complete, the 4800 metre long letter, donated by James Cropper Paper, will be displayed at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre.

A copy of the Partnership’s Plan, nomination document and ideas to get involved in the World Heritage campaign can be viewed on the World Heritage website: http://lakesworldheritage.co.uk/bid/

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Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan

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Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan

The Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committee and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Committee are delighted to announce the launch of the first joint Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site (WHS) Management Plan.  Throughout the development of the Plan there have been opportunities for the local community to participate at drop in consultation sessions, at stakeholder workshops and on-line during the 12 week public consultation.  The Management Plan is a framework for the many partners who help to manage the World Heritage Site including Wiltshire Council, The National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England, North Wessex Downs AONB, MoD, local parish and town councils and individual landowners and householders that make up the World Heritage Site.  The Plan covers a wide range of topics from planning policy, conservation and roads and transport to tourism, interpretation, education and community engagement. The WHS Coordination Unit has worked hard over the past two years to produce a comprehensive document that sets out the issues facing the World Heritage Site and how we will approach these.  The Unit has strengthened its relationships with its many partners during the development process and looks forward to working with them over the coming six years.

The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan and it is now available online at http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/management-of-whs/stonehenge-and-avebury-whs-management-plan-2015/

Beth Thomas
Stonehenge World Heritage Site Coordinator
E: beth.thomas@wiltshire.gov.uk
Website: http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/
@StoneAveWHS

FOLLY! Transforming the Georgian follies of Studley Royal Water Garden

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'Scavenger' at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalTransforming the Georgian follies of Studley Royal Water Garden 25 April – 29 November 2015

Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour Fountains Abbey, the dramatic Studley Royal water garden is a masterpiece in its own right and the reason this National Trust property near Ripon is a World Heritage Site.  The eye-catching follies of the water garden will be re-imagined this year for the very first time and brought to life through the vision and creativity of three inventive artists and designers.

The original designers of the Studley Royal Water Garden, the Aislabie family, created many follies on this vast and beautiful estate to surprise and delight their eighteenth-century guests. The landscape they created was the height of fashion in its day.  A place for escapism and pleasure, here esteemed guests would have been invited to while away the hours by mirror-like ponds, gentle cascades and classical statues. Key to this picture are the follies, the whimsical buildings designed to catch the eye and draw attention to a carefully created view or vista. The sense of theatre in their original design is echoed in these innovative and astonishing artworks.

Gary McCann explores the relationship between man and nature with his piece ‘Scavenger’ in the Banqueting House, a fantastical creature on a grand scale, while within the smooth classical pillars of the Temple of Fame the invasion of the landscape continues with his installation ‘Lost Property’. Gary McCann is internationally renowned for his inventive and theatrical approach to set and costume design. His audacious style has led him to producing work for many of the world’s leading theatre and opera companies including the National Theatre in the West End, on Broadway and the Vienna State Opera.

Irene Brown’s work ‘Hall of Mirrors’ will transform the inside of the Octagon Tower into a world of shifting perspectives and infinite views. Turning the idea of follies to provide viewing points to distant prospects or along carefully-constructed avenues on its head, the artist turns the viewer into the subject with mirrors evocative of the opulence of the period, epitomised by the great hall of mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in France. Irene Brown is an artist and academic whose research and practice is engaged with wonder, focusing on the history and philosophy of science.

Simon Costin delves into the history, folklore and ancient mythology of the Water Garden in the Temple of Piety where bizarre secrets are revealed and a strange series of events unfold. The estate papers of the late Professor Dennistoun will take you on a journey of discovery in this ‘ancient place of worship now in ruin’. Simon Costin studied Theatre Design and history of Art and has grown to become an internationally respected art director, curator and set designer. He is renowned for the conceptually ambitious nature of his designs for some of the country’s biggest fashion names including Alexander McQueen.

Folly! launches on Saturday 25 April and runs until Sunday 29 November 2015. You can pick up a mini guide to lead you or use a ‘marvellously magical family map’ to create your own journey of exploration.

Find out more on the National Trust website here www.nationaltrust.org.uk/folly

Celebrate World Heritage Day at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

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World Heritage Day Fountains AbbeyThis This weekend Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, a National Trust site near Ripon, will be celebrating their World Heritage Site status with a real life medieval encampment.

Experience life in a medieval village at the time of the abbey’s heyday as re-enactors Rosa Mundi return to set up camp by the abbey. See and smell the fifteenth century brought to life with a programme of traditional crafts, cookery and archery.  You can join in with activities and games at Swanley Grange and follow a Lost Places trail to discover the buildings you never knew had existed, including Studley Royal House in the deer park, once home to the Aislabie family who created the Studley Royal water garden.

You’ll also find out more about what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site and how the National Trust care for this special place. You might be surprised know the eighteenth century water garden and the way the abbey ruins were incorporated into this forward-thinking garden design is the main reason the estate is a World Heritage Site. There will be tours of the abbey (daily 11.30am & 2.30pm) and of the abbey and water garden (daily 1.30pm), as well as a special tour to explore the hidden messages of this unique water garden (Sat 18 April, 2pm).

World Heritage Day is celebrated around the globe, raising awareness of the diversity of cultural and natural heritage and the 1007 places listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.  At Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Roman Fort, another National Trust property in the North East of England, they’ll also be hosting talks and tours on Saturday 18 April.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey to find out more about this weekend’s event at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal.