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!

Giant’s Causeway or bust – the World Heritage UK summer 2016 Members meeting


Giant’s Causeway or bust – the World Heritage UK summer 2016 Members meeting

As many of you may know, World Heritage UK has had an aspiration to reach all nations of the UK in the first year of operation.  After a the conference in England last October, the technical meeting in Scotland in January, ‘Conference 2016’ planned for Wales in October (more in a subsequent blog) we are delighted that the National Trust were able to invite us to Northern Ireland and the Causeway at the end of June for the first of the ’Members meetings’.

This will not be new news of course, as the meeting has been open for registration for while now, and bookings are going well, but I thought now would be a good opportunity to say a little more about it.

Being a new organisation, we are responding to members wishes and trying out activities to see what is going to work to help achieve your aims.  The perhaps mis-named Members Meeting (mis-named because non-members are very welcome) is a more relaxed opportunity to learn in detail about a Site, an aspect of its Management, and explore wider issues around World Heritage.  We won’t have formal or external speakers but instead use case studies from within the membership and other colleagues to help us learn how to better manage our Sites.

It is also an opportunity to hold a meeting of the representatives of the voting members, something that we say we will do in our constitution, and to give them / you a chance to tell us Trustees how they would like the organisation to go forward… so if you represent a Site and are a voting member this is your chance!

This meeting will start on the afternoon of Monday 27th June at 2pm with a tour around the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and its Visitor Centre.  This will give us a chance to find out more about how the centre was established, how it works, and get a warts and all insight into the success of this facility.

We will continue in the evening with a delegates dinner at the Causeway Hotel, where normally most of the serious work is achieved!

Tuesday 28th will start with the short business meeting for voting members, principally to agree the three year forward plan for World Heritage UK and to discuss any other issues.  This will be followed until 1pm with a workshop session looking into the thorny issue of planning, with some case studies and plenty of time for discussion.

We will then have lunch and depart, hopefully in the sunshine!  If you have any questions, please do ask me or Chris, and if you intend to come (free to members, small fee for non-members) please do book up here

Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there.

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