Durham conference: ‘Evidence On Trial’

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Durham Castle- credit ADTeasdaleEvidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life

An international conference hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, 12 – 14 July 2016. As well as panel sessions to explore a variety of evidential issues, the conference will host a major debate: Evidence On Trial. This will address the question ‘is there such a thing as reliable evidence?’

Of particular interest to World Heritage UK members will be: ‘Evidence under the Heritage Bridge’, by Dr Andreas Pantazatos (Durham University). This panel will explore how we can best address what kind of evidence is required to inform those who manage World Heritage sites so as to meet our obligations to protect the past for future generations and realise a shared sense of belonging for all relevant stakeholders. The 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage defines these obligations, establishing a mandate to foster global solidarity through wise stewardship of these unique sites.

Booking details can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=481

Culture White Paper – wake the sleeping giants of world Heritage

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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 http://dcmsblog.uk/2015/09/share-your-ideas-for-a-new-cultural-programme/ and particularly, they have an engagement page at https://dcms.dialogue-app.com/

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.

Technical Evaluation Phase of the UK World Heritage application process: UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) policy brief

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Technical Evaluation Phase of the World Heritage application process: UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) policy brief

The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) has produced a policy brief assessing the Technical Evaluation phase of the World Heritage application process.  This was done following a consultation with national agencies and governments, applicant sites and the 2013 expert panel. It includes a series of practical recommendations for future rounds. One of these recommendations was to conduct an annual survey of sites on the tentative list to ascertain their intentions going forward. The UKNC is in the process of conducting that survey for 2015.

The brief can be downloaded here: UKNC Policy Brief: Technical Evaluation Phase of the World Heritage application process

For more information contact:

UK National Commission for UNESCO
Suite 98, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL
Website:    www.unesco.org.uk