World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day 2017 showcases the UK’s ’Wonders of the World’ in a global day of celebration


Press release April 11th 2017: World Heritage Day 2017 showcases the UK’s ’Wonders of the World’ in a global day of celebration

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind and protecting and preserving these amazing places demands the collective efforts of all of us.  World Heritage Day, on the 18th of April, offers an opportunity to raise people’s awareness about the diversity of cultural and natural heritage we have in the UK and across the world, and the efforts that are required to look after it. Put simply, it is an opportunity to shout about how fantastic our World Heritage is, and you can find out more at

April 18th is an ‘official’ international celebration day first proposed by ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites and then approved by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (the part of the UN that manages World Heritage) – in 1983. Each year has a theme, and this year’s theme is sustainable tourism, but many Sites simply choose to use the day to raise awareness.

A number of UK World Heritage Sites are celebrating the day this year with a programme of events, including the City of Bath, Durham Cathedral, Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, Ironbridge Gorge, Saltaire, Maritime Greenwich, and all of the six Scottish World Heritage Sites. Activities include diverting rivers, creating St Kilda in Minecraft, guided walks, illuminations, craft activities, ceramics workshops, games, short talks and even yarnbombing!

World Heritage UK, the national charity that represents the UK’s 30 World Heritage Sites is collating this information on its website at so make this your first point of call for your guide to the day. We are also preparing a Twitter Thunderclap and will have a Twitter World Heritage hour in the afternoon on the 18th, so keep watching the hashtag #WHDay2017 and sign up to our twitter feed at @worldheritageuk to see what happens!

Dr Sam Rose, Chair of World Heritage UK, says “We have 30 outstanding UK World Heritage Sites, 25 of which are on the mainland of our four home nations, ranging from the spectacular Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales, through to the Palace of Westminster and the Neolithic Sites of Orkney. Even if your local World Heritage Site doesn’t have an event on the 18th April, please pay it a visit and be amazed.” The full list of UK World Heritage Sites can be seen at

World Heritage UK Conference presentations and Minister’s video: Saltaire 2015

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The first WH:UK Conference took place in elegant Victoria Hall, in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, Bradford, on October 14th & 15th 2015.  This post gives the presentations from the 2 day event.  Photos can be seen on a different post, here, and  the outputs from the workshop sessions and participant feedback will be posted shortly.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here.


Please remember that the copyright of presentations and content lies with the authors, so please contact them should you wish to use any material contained therein. 

Day 1

Sam Rose, Chair, WH:UK.  Opening remarks
Sam Rose speech 2015 final

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Heritage and Tourism

Peter Debrine, Programme Specialist Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO
Peter de Brine UNESCO

James Beresford, CEO Visit England
James Berresford Visit England

Professor Mike Robinson, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham
Mike Robinson Part of Something Really Special

Sue Davies, Canadian Rockies Case Study
Sue Davies Canadian Rockies

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive Officer – Tourism and Marketing for Wales at The Welsh Government
Manon Antoniazzi Welsh Government

Dr Sam Rose, Jurassic Coast WHS Manager
Sam Rose Jurassic Coast Case Study

Helen Manlagen, Chair, Culture Ctte, Uk National Commission for UNESCO
Helen Maclagen UKNC UNESCO

Remi Delaplanque, Châteaux de la Loire network
Remi Deleplanque Loire Valley

Day 2

Deborah Boden, WHS Coordinator, Cornish and West Devon Mining Landscapes
Deborah Boden Cornish Mining WHS Tourism Oct 2015

Adam Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Edinburgh World Heritage
Adam Wilkinson City of Edinburgh

Max Bryant, National Trust General Manager, North Coast, Northern Ireland
Max Bryant Giant’s Causeway


Attendees list

The final participant list is available here.


Our thanks to Bradford City Council, Historic England, the Victoria Hall staff, our Tour Guides and all participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.


Conference photos

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What did you think of the conference?

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Delegates for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Delegates for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Well, the van is unpacked and the trip north is over, as is the inaugural conference of World Heritage UK.  I thought it was great, and will post more next week about my reflections on it.  But more importantly we need to know what you thought, and if you were there, please could you complete our feedback questionnaire.

It is on survey monkey, should only take about 10 minutes max and your views are really important in helping us do an even better event next year.  Click here for the survey:

Please also feel free to comment on, or ‘like’ this or other blog postings – it will help us in getting better search ratings with Google.

Thanks, Sam Rose.

venue for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Adam Wilkinson from Edinburgh World Heritage

More photos from the conference will follow.

venue for the 2015 World Heritage UK conference

Salts Mil in Saltaire

The conference is upon us!

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OK – speech written, shirts ironed, last minute panics over (I hope) and tomorrow I shall be packing some exhibition material into a van and heading up to the Saltaire World Heritage Site in the mighty city of Bradford.

The programme assembled promises to provide a fascinating mix of national and international perspectives, case studies, academic viewpoints and more. If you add on the Mayoral reception, curry night and tours, it has the makings of a great couple of days.

If you are coming, I look forward to seeing you there. If not, we will publish presentations and other reports from the event on this website, so please do watch this space.

In some respects, World Heritage UK starts in Saltaire on Wednesday morning, although some might say it started in 1986, and has just been waiting for the right time to start speak up about it; I hope that we can say after this week that the speaking up has started.  It only remains for me to thank the organising committee for getting us to the that start line, and for such a great team effort.


More details of the event can be found here

World Heritage Tourism: Unlocking the Potential. Programme update

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Spaces at the inaugural World Heritage UK Conference, to be held at Saltaire on October 14th 15th 2015, are filling up fast.

The revised programme is available here, and it is fantastic to see the variety of speakers presenting, including from Government, UNESCO, the World Heritage association of France, Ironbridge Institute, a number of our World Heritage Sites, and from all the Home Nations.   We also have an evening Lord Mayor’s reception followed by curry on the 14th and a choice of excellent tours to round off the main business on the 15th.

If you are intending to come, or know someone who is, please do go to the event booking page at

If you have any questions at all about the conference, or membership, please contact Chris on

New heritage tour added to the WH:UK conference programme!

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The Shipley Glen Tramway volunteers have offered to open the Tramway up and run the trams specifically for conference delegates, along with an informative talk they will do at the start.

The award-winning Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty  spot of Shipley Glen near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.

A short walk brings a Cafe within reach as well as the rocks and woods of Shipley Glen. The bottom station allows access to Roberts Park and the River Aire and the delights of Saltaire with Salt’s Mill and its famous Hockney Gallery.

As well as rides on the open trams, there is a small souvenir shop at the top station, selling sweets. There is a nostalgic Edwardian shop at the bottom station.

The museum at the bottom station displays photos and memorabilia of the tramway as well as Shipley Glen. There are interesting pictorial displays and memories of the tramway and Shipley Glen in days gone by.

The Shipley Tramway tour will be added to the two other choices for delegates:

Tour A is an historical walking tour of the model village of Saltaire, taking in all the significant public buildings, housing and Listed Park. Led by knowledgeable residents who can also give an insight into what it’s like to live in a World Heritage Site. If you have specific access requirements please contact the Conference organiser to discuss. The tour will only be cancelled in the event of very inclement weather so bring a waterproof. 30 places(two groups of 15). Duration approximately 90 minutes.

Tour B is a curatorial-led tour of the new Exhibition in Salts Mill ‘People and Process’. A creative and engaging exhibition which combines the history of the Mill with artistic responses to the exhibition theme and brings the history of Salts Mill up to the current day. Salts Mill is fully accessible. 30 places (two groups of 15). Duration approximately 60 minutes.

Saltaire Plan wins Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Planning Excellence

The recently revised Saltaire World Heritage Site Management Plan has won the RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award 2015. The Award was made at the annual RTPI Annual Lecture in Leeds Civic Hall on July 23rd.The award is made for “excellence in a project which shows originality, regional significance and leadership”. Bradford’s entry – the revised World Heritage Site Management Plan for Saltaire was judged on issues such as sustainable development, good practice, community involvement and planning content.Winning this award is a clear demonstration of the quality of the work being done to manage this prestigious World Heritage Site for the people of Saltaire, Bradford, the UK and the World.

The Plan was approved by Bradford Council’s Executive Committee back in December 2014 and by the Government and UNESCO early this year.

Council Officers are working towards all the Plan’s projects and goals for improvements in the World Heritage Site in the short term and for up to 30 years ahead. The Plan contains all the relevant planning policy, practice and guidance for residents, businesses and developers wanting to develop their property or land in or near the World Heritage Site.

World Heritage Tourism: Unlocking the Potential. World Heritage UK’s inaugural conference October 14th and 15th, Saltaire

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It gives me great pleasure to announce details of World Heritage UK’s inaugural conference taking place in Saltaire World Heritage Site on October 14th-15th 2015

Saltaire from canal - Copyright

Saltaire from canal – Copyright

This conference will be the first opportunity for many years for all parts of the World Heritage community to get together to explore a specific theme relevant to all of the UK’s existing and prospective WH Sites, that of World Heritage tourism.

The programme is currently being finalised, but at this stage, we are delighted to announce the following speakers:

Rt. Hon Tracey Crouch MP Minister for Sport, Tourism & Heritage (appearing by video only)
Peter Debrine, Programme Specialist: Sustainable Tourism UNESCO
James Berresford Chief Executive of Visit England
Prof. Mike Robinson Professor of Cultural Heritage Director, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage
and a range of speakers from our own Sites, and from all four home nations.  A full draft programme is available here: Saltaire Conference Draft Programme 18 Sep 2015

In addition to the speakers, there will be time for networking, displays, a reception from the Lord Mayor of Bradford, a choice of tours and of course, the conference dinner in one of Bradford’s finest curry houses.

The conference will be taking place within the Saltaire World Heritage Site near Bradford in Yorkshire, and will be from 9am on the 14th Oct to 3.15pm on the 15th October 2015.

To book, please go to where you will find all of the details.

Conference fees will vary depending on membership status,  If you or your organisation is not yet a member of World Heritage UK and you would like to take advantage of the free ticket offer, please go to Join here for more information on how to sign up.  Voting member organisations have one free place at this year’s event and discounted rates for additional attendees.

For any queries or further information about the event, please contact

And finally, please could you forward this information to anyone who you think may be interested in this event. We need our World Heritage community to spread the word and really make this inaugural conference a success.

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there

Sam Rose
World Heritage UK Shadow Chair, on behalf of the board and the very hard-working conference committee


Meet Chris Mahon, World Heritage UK’s new Development Director



Great to be in post as World Heritage UK’s new Development Director! My name is Chris Mahon and I started work last week. My interview for this contract was in Lyme Regis, in the beautiful Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site. Though I had been there before in my youth, it was good to see the Jurassic Coast again professionally and meet some of the people involved in its management.  I’m really looking forward to working with members of the World Heritage community and visiting some of the other World Heritage Sites on the UK list – I think I have been to half of them over the years.

By way of a background introduction, I’ve been around the conservation sector since 1990 when I graduated in Environmental Science. I’ve worked in a local authority, managed a wildlife trust and now lead the UK Committee of an international environmental network and coordinate a small charity. Developing World Heritage UK fits snugly into this portfolio and I aim to demonstrate some positive results helped by my previous experience.

I will be working three days a week initially, assisting the Board in developing the organisation, primarily by growing its membership, improving communications, networking and advocacy, securing a financial future, supporting event management and other promotional activity. I have already advanced the contacts database – if you want to be on it, let me have your details!

The next task is to promote the World Heritage UK inaugural conference, which, if you don’t know, Is on the 14th and 15th of October 2015 at the Saltaire World Heritage Site near Bradford in Yorkshire. The theme is ‘World Heritage Tourism – unlocking the potential’ and should be a great event with speakers such as the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Crouch, the Peter DeBrine from UNESCO in Paris, and Director of Visit England, James Beresford.

Tickets will be on sale this week, so watch this space and I look forward to meeting you there.

Chris Mahon

Chris Mahon