Durham Castle and Cathedral welcomes World Heritage UK delegates

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World Heritage UK notched up another success in its vibrant events programme last week with over 60 delegates and speakers filling the Prior’s Hall at the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site, to hear a wide range of speakers and experience some very special opportunities provided by their hosts. These included access to the new ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition which presented rare artefacts telling the story of St Cuthbert in the most intact medieval monastic buildings in the UK; sitting in the magnificent Durham Cathedral C17th Quire during evensong soaking up the atmosphere created by the Hexham Abbey Choir; self-guided tours around the Castle and Cathedral with exceptional volunteer guides on hand; and a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire UNESCO World Heritage Site, accompanied by top experts in the field. Feedback forms are still coming in but we are expecting a positive response overall and would like to thank all involved in Durham for making us all feel so welcome with their generous hospitality.

Group Hadrian's Wall

This summer networking event – ‘All Together Now – Sustainable World Heritage’ – brought together many expert speakers on a variety of subjects, from cultural property protection and peace to community engagement, young people and volunteering; from world heritage tourism in the north of England to heritage sustainability issues in South Asia and North Africa. The intention is to share the presentations via the World Heritage UK website in due course.

Prior's Hall

These are great ways to see the UK’s 32 world heritage sites, learn more about them and meet the dedicated community of world heritage people who work in and around them. If you would like to take part in one of World Heritage UK’s special events, your next opportunity to do so is at the annual conference, this year being held at the Llangollen Pavilion in North Wales, hosted by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 7th and 8th October 2019. Here we will be discussing the soon-to-be-published review of the UK’s World Heritage Sites and will have a national and international cast of speakers from all parts of the UK and Australia, China and the USA to help us do so. Side events and tours include a barge (or walk) over Thomas Telford’s famous aqueduct, a horse-drawn boat trip on the Llangollen canal, a heritage steam railway experience and a civic reception and dinner with a Welsh Male Voice Choir. Tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-most-of-world-heritage-tickets-66862803445

Our events are becoming increasingly popular so book soon to avoid disappointment!

With thanks to Historic England and Purcell for their support for the Durham event.

‘Making the Most of World Heritage’ – 2019 conference announcement

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The Board of Trustees of World Heritage UK is pleased to announce the details of its 5th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, this year to be hosted by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Llangollen Pavilion near Wrexham in North Wales on the 7th and 8th October 2019.

Following the imminent publication of the State of UK World Heritage Sites Review, this conference will adopt some of the report’s main themes and explore the issues and prospective outcomes that it highlights with a range of speakers from home and overseas.

Along with exciting site visit experiences and your chance to ask questions of a panel of experts, do join: Deputy Minister for Culture Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas; from the USA, Global Philadelphia Association Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh; from the World Cultural Heritage Centre of China, Yan Haiming; Author and researcher Bailey Ashton Adie and Head of Tourism and Heritage at DCMS, Giles Smith (all pictured above) along with Michael Macdonough, Chief Archaeologist at the Irish Government and many more. Themes of ‘Financing sites and governance models’, ‘Heritage, soft power and diplomacy’ and the ‘Impacts and Benefits of Tourism’, in particular will be under the spotlight.

You can find the latest draft v8 programme Pontcysyllte  and you can book your place on the conference registration site HERE (early booking recommended to avoid disappointment and to secure accommodation in advance).

World Heritage UK is grateful to the following sponsors and supporters who have helped make this event possible:

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Congratulations Jodrell Bank UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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World Heritage UK welcomes the news from the 43rd meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan, that the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope in Cheshire has become the UK’s 32nd World Heritage Site.

You can hear from the nomination proponents below and see the entire press release with endorsements HERE

Already a Member of World Heritage UK as a Tentative Site on the UNESCO list, World Heritage UK welcomes Jodrell Bank as a fully-fledged UNESCO World Heritage Site and look forward to our continued working with you to support all the UK’s World Heritage Sites.

We also look forward to celebrating this success at our Summer Meeting in Durham where senior members of the hard-working Jodrell Bank team will be joining us for a fabulous 2 day (optional 3 day) event at the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site. There are just the last few tickets for this left, available HERE if you would like meet them and share in their success. The meeting is “All Together Now – Sustainable World Heritage”, at Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 2019 (with optional 8th August field visit to sites on Hadrian’s Wall, part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire UNESCO World Heritage Site). To see the latest event programme please email chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Chris Mahon                                                                                                                          Development Director, World Heritage UK, on behalf of the World Heritage UK Board of Trustees

THREE EMINENT SPEAKERS GO ‘FULL FLOW’

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Events to set out reasons to support UNESCO World Heritage Site status for The Flow Country

TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver and geology’s ‘rock star’ Professor Iain Stewart will be joined by UNESCO expert Professor Barry Gilbertson in a series of talks in the Highlands this summer that answer the question Why make The Flow Country a World Heritage Site?

The ‘Full Flow’ events, which will take place in Lairg, Thurso and Inverness on 5, 6, and 7 July respectively, invite audiences to hear about the environmental and cultural importance of The Flow Country in Sutherland and Caithness, addressing Scotland’s climate emergency, the need to protect the spectacular beauty and wildlife of the area’s unique habitat and the part it plays in the lives of people who live here.

Organised by a consortium of leading conservation bodies, including members of The Peatlands Partnership and event sponsor Wildland Limited, the three talks will promote and add context to an ongoing bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for The Flow Country. With presentations from TV personalities, conservation experts and lovers of Scotland’s natural heritage, the hope is that the Full Flow events will appeal to a wide audience, including children and young people interested in what a World Heritage Site would mean for them.

Neil Oliver is a familiar face on TV and his documentaries on Scotland’s coastline have helped to put many remote places on the map. Prof Iain Stewart is UNESCO Chair of Geoscience and Society and Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, is also a regular presenter of science programmes on the BBC, including the BAFTA nominated Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007).

Prof Barry Gilbertson holds Visiting Professorship appointments at University of Northumbria and at the Royal Agricultural University. In 2017, he took up a three year tenure as the Chairman of the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Project Co-ordinator for The Flow Country World Heritage Site Working Group, Joe Perry, will be at the events to bring the conversations back to the current bid consultation process. He said: “Bringing together three such passionate advocates of Scotland’s natural and cultural environment will help to bring the bid process to life for many more people, including the younger generation whose support and enthusiasm for thriving communities and natural habitats we believe is absolutely crucial for the future stability of The Flow Country. The events will be entertaining and informative, setting out why The Flow Country is the best habitat of its type anywhere in the world and so deserving of special status on an international stage.

I encourage everyone to come along to one of the talks. As support for our World Heritage Site Project grows, this is a perfect opportunity to help shape the bid and be a part of something very special.”

Thomas MacDonell, Director of Conservation at Wildland Limited added: “The Flow Country is a fabulous natural feature. It’s already highly designated under various conservation laws and this World Heritage Status bid will give few additional constraints but afford much greater recognition and appreciation for this special place and create additional opportunities for those of us who live, work and play in this world class landscape.

“Wildland Limited is delighted to sponsor this event and we very much hope to engage and enthuse our younger generations to come and take part and begin to further appreciate our unique and precious landscapes.”

Full Flow Event Details:

July 5, 2019 Lairg Community Centre 7 – 9pm Free event (booking required)

http://bit.ly/full-flow-lairg

 

July 6. 2019 Thurso High School 7 – 9pm Free event (booking required)

http://bit.ly/full-flow-wick

 

July 7, 2019 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 7 – 9pm Ticket Price, £9, Concession £5 (booking & ID required)

https://eden-court.co.uk/

All media enquires: Elizabeth Lambley, Indigo, 0131 554 1230, lizzylambley@indigopr.com

The Peatlands Partnership includes Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission (Scotland), The Highland Council, RSPB Scotland, Plantlife International, the Environmental Research Institute (University of the Highlands and Islands), Highland Third Sector Interface, the Flow Country Rivers Trust, Northern Deer Management Group and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It is chaired by Professor Stuart Gibb, Vice-Principal of UHI and Director of the ERI.

The Peatlands Partnership was formed at the end of 2006 following the completion of the EU LIFE funded Peatlands Project and aims to develop and build on that project. The Partnership comprises ‘core’ organisations, together with other interested organisations and individuals, who will carry out and support the objectives set out in the Management Strategy document, ‘The Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland’.

The current activities of the Partnership include delivering the Flows to the Future project, revision of the Peatlands Management Strategy and as a forum for taking forward the possible listing of the Flow Country as a World Heritage Site.

Wildland Limited is a land conservation and tourism business established in 2007. It owns 221,000 acres, spanning three management areas: Wildland Cairngorm, Wildland North Coast (Sutherland) and Wildland Lochaber West Highlands, encompassing some of Highland Scotland’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes. Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness is included in the portfolio.

Wholly owned by Anders Holch Povlsen, Wildland Limited has 200 year vision for restoring and protecting the natural capital of the estates in its care by developing a world class portfolio of quality, design-led tourism experiences that support diverse economic opportunities for rural communities and allow guests to enjoy the best of Scotland’s hospitality, natural heritage and landscape.

With a staff of over 60 in Scotland, Wildland Limited also contributes directly into the communities in which it operates. Alongside the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission, it is a founding partner in Cairngorms Connect, the biggest habitat restoration project in Britain, while in Sutherland it has provided funds to appoint an officer to oversee the World Heritage Site Status bid and a local affordable housing officer.

Durham Cathedral to host World Heritage UK Summer Meeting – book now to avoid disappointment – tickets selling fast!

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World Heritage UK is pleased to announce its next two-day summer workshop and networking event, exploring the social and economic opportunities and challenges of working with people in and around World Heritage Sites. A rare treat, the meeting will take place in the historic Priors Hall of Durham Cathedral (not generally open to the public), at the heart of the Durham Castle and Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the support of Historic England and heritage consultancy, Purcell, we are able to bring you this opportunity for just £90 (plus booking fee). Register HERE as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as tickets are selling fast!

An optional third day (Thursday 8th August) is also offered, at a small additional cost of just £30 (plus booking fee), with a chance to visit some of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, at Hadrian’s Wall. Leaving Durham by coach in the morning, visiting Heddon on the Wall, the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre and on to Housesteads Roman Fort before returning late afternoon to Durham.

The draft programme for the 6th, 7th and 8th August is listed below and considers a range of subjects including: the socio-economic effects of world heritage status, heritage tourism, community archaeology, young people as heritage champions, along with some interesting international perspectives. Further information and confirmed speakers will be available shortly.

Delegates should come prepared to enjoy the presentations and contribute to developing these themes in panel sessions but it won’t be all work, with many opportunities to visit some highlights of this fascinating World Heritage Site including the Cathedral, Castle and Open Treasure exhibition, networking with world heritage colleagues and heritage service providers and a dinner in the Cathedral’s Medieval Undercroft restaurant included.

Perhaps a good opportunity to make it part of your summer holiday this year!

Day one: Tuesday 6th August
Pre-registration: Self-guided tour of Durham Castle
12.30-13.00 Registration and welcome refreshments (tea/coffee)

13.00-13.30 Session 1 Welcomes
Session Chair: tbc
13.00-13.10 World Heritage UK welcome
13.10-13.20 Sponsors’ welcome
13.20-13.30 Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site welcome

13.30-15.30 Session 2 Working with local people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (Wall CAP)
14.00-14.30 Volunteering as a tool for community engagement Durham Cathedral
14.30-15.00 Lumbini, Nepal, Birthplace of the Buddha
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15.30-16:00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)
Event group photograph

16.00 – 17.00 Visit to Open Treasure Exhibition

17.30-18.30 Early evening supper – Cathedral Undercroft Restaurant and networking drinks reception in World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Day two: Wednesday 7th August
09:00-10.00 Guided tour of Durham WHS 3 groups of 20

10.30-12.30 Session 2 Economic opportunities and challenges
Session Chair:tbc
10.30 – 11.00 England’s Northern World Heritage Collection
11.00 – 11.30 Tourist Tax
11.30 – 12.00 Analysing the socio-economic benefits of WHS status in Durham – a methodology
12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion and questions

12.30-13.30 Lunch and networking/visit the Cathedral

13.30-15.30 Session 3 Working with young people
Session Chair: tbc
13.30-14.00 Young Heritage Ambassadors/Young Curators
14.00-14.30 North Wales Young Custodians Scheme
14.30-15.00 Rediscovering the Antonine Wall
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion and questions

15:30-16.00 Refreshments and networking (tea/coffee)

16.00 – 16.30 Elevator pitches from World Heritage Sites x 5 x 5 minutes
16:30-17:00 Summary and concluding remarks
16.30 – 16.40 Preparing for the World Heritage UK Conference 2019 at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site
16.40 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

18.00-19.00 Public Lecture – Chris Blandford will speak about the World Heritage Site Review.

Day three: Thursday 8th August (optional) Frontiers of the Roman Empire – site visit to Hadrian’s Wall
9.30 Leave Durham by coach
10.30 Arrive at Heddon on the Wall to meet John Scott and Kerry Shaw
10.30-11.15 Site visit at Heddon on the Wall to share visitor experience and community engagement
11.15-11.45 Travel to The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre
11.45-12.30 Presentation by John Scott on Hadrian’s Wall management
12.30-1.30 Lunch (designated café area for delegates to buy own lunch)
1.30-1.45 Travel to Housesteads Roman Fort
1.45-3.30 Site visit at Housesteads Roman Fort
3.30-4.30 Travel back to Durham

Register HERE to take part in this fantastic opportunity!

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Happy World Heritage Day!

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Exploring the City of Bath World Heritage Site

While celebrations take place across the UK’s 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to mark the annual World Heritage Day today, the business of protecting these precious places continues, and World Heritage UK notes with sadness the damage by fire to Notre Dame Cathedral in the Banks of the Seine World Heritage Site in Paris, one of the 73 properties inscribed by UNESCO for France.

World Heritage UK continues to consolidate and strengthen, and will be aided by the recruitment of a Resilience Coordinator  funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund – this vacancy is still open for candidates and if you are interested in applying you can see more detail here

Watch this space for registration links to two upcoming events – the Summer Networking Meeting to be held at the Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site on the 6th and 7th August (with an optional coach excursion on the 8th August to Hadrian’s Wall, part of the transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site), and the World Heritage UK Annual Conference and AGM, this year to be hosted by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site at the Llangollen Pavilion near Wrexham, on the 7th and 8th October.

Enjoy World Heritage Day 2019!

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Blaenavon welcomes ‘World Heritage Learning and Engagement’ technical workshop

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Gareth Davies, Town Mayor of Blaenavon, hosted the forty participants from all four UK nations and the World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, at a civic reception at The Workmen’s Hall as part of a busy programme of activities at the World Heritage Learning and Engagement technical workshop held at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site in South Wales in February. These activities included a discussion on establishing a ‘World Heritage Learning and Engagement Network’, shared experiences amongst delegates of this important field of work with some useful and interesting case studies, hands-on creative workshops and some excellent site visits to the Ironworks and underground at Big Pit.

The varied presentations from the event are now available for sharing:

1 Introduction to Learning and Engagement by Ashleigh Taylor

2 Acting Locally, Thinking Globally by Dr Jamie Davies

3 Partnership with Purpose by David Williams and Dan Oliver

4 Engaging Young People in New Ways by Georgina Greaves

5 Unloved Heritage by Polly Groom

6 Evaluating Learning and Engagement by Ashleigh Taylor

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Cornish Mining World Heritage Site gets £1m for Wheal Busy conservation

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One of the two impressive cast iron lintels of the Smithy, which give an indication of the proud 
spirit the mine company wished to convey through its reworking of Wheal Busy in the 1870s.
(Image: Ainsley Cocks)

Since 2014 the World Heritage site has prioritised Wheal Busy Smithy as a conservation project and for many years before this members of the team, the local community and Cornwall Council have searched for a solution to preserve this fantastic piece of history, which is a noted feature of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ within the World Heritage Site.

Whilst being a well-known feature in the Chacewater area, the building has unfortunately been underutilised for some time which has led to deterioration of the scantle-slate roofing. The winter storms of 2014 also caused the partial collapse of the building’s south eastern corner, increasing concerns about its continued stability.

In 2018 the World Heritage Office approached Highways England with the aim of getting the Smithy included as one of the projects to be funded by the Highways England A30 Environmental Designated Funds. Since then the World Heritage Team has worked with Highways England, Arup contractors, Members of the Chasewater Parish Council and Tregothnan Estate to get the project approved for funding. We are delighted to announce that this project has now been approved for £1 million in funding. The Smithy is likely to be developed for community usage.

The Smithy workshop at Wheal Busy near the former mining village of Chacewater is unique within the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and is thought to be the largest historic blacksmiths on a metalliferous mine in Britain.

Wheal Busy is a very important name in the annals of Cornish mining. The production of copper and tin in the area around Chacewater dates from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, with the mine first being mentioned in 1666. Wheal Busy also saw the successive installation of early innovations in steam technology; a Newcomen atmospheric engine was at work dewatering the mine by around 1726, with this role assumed by a Smeaton improved atmospheric engine by 1775-1776. Eventually a Boulton & Watt separate condenser engine was installed, this being the first of its type to operate in Cornwall when it was put to work by its designer James Watt in 1777.

As an acknowledged feature of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, or international significance, within the World Heritage Site, the preservation of the Smithy is of the highest priority to the World Heritage Site team. Designated a Grade II Listed building, the Smithy has an extensive scantle-slate roof and impressive cast iron lintels over its two main entrances. The building owes much of its grand form to a major reworking of the mine in the 1870s and the lintels boldly proclaim the title: ‘Great Wheal Busy Mines 1872’.

Julian German, Chair of the World Heritage Site Partnership, commented that “the Partnership very much welcome the support that Highways England have pledged through the A30 Environmental Designated Funds scheme. The Wheal Busy Smithy poses a significant conservation challenge but this announcement will enable the emergency stabilisation of the building, which is a well-known and highly regarded feature of international importance within the World Heritage Site.”

The World Heritage Site team are delighted that funding has been approved for the Smithy and look forward to working closely with Highways England, the Tregothnan Estate and the community of Chacewater to deliver the much-needed conservation of this unique aspect of Cornwall’s mining heritage.

Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK – call to all UNESCO UK World Heritage Sites

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At the request of the UK National Commission for UNESCO:

All the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites are invited to take part in the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) 2019 Wider Value survey.

By completing the survey, you will demonstrate the impact of your UNESCO designation at the local, national and international level and as part of a global network. The results will also highlight the importance of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and the other 157 sites and projects in the UK, its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

The 2014-15 Wider Value study found that UNESCO helped UK affiliated institutions and bodies to attract at least £100 million in additional income in one year. However, this wider value is not only financial value; the 2014-2015 study also found that being a UNESCO designation is a recognised and prestigious mark of world-class quality.

The 2019 survey includes questions on both the financial and wider-non financial value obtained from UNESCO association, and for the first time also maps your UNESCO designation’s contribution to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The deadline for response is 25th February 2019. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact our Wider Value Consultant, Nikolaos Goumagias, ngoumagias@unesco.org.uk.

UNESCO’s aim to enhance peace, security, and sustainable development by fostering international collaboration through its work in education, science, culture, communication and information is more relevant than ever, and your designation is an essential part of a national story that needs telling.

Fill out the survey here https://northumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/unesco-wider-value-plus-to-the-united-kingdom-2019-survey-4 

Matthew Rabagliati
Communications and Research Manager
 
UK National Commission for UNESCO
Suite 98, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL
+44(0) 207 766 3492

Happy New Year from World Heritage UK! – why not start it with Learning and Engagement at Big Pit, Blaenavon UNESCO World Heritage Site?

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Why not start your 2019 off with something to look forward to? Book now for World Heritage UK’s ‘World Heritage Site Learning and Engagement – from cradle to grave’ Technical Workshop on the 19th and 20th February, to be held at Big Pit, Blaenavon. Tickets are available at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-site-learning-and-engagement-from-cradle-to-grave-tickets-53536344648 where you will also find links to the full event programme.

PLUS! – On the morning of the 19th January (10am – 12pm) at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre there will be the first World Heritage Learning and Engagement Network meeting. This is free and open to all colleagues, staff and volunteers who are involved with learning and engagement in World Heritage Sites. It will be an opportunity to share best practice, share ideas, develop new ideas and create cross-site opportunities for World Heritage. Contact ashleigh.taylor@torfaen.gov.uk for more information on this.

Also watch this space for details of the summer networking meeting and the Autumn annual conference, this year to be held near the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site at Llangollen, in North Wales.

We hope to see you at some of our events – have a great year!

chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org