World Heritage UK is pleased to announce a two-day summer workshop and networking event exploring the social and economic opportunities and challenges of community engagement 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.
The programme is still being developed but is expected to consider 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.
Delegates should come prepared to enjoy the presentations and contribute to developing these themes in workshop 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.
An optional third day (Thursday 8th August) is also being considered, with a chance to visit two other World Heritage Sites: Hadrian’s Wall and the English Lake District.
Save-the-date in your diaries for now – an online booking page will be available soon. Perhaps a good opportunity to make it part of your summer holiday this year!