English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated by royal visit

Announcement, Awards, communications, DCMS Minister, Lake District, News, Uncategorized, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites, World Heritage UK

WP_20180326_10_25_56_ProHundreds of people came to see His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales as the guest of honour at a special community event on 26th March, to mark the Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The long journey to World Heritage Site status was led by Lord Clark of Windermere, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership and submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England.

WP_20180326_11_17_52_Pro

Prince Charles unveils the UNESCO plaque with Lord Clarke

The Prince of Wales attended the event at Crow Park, Keswick, and unveiled the official UNESCO plaque to mark the designation. As Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clarke maintained, “this plaque will give local people and visitors a place to come and appreciate not just the spectacular landscape, but also the rich, cultural history of the Lake District as a World Heritage Site”.

The event was a celebration of the unique cultural landscape of the Lake District to which special guests and members of the community were invited to attend. Among these was World Heritage UK President, Chris Blandford, who explained the work of the organisation to the Prince of Wales, finding that the guest of honour fully understood the values that underpin the UK’s World Heritage Sites, as well as the issues they face. Michael Ellis, the new Heritage Minister was also present, and it is hoped that a further meeting with him and World Heritage UK will be arranged.

IMG_6312

Chris Blandford meets the Prince of Wales with John Hodgson and Keith Jones

UNESCO asks all World Heritage Sites to celebrate their status by erecting an official plaque, but with so many inspirational viewpoints to choose from across the Lake District, a number of locations and plaques were considered by the Partnership. The criteria included a stunning landscape view, good public access for all and strong representation of the three World Heritage Site themes of cultural landscape: identity, inspiration and conservation. The National Trust’s Crow Park, overlooking Derwent Water, was chosen for this special event. 

Lake District National Park Chief Executive, Richard Leafe, explained how the benefits of this new status were already being seen across the National Park. “Since last summer, we have seen some great examples of organisations, businesses and communities using World Heritage status to flourish and prosper,” Richard said. “From inspirational cultural events to welcoming first-time visitors to the park, this global recognition has encouraged new opportunities, while continuing to be a much loved national park for everyone to enjoy.”

The English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of over a thousand across the world and is the 31st inscription for the UK. It is the UK’s largest World Heritage Site at 229,200 ha and is the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site.

There are three themes that underpin the English Lake District World Heritage Site inscription are:

1)    Identity: The acknowledged beauty of the Lake District is the result of thousands of years of industry and agricultural development of the spectacular natural landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes and woodland.

2)    Inspiration: The beauty of the Lake District inspired artists and writers of the Picturesque and Romantic movements and generated ideas about landscape that have had global influence.

3)    Conservation: The Lake District has been enjoyed and valued by visitors for more than 250 years. Concern to protect it was the inspiration for the birth of the conservation movement, including the National Trust and protected areas including UK National Parks.

 

Masterclass in commercial best practice expected at Kew Gardens

Business, Commercial, Events, Kew Gardens, News, Opportunities, Tourism, Uncategorized, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites, World Heritage UK

The upcoming World Heritage UK workshop on 6th and 7th March promises to be a masterclass in commercial best practice for world heritage sites, with three senior experts from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sharing their expertise with those attending.

Richard-Deverell1After the privilege of a behind-the-scenes tour of some of Kew’s yet-to-be-opened exhibits, delegates will hear from the head of the organisation, Chief Executive and Director of RBG Kew, Richard Deverell.

The Head of Commercial Activities at Kew Enterprises, Adam Farrar, will then talk about the ‘Evolution of Kew’s commercial strategy and major events – the difficulties, opportunities and benefits’.Adam_Farrer

This will be followed on the second day by the Director of Estates and Capital Development at Kew Gardens, Andrew Williams, who will present a particular case study on one of Kew’s most recent attractions,  ‘The Hive – delivery challenges’.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This fantastic opportunity to hear from such eminent presenters wandrew williamsill provide the perfect context for the rest of the discussions which will be carried out in small groups in three workshop sessions, where participants, many experts in their own right, will share their own experiences and skills, exploring how they identify their customer markets, how they have developed their own commercial packages and how they then get on and deliver them.

Remaining tickets for this one-off event are available HERE

 

World Heritage UK Commercial Best Practice workshop sessions at Kew announced

Business, Commercial, Culture, Education, Events, Kew Gardens, News, Tourism, training, Uncategorized, UNESCO, Workshop, World Heritage Sites, World Heritage UK

IMG_1878

Remaining tickets for this event are available HERE

World Heritage UK workshop, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:

‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’

6th and 7th March 2018

DRAFT PROGRAMME

Tuesday 6th March

09.00 to 12.00/13.00 – Special ‘Under the skin’ tours

Restricted numbers are able to visit the Pagoda restoration project and delegates will be among of the first people to see the dragons and the amazing colour scheme. This is a Historic Royal Palaces project and would be led by one of their conservation team or the lead project manager. The location will still be a construction site so time will be needed to change into Personal Protection Equipment.

Also included is a tour of the refurbished Temperate House which is the largest remaining glass house in the world. This will also be a construction site at the time of the visit. The party will be split into two groups visiting both sites in turn.

13.00 to 14.00 Lunch (Cambridge Cottage) 

14.00 to 14.15 ‘Welcome to Kew’, Richard Deverell, CEO and Director of RBG Kew

14.15 to 14.45 Lead presentation:  ‘Evolution of Kew’s commercial strategy and major events – the difficulties, opportunities and benefits’, Adam Farrar, Head of Commercial Activities, Kew Enterprises

14.45 to 15.45 Workshop 1 ‘Understanding the market’                                                           

In this workshop we shall explore in small groups what your ‘market’ is and how you have undergone identifying it. Please be prepared to share the methods have you used and what results you have achieved if you have them.

15.45 to 1600 Tea/coffee break

1600 to 1700 Workshop 2 ‘How to develop your package’                                                     

In this workshop we shall examine how the activities explored in workshop 1 have helped you to develop your offer and ask what your package now looks like? Please be prepared to share your experience and the results you have achieved if you have them.

1700 to 1715 Commercial context from the UK World Heritage Site Review – Chris Blandford

1715 to 1745 Elevator pitch style presentations from World Heritage Sites

1745 to 1900 Free time 

19.00 Meet in Richmond – Dinner (venue to be confirmed)

Wednesday 7th March

9.00 to 10.00 Kew site tour by Explorer Bus – whole site tour and back of house nursery visit

10.00 to 10.30 Tea/Coffee break

10.30 to 10.50 Lead presentation: ‘The Hive – delivery challenges’, Andrew Williams Director of Estates and Capital Development , Kew Gardens

10.50 to 11.50 Workshop session 3 – ‘How to deliver commercially’

In this workshop we shall consider how you make sure your offer is commercially sound and what you have learnt from the process (positive and negative). Please be prepared to share the methods have you used and what results you have achieved if you have them.

11.50 to 12.30 Questions and general discussion

12.30 to 13.30 Lunch  

13.30 to 1430 Feedback presentations from the four workshop groups

1430 to 1500 Summary of learning, next actions

1500 Close

Presentations from WH:UK Technical Workshop, Bath, March 8th 2017

Bath 2017, Events, News, Workshop, World Heritage Sites

Introduction

This meeting was aimed at World Heritage practitioners and took place in Bath Cricket Club, on 8th March 2017, with an evening social meal the night before.  Its focus was on the UK planning systems in respect of World Heritage Sites – seeing if there was a ‘dovetail or disconnect’. The day looked at the different systems, and discussed a very wide range of case studies in terms of impact on World Heritage Sites.  The event also had a couple of workshop sessions to look at issues and solutions – and the intention is that we can use this information to start to develop a position paper for government in respect of World Heritage and the Planning system. This post gives the presentations and other information from the event.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here: Final programme

Presentations

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. 

Morning

Overview of the planning system and planning policy:

1 Don Gobbett Planning Overview

2 Hilary Jordan Planning Policy

How decisions on development proposals are made at local level

3 Rebecca McAndrew Blaenavon case study

4 Nick Bishop Lichfields – Cornish mining case study

Looking wider – national policy and working with national bodies

5 Henry Owen-John Heritage Impact Assessment and other stories

6 Jenny Bruce Edinburgh case study

Afternoon

Heading towards solutions:

National case study – National Infrastructure project

7 Sam Rose Navitus Bay case study

Local Case study – SPD development

8 Anna Irwin Pontcysyllte case study

Attendees list

The final participant list is available: Delegate list 8th March 2017

Feedback

Feedback will follow shortly

Acknowledgements

Our thanks to Lichfields, Historic England and Bath and NE Somerset Council as meeting sponsors, and to all speakers and participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.