World Heritage Day

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

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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 https://worldheritageuk.org/whday17/

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 https://worldheritageuk.org/whday17/ 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 https://worldheritageuk.org/about/ourworldheritagesites/

Durham Cathedral WHS 30 years Lecture on Ironbridge Gorge

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MAY LECTURE

Monday 9th May, 6pm

Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Anna Brennand
Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

“Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site: the Challenges of the Last 30 Years and the Opportunities for the Future”

Anna will discuss the challenges faced by the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and explain the opportunities these present for protecting its outstanding universal value, as the Site celebrates its 30 years designation.

 Anna Brennand has been Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust since June 2013. Before taking up this post Anna was the Trust’s Deputy CEO and Director of Finance & Resources having joined the Museum in 2007. During this time Anna led the successful, multi-award winning £12m redevelopment of Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Trust’s largest site. Anna is a Board Member of the Museums Association, a member of the National Museum Directors Council and sits on a variety of regional tourism bodies. She is also a Trustee of a large Further Education college and a Trustee of World Heritage UK. She lectures at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage on the topics of Managing Multi-site Museums, Fundraising in the Heritage Sector and Income Generation in Heritage Organisations.


 The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

 The lecture is free of charge. However, as places are limited, booking is necessary.

Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.

 Alternatively, you can register your interest by contacting the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre using the contact details below.

If possible please would you let me know if you intend to attend the drinks reception too, for catering purposes.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.

 Kind regards,

 Raffaella Aliprandi

WHSVC Lecture Series Organiser
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
7 Owengate
DH1 3HB
Durham

Email: raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk
Tel: 0191 334 3805

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHUK2015

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.

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Salts Mil in Saltaire

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 www.photographers-resource.co.uk

Saltaire from canal – Copyright http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk

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 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-tourism-unlocking-the-potential-tickets-17652177137?aff=es2 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 chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

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

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