Remote Access to World Heritage Sites – conference 23-24 November 2011

Remote Access to World Heritage – I Know Where I’m Going, Conference, 23-24 November 2011, Edinburgh, UK

The UK National Commission for UNESCO is running a conference on the potential for new technologies to create remote-access for visitors to World Heritage or other cultural or natural sites.  St Kilda World Heritage Site will be used as a case study throughout the Conference to look at the issues of providing remote access to sensitive sites. See also the Scottish Ten website, which is a five-year digital project to scan and create digital models of the 5 Scottish World Heritage Sites, and 5 international sites in order to better conserve and manage them.


Liverpool World Heritage Site- International World Heritage Day, 18th April 2010

International World Heritage Day is celebrated at World Heritage Sites across the world every year on 18th April, to raise awareness of the diversity of the world’s cultural and natural heritage and the steps that are being made to protect it, conserve it and promote understanding of it. 

ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) has decided that the theme for International World Heritage Day 2010 is the Heritage of Agriculture. Whilst Liverpool’s World Heritage Site has no significant agricultural heritage, its role as the supreme example of an international seaport has resulted in an outstanding heritage in the storage and transportation of agricultural produce. Liverpool City Council has therefore organised five free guided tours of different areas of the World Heritage Site on 17th and 18th April 2010, looking at the agricultural exchanges, headquarters of insurance companies, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the Triangular Trade across the Atlantic and the merchants’ activities around Duke Street. The tours will be led by qualified tour guides.

For further information and for details on how to book, view the Liverpool International World Heritage Day 2010 leaflet and/or visit

Heritage and the Olympics

The 11th Cambridge Heritage Seminar
April 24th 2010


The 11th Cambridge Heritage conference seeks to examine the Olympics as a global and a local phenomenon affecting heritage by addressing two themes:  (1) the Olympics as heritage and (2) the impact of the Olympics on cultural heritage. Every four years the Olympics goes beyond just being a sporting event, offering a local and a global stage where countries can promote and showcase themselves to the world.  Cultural heritage is intimately entangled in the games, both in terms of the Olympics as historic, but also in how the event impacts the cultural heritage of the host country.

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Planning and World Heritage

  • Wednesday 24 February 2010 – Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Telford
  • Tuesday 2 March 2010 – Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

A 1-day event aimed at people involved in the planning system within World Heritage Sites, including Planners, Conservation Officers, WHS Co-ordinators and Councillors.

The event, which is being held at two alternative venues, has been organised jointly by the Local Authority World Heritage Forum (LAWHF), English Heritage and ICOMOS-UK.

The Telford event will be chaired by Gillian Clarke, Secretary of LAWHF and the Newcastle upon Tyne event by Susan Denyer, Secretary of ICOMOS-UK.

For more information please e-mail or telephone Jonathan Lloyd on 01952 587615

Download the programme and booking form

HERITAGE UNDER FIRE (Protecting Our Past for Our Future)

21st January 2010
Chester Grosvenor Hotel & Spa, Chester

The aim of the conference is to consider the threat to the UK’s unique heritage from fire and other such incidents and is a must attend for anyone who is involved with Fire Protection or the restoration and preservation of heritage buildings.

The conference will involve key players from across the cultural and heritage sectors as well as representatives from the world of fire engineering, architecture, tourism and planning.

For more information and to book please contact Mandy Eeles on 07919 175310 or Richard Daly on 01606 868290.   

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
The Institution of Fire Engineers


PAINSHILL PARK AND BEYOND: The Future of 18th Century Landscape Restoration

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June 2010
Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey

Painshill Park Trust marks its 30th anniversary in 2010.  This is also a time when the issue of interpreting 18th century landscape restoration/reconstruction is a hotly debated topic.

Painshill Park, Surrey

Painshill Park is bringing together key players in the debate to a major conference, using Painshill’s award winning restoration as a model for past and present approaches, and discussing new ways of looking at landscapes in the future.

The two-day conference will be chaired by Dr Patrick Eyres. Speakers will include:

Mavis Batey (Garden History Society)
Mike Calnan (National Trust)
Mark Laird (Harvard University and Painshill Park Consultant)
John Phibbs (Dubois)
Michael Symes (Garden Historian, Author and Lecturer)
Janie Burford (Council Member, Painshill Park Trust)
Kate Felus (Historic Landscapes)
Brent Elliott (Royal Horticultural Society)

Tours of Painshill will be included on the first day.

Cost to delegates:  £100 for the two days including refreshments and lunches (there will be a limited number of places at a reduced fee for students)

To obtain a booking form, or for further information, please contact:

Rachael James (PA and Park Administrator)
Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE
Tel: 01932 868113

This is a fundraising event and proceeds will go towards the on-going restoration of Painshill Park.
Reg. Charity No. 284944

Cornwall in Europe

28th October, 4.30pm-7pm
London Metropolitan University, 31 Jewry Street, London, EC3N 2EY

This conference organised by The Federal Trust for Education and Research jointly with Cornish cultural group CERES, will be an opportunity to learn more about one of the historic regions of the United Kingdom and Europe from representatives of Cornish cultural and intellectual life. It will also be an opportunity to understand better the European links and networks in which Cornish representatives and  will bring together speakers from Cornwall and the European Commission to discuss shared interests from the perspective of one of Europe’s smaller historic regions.

The conference – “Cornwall in Europe: an example from minorities” – will be hosted by the Trust at the London Metropolitan University in the City, and be followed by a reception. There will be four Cornish speakers who will describe Cornwall’s cultural and economic experiences in the wider Europe against the backgound of Cornwall’s history and distinctive Celtic tradition.
Cornish participation in the Council of Europe’s Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods Programme will be outlined as a case study.

Please note that registration to this event is essential.

For more information and registration please contact John Fleet at CERES: