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.


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


Reinventing the Seaside: Blackpool in Context

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April 2009
Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool Blackpool’s special history is rooted in its significance as the world’s first working-class seaside resort and its development into a unique centre of popular entertainment.

Today, still synonymous with fun and excitement, Blackpool constitutes an exceptional cultural landscape – a living, evolving expression of the industrial archaeology of the popular seaside holiday.

 Although always at the forefront of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (the town’s motto is ‘Progress’), Blackpool continues to retain its core identity and ambience and to sustain its distinctive atmosphere of revelry and participation, with an impressive array of surviving architectures, built environments and entertainment traditions dedicated to the provision of leisure and enjoyment. Blackpool is now at a critical point in its historical development, looking to reinvent itself through a new masterplan, pursued through the urban regeneration company ReBlackpool. The Blackpool Resort Masterplan sets out an ambitious vision that will transform the town by redefining Blackpool’s future as a top-quality, world-class resort destination, improving the lives of residents and visitors alike. The trick will be to combine modernisation and the search for new markets with an appeal to tradition, identity and the heritage of the recent past and to encourage high quality architecture and redevelopment that responds to and respects the history, heritage and special character of the place.

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Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region

4th-7th April 2009, Amman, Jordan

International Conference – Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan

The conference will critically explore the major issues facing the MENA region with regard to the development of tourism and its relationships with heritage and culture, to draw upon best practice from international scholars and to help develop new research capacities amongst the region’s scholars, policy makers and professionals. The conference will bring together over 150 international delegates, all with an interest in sharing research relating to the changing relationships between tourism, heritage and culture in the Middle East and North Africa; it will provide an important occasion for exchanging ideas about tourism, heritage and culture which we recognise as an important mechanism in generating inter-cultural dialogue. UNESCO and ICCROM will be represented.
Brochure and Registration Form 

The Conference is being organised by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC) based in the UK, and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) based in Jordan and it is supported by the Greater Amman Municipality. The event will be held in the King Hussein Cultural Centre in the heart of Amman. Dr Taleb Rifai, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation will be a keynote speaker.
For more information please contact:

Lina G. Tahan
Conference Convenor
Dr. Lina G. Tahan
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change
Faculty of Arts and Society
Leeds Metropolitan University
Old School Board
Civic Quarter
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3ED
Mob:+44 (0) 7770 52 52 91
Tel:+44 (0) 113 812 9178
Fax:+44 (0) 113 812 8544

The Image of Heritage: Changing Perceptions-Permanent Responsibilities

III ICOMOS Scientific Committee Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration Conference

Florence, March 5th-9th, 2009


Call for Papers – Abstract Submission Open

The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation of Florence, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), and ICCROM (International Centre of the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage) are glad to announce that the abstract submission for the III ICOMOS Scientific Committee Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration Conference The Image of Heritage: Changing perception –permanent responsibilities is now open.

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Finding the Spirit of Place

View from Dragon Hall over Norwich

View from Dragon Hall, Norwich, photo: ICOMOS-UK

Finding the Spirit of Place, an initiative of the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee, explores different ways in which the historic environment, cultural, tourism and heritage sectors are using the concept of a spirit or sense of place to bring value to local communities that live in the areas that people visit.

The first part reviews the one-day workshop, ‘Norwich HEART – People and Places: Optimising public benefits of urban historic environments’ held at Dragon Hall, Norwich, which addressed heritage management implications of ‘realising the reality’ of placing people centre stage in decisions concerning conservation. The accompanying short film showcases Norwich as a case-study for heritage-led regeneration and features Cultural Tourism Committee Chair, Sue Millar, CEO of Norwich HEART, Mike Loveday, and County Archaeologist for Norfolk, Brian Ayres. Look out also for appearances by Norwich’s Lord Mayor and Sheriff.
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