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Understanding and Managing World Heritage Sites

This course will provide local authority delegates with a deeper understanding of UNESCO and the value that it provides, as well as the relevance of the World Heritage Convention in England and the legislation surrounding World Heritage Site status.

Who should attend?

This course is primarily aimed at local authority staff with, or hoping to get, World Heritage Site status for their locality.

Why should you join this course?

This course will provide delegates with a deeper understanding of UNESCO and the value that it provides, as well as the relevance of the World Heritage Convention in England and the legislation surrounding WHS status. Delegates will apply this knowledge to an evaluation of the benefits and challenges arising from World Heritage Status, enabling them to mitigate against any potential challenges when implementing the nomination process for World Heritage status.

Outcomes

At the end of this course:

  • Delegates will have a better understanding of UNESCO and the value that it provides
  • Delegates will have greater awareness and a better understanding of the World Heritage Convention
  • Delegates will be able to apply a fuller understanding of the World Heritage Convention and its relevance in England to WHS management plans and nominations
  • Delegates will be able to understand and analyse the benefits and challenges arising from World Heritage status, including the legislation surrounding this.
  • Delegates will be able to evaluate a WHS to determine mitigation measures for any challenges associated with the site's inscription on the World Heritage List
  • Delegates will be able to fully appreciate and implement the nomination and management processes associated with World Heritage status

A detail of a ship's figurehead
The figurehead of the Cutty Sark at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. © Crown Copyright, Historic England, Derek Kendall, image reference aa96_02032

Course Outline

09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Demystifying UNESCO
10:45 The World Heritage Convention and its Relevance in England
11:45 Nomination for World Heritage Status: Lake District National Park Case Study
12:15 Managing a World Heritage Site: Duties and Responsibilities
12:40 Managing a World Heritage Site: Local Case Study & Introduction to World Heritage UK
14:00 Site Visits
16:00 Close

Meet the tutors

Henry Owen-John

Henry Owen-John is Head of International Advice at Historic England. Some of his duties involve World Heritage and in particular providing advice to government on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the UK. Henry acts as a link between individual World Heritage Sites, national government and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, particularly in relation to new nominations to the World Heritage List and significant management and policy issues.

Helen Maclagan

Helen Maclagan is an independent heritage and cultural specialist, who originally studied and trained as an archaeologist. She is currently Culture Director for the UK National Commission for UNESCO (the hub for UNESCO-related matters in the UK, which advises and assists UK individuals and institutions seeking to access UNESCO accreditation and prizes). She has chaired recent meetings of the DCMS Technical Evaluation expert panel, which assesses those sites on the UK World Heritage Tentative List wishing to proceed to nomination.

Enid Williams

Enid Williams is a Policy Adviser and focal point for the World Heritage Convention (WHC) at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS represent the UK and Overseas Territories as a State Party to the WHC. Enid will be discussing the duties and responsibilities for the management of World Heritage sites.

John Hodgson

John Hodgson was involved with development of the World Heritage nomination for the English Lake District from 2002 until inscription of the site in July 2017 after which he retired. He was responsible for coordinating the nomination document and his presentation will outline the case for the outstanding universal value of the English Lake District along with observations on the World Heritage bid process.

A view of Durham Castle and Cathedral with the river below.
Durahm Castle and Cathedral. © Historic England, James O Davies, DP034539

Course venue and booking

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