World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015: DAVID DE HAAN

Wednesday 21st October 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

DAVID DE HAAN – “The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site”

Among the first group of designations in Britain were Durham and the Ironbridge Gorge, the latter being the first industrial site in a country that set in train the Industrial Revolution which heralded the modern world. David de Haan, one of the retired Directors at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, will look at the World Heritage Site, what was there and how the area was restored. The lecture will present the history, the decline and dereliction that preceded the restoration, and the interpretation and conservation that made possible the WHS nomination. It will also look at the management issues and the visitor profile so that parallels can be drawn.

David is a museum professional with 45 years’ experience, including 8 years at the Science Museum in London and 34 at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, where he still works as a volunteer. He managed the Ironbridge Institute’s Heritage Management programme from 1998 and the Museums Management programme from 2001 until his retirement in 2012. He was also responsible for the restoration, interpretation and management of many of the museum sites in Ironbridge. A past Fellow of the Museums Association, past Council Member of the Newcomen Society, and Honorary Secretary of the Association for Industrial Archaeology, David is an acknowledged expert on the Iron Bridge, the 1851 Exhibition and the Art of the Industrial Revolution.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at

Please also let Raffaella know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

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