DURHAM WORLD HERITAGE SITE LECTURE SERIES – 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Monday 15th February, 6pm
Education Room, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham (please note change of venue for this lecture)

Jane Gibson (Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinator) – “The Durham World Heritage Site: Developing Our Next 6-Year Management Plan”

2016 is an important year for the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site. Having received our inscription from UNESCO in 1986, this is our 30th anniversary year. In 1986 we joined a very select group, being one of the first seven UK sites to be designated as World Heritage Sites, along with Ironbridge Gorge, the Giant’s Causeway, St Kilda, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Stonehenge, and the Castles of Northern Wales.

As UNESCO puts it “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.”

This year, to mark this special occurence, we are launching a lecture series that focuses on all the UK sites which are celebrating the anniversary with us. Starting with Durham we will then, over the rest of the year, have visiting speakers from the other six UK sites, who will visit and tell us about their particular challenges and new developments.

To mark the start of the series our first lecture will focus on the Durham World Heritage Site itself, as this year also coincides with the release of our new 6-year Management Plan. The Co-ordinator of the Durham World Heritage Site, Jane Gibson, will give us a fascinating lecture on the challenges of managing our own World Heritage Site. Your feedback will help us launch our public consultation, which will start off this spring.

Jane Gibson is the Co-ordinator for the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site. Her career has seen her working in the heritage sector since graduating in Archaeology from Durham University in the early 1980’s. After 20 years working in National Museums in the field of Collections Management, she returned to the North East of England as Head of Historic Operations at Beamish Museum. More recently she led the Heritage Development programme for Hexham Abbey’s successful £3m project to refurbish their monastic buildings, to create a new visitor centre, café and community facilities and managed Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museums programme for Cumbria. Nearing the end of her first year in her new post in Durham, she is working on the new five-year Management Plan for the City’s World Heritage Site.

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.

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