Monday 18th July, 6pm
Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Laurence Smith (World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd)

“30 Years of the Three Cs – Change, Challenges and ‘Cymraeg'”

Laurence will present and pose questions on the distinct cultural context which the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd WHS present. He will then discuss some of the past trials of the last few decades and attempt to shape predictions for the site’s next 30 years.

Laurence has a strong association with local Welsh culture and Heritage – an interesting mix given the contentious and conflicted history of the WH site he now has such a key role to play in. He has worked in a number of settings across the public sector that has included roles in public health, strategic partnership development, strategic organisational planning and as a regeneration manager for the Welsh Government Strategic Regeneration programme. This is where his interest and passion for heritage and its power to make positive change was really ignited. Laurence has been continuing his regeneration focus within the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service, Cadw, and is working to promote the amazing opportunities presented through Heritage on three main projects: the review and development of Management Plan for the Castles of Edward the 1st World Heritage Site, the Caernarfon Waterfront Regeneration Programme, and the nomination for World Heritage Status for the Slate Industry of North Wales.

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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