Monday 20th March, 6pm
Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham
It is a pleasure to welcome you all back to the 2017 edition of the Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series. This year’s theme is “Heritage at Risk”.
Please join us for our upcoming launch event:
PETER STONE – “The Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict”
“It’s war: people get killed and things get damaged and destroyed. There’s nothing you can do about it.” Is this really true? Should we even think about protecting old things when people’s lives are at stake? Is the protection of cultural heritage important? And if so, what can be done during conflict? This presentation will briefly address the history of the protection of cultural property in armed conflict and then concentrate on current events. It will discuss briefly why it is important to protect cultural heritage and then go on to suggest action that the international community needs to take. It will emphasise the role of the Blue Shield, the international NGO created in 1996.
Peter Stone is the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University, Chair of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield and Secretary of Blue Shield International. He was previously Head of the School of Arts and Cultures and Professor of Heritage Studies in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. Before joining Newcastle University he had worked for English Heritage, as a field archaeologist, and history teacher. In 2003 he was advisor to the Ministry of Defence regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict.
A drinks reception will follow the lecture at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.
This lecture is free but please do write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.