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World Heritage Convention

Saturday 01 December 2012

Venue: Gustave Tuck Theatre, UCL (University College London) Organised by ICOMOS-UK in collaboration with The Open University and UCL.

An international conference to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention and look to the future of World Heritage in the UK and beyond.

Since the adoption of the World Heritage Convention in 1972, the perception of what constitutes ‘heritage’ has undergone dramatic change, including a widening of the definition to include both the ‘great’ and the ‘ordinary’, tangible and intangible forms of heritage, and even cultural diversity itself. The Convention has been central to debates which have transformed our understanding of what heritage is and does in contemporary global societies. This one day conference will look to the future to discuss the role of World Heritage in the coming decades and reflect on how the UK might contribute to broader international debate on the evolving role of World Heritage.

The keynote address will be delivered by Baroness Andrews, Chair, English Heritage on Engaging with the World Heritage Convention Speakers include • Professor Christina Cameron, University of Montreal and past Chair of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on The World Heritage Convention as a charter for global conservation • Marie-Noel Tournoux, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, on Managing dynamic, Historic Urban Landscapes • Feng Jing, Head of Asia-Pacific Unit, UNESCO World Heritage Centre on International collaboration along the Silk Roads • James Rebanks, Rebanks Consulting Ltd, on Pre-Conditions for optimising benefits of World Heritage status • Adam Wilkinson, Edinburgh World Heritage on What tools are available to spread the benefits • Kate Roberts, Cadw on the Challenges of delivering international obligations at local level • Susan Denyer, ICOMOS on OUV as a reflection of evolving ideas of cultural heritage

To see full details and to book your place at the conference go to

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446