Pre-Conference Seminars

The next Pre-Conference Seminar will be on Friday 9th September 2016

Britain’s Industrial Heritage: What has World Heritage Site inscription done for it?

This is open to non-delegates and is designed to bring together academic staff and students, archaeologists and other heritage professionals as well as AIA members attending the conference.

The themes which this seminar will explore include:

  • The value of WHS inscription for industrial heritage
  • The challenges faced by Britain’s industrial sites in achieving and sustaining WHS inscription
  • Lessons from the international experience of industrial World Heritage Sites.

The programme will feature contributions from a number of key figures with world-wide experience of industrial World Heritage Sites, including:

  • Helen Maclagan, Director for Culture, UK National Commission for UNESCO: ‘The added value of UNESCO’
  • Les Sparks, Chair, Ironbridge World Heritage Site Steering Group: ‘The Ironbridge Gorge, from designation to now’
  • Peter Wakelin, independent heritage consultant: ‘Dereliction or inheritance? Changing minds in Blaenavon World Heritage landscape’
  • Andrew Croft, Atkins Ltd.: ‘The developer’s view in Liverpool and elsewhere’
  • John Hodgson, Lake District National Park Authority: ‘The role of industry in the nomination of the English Lake District for World Heritage inscription’
  • Sarah McLeod, The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site: ‘The Transformation of a Valley’
  • Sir Neil Cossons: ‘Lessons from the international experience of industrial World Heritage Sites’

The seminar starts at 9.45 am with registration from 9 am.

The venue is the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford campus, Shifnal Road, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire TF2 9NN

Booking is now closed


Recent seminar topics have been:

2015, Brighton: Valuing and Sustaining Britain’s Industrial Heritage  Read Mike Nevell’s article

2014, Chester: Chemicals and Textile Finishing

2013, Dundee: Iron Structures