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Communicating World Heritage Values – Call for Papers

Communicating World Heritage: Research and Global Policy Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with World Heritage UK Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham will hold a special international meeting to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage values, 7-8 October at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge. The event will be immediately followed (9-10th October) by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practitioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences.

The conference will take place within the Ironbridge Gorge which, in 1986, became one of the first UK sites to be awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO. The designation of the Ironbridge Gorge as a World Heritage Site recognised the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. The surviving built and natural environment with its museums, monuments and artefacts, serve to remind us of this area’s unique contribution to the history and development of industrialised society.

As part of the meeting on Communicating World Heritage Values we are seeking papers for four open sessions. The session themes are linked to an AHRC Collaborative doctoral research project (2014-2017) between the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT). The four researchers who will be leading each session have been examining the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest in communicating World Heritage Values. The research themes were Education within the World Heritage Site (Jamie Davies), Specialist groups and World Heritage- Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial World Heritage Site (Joe Raine), Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Coralie Acheson) and the communities of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Malgorzata Trelka).

This call for papers is for papers for the four sessions:

World Heritage Tourism Session
World Heritage and Communities Session
World Heritage Education Session
World Heritage and Specialist Groups Session

We welcome abstracts for papers on all categories of World Heritage Sites (Cultural, Natural and Mixed), case study sites from the UK, EU or internationally, as well as those on tentative lists.

Submissions should be uploaded at:

For further information and if you have any questions please email:

Jamie Davies

Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Call for Papers Timescale

  • Call for papers open: Monday 13th March 2017.
  • Call for papers closed/Deadline for submissions: Monday 15th May 2017.
  • Decision to be made by Monday June 5th 2017.

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