Celebrating 30 Years of UNESCO in Canterbury

OG46 (Old Sessions House Building), Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
Arts and Humanities
Friday 24 (10:30) - Saturday 25 May 2019 (17:00)
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2019 marks the 30th anniversary year of Canterbury’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us for two days of talks, a wine reception and light show  to celebrate Canterbury’s inspiring Heritage and History, and to consider how we can sustain it for future generations. 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was founded in 1946 to promote international peace and collaboration after the Second World War and was largely developed by Rab Butler, the UK Minister for Education. 2019 is Canterbury’s 30th year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and CCCU is marking this anniversary with a series of events including two days of talks about Canterbury’s place within more than 1,000 properties on the World Heritage List. 

The WHS in Canterbury encompasses the Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church while the King’s School and CCCU both occupy part of the site. Speakers will examine aspects of the site’s Heritage and treasures including its green spaces, its buildings, medieval manuscripts and magical animal carvings, and consider the balance between the protection and commercialisation of Heritage sites. Comparisons will be made with the medieval World Heritage Sites in Durham, Reims (Canterbury’s twinned city), and the Wielickza Royal Salt Mine and Malbork Castle in Poland.  While UNESCO status helps to preserve sites against negative development, it is not without controversy. The USA has withdrawn from UNESCO in 2019 and recently the International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, commented that the UK might follow suit. This suggestion was rapidly contradicted by Number 10 Downing Street. Join us to discover more about Canterbury’s rich Heritage and its place in the wider family of World Heritage Sites.

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A wine reception from 6-7pm on Friday 24th May is included as part of the conference fee and a free light show at St Augustine’s Abbey is available for the first 80 applicants at 9pm on Friday 24th May.

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