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UNESCO World Heritage Site – What’s It All About?

This event finished on 04 October 2017

Liverpool’s World Heritage Site (WHS) was declared by UNESCO in 2004 to have features of ‘outstanding universal value’, putting the city at the apex of world cities in terms of heritage. With that status now under threat following UNESCO’s decision to remove the Liverpool WHS next year unless there are significant improvements in the city’s management of the site, Engage is promoting a civic reflection on whether UNESCO status is worth fighting for, and if so, what citizens can do.

Liverpool UNESCO World Heritage Site: A Status Worth Fighting For? is a series of three seminars that will bring UNESCO heritage officials, along with other expert speakers and panellists, to venues within Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, with the aim of moving beyond the highly polarised and divisive debate in the city about development or heritage, progress or conservation.

UNESCO World Heritage Site – What’s It All About? is the first of these three seminars, and will feature Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel (UNESCO Chief of the Europe and North America Unit at the World Heritage Centre, Paris) and Henry Owen-John (Head of International Advice, Historic England) as guest speakers, alongside panellists Dr. Beatriz Garcia (Director, Institute of Cultural Capital), Dr David Fleming (Director, National Museums Liverpool) and Councillor Barry Kushner (cabinet member for children’s services).

The seminars are open to everyone and there will be a request for a small donation to help cover costs, which will be refunded upon attendance at the event if required.

You can find more information about the seminar series here.

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