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End of Year Review + Talk by Henry Owen-John

December 14, 2016 @ 15:30 - 20:30 GMT

To close out our successful 10th Anniversary year, join us as we review recent Academy activities and share ideas for 2017. This event is a half-yearly opportunity for Academicians and Young Urbanists to look back at the Academy’s successes, review ways of improving our offer, and generate ideas and activities for the future.

The review will be followed by our guest speaker Henry Owen-John of Historic England with a talk titled ‘UNESCO and Approaches to Change in Urban World Heritage Sites

The scale and pace of change in many historic cities raises questions about how best to conserve cultural and natural heritage. The measures put in place to do so vary from city to city and nation to nation. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee and its advisory bodies have developed tools to help with the management of change, but how practical and effective are they? This presentation will explore the approaches advocated by the Committee and illustrate the challenges of managing urban World Heritage Sites with case studies from Europe and beyond.

The evening will finish over a glass of wine, where you can meet your fellow Academicians and Young Urbanists.

If you can’t make the review, please join us for the evening Talk and Reception.
Arrivals: 15:15

End of Year Review: 15:30-17:30

Guest Speaker and Reception: 17:30-20:30

Henry Owen-John

Henry Owen-John is an archaeologist by profession; he started volunteering on excavations in school holidays, before gaining an honours degree in ancient history and archaeology from Birmingham University in 1976. He worked for the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust from 1977 to 1991, directing rescue excavations, and helping to develop the Trust’s archaeological planning advisory service to local planning authorities in south-east Wales.

Henry then moved to English Heritage, as Inspector of Ancient Monuments for north-east England, before taking up management positions from 1998; from 2004 to 2014 he headed the planning team for north-west England, which advises local planning authorities on proposed changes to significant historic assets and places and offers grant aid towards heritage at risk. Following the division of English Heritage into the English Heritage charity, which operates the National Collection of properties open to the public, and Historic England, which is the government’s advisor on all aspects of the historic environment, he is now Head of International Advice at Historic England. This role focuses mainly on advising government and others on how best to meet obligations that flow from international heritage conventions, particularly those adopted by UNESCO.

Henry is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. From 2006 to 2016 he served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, of which he was the Vice Chairman from 2012.

The Review is open only to Academicians and Young Urbanist members. The Talk is open to all and free to attend.

This event is kindly hosted by Alan Baxter Associates.

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December 14, 2016
15:30 - 20:30 GMT


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