Value-based Heritage Management in Canterbury

Friday, 5th of May 2017 

Venue: The Learning Lab
Address: The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, 18 High Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RA



The workshop will extend over a half-day period and will be structured to include general presentations and small group discussions. The presentations will be based on values and a theoretical model for site management planning that advocates active participation of stakeholders and the assessment of values and significance as central elements of the process. The presentations will include case studies (local or from different parts of the world) which illustrate the practical development and implementation of site management plans in complex social and political environments. Structured small group discussions where participants can debate and expand on issues emerging from the presentations and the case studies will follow. Participants will also focus on the World Heritage Sites of Canterbury, as an exercise regarding the identification of stakeholders and the role of values in management decisions. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of barriers to the application of integrated planning in the region and recommendations for the way forward.

A reception will follow the workshop which is for the presentation of promotional materials for the Via Francigena (Canterbury to Rome), Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.



11.00am–11.15am                                                                                                                   Registration / Coffee

11.15am–11.30am                                                                                                                       Opening Remarks
Dr. Sophie Vigneron, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent                                                   Robert Thomas, Councillor, Chartham and Stone Street Ward, Canterbury City Council     James Williams, Head of Marketing & Audience Development, Canterbury Museums & Galleries, Canterbury City Council

11.30am–1.00pm                                                                                                                Session 1: What is important in Canterbury that needs protection? Why is it important?
Speaker: Dr. Loes Veldpaus, Research Associate, Newcastle University                         Chairing Session: Maria Dimitriou, Assistant Lecturer, and Ph.D. Candidate

1.00pm–1.45pm                                                                                                                             Lunch / Coffee

1.45pm–3.45pm                                                                                                                  Session 2: How to protect and manage Heritage Sites? How to involve local communities’ participation in decision-making processes?
Discussion in Groups
Chairing Session: Francesca Giliberto, Ph.D. Candidate

3.45pm – 4.00pm                                                                                                               Concluding Remarks
Dr Sophie Vigneron, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent

4.00pm – 5.00pm                                                                                                                           Reception (refreshments provided)                                                                                              Digital/Print Presentation: Julia Peters, PhD Candidate

6.00pm                                                                                                                               Exhibition (refreshments provided)                                                                                                 Drawn from Life: People on Paper brings together work by some of the biggest names in 20th and 21st century British art including David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lucien Freud, Antony Gormley and L.S. Lowry.

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