Your contribution is valuable. Please comment on anything in the plan or that you think we have missed. The plan will be rewritten based on what we receive.
Each section of the plan has a feedback form on the left of the page (underneath the navigation). You can use this to send us your comments.
Printed copies for reference are available at the WHS Visitor Centre, Durham Town Hall and Clayport Library. If you represent a group who would like to have a presentation on and take part in a short workshop to develop your comments, please contact the WHS Coordinator.
Public drop-in sessions will be held on the following occasions:
Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site is one of 29 in the UK and only 1031 globally. UNESCO manages the WHS list and requires that they should have a management plan Durham’s first plan was published in 2006 and it now needs updating. A new draft plan has been produced and the WHS Committee is carrying out a consultation on its proposals.
The consultation runs from 15th February to 18th April 2016. The Draft Management Plan can be accessed using the navigation on the left, or you can download the full document as a PDF (15Mb).
The 2006 Management Plan was the first and covered important essential aspects of management such as the site boundaries and coordination, examples are the inclusion of Palace Green and the establishment of a Coordinating Committee, both of which were achieved.
After reviewing the 2006 Plan the draft Plan looks in greater detail at what contributes to the Outstanding Universal Value of the site – this is the way that UNESCO describes what makes a site significant. It covers research, the relationship of the site to its surrounds and its cultural traditions.
The draft Management Plan aims to:
The management Plan was produced under the editorial leadership of the World Heritage Site Coordinator on behalf of the World Heritage Site Committee. Members of the Committee contributed to the Plan with assistance from Durham County Council, the Institute of Modern and Early Medieval Studies and volunteers.