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City of Durham Trust: AGM followed by a lecture by Professor Robin Coningham: What Will the UK’s Ratification of Unesco’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Mean for the City and County of Durham?

City of Durham Trust AGM and Lecture Thursday 6th June 2024
AGM 7pm
Lecture 8pm
Elvet Riverside, Room ER140

Twenty-one years after its launch, the UK Government will ratify the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on 7th June 2024, with the intention of protecting “the crafts, practices, and traditions which are recognised as being key part of national life and providing a sense of identity to communities across the UK” (gov.uk23/12/23).

While the results of the recent public consultation designed to inform UK’s approach to creating a new register for traditions valued by communities up and down the country are awaited, this presentation will discuss the 2003 Convention, and consider what it might mean for the city and county of Durham.

As well as holding UNESCO’s 2014 Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Professor Robin Coningham is also the Chair of Early Medieval Archaeology and is Associate Director (World Heritage) in Durham’s Institute of Mediaeval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and Co-Director of Durham’s MA International Cultural Heritage Management programme in the Department of Archaeology.