Management Plan Consultation

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).

Durham University students celebrating Castle Day 2008.

What is a Management Plan?

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:

  • Describe the Site’s attributes
  • Describe who might use the site
  • Describe the Site’s intangible heritage – the ways in which people have lived, worked, worshipped and studied on this site for over 1,000 years’
  • Protect the site through greater understanding including its setting 
  • Outline a research framework
  • Set out actions for the next 6 years in an action plan

Who is involved in the preparation of the Plan?

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.