World Heritage: International Day for Heritage and Sites at Housesteads Roman Fort

Join us this Saturday, 18 April, for a day of special events at Housesteads Roman Fort. There will be special talks, tours and activities, including a talk by Peter Stone.

Peter worked for UNESCO as part of the team that produce the World Heritage Education Project and kit, ‘World Heritage in Young Hands’, in the 1990s. He was also the Chair of the Hadrian’s Wall management plan committee. Peter’s talk will focus on the meaning of a World Heritage Site in the wider sense. Why are they classed with such importance and what is their importance in the wider world and in relation to the United Nations.

For more information on events of the day, please visit:


Video: ‘All Our Stories’ research progress

This video shows the progress of the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association in the delivery of their HLF ‘All our stories’ research, one of the 10 local heritage groups that Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Areti Galani have been supporting as part of their  AHRC funded Research for Community Heritage Phase 2 project.

ICCHS Research Student wins award to put ‘Research to Public’

The Afterlife of Heritage, Research to Public

Preparing the Exhibition at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

Preparing the Exhibition at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

Niki Black, a PhD researcher in ICCHS, has been awarded a grant within the Research to Public strand of the Afterlife of Heritage Project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. The project, designed to cross various disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences, is being led by the Institute for Cultural Practices at The University of Manchester and the School of Art & Design at The University of Salford in collaboration with artsmethods@manchester.

The impetus for the project is to ‘identify, understand and translate the benefits of research into ‘real-life’ contexts within the heritage and cultural sectors’. Niki’s proposal was to put together an interactive exhibition and activity explaining and demonstrating her research whilst simultaneously working to gather data from visitors towards her thesis.

“Having a professional arts and interpretation background before embarking on my PhD, I was already convinced that I wanted to share and ‘display’ my research with the non-academic public in a colourful and interactive way, to take it beyond the academic journal. Participating in this programme gave me the confidence to believe that what I wanted to do wasn’t just an overly ambitious or inappropriate idea and that I would be taken seriously!”

A condition of the project was that researchers worked in collaboration with partners within the heritage/cultural sector. The focus of Niki’s research examines the social impact of small-scale cultural festivals upon their host communities and Niki will be working with event organisers in Northumberland to engage the public in her research. The first event, which took place at the beginning of April, was the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering with subsequent events taking place during the summer.

For further information on the Afterlife of Heritage Project visit

Reminder- Work in progress seminar today

Just a reminder that today (10 April) we will be holding a work-in-progress seminar from 1 – 2pm on the theme of  ‘cultural heritage, participation and coproduction’. Speakers include: Myra Giesen, Rhiannon Mason and Aron Mazel  from ICCHS. For more information on the seminar, please see our earlier post.

All are welcome! Hope to see you later.

Professor Peter Stone marks the invasion of Iraq

Peter Stone, Head of the School of Arts and Cultures, is speaking about the importance of preserving cultural Prof Peter Stoneheritage in conflict zones to mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

The University is linking up with the Collections Trust to host an evening reception and lecture on Monday 18 March 2013 at the Society of Antiquaries in London, which will be followed by a day school the following weekend to discuss the issues raised.

Cultural Property Protection – ten years after the invasion of Iraq 

By Professor Peter Stone OBE FSA MIFA

The world reacted in horror at the looting of the National Museum that followed the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the Coalition led by the USA and UK. In the months leading up to the invasion archaeologists from around the world had done all in their power to encourage the Coalition to take every effort to protect Iraq’s archaeological sites and museums. Sadly these pleas were unsuccessful and museums, archaeological sites, libraries, archives, and art galleries were all looted with thousands of objects being lost to the trade in illicit antiquities. While the military and their political masters could, and should, have done more, part of the blame for this looting and destruction must lie with the cultural sector that had allowed a close and successful relationship with the military, forged during the Second World War, to wither on the vine.
This lecture will focus on activity since 2003 and will chart the efforts of cultural heritage experts who have been working with the military and other agencies to put in place better protection for cultural property during conflict. It will touch on work carried out with respect to recent events in Libya, Mali and Syria and on a growing acceptance by the military that cultural property protection is a valuable and important aspect of their work. There is, however, much still to be done.

More information about the day school:

The UK National Commission for UNESCO,
Newcastle University and the Collections Trust are pleased to invite you to a Day School on
Cultural Property Protection – ten years after the invasion of Iraq 

Saturday 23 March 2013, 10.00-16.00 (Registration from 9.30)

To be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 


Chair Peter Stone, Newcastle University & UK National Committee of the Blue Shield

[1] “Cradle of Civilisation”: Why Iraqi cultural heritage matters (Augusta McMahon, University of Cambridge)
[2] The Iraq National Museum and cultural property protection in 2013 (Dr Lamia al-Gailani Werr)
[3] The British Museum’s involvement in Iraq 2003 – 2013 (John Curtis, British Museum)
[4] The trade in illicit antiquities – Iraq a case study (Dr Neil Brodie, University of Glasgow)


Chair Sue Davies, UK National Commission for UNESCO

[5] The Monuments Men. Lessons learned in the Second World War (but then forgotten) (Dr Nigel Pollard, Swansea University)
[6] Cultural Protection Awareness on the UK Defence Training Estate (Richard Osgood, Defence Infrastructure Organisation)
[7] Iraq is not alone…the situation in Syria in 2013 (Emma Cunliffe,   Durham University)
[8] Cultural Property Protection – ten years after the invasion of Iraq (Peter Stone, Newcastle University)

Registration in advance is essential.

Tickets (including tea and coffee on arrival and lunch) are £10.00 each. Tickets can be purchased on the day or online. Please register at

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