8th October

World Heritage and Education


Prof. Peter Stone | Newcastle University

Peter Stone is the Unesco Chair in cultural property protection and peace at Newcastle University, Britain, a post that was established on January 1, 2016. He was previously head of the school of arts and cultures and professor of heritage studies in the international center for cultural and heritage studies at Newcastle University.

Professor Stone has published widely on heritage management, interpretation and education. He has worked extensively overseas and advised Unesco on the development of the World Heritage Education Program and helped draft the “World Heritage in Young Hands” kit. He was honorary chief executive officer of the World Archaeological Congress between 1998 and 2008, having worked for the organization since 1984. He was executive series editor for the “One World Archaeology” series between 1999 and 2003 and is currently on the editorial board of the “Heritage Matters” series.

He worked with One NorthEast, the regional development agency focusing on the economic value of World Heritage sites to this region of England from 2004 to 2005. He was chair of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site management plan committee from 2005 to 2012, and a member of the National Trust’s Archaeology Advisory Panel from 2005 to 2012. He is a member of the U.K. National Commission for Unesco Expert Network. He has been working with colleagues in China since 2007 on improving the management of the historic environment and heritage sites. He is currently developing a project on the use of World Heritage sites as ‘ambassadors for peace.’

In 2003, Professor Stone was advisor to the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense regarding the identification and protection of archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. He has written extensively on this topic and, as part of this work, he co-edited, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, “The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq,” (2008); and edited “Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military,” (2011). He is the chair of the U.K. National Committee of the Blue Shield and interim secretary of the Blue Shield.

Before joining Newcastle University in 1997, he worked for the English Heritage Education Service for 10 years. During this time he was seconded for a year to be regional administrator for the Southwest, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of 104 sites, including Stonehenge and the stone circle at Avebury.

In 2011, Professor Stone became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for services to heritage education.


Jamie Davies | Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Jamie is a teaching fellow in cultural heritage at the Ironbridge International Institute for cultural heritage, University of Birmingham. He is in the final stages of a PhD researching on Education at World Heritage Sites- How are World Heritage Values communicated within the formal learning process.

Jamie is a Heritage Lottery Fund Committee member for Wales (2016-2019). From the age of 17, Jamie has been a volunteer with the Llyn Maritime museum in North West Wales, later becoming a committee member and trustee and helped to reopen the museum in 2014. In addition he is a committee member of MOROL-Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies and Honorary Head of Research for World Heritage UK.

Featured Papers


Our Historic Water Towers – The advantages of a World Heritage project for out-of-school learning

Prof. Dr. Andrea Richter

World Heritage Trainees – Getting the future World Heritage heirs involved

Nicoletta Flora

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site: Using Outstanding Universal Value, Values and Attributes in Learning Activities

Georgina Greaves


World Heritage and Specialist Groups


Henry Owen-John | Historic England

Henry Owen-John is an archaeologist by profession; he started volunteering on excavations in school holidays, before gaining an honours degree in ancient history and archaeology from Birmingham University in 1976. He worked for the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust from 1977 to 1991, directing rescue excavations, and helping to develop the Trust’s archaeological planning advisory service to local planning authorities in south-east Wales.

Henry then moved to English Heritage, initially as Inspector of Ancient Monuments for north-east England, before taking up management positions from 1998; from 2004 to 2014 he headed the planning and conservation team for north-west England, which advises local planning authorities on proposed changes to significant historic assets and places and offers grant aid towards heritage at risk. Following the division of English Heritage into the English Heritage charity, which operates the National Collection of properties open to the public, and Historic England, which is the government’s advisor on all aspects of the historic environment, he is now Head of International Advice at Historic England. This role focuses mainly on advising government and others on how best to meet obligations that flow from international heritage conventions, particularly those adopted by UNESCO.

Henry is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Since 2006 he has served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, of which he is currently the vice chairman.


Joe Raine | Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Joe Raine is an AHRC CDA PhD candidate based at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage within the University of Birmingham and his research is on the communication of Industrial Heritage, particularly within a World Heritage context. He previously graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations and MA in Museums and Artefact Studies from Durham University.


Featured Papers


The World Heritage nomination process of the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region – communicating heritage values

Friederike Hansell

Communicating World Heritage Values: Empowering disengaged and hard to reach audiences to actively value and participate in World Heritage management

Ashleigh Taylor

Communicating World Heritage in Croatia

Nataša Urošević