Call for Papers | 7th-8th October

Ends on May 15, 2017

Submission Guidelines 

  • Your abstract should be no more than 300 words and should be uploaded in Word format
  • Please include the paper title, author names and affiliated organisations / universities on the abstract document
  • Please include an author biography (no more than 300 words)
  • Please do not include personal contact details on your abstract document (email address, phone number), these are collected when you complete the online form.
  •  All abstracts received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Conference Committee.

Communicating World Heritage Values
Communicating World Heritage: Research and Global Policy Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with World Heritage UK Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham will hold a special international meeting to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage values, 7-8 October at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge.  The event will be immediately followed (9-10th October) by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practitioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences.

As part of the meeting on Communicating World Heritage Values we are seeking papers for four open sessions. The session themes are linked to an AHRC Collaborative doctoral research project (2014-2017) between the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT). The four researchers who will be leading each session have been examining the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest in communicating World Heritage Values. The research themes were Education within the World Heritage Site (Jamie Davies), Specialist groups and World Heritage- Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial World Heritage Site (Joe Raine), Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Coralie Acheson) and the communities of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Malgorzata Trelka).

This call for papers is for papers for the four sessions:  
•    World Heritage Tourism Session
•    World Heritage and Communities Session
•    World Heritage Education Session
•    World Heritage and Specialist Groups Session

We welcome abstracts for papers on all categories of World Heritage Sites (Cultural, Natural and Mixed), case study sites from the UK, EU or international, as well as those on tentative lists.

Submissions should be uploaded at:

For further information and if you have any questions please email:

Jamie Davies

Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage