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2019 Durham World Heritage Site Lecture: ‘Mind the Gap: who benefits from Heritage?’

(9 May 2019)

Durham’s 2019 World Heritage Site Lecture was presented by Professor Dr Friedrich Lüth, Director for Cultural Heritage at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, on the 6 May 2019. Sponsored by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studiesand Durham’s UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Professor Lüth debated the challenge of protecting and preserving vulnerable archaeological remains for future generations, whilst also utilising these finite resources for sustainable tourism developments.

Durham’s 2019 World Heritage Site Lecture was presented by Professor Dr Friedrich Lüth, Director for Cultural Heritage at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, on the 6 May 2019. Sponsored by the IMEMS and Durham’s UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Professor Lüth debated the challenge of protecting and preserving vulnerable archaeological remains for future generations, whilst also utilising these finite resources for sustainable tourism developments. Referencing the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage, he also reminded the audience of the requirement to consider the needs of local communities and stakeholders. He amply illustrated the nexus between archaeological investigation, heritage management, tourism and protection for archaeological sites and cultural landscapes with examples from his own fieldwork, and the varied international projects of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, including research on the submerged prehistoric landscapes of the Baltic, the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in the USA and Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Professor Lüth also drew from his experiences as a former President of the European Association of Archaeologists, an official German delegate to UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage, as well as his current capacity as an advisor to the European Council on archaeological heritage management.

Building on the theme of Professor Lüth’s lecture, IMEMS and Durham’s UNESCO Chair hosted two linked workshops focused on Durham’s World Heritage Site to bring together speakers and participants from across different academic disciplines and local stakeholders, including Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral, to discuss experiences of the benefits of heritage within Durham. For more information please follow this link.