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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Work in Progress:Documenting and mapping historic routes and processions in Durham World Heritage Site

5th November 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room 2, History Department, Anouk Lafortune-Bernard

The paper presents on-going research conducted as part of an IMEMS Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site Fellowship. The two-month project builds on a pilot study conducted in 2018-2019 on ‘Understanding the role of Durham World Heritage Site Today’. The aim of the fellowship is to document and map existing historic routes and religious and secular processions which connect Durham World Heritage Site with the City and the wider County. By collating and reviewing evidence from existing documentation across different sources (i.e. University, Cathedral, County Council, local associations and groups), complemented with information collected through key informant interviews, the research explores the role(s) that these processions and routes have played in spatially and socially linking the World Heritage Site with the communities living in Durham. The research notably considers how these routes represent the diversity of heritage values, intangible heritage and communities associated with the site today. Ultimately, with the year 2020 designated as the Year of Pilgrimage in Durham, the project feeds into reflections and re-interpretation on the concept of pilgrimage and journey, notably research on Christian and non-Christian processions in Durham, linking the site with its wider cultural landscape and socio-economic context.