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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Durham World Heritage Site

Key investigator: Dr. Andrew Millard

Durham World Heritage Site, inscribed by UNESCO in 1986, comprises Durham Cathedral and Castle and the buildings between them. Research into this globally significant group of monuments forms a core strand of IMEMS’ mission. We aim to encourage research into the physical remains at the site and its archival record, but also hope to better understand how the site is managed and perceived in the present day.

Working together with the Cathedral and University, the Durham World Heritage Site committee, English Heritage and regional and local partners, we aim to stimulate and support new avenues of research on the buildings of the World Heritage Site and their wider setting and bring them into the public domain.

Research Framework

The Management Plan written to support the management and research of the site requires that a Research Agenda should be created to support and inform further research. IMEMS is responsible for leading this initiative and under the leadership of it's Associate Director for the World Heritage Site, has produced a Research Framework to promote and develop further research into the site.


Each year we organise a series of workshops on the World Heritage Site; we also run an annual Durham World Heritage Site Public Lecture.

World Heritage Site Research Framework

Download the Framework here