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Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in the UK: Opportunities and Challenges

European Cultural Routes
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This workshop brings together the UK members of the Cultural Routes Programme, along with relevant national UK heritage and tourism organisations, to explore the opportunities and challenges that the cultural routes present. It is designed to raise the profile of those Cultural Routes in which the UK is represented and to highlight future directions for further development.

  • From: Monday 13 June 2022, 9 am
  • To: Tuesday 14 June 2022, 5 pm
  • Location: Newton Conference Centre, Burton St. Newton Building, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Sunday 12 June 2022, 9.00 am
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Event details

The Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Programme has been running successfully for over thirty years, linking destinations, heritage sites, museums and monuments across Europe for the purposes of cultural tourism, heritage protection and promotion, education and sustainable development. These trans-national networks follow former pilgrimage and trade routes and the ways of historic journeys so as to connect places and communities through common heritage and shared themes – from architecture to gastronomy, to the figures and events of European history, art, music and literature (https://www.coe.int/en/web/cultural-routes/by-theme). These certified routes display a rich diversity of cultures but also the historic connections that continue to the present. Importantly, the Cultural Routes are instruments of local and regional economic and cultural development, through tourism, the creative industries, community engagement and place-making.

Nearly seventy sites and organisations across the United Kingdom participate in sixteen of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes. They are linked into opportunities for tourism, cultural and artistic exchange, youth development, education and research. As the Cultural Routes Programme expands, there are further opportunities to increase the UK’s involvement with the 46 Council of Europe member states, to initiate new networks and routes and to develop membership of the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA) on Cultural Routes.

This workshop brings together the UK members of the Cultural Routes Programme, along with relevant national UK heritage and tourism organisations, to explore the opportunities and challenges that the cultural routes present. It is designed to raise the profile of those Cultural Routes in which the UK is represented and to highlight future directions for further development.

Cultural Routes England

Speakers:

Ambassador Sandy Moss, UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

Dr Stefano Dominioni, Chief Executive, European Institute of Cultural Routes

Luca Bruschi, Route Manager of the Via Frangicena

James Bridge, Chief Executive, UK National Commission, UNESCO

Julien Vuilleumeir, Chair, Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

Professor Mike Robinson, Professor of Cultural Heritage, Nottingham Trent University

Paul Simons, Secretary General, The Great Spa Towns of Europe UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rémi Praud, Managing Director, Liberation Route Europe

Destination Viking Route

In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson Route

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The UK and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
  • Building European partners and networks through the Cultural Routes Programme
  • Synergies with other heritage and cultural designations (World Heritage, Creative Cities etc.)
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Promotion and marketing of trans-national routes
  • Route-based communities, economies and place-making
  • Funding for cultural route development

Key Questions for the Workshop:

What further opportunities exist to enhance the profile of existing UK Cultural Routes members and their sites/communities?

What opportunities exist for UK heritage, cultural and tourism sites and organisations to join with other established Cultural Routes?

What new networks and relationships can be established between UK Cultural Route members and other UK cultural/heritage/tourism agencies?

What opportunities exist for the innovation of new Cultural Routes led by UK members and that can seek accreditation through the Council of Europe?

Cultural Routes Scotland

Current UK Members of the Council of Europe’s Accredited Cultural Routes Programme:

Cultural Route

Current UK Members

Cluniac Sites in Europe

Friends of Pontefract Castle Association

Friends of Reading Abbey Association

Lewes Priory Trust

Paisley Abbey

Wenlock Priory

Historic Environment Scotland

 

European Cemeteries Route

Ford Park Cemetery Trust

Friends of Flaybrick

Friends of West Norwood Cemetery

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery

 

European Mozart Ways

King's College London

European Route of Cistercian Abbeys

Abbey of Mount St. Bernard

Jervaulx Abbey

European Route of Historic Thermal Towns

Bath and North East Somerset Council

European Route of Industrial Heritage

Birmingham Conservation Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust

Black Country Living Museum Trust

Bursledon Brickworks Museum Trust

Carpet Museum Trust

Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society

Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group

Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust

Dundee Heritage Trust

East Anglican Railway Museum, EARM

Eastriggs and Gretna Heritage Group

Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge

Glenarm Tourism

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

London Museum of Water & Steam

Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergravenny Canals Trust

National Coal Mining Museum for England Trust

National Museum of Wales

National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

New Lanark Trust

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Port Sunlight Village Trust

Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Sheffield Industrial Museum Trust

South Wales Miners' Museum

The Arkwright Society

The Lion Salt Works Trust

The National Brewery Centre

The Scottish Motor Museum Trust

European Route of Jewish Heritage

The Get Together Plan

The Rothschild Foundation

European Route of Megalithic Culture

Société Jersiaise

The Hansa

Boston

King’s Lynn

Kingston upon Hull

In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

Colinton Community Conservation Trust

Long John Silver Trust

Parish of North Berwick

The Robert Louis Stevenson Club, Edinburgh

Iter Vitis Route

Yaya Jewish Tours

Liberation Route Europe

The D-Day Story

Via Francigena

Canterbury City Council

Viking Route

Adventure Shetland

Asgard LLP

Institute for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands

Lakes Vikings

Manx National Heritage

Orkney Islands Council

Shetland Amenity Trust

The Vikings of Mann

York Archaeological Trust

Programme

Day one - Monday 13th June

Session 1

9.15 – 10.00     Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 10.10  Professor Mike Robinson (Professor of Cultural Heritage, Nottingham Trent University) - Opening Words

10.10 – 10.20  Professor Cillian Ryan (Pro-Vice Chancellor, International Affairs, Nottingham Trent University) - Welcome

10.20  – 10.35 Ambassador Sandy Moss (UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe) – Overview – The Council of Europe Context

10.35 – 10.45 Julien Vuilleumier (Chair, Governing Board, Cultural Routes, Enlarged Partial Agreement) – Supporting the Cultural Routes Programme

10.45 – 11.15  Dr Stefano Dominioni (Chief Executive, European Institute for Cultural Routes),      The Concept and Success of the Cultural Routes Programme

11.15 – 11.45   Luca Bruschi (Manager of the Via Frangicena Cultural Route), Building Networks and Local Economic Development: Experiences from the Via Frangicena

11.45 – 12.15   Carolina Clarke (Project Officer, European Institute of Cultural Routes), Becoming a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

12.15 – 12.45 Professor Mike Robinson – Opportunities for UK Cultural Route Development

12.45 – 1.45 Lunch

Session 2

1.45 – 3.00       Workshops Sessions - Challenges for Cultural Route Development

3.00 – 3.15       Coffee

3.15 – 4.30       Workshops Session - Challenges for Cultural Route Development

4.30 – 5.00       Feedback session

Day Two – Tuesday 14th June

Session 3

9.30 – 10.00     Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 10.20  Welcome by Professor Mike Robinson and Dr Stefano Dominioni

10.20  – 10.40 Andrea Mayne (UK National Commission for UNESCO), Partnering with UNESCO Designations

10.40 – 11.10  Paul Simons (Secretary General, The Great Spa Towns of Europe UNESCO World Heritage Site), Linking World Heritage and Cultural Routes: The Case of The Great Spas of Europe

Thermal Towns Route and WHS

11.10 – 11.40  Edmund Southworth (Former President, Destination Viking Cultural Route), Experiencing the Vikings

11.40 – 12.10 Remi Praud ( Manager of The Liberation Route, Europe), Developing Creative Approaches to the Memorial Heritage: The Liberation Route, Europe

12.10- 12.40    Maria Mystakidou (Communication Manager. Historic Cafes Route), Cultural Routes for SMEs: The Historic Cafes of Europe

12.40 – 1.40 Lunch

Session 4

1.45 – 3.15       Workshops x 4 – Mapping New Opportunities for Cultural Route Development

3.15 – 3.30       Coffee

3.30 – 4.00       Feedback session

4.00 – 4.30       Closing Remarks / Next steps

Location details

Address:

Newton Conference Centre
Burton St. Newton Building
NG1 4BU

Travel Info:

We recommend the following hotels for your over-night stay at the conference:

  1. Crowne Plaza Nottingham
  2. Roomzzz
  3. Best Western Plus Nottingham City
  4. Hilton Nottingham
  5. Premier Inn Nottingham City Centre

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