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World Heritage Day Event

Thursday 18 April, 6.00pm - 7.30pm, Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh.

Apr 18, 2013

World Heritage Day on the 18th April is celebrated around the globe, and offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.

Here in Edinburgh we are taking international co-operation as our theme. The event will look at how World Heritage can be used to promote and support international co-operation, with contributions from expert speakers and panel discussion.

To book your place and for more information please click here.

Registration opens at 5.30pm.


Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs
Fiona Hyslop was appointed Minister for Culture and External Affairs in December 2009. She established the cultural development body, Creative Scotland, in July 2010, as part of the Public Services Reform Act. She also secured funding towards the Dundee V&A project, the new Bannockburn visitor centre, and the creation of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire. As part of the Scottish Government's programme of international development, Fiona Hyslop launched strategic plans for engaging with India and Pakistan in 2010. Her Ministerial portfolio covers External Affairs, Europe, Culture and the Arts, Broadcasting, Architecture, Built Heritage, Lottery Funding, Historic Scotland, National Records of Scotland and Major Events Strategy.

Prof. Dr. Jacek Purchla, Kracow International Cultural Centre
Professor Purchla is the founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, established in 1991. He is a full professor of humanities and a member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, head of the Department of Economic and Social History, UNESCO Chair for Heritage and Urban Studies at the Krakow University of Economics, and the head of the Centre of European Heritage, Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University.

His research areas are urban development, social history and art history of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the theory and protection of cultural heritage. He is the author of over four hundred academic works, including a number of books. From 1990 to 1991 he was a vice-mayor of the city of Krakow. Since 2000 he has chaired the Monument Preservation Council at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In February 2012 was elected as vice president of Polish National Commission for UNESCO.

Mrs Susanne Hauer, Organisation of World Heritage Cities secretariat, Regensburg World Heritage Site
The Organization of World Heritage Cities is composed of 238 cities, within which are located sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The organization  encourages co-operation between its member cities, and the exchange of information and expertise on matters on the management of sites. The Regional Secretariat of OWHC for North Western Europe is based in Regensburg, Germany, where the Old Town Regensburg with Stadtamhof became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2006.

The event is organised by Edinburgh World Heritage, with support from Historic Scotland, the RSA Fellows MCICH Network, and Thomas Miller Investments.

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