Tuesday, 15 October 2013

European Walled Towns Symposium | Thursday 24 October 2013, Derry~Londonderry

The Symposium takes place from 23 - 26 October 2013 and is hosted by the European Walled Towns Association, Holywell Trust and Derry City Council.

European Walled Towns Symposium

Through an engaging programme of lectures and activities 'Historic Towns - Walled Towns' aims to bring different communities in Europe together to share their expertise and local experiences in the following fields, and particularly against the backdrop of the economic crisis:
  • Balancing heritage conservation with job creation & regeneration priorities;
  • Engaging people and business in heritage;
  • Heritage management in post-conflict or contested spaces;
  • Creating a heritage legacy from Cities of Culture.
Speakers from various backgrounds and nationalities will present their best practice examples and three elaborate workshops allow delegates to engage in local challenges. Additionally, there is ample opportunity to connect with other delegates in a number of social events.

Historic Walled Towns - Walled Towns | Thursday 24 October 2013


Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Arrival Day for international delegates and EWT Executive Meeting

Thursday 24th October 2013
09.00-11.00: Regional Approaches to Heritage Management
  • Ald. Gary Middleton, Deputy Mayor, Derry City Council 
  • Michael Starrett CEO of Heritage Council of Ireland 
  • Stephen Aston, Director of Innovation Strategies, NIEA 
  • Arlene Foster MLA, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment 

11.00-12.00: Best practice examples
  • Victor Sladden, Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Valetta, Malta 
  • Michael Loveday, Chief Executive, Norwich HEART and Historic Towns, Forum Executive Committee Member, Norwich, England 
  • Simon Wall, Town Architect, Town of Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland 

12.00-12.30 Panel discussion “ The value of heritage networks”

12.30-16.30 Workshop Day 1

“Derry - Old Town & the New Cultural & Residential Quarters”. Working lunch, workshop and tour examining the conservation, management and development of the Walled City in its contemporary setting.

19.30-22.00 Gala Dinner, the Guildhall, Derry
  • Cllr Martin Reilly, Mayor of Derry City Council 
  • Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht for Ireland 
  • Mark H Durkan, MLA, Minister for the Environment for Northern Ireland 

Presentation of the 2013 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2013 to the Irish Walled Towns Network.

Friday 25th October 2013

09.00-11.00 Thematic Approaches to Heritage Management
  • Dr Gabriel Cooney, Chair of NI Historic Monuments Council 
  • Dr John, O’Keefe, Principal Inspector of Historic Monuments and Assistant Director, Built Heritage- Historic Monuments Unit, NIEA. 
  • Carole Souter, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Heritage Lottery Fund 
  • Kevin Baird, Chief Executive, Irish Heritage Trust 

11.00-12.30 Best practice examples
  • Peeter Tambu, Department of the Architecture and Urban Planning Department, City of Narva, Estonia 
  • João Campos, Almeida, Portugal 
  • Anthony Corns, Discovery Programme, Dublin, Ireland 
  • Jane Hebblewhite, 
 Senior Archaeologist (Heritage Assets and Community Archaeology), 
 Cheshire West and Chester Council, England. 

13.00-16.30 Workshop Day 2

“Raphoe - Small Heritage Town Challenges”, Working lunch, workshop and tour examining the conservation, management and development of a small heritage town, in Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Saturday 26th October 2013

11.00-17.00 Study tour “The Causeway Coastal Trail”.

Travel the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland by coach, with stops in Derry, Dunluce, Giant’s Causeway and Carrickfergus.

Sunday 27th October 2013
Departure day of international delegates

Residential & Daily Delegate Fees
Contact Marie Lynch ([email protected]) for full details on residential delegate fees. The daily rate is £22 (€25) (excluding gala dinner which costs an extra £22/€25) per day. To book please contact [email protected].

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