"Insight Evening": Bath's World Heritage status, Professor Barry Gilbertson

Wednesday, 10th January 2018
7.15 for 7.30

We kick off a new season of our member-only "Insight Evenings" in style, with Professor Barry Gilbertson, independent Chair of the Bath World Heritage Steering Group.

In this talk, Professor Gilbertson will discuss the history of World Heritage, how Bath’s Inscription on the world list in 1987 makes it one of only two cities in Europe with a citywide World Heritage Site (WHS) designation, explain the six aspects of Outstanding Universal Value attributed to the City of Bath in the UNESCO Inscription, and why the Inscription is so valuable to Bath’s future and to our economy.

This will lead into a Q&A and debate.  Does it feel like we live in the UK's only World Heritage City?  How is that status reflected in policies from BathNES, WECA and central Government?  And what more should we be arguing for as residents of Bath?

A Chartered Surveyor by background, and 123rd President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2004/5, a member of the Georgian Group for more than 30 years, and a former Trustee (and still a Volunteer Guide) with the Bath Preservation Trust, Professor Barry Gilbertson was appointed as the new Chairman of the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2017. The WHS Steering Group, which Barry chairs, has 22 representatives from 15 international, national and local bodies as stakeholders with a clear interest in the preservation and enhancement of our city’s heritage.

Politically independent, Barry’s other interests locally include serving on the Council of the University of Bath, Honorary Surveyor to St John’s Foundation, Chairing the Circus Area Residents Association and watching Bath Rugby.

Join us as we hold our first discussion of 2018 on how we help make Bath even better.

Venue: Association Office, 7.15 for 7.30pm