Issue 4: World Heritage Education

World Heritage Education

Article 4 of the World Heritage Convention states that each State Party has ‘the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage’ (UNESCO 1972); it is through Outreach and Education that this ‘transmission’ is undertaken.

Article 27 enshrines the Educational duties of WHSs, as it states that ‘the States Parties to this Convention shall endeavour by all appropriate means, and in particular by educational and information programmes, to strengthen appreciation and respect by their peoples of the cultural and natural heritage’ (UNESCO 1972).

It is important to remind WHSs and stakeholders, that Education and Outreach is a duty and obligation. This is a timely reminder as many World Heritage Sites are undergoing a period of change through restructuring and the rewriting of their Management Plans.

World Heritage Education can occur through formal learning programmes at site level, nationally through state parties and globally. World Heritage Education however remains under researched. This is a symptom of heritage education in general which remains under researched in comparison to that of museum education.

This landmark publication for the first time brings together researchers, stakeholders and practitioners in World Heritage Education to consider:

  • What is World Heritage Education?
  • How can the concept of Outstanding Universal Value be communicated to young audiences?
  • What is the relationship between heritage education, museum education and World Heritage Education?
  • How can educational visits to World Heritage Sites enhance learning?
  • How are World Heritage Sites learning resources for classroom based learning?
  • What are the challenges in World Heritage Sites developing learning programmes?

The theme of the 4th issue of the IIICH Postgraduate journal furnace is World Heritage Education.


View the full journal online

Or download and read individual articles (PDF):


Davies, J. Editorial: World Heritage Education. Download.

Quin, C. Keynote Statement on World Heritage Education (Focal Point for UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme). Download.

Tlatlane, T R. The role of field trips and educational visits for enhancing World Heritage Site education. Download.

Jain, I. Heritage Education: Beyond Hermeneutics and Ontology. Download.

Mitchenson, D. Culture for kids: Engaging 0-5s with World Heritage and Culture. Download.

Taylor, A. Working with young people age 13-25 and World Heritage – A Summit Approach. (Fourth UK UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit 2015). Download.

Röhlen, H and Maio, R. The World Heritage Young Experts Forum 2015 and the Young Heritage Experts Network: Tools to foster youth involvement within the framework of the World Heritage Convention. (39th World Heritage Committee Session- World Heritage Youth Forum 2015). Download.

Koomson, K A. My cherished memories: World Heritage Youth Forum in retrospect. (First African World Heritage Youth Forum 2016). Download.

Acheson, C. World Heritage and Geography Education: a retrospective view. Download.


Coming soon: Bellala, A. The use of 3D heritage for intelligent higher education.

ISSN 2057-519X (Online)


The Editors

Jamie Davies –

My AHRC CDA PhD research at the Ironbridge Institute is on Education at World Heritage Sites- How are World Heritage Values communicated within the formal learning process. From September 2016, I am a Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage at the Ironbridge Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham. I hold a Archaeology BA and International Cultural Heritage Management MA from Durham University. Outside of my PhD research my interests are Digital Heritage, Maritime Heritage and Community Heritage. I am Vice Chairman of MOROL- Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies, Founder of Cymdeithas Archaeoloeg a Hanes Llŷn/ Llŷn Archaeology and History Society and Trustee and Committee Member for the Llŷn Maritime Museum.


I am an AHRC CDA PhD researcher in Cultural Heritage based at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. My research aims to explore the relationship between ‘community’ and World Heritage. I am an archaeologist holding an MA in both, Medieval Archaeology and Public Archaeology. My professional interest is in field archaeology as well as in heritage policy. I have experience working as a field archaeologist in commercial urban archaeology in the UK.

I also worked as an intern in the Culture Department of UNESCO Bangkok, where I coordinated the Museum Capacity Building Programme for Asia and the Pacific undertaken by UNESCO and the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. In 2009, I was a rapporteur for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Field School in Lamphun, Thailand. In 2010, I took up a post with the National Heritage Board of Poland, where I eventually became Head of the Heritage Policy Department tasked with the implementation of the UNESCO 1972 and 2003 conventions.