Posts by David Gill

David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage and Director of Heritage Futures at the University of Suffolk.

The Value(s) of UNESCO

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Statue of Liberty © David Gill

One of the many roles for UNESCO has been the recognition of World Heritage Sites around the world. The news that both the US and the State of Israel will be withdrawing from the funding of UNESCO raises deep concerns.

The 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property has had a major impact on the way that countries can protect their cultural property in the face of organised looting and damage. Over 300 items have been returned to Italy from North American public and private collections as a result of this benchmark for cultural property. (The value of this Convention is discussed on “Looting Matters“.)

Among the WHS locations in the USA is the Statue of Liberty that was inscribed on the list back in 1984. As UNESCO states, the statue “endures as a highly potent symbol – inspiring contemplation, debate, and protest – of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy, and opportunity”.

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards 2017

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Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art © David Gill

The Suffolk Museum of the Years Awards 2017 took place at the University of Suffolk last night. The awards, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, were as follows:

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Suffolk Museum Object of the Year 2017, awarded by Lesley Dolphin © David Gill

Congratulations to the winners, short-listed museums and to all museums across Suffolk.

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Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017 © David Gill

Tom Potter, “Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art named Suffolk Museum of the Year“, EADT 9 October 2017.

#HeritageDay17 Glenfinnan

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Glenfinnan © David Gill

The Glenfinnan Monument, in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, marks the point where Prince Charles Edward Stewart landed in 1745. The column was erected in 1815

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Glenfinnan © David Gill

Releasing the Story of Sutton Hoo

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Sutton Hoo © David Gill

The National Trust has been awarded £1.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enhance the visitor experience at Sutton Hoo. One of the projects will be to create a 17 m high viewing tower to give some visitors views of the burial ground. Tranmer House, overlooking the cemetery, will be the home for a new interpretative exhibition.

Heritage Counts: The north-east of England

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Warkworth Castle © David Gill

The importance of heritage for the North-East of England is highlighted in the new Heritage Counts [pdf] prepared by Historic England and the Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

Heritage added £536.6 million directly in GVA; this increases to £976.6 million if indirect and induced contributions from heritage are included. Over 9,600 individuals are employed directly in heritage, and including those whose jobs are indirectly linked to heritage that figure stands at 15,700.

Heritage Counts 2017: East of England

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Ickworth © David Gill

The importance of heritage for the East of England is highlighted in the new Heritage Counts [pdf] prepared by Historic England and the Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

Heritage added £1.3 bn directly in GVA; and £2.3 bn if indirect and induced contributions are included. 19,100 individuals are directly employed in heritage, and including those whose jobs are indirectly linked to heritage that figure stands at 31,300.

Framlingham Castle: the towers

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The gateway to Framlingham Castle enters through the base of Tower 1.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 1-6 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

On the eastern side are Towers 4, 5, and 6.

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 7-11 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The present descent from the wall walkway is through Tower 10.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 9-13 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Access to the wall walkway is through Tower 11.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 1, 13 and 12 (from left to right) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill