City of Durham Trust Spring Talk 2024

Saturday 9th March, 2.00 pm in Elvet Riverside, ER140

Dr Anne Allen, Senior Manager Durham World Heritage Site

“Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site: a changing context”

2026 will mark the 40th anniversary of the inscription of Durham Castle and Cathedral on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A lot has changed since 1986. This was also the year that our speaker came up to Durham from Bishop Auckland to read archaeology. She describes her new role as Senior Manager of the World Heritage Site as her dream job. In this conversation Anne will explore the opportunities and challenges ahead and discuss the emerging priorities for the new management plan. Members are invited to submit questions in advance by emailing

Other related talk:

On Thursday 22 February Dr Allen will give a Twilight Talk at 5.30 – 6.30 in the Palace Green Library: “Durham Castle and Cathedral: new perspectives on the living World Heritage Site.”

Durham World Heritage Site was among the first to be inscribed by UNESCO in 1986. In this talk Anne Allen considers what has changed and how the new management plan celebrates the natural and intangible heritage as well as preserving and protecting the buildings and collections for the next generation.

Free and all welcome. Please book through Eventbrite or by calling Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932.

You can also extend your visit by exploring the World Heritage Visitor Centre and the Museum of Archaeology, both open until 7pm during the Twilight Openings.

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