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23rd April 2012
Yorkshire’s two World Heritage Sites will be at the heart of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 3 May, when the speaker is Craig McHugh, World Heritage Site Officer for Saltaire.

Craig will speak about his work at Saltaire, the model village near Bradford created by industrialist Sir Titus Salt for the workforce in his vast mill. Craig’s work includes liaising with residents of the village while developing Saltaire as a major tourist attraction.

He will also look at the World Heritage Site on Ripon’s doorstep – Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – as well as setting them in a wider national and international context. Other UK Sites include Durham Castle and Cathedral, Avebury and Stonehenge, The City of Bath and the Giant’s Causeway. Also on the list is Ironbridge Gorge, where Craig did his Masters Degree in Heritage Management. The international list includes the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China and the city of Timbuktu.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘With a World Heritage Site so close to us in Ripon, we are looking forward to finding out more about how the sites are designated and managed. The Civic Society is visiting Saltaire on 4 July, so Craig’s talk will provide us with a fascinating and useful background, as well as being of general interest.’

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. Non-members pay £3.00 for the evening.

After the summer break there will be a talk on Thursday 6 September, when stained glass maker Helen Whittaker will speak about her work. During the summer the Society will visit Saltaire in July and Halifax in August.

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