2015 UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit Conference

‘How can we use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better?”

Date: 20th - 22nd October 2015
Venue: Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site, South Wales

The Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site proudly hosted the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit on 20th – 22nd October 2015.The Summit saw many of Britain’s World Heritage Sites represented by young people aged between 12 and 18 (25 in special education). The event was a unique event with 134 delegates and young people coming from across the country to celebrate and learn about World Heritage and how culture can change the World.

The theme of the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit is “How can we use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better?”. Understanding World Heritage can help us become aware of our own roots, and of our cultural and social identity, which can help us to create meaningful and lasting social innovation and change, building peace in the minds of men and women. The aims of the Summit were for youth-delegates to:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of their World Heritage Sites
  • Become champions for World Heritage and change for the better
  • Learn new skills to empower young people to have an active voice
  • Identify ways in which young people can use World Heritage to create a society that reflects the ambitions of a peaceful society.

During the Summit young people  shared their experiences and enthusiasm for their local World Heritage Sites and their ambitions for the future of the World they live in. There was an exciting programme visiting key attractions within Blaenavon Industrial Landscape such as Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks, visit the industrial landscape, and the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. 

The Youth Summit follows similar events in held 2010 and 2012 at Jurassic Coast and Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Sites.

This event was being held under the patronage of UNESCO.

With thanks to our supporters:

Heritage Lottery Fund

Blaenavon World Heritage Site Partnership

Torfaen County Boroug Council


National Museum Wales

Forgotten Landscapes

Blaenavon Town Council

Monmouthshire Coucil


An evaluation of the event will be available in 2016.