The UNESCO World Heritage Convention states that World Heritage should become a function in the life of the community, and ultimately, if communities value it, their members will seek to protect and conserve it.
In keeping with this, one of the Strategic Aims in the Jurassic Coast’s Partnership Plan is: “Enable the Site’s World Heritage Status to be of benefit to people and communities.”
It has been shown that the Jurassic Coast’s designation as a World Heritage Site has brought a strong sense of identity to the area. This has stimulated the local economy and been a catalyst for civic pride and social enterprise. It is an aspiration of the Jurassic Coast Partnership to build on this progress in sustainable ways and emphasises how sense of place, local business, well-being, and access and inspiration are integrated aspects of this protected landscape.
A Priority Objective within this section of the Partnership Plan is:
The partnership will collaborate in order to develop approaches that will help increase access, diversity and social inclusion throughout their operations and outputs.
Key actions and outcomes relating to this objective are:
- Independent review of the work undertaken which measures access, diversity and inclusion outputs.
- Research the broader WHS context to see what work is being undertaken. Ascertain whether there is any shared learning.
- Incorporate recommended actions and outcomes from the Glover Review response and Natural England papers.
- Collated and publicised case studies which identify best practice taking place.
- Any relevant outcomes and actions as a result of Glover Review response.
As the first steps to undertaking this work, in September 2021 the Jurassic Coast Trust began working with members of World Heritage UK (WHUK) to start to address barriers to heritage.
We at the Jurassic Coast Trust are not experts in this field but we do want to start to make a difference. Our methodology starts with talking to others; to gain a better understanding of their experiences, their research and actions so that we can collate and share this information, to help gain a wider perspective.
Collated on this page are the first results of these talks with partners. We are very happy to listen to anyone who would be willing to share their experiences with us, and welcome feedback. Please email us in the first instance.
Cycling Without Age
This gem of a project helps those with mobility issues enjoy our fabulous coastline.
Cycling Without Age is an international project that helps elderly and disabled people get out and about for free on Trishaws, piloted by local volunteers.
South West Coast Path – A Walking Welcome
Alex Turner, Project Officer for the South West Coast Path, talks about a project they undertook with Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support, taking refugees out to introduce them to the countryside and to break down barriers of them accessing the outdoors.
It’s an idea we hope will be replicated along the coast.
Making Space for Autism
We recently had the pleasure of talking to Julia Riley, Head of Education and Interpretation at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.
Keen for their work to be as inclusive as possible, and in particular, autism-friendly, Jodrell Bank’s Education Team searched for specialist advice and found the local charity Space4Autism, who help people on the autistic spectrum.