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The Forth Bridge
Miles Oglethorpe
Monday 28 January 2019

Lecture at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm

Tickets at the door, £5 (£4 for Friends) include tea/coffee and biscuits


Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, describes the bridge’s journey to World Heritage status.

Although the Forth Bridge was a relatively simple nomination compared with the UK’s most recent successful World Heritage property, The English Lake District, it was still a major undertaking.  This lecture will describe what it took to prepare the nomination dossier, who had to be involved and what happened after it was submitted to UNESCO. It will also explain why the Forth Bridge is worthy of inclusion on the World Heritage List.

After gaining his PhD at Glasgow University, Miles joined the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in 1985, moving on to Historic Scotland in 2007 where he fulfilled a number of key roles including Head of Education, Outreach and Publications, Deputy Chief Inspector, and Head of Policy.  Historic Scotland became Historic Environment Scotland in 2015, after a merger with the RCAHMS.

More recently, Miles led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge, and in September 2018 was elected president of the International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH).