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28 January 2019The Forth Bridge
26 November 2018Scottish National Art Collection
29 October 2018Stirling City Heritage Trust
24 September 2018Historic Scottish Silver
26 March 2018Recycling Old Glasgow
26 February 2018The Scottish Arts and Crafts Movement
29 January 2018Scottish Lighthouses
27 November 2017James Watt and Kinneil
30 October 2017Mountaineering in Scotland
25 September 2017Scottish Pottery - some Stirling connections
27 March 2017George Forrest Plant Hunter
27 February 2017Joseph Farington in Scotland
30 January 2017Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: A River's Tale
28 November 2016Scottish War Art and Artists 1850-2000
24 October 2016James VII, King of Scots
26 September 2016Stirling's Historic Shopfronts
31 May 2016National Fund for Acquisitions
28 March 2016Medical Uses of Wild Plants
29 February 2016Putting Stirling on the Map
25 January 2016Stirling University Art Collection
30 November 2015V&A Design Museum, Dundee
26 October 2015Glasgow’s Hidden Treasures II
28 September 2015The Livingstons of Callendar House

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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).