UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University (2016)

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Purpose/Objectives of the Chair/UNITWIN Network

The UNESCO Chair aims to reduce prejudice and foster mutual understanding through inter-cultural engagement.

The UNESCO Chair will work with the military to build on the implementation of new policies and training which have, since 2003, already encouraged many armed forces to take the protection of cultural property during conflict seriously as part of their duties while on the ground in conflict situations. Professor Stone will also work with colleagues at UNESCO World Heritage sites worldwide to investigate the potential use of drawing upon these sites to develop a global culture of peace and collective responsibility for the protection of these historic sites, which belong to all peoples of the world.

The objectives of Newcastle’s UNESCO Chair connect closely with the current focus of the UN’s heritage body which earlier this year launched, UNITE4HERITAGE. This campaign is looking to harness its global standards and legal mechanisms – like the World Heritage Convention – to coordinate the work of armed forces, Interpol, the World Customs Organization, museums, leading auction houses and national governments, to block the black market trade in cultural artefacts in order to protect cultural sites. UNESCO works around the world to harness the power of culture to reconcile people and bring them together.

Chairholder/Coordinator: Professor Peter Stone OBE

Address: Head of the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU

Email: peter.stone@ncl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 191 208 7095


Peter was appointed to the University in 1997, as Director of the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) in the School of Arts and Cultures in 2001, and as Head of School in 2006. Peter teaches and researches in heritage management, interpretation and education. Between 1998 and 2008 he was Honorary Chief Executive Officer of the World Archaeological Congress. In 2003 he was archaeological advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence prior to the invasion of Iraq and is currently involved in research into the practicalities and ethics of cultural heritage experts working with the military.

Peter was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to heritage education.