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Conference Dinner

The Rust, Regeneration and Romance conference would like to provide its attendees with an unforgettable conference dinner against the backdrop of Blists Hill, Ironbridge’s striking Victorian Town. The Victorian fairground, characters and shops will provide a fascinating and charming complement to the conference barbeque. Please see the tab above for further details.


Conference venue voted in the World’s top ten World Heritage Sites

The Ironbridge Gorge, home to the World’s first cast iron bridge and birthplace of the industrial revolution, has been revealed as the second in the World’s most recommended UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit, according to TripAdvisor travellers. The Ironbridge Gorge was also the top recommended World Heritage Site to visit in the UK according to the same study.

cropped-aerial-view-of-gorge.jpgThe results are based on over a million TripAdvisor feedback forms, collected  in partnership with UNESCO, making this the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

World’s Most Recommended Sites:
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa – China
Ironbridge Gorge – UK
Palace and Park of Fontainebleau – France
Historic Centre of Guimaraes – Portugal
Masada – Israel
Byblos – Lebanon
Persepolis – Iran
Hwaseong Fortress – Republic of Korea
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula – Italy
Meidan Emam, Esfahan – Iran

UK’s Most Recommended Sites:
Ironbridge Gorge – Shropshire
Heart of Neolithic Orkney – Orkney Islands, Scotland
Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey – North Yorkshire
Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd – Gwynedd, Wales
City of Bath – Bath
Durham Castle and Cathedral – Durham
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh – Edinburgh, Scotland
Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church – Canterbury
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal – North East Wales
Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and St Martin’s Church – London

Professor Mike Robinson, Director of the University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, commented: “We work in close partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge site and have done for many years. This is truly an amazing site and it seems as if the TripAdvisor online community agrees. For our students studying heritage management, having access to this premier World Heritage Site and the range of professionals which manage it on a day-to day-basis, is a tremendous resource. It means that students can have direct experience of the best practice which has clearly played a part in achieving this very high recommendation amongst international travellers.”

Call for Papers extended

So far we have received over 150 abstracts from 20 countries. As abstracts are accepted they will be posted on this website. However, due to continuing interest in the conference we are extending the call for papers until Feburary 28th.


Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title and FULL contact details to as soon as possible but no later than Feburary 28th.

Proposals for Panels
To propose a panel session with no more than 4 themed papers please contact