First we’ll head east to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of St George’s, the site of Bermuda’s first settlement and its capital until 1815. The conference will be officially launched at the historic town, where you will be welcomed by the Queen’s representative in Bermuda – and Bermuda National Trust Patron – His Excellency the Governor John Rankin. The origins of this remarkable 17th century town are inextricably linked to Bermuda’s beginnings and so we are literally starting our conference where human settlement began her in 1609.
Next we will go west and base ourselves at the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, which has played a significant and geographically strategic role in the history of our islands. Built at a time when architectural strength and solidity did not compromise aesthetic value, this outstanding development has stood the test of time.
The Fairmont Southampton, conference headquarters, will be the venue for the remaining two days of meetings, workshops and other activities. Conference topics are being designed to cover the range of key issues in our field: inclusiveness, education, built heritage, environment and capacity building. And we believe we will have some of the most knowledgeable and experienced speakers and moderators to guide our discussions. The complete programme is a work in progress, and everything is being done to ensure it is inclusive of requests and suggestions from colleagues around the world.