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Austerity, Heritage, and Tourism: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece

Lecture by Professor David Gill, University of Suffolk

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College are excited to announce a brand new public lecture series with speakers covering a wide range of topics. For further info email

Wednesday, 18 April 2018,
18:00 to 19:00
Room E1.01 in the University building, West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate

Tourism is a significant part of the Greek economy and an important counterbalance to austerity. There are 18 UNESCO cultural and two mixed World Heritage Sites (WHS) in Greece. They range from the Bronze Age site of Mycenae, through the Classical site of Olympia, to the Medieval City of Rhodes. These locations stand alongside a rich range of archaeological and heritage sites as well as museums that serve as a repository for the finds.

This lecture will review the value of these UNESCO recognised sites as focal points for tourist activity and explore the likely impact of Brexit on the Greek tourist economy.  Professor Gill will also address the wider discussion on why the UK Government should value our own UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Professor Gill is Director of Heritage Futures and Professor of Archaeological Heritage in the Suffolk Business School, University of Suffolk. He has conducted fieldwork on the Ptolemaic base on the Methana peninsula in Greece, and prepared a history of the British School at Athens to the end of the First World War, Sifting the soil of Greece (2011), to mark the institution’s 125th anniversary. In 2012 he received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for his research on cultural property.