Path to becoming a World Heritage Site
Pro-Provost and Chairman of Council of the Royal College of Art. Heritage advisor of Canal & River Trust for England and Wales.
Sir Neil Cossons is a leading industrial historian who has been active in the fields of industrial archaeology and heritage since the early 1960s. As Director of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum from 1971 to 1983, he was the initiator of the First International Congress on the Conservation of Industrial Monuments held at Ironbridge in 1973 and out of which TICCIH* evolved three years later.
From 1983 to 1986 Neil Cossons was the Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and for fourteen years Director of the Science Museum, London.
From 2000 until 2007 he was Chairman of English Heritage, the United Kingdom Government’s principal adviser on the historic environment of England. In 1999 he was involved in the preparation of the United Kingdom Government’s Tentative List of World Heritage sites, and has contributed to several World Heritage nominations. Since 2008 he has been Chairman of the Kyushu Yamaguchi Industrial Heritage Expert Advisory Committee in Japan.
He is currently Pro-Provost and Chairman of Council of the Royal College of Art. He also serves as a heritage advisor of Canal & River Trust for England and Wales.
He was knighted in 1994 for his work in museums and heritage.
*TICCIH: The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, with whom ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites, Advisory Body to the World Heritage Committee) has partnership agreements.
What do you think of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution?
This is an outstanding World Heritage inscription, reflecting as it does the emergence of Japan as an industrial nation in the second half of the nineteenth century. It signifies the birth of modern Japan.
What was your first impression of the sites?
Hugely impressive; the series forms a carefully selected group of sites that form, cumulatively, a powerful expression the remarkable transition of Japan from isolated feudal nation to an industrial world power.
Mayor of Nagasaki City
Executive Director of Kogakuin University
Mayor of Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Representative Director, General Incorporated Foundation National Congress of Industrial Heritage (Advisor, Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Capital Markets Research Institute）
Head of Data Acquisition at The Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation
Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Scottish Ten Project Manager, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh