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.
He is married with four children.
After obtaining a first degree in modern history, and a Diploma in Education, Peter taught history in England and English in Greece. In his spare time he worked as an archaeologist on a number of sites including the Anglo-Scandinavian site of Coppergate in York, the Saxon site of Hamwic in Southampton, and on the Neolithic excavations at Hambledon Hill in Dorset. He then took an MA in archaeological method and theory before setting up with Professor Peter Ucko, and then running, the 'Archaeology and Education Project' at the University of Southampton. Peter's PhD thesis investigated the teaching of the past, with special reference to prehistory, in the English primary curriculum.
Peter joined the English Heritage Education Service in 1988. While at English Heritage he was seconded for a year to be regional administrator where he had day-to-day responsibility for over 100 sites and properties in the South West. As part of this post he was responsible for Stonehenge at the summer solstice and other calendar events when these were a source of major social conflict - a responsibility he retained for over three years.
Peter has been heavily involved in the creation and development of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) and was the Honorary Chief Executive Officer of WAC between 1998 and 2008. He has worked as a consultant and advisor regarding heritage education, interpretation and management in many parts of the world and was part of the team that developed the World Heritage Education project for UNESCO. Peter joined the staff at Newcastle in 1997.
In 2003 Peter became the special advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence regarding the identification and protection of the cultural heritage in Iraq. He was the Chair of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee (2005-2012), a member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO (2005-2011), and a member of the National Archaeology Panel of the National Trust (2005-2012).
Peter explains some of his work here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/impact/protecting-cultural-property.php
Professor of Heritage Studies and Head of School of Arts and Cultures
Peter is Secretary General of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, Chairman of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield, and a member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO's Expert Network
1979 BA History, University of Stirling
1979 Diploma in Education, University of Stirling (DipEd)
1983 MA Archaeological Method and Theory, University of Southampton
1991 PhD Teaching the Past, with Special Reference to Prehistory, in English Primary Education, University of Southampton
August 2001 – Dec 2005 Director of ICCHS
August 2000 – 2007 Senior Lecturer in Heritage Studies, ICCHS
Oct 1997 – August 2000 Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology/International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), Newcastle University
Nov 1995 - Sept 1997 Education Officer for Further, Adult and Higher Education, English Heritage
Nov 1991 - Dec 1992 Acting Regional Administrator, (Temporary secondment) South West Properties in Care, English Heritage
March 1988 – Nov 1995 Regional Education Officer, South West Historic Properties, English Heritage
Feb 1985 - March 1988 Project Manager and Co-ordinator, Archaeology and Education Project, University of Southampton
Oct 1980 - June 1981 Teacher of English Frontesterion of Foreign Languages, Athens
Jan 1979 - July 1980 Teacher of History, St Peter's High School, Doncaster
Between June 1981 and February 1985 he held a number of short term academic and archaeological field contracts in England.
Council for British Archaeology, World Archaeological Congress.
2016 Appointed UNESCO Chair for Cultural Property Protection and Peace
2013 Recipient of the Peter Ucko Memorial Award (for a significant contribution to archaeology as envisaged by the World Archaeological Congress)
2013 Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Archaeological Congress for services to world archaeology
2011 Officer of the British Empire (OBE) awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Heritage Education
2011 James R Wiseman book award by the Archaeological Institute of America for 'The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq'
1997 Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA)
1991 Elected Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA)
1986 Elected Associate of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (AIFA)
Peter Stone is Professor of Heritage Studies in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies. He has published widely on heritage management, interpretation and education. Peter has worked extensively overseas and advised UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre on the original development of the World Heritage Education Programme.
In 2003 Peter was the advisor to the Ministry of Defence with regard to the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He gave evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee regarding the Draft Cultural Heritage (Armed conflicts) Bill, that was intended to enable the UK to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of the Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999. He continues to be heavily involved in lobbying the UK Government to ratify the Convention and its Protocols.
Peter co-edited, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008). In 2011 this was awarded the prestigious James R Wiseman book award by the Archaeological Institute of America.
In 2008 he worked with staff of the Oriental Institute in Chicago to produce a travelling version of their exhibition 'Catastrophe! The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq'.
Peter's current research interests include the development of holistic approaches to the management of large heritage sites, the role of world heritage in UNESCO, and the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.
Among his many heritage roles Peter was Honorary Chief Executive Officer of the World Archaeological Congress between 1998 and 2008 and had worked for the organisation since 1984. He was Executive Series Editor for the One World Archaeology series between 1999 & 2003. He currently chairs the Editorial Board for the Heritage Matters series http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/icchs/research/heritagematters/. He was a member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO (2005-2011), Chair of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee (2005-2012), and a member of the National Trust’s Archaeology Advisory Panel (2005-2012). In 2004 he worked with the North East Regional Development Agency regarding the economic value of World Heritage Sites to the region. In 2008 he worked with the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), a collaborative project between the School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University and the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, to organise a major conference in China on ‘Sharing Archaeology’. In 2011 he helped organise the Euro/Asia Economic Forum in Xi’an, China.
Peter's most recent books are Cultural heritage, ethics and the military (edited 2011) and Managing, Using, and Interpreting Hadrian's Wall as World Heritage (co-edited 2013).
The Chinese version of the co-edited, with Professor Zhouhui of Peking University, book stemming from the 2008 conference 'Sharing Archaeology' held in China is in press and Peter is finalising the English version of the same book to be published in 2014.
He is currently working with NATO on the production of a publication provisional entitled Cultural Property Protection Makes Sense that will use as a base Peter’s recent article ‘A four-tier approach to the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict’, published in the archaeological journal Antiquity in March 2013.
Peter currently supervises four research students who are researching a variety of topics relating to heritage management, interpretation and education. Peter's students are:
1] Dinc Sarac (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Archaeological Heritage Management in Turkey: The case of Antalya
2] Yong Zhao (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Safeguarding cultural heritage through sustainable cultural heritage tourism
3] Mike Haynes (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Designing and implementing successful donor funded rural heritage tourism projects in developing countries: An analysis of projects in Cambodia and Vietnam contrasted with emerging tourism strategy in Myanmar
4] Adam Goldwater (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Where’s the Learning? School-Museum Partnerships: Co-expertise and the Co-production of Learning for Primary School Aged Children.
5] Nurul Ismail (Doctor of Philosophy)
Provisional Thesis title: Culinary Heritage Development in Malaysia
Recent graduates supervised by Peter include:
Tony McDonald (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: How can World Heritage Sites in England address the aims of World Heritage education more effectively
Michal Ryszard Koskowski (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: The management of castles in Poland in the early 21st century
Shatha Abu Khafajah (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Towards a sustainable architectural heritage management: a planning model based on the architectural heritage within the urban context of Jordan
Joanne Lea (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Public archaeology, education and the development of a stewardship ethic
Arwa Badran (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Utilising Archaeology Museums for Teaching Citizenship in Jordanian Primary Schools
Suzanne Thomas (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: The relationships between archaeologists and metal detector users in England and Wales: impact of past and implications for the future
Hamimi Omar (Doctor of Philosophy)
Thesis title: Heritage Tourism Management in Malaysia
Jane Brampton (Master of Letters)
Dissertation title: World Heritage sites and Tourism
David Brough (Master of Letters)
Dissertation title: Factors influencing progress towards the functional establishment of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site
2013 - present Elected Secretary of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield
2013 – present Elected Chair of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield
2010 Visiting Fellow, Indiana University
2005-2011 Nominated Member for the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO
2005-2012 Invited Member of the National Archaeology Panel for the National Trust
2005-2012 Elected Chair, Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee
2004 Visitor, Department of Archaeology, University of Auckland, New Zealand (October – December)
2004 Visiting Scholar, Department of Archaeology, University of Adelaide, Australia (July-October)
2002 – present Invited Member, Editorial Advisory Board Journal for Tourism and Cultural Change
2001 – 2006 Appointed Member, Education and Training Committee, ICOMOS UK
2000 Appointed Member Working Party on Public access and interpretation, Government Review of Heritage
2000 - present Elected Member of the York Archaeological Trust
2000 – present Appointed Member, Education Committee, York Archaeological Trust
2000 – present Invited Member, Editorial Advisory Board Public Archaeology
1999 - 2005 Appointed Representative Council for British Archaeology, Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee
1998 - 1999 Appointed Member, Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation Standards Review Steering Committee
1998 - present Appointed Chief Executive Officer, World Archaeological Congress
1998 - 2004 Appointed Executive Series Editor, One World Archaeology, Routledge, London.
1998 Appointed Member, Advisory Panel on archaeology A’Level to Qualification and Curriculum Authority
1997 - 1999 Appointed Special Adviser on Stonehenge, Council for British Archaeology
1997 - 2003 Appointed Chair, Council for British Archaeology, Education Committee
1997 - present Appointed Series Editor, Issues in Heritage Management. English Heritage/Routledge, London
1996 -1998 Appointed Member, Advisory and Drafting Team to UNESCO for the World Heritage Education Project and Kit
1989 - 1991 Founder Member, Editorial Board, Archaeology and Education (International Newsletter)
1988 - 1990 Appointed Associate Editor, Journal of Indigenous Studies
1988 - 1991 Appointed Member, Scientific Committee of the European Centre for the Cultural Heritage, Barcelona
1988 - 1989 Appointed Honorary Vice Chairman, Institute of Field Archaeologists
2015 Invited Keynote speaker, International Expert Meeting within the Framework of the 3rd UN World Conference on disaster Risk Reduction, Tokyo/Sendai Japan. The Blue Shield as an important mechanism for creating and maintaining networks of heritage professionals for DRR.
2015 Invited speaker, British Academy, London. Syrian Heritage in crisis panel meeting.
2014 Invited speaker, Atlantic Council UK, Seminar on Soft versus Hard diplomacy: NATO 65 Years On, Newcastle, UK. Who takes the lead: NATO or NATO States? Cultural Property Protection during Armed Conflict.
2014 Invited speaker, NATO Seminar on Human Security, The Hague, Netherlands: The protection of cultural property in conflict: the work of Blue Shield.
2014 Speaker, International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management annual conference, Jishou, China: Managing Hadrian’s Wall, from archaeological monument to regional economic asset.
2014 Invited Keynote speaker, ICOM UK Annual General Meeting: Cultural Property in Conflict: The role of Blue Shield.
2014 Invited Keynote speaker, Coping with Culture Expert Meeting, organised by the German Bundeswehr (Armed forces) and Austrian Defence Academy, Vienna, Austria: The Blue Shield, past, present, future.
2014 Invited speaker, European Association of Archaeologists’ annual conference, Istanbul, Turkey: Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict: The Work of Blue Shield.
2014 Invited Keynote speaker, Culture in Conflict symposium, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, UK: Cultural Property Protection: Military Good Sense.
2014 Speaker, Culture under Threat: The future of the 1954 Hague Convention Conference, Rome, Italy: The Blue Shield: the 4 Tier Approach to CPP.
2014 Invited speaker, Ethics, Museums and Archaeology Workshop, Oxford, UK: Cultural Property, Ethics, and the Military.
2014 Invited speaker, Institute of Art and Law seminar, London, UK: Cultural Property Protection and Blue Shield.
2013 Invited speaker, Living Walls – Barriers, Boundaries and Borders: A Force for Peace? Conference, Carlisle, UK: UNESCO; its work and significance in promoting peace.
2013 Invited speaker, Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, London, UK: Protecting cultural property during conflict: to who's advantage?
2013 Keynote speaker, CyArk Conference, London, UK: The Blue Shield: trying to avoid cultural property becoming a victim of conflict.
2013 Speaker, The Creative and Cultural Industries conference, Beijing, China: Training for the Creative and Cultural Sector
2013 Invited speaker, Euro/Asia Economic Forum, Centralised Conference of China/Eurasia museum directors, Xi’an China: Training for the Sector: The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University, UK.
2013 Invited Keynote speaker, UNESCO Seminar on the Implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention, Beirut, Lebanon: Protection of cultural heritage in post-conflict/post disaster situations.
2013 Invited chair, Vulnerability and Cultural Heritage: crime, illicit trade, stewardship, and ethics, Leicester, UK.
2013 Invited speaker, British Institute for International and Comparative Law, London, UK: Cultural Property Protection – 10 years after the invasion of Iraq.
2013 Invited speaker, 7th World Archaeological Congress, Amman, Jordan: Cultural heritage experts and the military: a 4-Phase model for co-operation.
2012 Invited speaker, UNESCO International Expert Meeting on Conflict and Post-conflict Approaches in the MENA Region, Leiden, The Netherlands: UNESCO and post-conflict/post disaster – opportunities and responsibilities.
2012 Invited Keynote speaker, UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit, Greenwich, UK: The value of World Heritage.
2012 Invited expert participant, UNESCO Expert Meeting on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, Rio, Brazil.
2012 Invited speaker, Protecting Cultural Property During Military Operations: Implications for Strategy Tactics and Preservation, Local and Global’, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, UK: Cultural heritage experts and the military: a 4-Phase model for co-operation.
2012 Invited Keynote speaker, Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics, Derby, UK: Amateurs, Academics, and Professionals working together.
2012 Invited speaker, Archaeology in War, Oxford, UK: Cultural heritage experts and the military: a 4-Phase model for co-operation
2011 Invited speaker, Friends of Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya. Public Lecture. Entitled: Heritage Tourism: opportunity or threat.
2011 Invited speaker, Eoro-Asia Economic Forum, Xi’an, China. Paper entitled: Heritage Protection and Tourism: opportunity and threat.
2011 Invited participant, Coping with Culture Expert Meeting, organised by the German Bundeswehr (Armed forces), Koblenz, Germany.
2011 Keynote speaker, Heritage Management in South East Asia, Beijing, China. Paper entitled: “Managing World Heritage Sites and their generic value”.
2011 Invited speaker, Durham University, UK. Paper entitled: “Lessons learned from the Destruction of Cultural Property in Iraq”.
2011 Invited speaker, World Heritage and Human Rights Workshop, Oslo, Norway. Paper entitled: “Human Rights and Cultural Property Protection in Times of Armed Conflict”.
2011 Invited speaker, Paper entitled: Current Developments in Cultural Property Protection: bridging the worlds of cultural heritage experts and the military, Norwegian Ministries of Environment and Defence.
2011 Invited speaker, The First George Bell Memorial Lecture, Chichester Cathedral, UK. Lecture: “When everyone’s culpable is anyone guilty? Protecting cultural property in Iraq”
2011 Invited speaker, Archaeological Institute of America, San Antonio, USA. Paper entitled “The four Phase Approach to Cultural Property Protection”
2010 Invited Keynote speaker, 7ICAANE Conference, British Museum, London. Paper entitled: “When everyone’s culpable, is anyone guilty?” Responsibility for the cultural heritage before, during, and after armed conflict.
2010 Speaker & session Chair, Archaeology and Conflict conference, hosted by UN City, Vienna. Paper entitled: "Pitt Rivers, Woolley, Rumsfeld, Chilcot ... characters in search of a resolution. A historical survey on the political role of cultural heritage for the military in conflict in the 20th century"
2009 Invited speaker, Sustaining Military Readiness Conference, hosted by the US Department of Defence, Phoenix, Arizona. Paper entitled: When everyone’s culpable, is anyone guilty?
2009 Invited Chair, Symposium: Cultural Property protection in Times of Conflict, hosted by The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, The Peace Palace, The Hague. Submitted detailed Chair’s report and recommendations to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.
2009 Invited Keynote speaker, Cultural Heritage in the Past, Present and Future, National conference, Bergen, Norway. Paper entitled: Cultural heritage: global opportunity or threat?
2009 Invited Chair, International Panel on Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict, Archaeological Institute of America, Philadelphia, USA
2008 Invited speaker, Conference on Culture Wars: Heritage and Armed Conflict in the 21st century, CRASSH, Cambridge. Paper entitled: Archaeology and conflict: Uneasy bedfellows.
2008 Invited Keynote speaker, 80th Anniversary conference of the excavations at Anyang, China. Paper entitled: Heritage Protection in England: How? Why?
2008 Invited Keynote speaker, Annual Association of Heritage Interpreters conference, Newcastle. Paper entitled: All for one and one for all! Working Together in Interpretive Planning
2008 Invited speaker, Society for East Asian Archaeology, Beijing, China. Paper entitled: Public Archaeology: an introduction
2007 Invited speaker, Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations, Koc University, Istanbul. Paper entitled: Heritage Management: some observations from the UK.
2006 Invited speaker UCL/British Academy/Global Heritage Fund, Archaeology in Conflict Conference: Cultural Heritage, Site Management and Sustainable Development in Conflict and Post-Conflict States in the Middle East. Paper entitled: Archaeologists and conflict: an impossible relationship?
2006 Invited Panel Chair English Heritage/National Trust Conference, Your Place or Mine? Engaging New Audiences with Heritage.
2006 Invited Keynote speaker for Hungarian Ministry of Culture/British Council Seminar on 'Heritage Interpretation’.
2005 Invited lecturer, the Sixth Bassey Andah Memorial Lecture, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Lecture entitled: Archaeology and conflict.
2004 Invited Keynote speaker Annual conference of ICOMOS Australia, Tasmania, Australia. Paper entitled: "Not punching it's weight..." heritage and tourism working together? Some reflections from the UK and beyond.
2004 Invited speaker at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the New Zealand Archaeological Association, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Paper entitled: The World Archaeological Congress: anachronism or necessity?
2004 Invited speaker, Seminar tour: Australian National University, Canberra; Flinders University, Adelaide; Deakin University, Melbourne; Auckland University, New Zealand. Paper entitled: The Identification and Protection of the Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Iraq.
2004 Invited speaker, Hashemite University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. Paper entitled: The Identification and Protection of the Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Iraq.
2004 Invited speaker Department for Culture Media and Sport National Seminar on World Heritage Education, London, UK. Paper entitled: World Heritage Education – an overview.
2004 Invited speaker, International Conference on Archaeological Heritage Management and Education in the Mediterranean, Rhodes. Paper entitled: The presentation and interpretation of prehistoric sites to formal and informal audiences.
2003 Invited speaker to cross-Whitehall invited audience (arranged by MoD), London, UK. Paper entitled: Archaeology, heritage and war.
2003 Invited speaker World Heritage Sites: managing conflict and change Conference, Durham, UK. Paper entitled: World Heritage Sites: opportunities and challenges.
Archaeology, heritage, world heritage, education, interpretation, management, protection
Peter does not teach any undergraduate courses at present.
Peter developed the MA in Heritage Education and Interpretation in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) and contributes to modules across the whole suite of MA programmes offered in ICCHS.
At present his teaching opportunities are restricted by his role as Head of School.