Derry to host top international Walled Towns summit next week

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 14th October 2013. ''The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly, launching European Walled Towns conference which takes place in Derry on October 23rd-26. Included, are Alastair Ross, Project Officer, DCC, Tony Monaghan Economic Development Officer, DCC, Marie Lynch, Conference  Co-ordinator, and Eamonn Deane, Director, Holywell Trust.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 14th October 2013. ''The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly, launching European Walled Towns conference which takes place in Derry on October 23rd-26. Included, are Alastair Ross, Project Officer, DCC, Tony Monaghan Economic Development Officer, DCC, Marie Lynch, Conference Co-ordinator, and Eamonn Deane, Director, Holywell Trust.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Derry is set to host delegates from across Europe at a major international heritage symposium in the city next week.

Delegates will look at best practice in heritage management when they visit the city as part of the European Walled Towns Symposium, which is to take place between October 23-26.

The event is being organised by Holywell Trust with support from Derry City Council and will focus on walled towns and historic towns and the contribution they can make to economic recovery in Europe.

Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly says it is a huge accolade for the city to host such a significant event.

“This is a very prestigious event with speakers and delegates travelling from all over Europe to participate,” he said.

“Derry City Council is a member of the EWT, an international partnership organisation that supports the strategic interests of walled towns and cities across Europe.

“The Holywell Trust has put together an exciting programme of national and international speakers and we are hugely excited that this event is taking place during our year as UK City of Culture.”

The Director of Holywell Trust, Eamonn Deane, added: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Derry City Council in bringing this important European Walled Towns event to the city.

“It is indicative of our shared ambition to have Derry known and promoted throughout Europe in community and management of history and heritage.”

A number of keynote speakers will be attending the event, details of which will be available shortly.

Full event details can be found at www.walls400.com/symposium