The World Heritage Convention was signed in 1972 and the 40th Anniversary in 2012 was celebrated around the world in many ways . To find out more visit the UNESCO website.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention English Heritage arranged a Tour of both halves of the WHS. 18 April is often celebrated as World Heritage Day so we chose this day to mark the 40th Anniversary. Around a dozen brave souls took part in a Tour of the Stonehenge and Avebury WHS led by Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebuery WHS. We experienced torrential rain but nevertheless we had a fascinating day exploring key monuments at Avebury including a tour of the Henge and Alexander Keiller Museum after an introduction to World Heritage given by Sarah Simmonds, Avebury WHS Officer. After a hearty lunch provided by the NT Stone Circle, Cafe at Avebury the tour travelled through the Pewsey Vale to Stonehenge and stopping off at Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.