World Heritage Day 2016

Silbury Hill from West Kennet Long Barrow
Silbury Hill from West Kennet Long Barrow

18 April is ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites but unofficially known as World Heritage Day.

This year Stonehenge and Avebury are celebrating 30 years of being a World Heritage Site along with six other sites, the first sites to be designated World Heritage Sites in the UK.

The other six sites were: The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast Northern Ireland; Durham Castle and Cathedral; Ironbridge Gorge; Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountain’s Abbey in Yorkshire; Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites; The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd North Wales and St Kilda in Scotland.

A total of 29 sites were inscribed in 1986. Three of those sites are now on the endangered list: Aleppo in Syria, Sana’a in Yemen (due to war) and Chan Chan in Peru (climate change).

Recent events in the Middle East and elsewhere show how fragile our heritage is, why not show how you value #WorldHeritage and celebrate World Heritage Day by visiting a World Heritage Site near you and sharing your favourite World Heritage Site on Twitter with using the hashtag #WorldHeritageDay?

The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Twitter account is @StoneAveWHS


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