World Heritage Day is celebrated annually on 18th April. This year, (also the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention), English Heritage experts are on hand to help you discover the prehistoric landscapes at Stonehenge and Avebury and to show how World Heritage Status is helping to conserve them.
Stonehenge and Avebury became a World Heritage Site in 1986 for their outstanding prehistoric monuments dating from around 3,700 to 1,600 BC. The stone circle of Stonehenge is recognised throughout the world and the site is very special. The 2,600 hectares of surrounding landscape contains 350 burial mounds and prehistoric monuments such as the the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. Part of this landscape is also managed by the National Trust.
Avebury is the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. The site includes Windmill Hill, the West Kennet Long Barrow, the West Kennet and Beckhampton Avenues, the Sanctuary, Silbury Hill (the largest prehistoric mound in Europe), the West Kennet Palisaded Enclosures, and important barrows.
The event is from 10am to 6pm on April 18th and tickets cost £35 (includes refreshments). Booking via English Heritage is essential: 0870 333 1181.
What is World heritage Day ?
World Heritage Day 18th April 2012 – Get Involved!
This special day offers an opportunity to celebrate local heritage all over the world! Why not get involved … there’s any number of things you could do to celebrate World Heritage Day 2012 …
- Provide free admission to your heritage site
- Publicise your site in local newspapers or radio
- Hang World Heritage Day banners on your local sites
- Organise a public talk or lecture on your local heritage
- Put together an exhibition celebrating your local heritage
- Award a prize to soemone who has made an outstanding contribution to your local heritage
- Inaugurate a recently restored monument
- Get the kids involved with tours or treasure hunts
World Heritage Day (International Day for Monuments & Sites) was created in 1982 by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments & Sites) and was later approved at the UNESCO General Conference in 1983.
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