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Celebrating thirty years of World Heritage in the United Kingdom

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Celebrating thirty years of World Heritage in the United Kingdom

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2016 is special for World Heritage in the UK as it is the 30th anniversary of the inscription of our first seven Sites onto the World Heritage List. Those sites are: St Kilda, Giant’s Causeway, the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd, Durham Castle and Cathedral, Ironbridge Gorge, Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey and Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites. The seven sites were inscribed at the 10th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris from 24 – 28 November 1986.

The UK signed the Convention in 1984 and these were seven of 36 sites that were on the UK tentative list at that time. Since then a further 19 UK mainland Sites and three Sites in overseas territories have been added to the UK’s 29 World Heritage Sites. The most recent Site was the Forth Rail Bridge added in July 2015.

Each Site will be holding a series of events celebrating the anniversary. Keep an eye out on this website and those of each WHS for updates on a wide range of events and activities to celebrate the anniversary.

Most sites are also on Twitter. We’d love to see your photos of the seven anniversary Sites. You can share thoughts, comments and events on Twitter using #WHS30.

For further information about UK World Heritage Sites you can find more detail at:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/gb

 

For information about the 7 Sites see below:

St Kilda (image above)

http://www.kilda.org.uk/

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/worldheritage

 

Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway

 

The Castles and Town Walls of Edward I in Gwynedd
http://cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/protection/worldheritage/?lang=en

 

Durham Castle and Cathedral

https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/

 

Ironbridge Gorge

http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/

 

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden

 

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/

Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan

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Stonehenge and Avebury

Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan

The Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committee and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Committee are delighted to announce the launch of the first joint Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site (WHS) Management Plan.  Throughout the development of the Plan there have been opportunities for the local community to participate at drop in consultation sessions, at stakeholder workshops and on-line during the 12 week public consultation.  The Management Plan is a framework for the many partners who help to manage the World Heritage Site including Wiltshire Council, The National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England, North Wessex Downs AONB, MoD, local parish and town councils and individual landowners and householders that make up the World Heritage Site.  The Plan covers a wide range of topics from planning policy, conservation and roads and transport to tourism, interpretation, education and community engagement. The WHS Coordination Unit has worked hard over the past two years to produce a comprehensive document that sets out the issues facing the World Heritage Site and how we will approach these.  The Unit has strengthened its relationships with its many partners during the development process and looks forward to working with them over the coming six years.

The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan and it is now available online at http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/management-of-whs/stonehenge-and-avebury-whs-management-plan-2015/

Beth Thomas
Stonehenge World Heritage Site Coordinator
E: beth.thomas@wiltshire.gov.uk
Website: http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/
@StoneAveWHS