Waters and Wonder at City of Bath World Heritage Day!

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Drawing the windows on Pulteney BridgeBath’s annual celebration of International World Heritage Day took place on Sunday 23 April in the sunshine at a beautifully blooming Parade Gardens.

The ‘Waters of Bath’ was the theme for the day and free activities exploring the history and use of Bath’s hot springs, canal network and River Avon were enjoyed by over 1400 visitors of all ages.

View of standsThe gardens came alive with the sound of music courtesy of Bath Spa Band and Bath City Jubilee Waits, who also accompanied the Widcombe Mummers in their colourful ‘St George and the Dragon’ play to mark St George’s Day.

Special guided walks are an ever popular feature of the annual event.  Various routes and subjects were covered, from the history and features of Parade Gardens to waterside tours.  These were led by the Mayor’s Honorary Guides, Cleveland Pools Trust and the National Trust.

This year, for the first time, World Heritage Day featured a programme of mini talks.  These focused on the history of Bath’s waters as well as updates from projects and initiatives across the World Heritage City including Bath Abbey Footprint, the Bathscape landscape partnership, Bath Medical Museum and the restoration of Cleveland Pools.

A record-breaking number of heritage displays and activity stands were present on the day offering opportunities to find out more about local canals, river safety, Bath’s best green views, Lottery-funded projects and heritage initiatives.  Location knowledge was tested with the ‘Great Spas of Europe’ picture quiz and flags were added to a giant world map to show the far-flung World Heritage Sites people had visited.  Visitors were treated to the Bath Record Office Roadshow and the chance to see real objects associated with the spa from the Roman Baths collection.  They even got to meet Paralympic champion swimmer Stephanie Millward and try on her medals at the Cleveland Pools stall!  It was wonderful to bring together so many (27!) of the City’s key heritage organisations, who enjoyed catching up with each other as well as enthusing visitors.

World Heritage Sites world mapsThere were lots of family-friendly activities to keep younger visitors entertained including craft activities, World Heritage dominoes, historic maps, colouring competitions and a bookmark stamp trail.  Special mention must be made of the amazing Pulteney Bridge model-building activities offered by Bath Preservation Trust. Robert Adam, the original Georgian architect, was wandering round the site all day and was most impressed with the efforts of budding designers and engineers.  He also posed for many selfies with his physician in tow in front of his world-famous bridge.

Robert Adam and his PhysicianAll in all the day was a great way to kick off the 30th anniversary celebrations of Bath becoming a World Heritage Site.  Watch this space for a series of special talks in the Autumn as we continue to celebrate this milestone.

Furnace Journal – the postgraduate journal of the Ironbridge Institute – Issue 4 out now

Journal papers, News, Opportunities

Furnace Journal is the postgraduate journal of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham.

Issue 4 is on the theme of ‘World Heritage Education’ and hosts a keynote statement by the Focal Point for UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme outlining their vision for World Heritage Education. It also includes three articles by postgraduate authors from the UK, Botswana and India as well as World Heritage Youth summit reviews from the UK, Germany and Ghana. It is the first time a journal has focused on World Heritage Education and the first time World Heritage Youth Summit participants have published work together.

To view the full interactive issue: https://issuu.com/furnacejournal/docs/furnace_issue_4/1

To download individual articles: https://furnacejournal.wordpress.com/edition-one/issue-4-world-heritage-education/

 

Contents:

Davies, J. Editorial: World Heritage Education.

Quin, C. Keynote Statement on World Heritage Education (Focal Point for UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme).

Tlatlane, T R. The role of field trips and educational visits for enhancing World Heritage Site education.

Jain, I. Heritage Education: Beyond Hermeneutics and Ontology.

Mitchenson, D. Culture for kids: Engaging 0-5s with World Heritage and Culture.

Taylor, A. Working with young people age 13-25 and World Heritage – A Summit Approach. (Fourth UK UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit 2015).

Röhlen, H and Maio, R. The World Heritage Young Experts Forum 2015 and the Young Heritage Experts Network: Tools to foster youth involvement within the framework of the World Heritage Convention. (39th World Heritage Committee Session- World Heritage Youth Forum 2015).

Koomson, K A. My cherished memories: World Heritage Youth Forum in retrospect. (First African World Heritage Youth Forum 2016).

Acheson, C. World Heritage and Geography Education: a retrospective view

 

The call for papers for Issue 5 on ‘World Heritage and Communities’ is out now: https://furnacejournal.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

 

Thanks

Jamie Davies

Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage and PhD Research in World Heritage Education

j.g.davies@bham.ac.uk