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Celebrating World Heritage Day 2017

April 22, 2017 by No Comments | Category Culture

This week we celebrated World Heritage Day, an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the best examples of cultural heritage and natural landscapes the world has to offer.

This annual celebration, taking place every year on 18th April, encourages us to take a moment every year to reflect on how the world’s sites of great cultural significance connect us to our heritage, put us in touch with our past and enable us to better understand our present and our future.

From the Great Wall of China to the Pyramids of Giza, there are more than a thousand sites on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List – an impressive roll call of places that have been recognised as universally significant for us all and important both for current and future generations.

Scotland boasts six World Heritage Sites: St Kilda, the Antonine Wall, New Lanark, Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, the Forth Bridge and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. They connect us to a history stemming back more than 5,000 years, provide social, educational and economic benefits and are a key driver for our tourism sector, especially in 2017, as we are celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

World Heritage Day was marked in Scotland with events taking place across all six Scottish sites throughout the day.

Dig It! 2017 launched its new Bucket List challenge in collaboration with EventScotland and Historic Environment Scotland. Part of the Scotland in Six series of events running on World Heritage Day, this was a highlight of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, encouraging visitors from Scotland and around the world to discover some of our finest historic attractions.

During the day, events took place across all six sites – ranging from a 1:1 scale Minecraft recreation of St Kilda, to a Battle of the Bands, which saw Georgian-era musicians competing against medieval minstrels to affirm their supremacy across Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. Families were encouraged to take part in a fun race of Picts against Romans and a Great Roman Bake Off at the Antonine Wall in Falkirk.

Falkirk – 5K fun run and bake off:

Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns – Battle of the Bands:

Orkney – Archaeodark:

New Lanark – Yarn bombing:

St. Kilda – Minecraft recreation:

Celebrations in perfect Steampunk style were hosted at the Forth Bridge, with three minute pop-up festivals from the 1890s taking place at the iconic site, the most recent of our six World Heritage Sites to be inscribed.

Scotland’s rich natural and cultural heritage is a true asset. This Government’s commitment remains to ensure our precious heritage sites are safeguarded, protected and preserved for future generations.


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