18 April is World Heritage Day, a day where we celebrate cultural heritage and how we can protect and preserve it for future generations.
This year’s theme is the Heritage of Education which focuses on how education in schools, universities, libraries and academies was practised in a wide range of buildings, and their subsequent place in our cultural heritage.
World Heritage Day began in 1982 when a symposium on 18 April, organised by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), decided an ‘International Day for Monuments and Sites’ should be commemorated. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) approved the notion and henceforth this day was to be known informally as World Heritage Day.
How to celebrate World Heritage Day:
- Visit a significant monument or site
- Attend a conference with local or international experts
- Attend an exhibition
- Hold a awareness raising activity for students or children
To find out more about this year’s theme, visit the ICOMOS Heritage of Education page.
General information on World Heritage Day can be found on the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites page.