World Heritage Day – Monday 18 April 2016

What’s on in Edinburgh?

On 18 April 2016, Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites will be celebrated with a day of free, fun activities at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The event will run from 11am – 4pm.

Visitors will be able to handle replica Neolithic and Roman artefacts, dress up as a 19th century mill worker from New Lanark or take part in a range of craft activities, from making a Roman sword to building their own St. Kilda Mailboat.  There will be a World Heritage Site trail for visitors to follow through the Museum, exploring the displays to find amazing artefacts from all the sites.

World Heritage people
World Heritage Day at the National Museum of Scotland

Why are the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh a World Heritage Site?

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh became a World Heritage Site in 1995.  This status is based on the contrast between the medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town which provides a clarity of urban structure beyond compare in Europe.

The six World Heritage Sites in Scotland
The six World Heritage Sites in Scotland

You can also read more about the review of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan and how to get involved.

What is World Heritage Day?

Lesley Macinnes, Head of the World Heritage Team at Historic Environment Scotland, said, “Scotland’s World Heritage Sites span thousands of years and thousands of miles, but you’re never more than a few hours from a place of worldwide significance. This event at the National Museum of Scotland offers tasters of each Site, to enable visitors to plan their own trips to explore them.”  World Heritage Day is celebrated throughout the world every year to raise public awareness about the efforts required to protect and conserve our cultural heritage.

Where to find us?

World Heritage Day is on Monday 18 April 2016, the event at the Museum will run from 11am – 4pm.  Entrance is free and non-ticketed.

You can also follow World Heritage Site day conversations from across globe on Twitter using #WorldHeritageDay