A Student of History

June 5, 2006

Stonehenge and World Heritage-2006

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 8:50 pm

English Heritage is providing what they call "Managed Open Access" to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice this year.  This from the English Heritage website, here

General View

Stonehenge and Avebury were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 for their outstanding prehistoric monuments. Altogether, the Stonehenge World Heritage Site covers 2,600 hectares owned by English Heritage, the National Trust, the Ministry of Defence, farmers and householders. The Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Plan sets out a strategic framework to conserve and manage the site for present and future generations.  For the future plans for this incredible site, go to this page.  To facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the Management Plan, a World Heritage Site Coordinator was appointed in 2001 and a part-time assistant was recruited in 2003. They constitute the ‘Stonehenge WHS Team’, based in the English Heritage office in Salisbury. They work closely with the many partners involved at Stonehenge.

The WHS Coordinator reports quarterly to the Stonehenge WHS Committee, the executive recommended in the Management Plan. Composed of the key stakeholders, its role is to oversee the implementation of the WHS Management Plan and to take decisions on priorities, strategies and funding.

In 2001, the WHS Advisory Forum was set up to keep interested parties informed of progress and to provide an opportunity for consultation. This wider group, meeting once a year, is composed of all the organisations and individuals which were involved in the preparation of the Management Plan.

World Heritage Sites are places of international importance for the conservation of mankind's cultural and natural heritage. In 2005, there were 812 of them, including 26 in the UK and overseas territories. Examples include the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef, Venice and the Tower of London.

World Heritage Sites are places that need to be preserved for future generations, as part of a common universal heritage.  For a list, you can go here.


1 Comment »

  1. As an add on, go to http://www.stonepages.com/news/#1915 for an article about roadwork and the threats to Stonehenge.

    Comment by John Maass — June 14, 2006 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

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