Celebrating World Heritage Day 2014
15 April 2014
Over the next week, people across Orkney will have the chance to learn more about
the Islands’ amazing Neolithic history, and its status as a World Heritage Site, on World Heritage Day
(Friday 18 April).
The innovative ‘pop-up’ exhibition of replica Neolithic artifacts, which is being
presented by Historic Scotland Rangers at the VisitScotland Information Centre in Kirkwall, is designed
to reflect the Island’s World Heritage Site: a collection of domestic and ritual monuments which include
Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar - known collectively as the Heart
of Neolithic Orkney (HONO).
Historic Scotland Ranger Sandra Miller said: “Orkney has some incredible heritage,
which people travel the world over to visit. Hopefully this will encourage local people to come and
learn more about it, and to celebrate the fact that, as a World Heritage Site, these islands are part
of an elite group which includes the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and Machu Picchu
Those visiting on World Heritage Day will also have the chance to meet and talk
to Historic Scotland Rangers, Sandra and Elaine, about the work they do around the Heart of Neolithic
Orkney. The exhibition runs from the 15th – 22nd April.
Scotland has four other World Heritage Sites, which will be marking World Heritage
Day in different ways. Amongst other things, there will be: an evening seminar in Edinburgh, exploring
the benefits that World Heritage brings to the community around it; school children taking part in an
event on the Antonine Wall near Kilsyth; tours of Edinburgh’s World Heritage area; and the City Chambers
in Edinburgh will be flying a special flag to celebrate the day.
Notes for editors:
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged
with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers
and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
- There are five World Heritage Sites in Scotland: St Kilda inscribed in 1986;
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (1995); Heart of Neolithic Orkney (1999); New Lanark (2001) and Antonine
- Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long
programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland
will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around
the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural
heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative
being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit
Follow Historic Scotland:
- With over 25 years’ experience of engaging audiences of all ages with innovative
and entertaining science, Edinburgh International Science Festival was the first and remains one of
the best science festivals in the world. The Science Festival presents hundreds of events for adults,
children and families across the city for two weeks from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 April 2014. The programme
offers talks, workshops, experiments, activities and events, with full details of the programme available
online at www.sciencefestival.co.uk