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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 in Peru

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 Wall (2008).

  • 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

  • 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

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For further information

Alan Bannon
Historic Scotland Media Office
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805