Historic Scotland Hosts World Heritage Conference
23 September 2011
Historic Scotland is hosting
a three day conference for representatives from Scotland England, and Germany to share experience and
practice of managing a World Heritage Site which enriches and links the three countries.
The Frontiers of the Roman Empire (FRE) World Heritage Site currently
consists of Hadrian’s Wall in England, the Upper German Raetian Limes and the Antonine Wall in Scotland.
It is unique in being the first trans-national,
serial World Heritage Site with potential constituent parts in several countries that are nominated
separately by each country.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Cultural and External Affairs
said: “Being part of a trans-national site provides an excellent opportunity for Scotland to work with
people in other countries, to share information and to promote Scotland on a global scale.
“The practical contribution of World Heritage Sites to Scotland
and its future should not be underestimated. Tourism makes an important contribution to our economy
and the cultural and natural heritage of our nation is an extremely important element in encouraging
World Heritage Site status is a high accolade that should be celebrated.
By protecting and conserving these sites we are securing their long-term future and allowing appreciation
of their cultural and natural value.”
The Cabinet Secretary met officials during a reception at Edinburgh
Castle on Thursday 22nd September along with pupils from Glendale Primary School and Bellahouston
Academy, both Glasgow-based, who presented the results and experiences of their recent projects along
the Antonine Wall.
World Heritage Sites (WHS) are cultural and/or natural sites
considered to be of “outstanding universal value” which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List
by the World Heritage Committee. The Committee is governed by the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
• “Outstanding Universal Value” means
that a site is of such importance to all humanity it transcends national boundaries. It is a high accolade
that brings with it responsibilities and international scrutiny. The UK has been party to the convention
• The UK currently has 28 World Heritage
Sites (Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall are part of a single transnational site which also includes
the German limes).
• There are 5 sites in Scotland: the Heart
of Neolithic Orkney; the Antonine Wall; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh; New Lanark and St Kilda.
• The Frontiers of the Roman Empire (FRE)
WHS currently consists of Hadrians Wall in England, the Upper German Raetian Limes and the Antonine
Wall in Scotland.
• The concept of a Frontiers of the Roman
Empire WHS was created after the announcement that Germany intended to nominate their frontier as a
World Heritage Site in 2003.
• It is unique in being the first trans-national,
serial World Heritage Site – with potential constituent parts in several countries and nominated separately
by each of those countries.
• It is a concept which fits well with
the original aims and purpose of the World Heritage Convention to protect the world’s cultural and natural
heritage as the property of all humanity.
• In 2005 the Upper German Raetian Limes
joined Hadrian’s Wall on the World Heritage List and the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage
Site was born. In July 2008 the Antonine Wall became the third site to join the FRE.
Notes for editors
1. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the
Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully
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