Friends, Romans & Countrymen celebrate World Heritage Day at Edinburgh Castle
16 April 2010
Edinburgh Castle, part of the Edinburgh Old and New Towns World Heritage Site, is hosting a special event this weekend to coincide with World Heritage Day.
World Heritage Day is organised annually by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to raise public awareness of the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.
ICOMOS suggests that visits to important heritage sites are an appropriate way of celebrating World Heritage Day, which this year is on Sunday, 18th April, so where better to go for a day out than one of Scotland’s most important historic attractions - Edinburgh Castle?
Historic Scotland Interpretation Manager Sheena Garden says: “Scotland’s World Heritage Sites represent some of the most outstanding and important historic attractions in Western Europe. As part of the Edinburgh Old and New Towns World Heritage Site, Edinburgh Castle is recognised as having world-class significance, rated alongside the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. It’s therefore a great place to celebrate World Heritage Day.
“This year, to commemorate the event, we’re taking a look at the Romans in Scotland and the importance of Scotland's newest World Heritage Site, the Antonine Wall.
“On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, visitors to Edinburgh Castle will be able to come face to face with a Roman soldier who’ll be talking to them about army life in the AD 140s, and what it was like to be stationed so far from home at the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Visitors will also meet a Celt and be able to view and handle a variety of replica artefacts from the period.”
Performances by the costumed interpreters on both Saturday and Sunday are at 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.00pm. The events are free, included with admission to the attraction.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- The International Day for Monuments and Sites (informally known as the World Heritage Day) was created on 18th April, 1982, by ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) and later approved at the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. This special day offers an opportunity to raise public awareness of the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability. The International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day) 2009 Theme is Heritage and Science. For further information, visit the special website at http://18april.icomos.org
- Edinburgh Castle is one of over 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland. Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places and for information on Edinburgh Castle and advance ticket purchasing visit: www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
- Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.
- Historic Scotland’s current ‘Make Your Own History’ membership promotion is offering 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 when membership – enabling unlimited access to over 75 heritage attractions - is purchased by direct debit. Family membership costs less than £7 a month. For more information on the ‘Make Your Own History’ membership offer, visit: