International Day for Monuments and Sites
18 Apr 2014
18 April every year. Celebrating the world's built cultural heritage.
UNESCO established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites in 1983. It aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them.
Each year has a different theme, and you should be able to find further details about the theme nearer the time at the International Council of Monuments and Sites website.
This day is also commonly known as World Heritage Day. However, whilst UNESCO is the organisation that lists World Heritage Sites, this day is not just about the listed sites, but concens all cultural heritage places and landscapes of international, national and local significance.
Why not celebrate the day by getting your students to nominate a local site to visit that they feel is important to their cultural heritage? Or get them to research about other sites worldwide? The UNESCO site gives details of success stories and successful restorations as well as world heritage sites in danger.Add to calendar