Maritime Greenwich is marking 20 years since it was awarded World Heritage Site status with a stunning lighting event, illuminating the sites that represent over 500 years of Greenwich’s cultural heritage.
“Greenwich is renowned around the world as the home of time and a place with a rich royal and maritime history. A lot has changed in our borough in the twenty years since Maritime Greenwich became a World Heritage site but one constant that has remained is the appeal that it has with visitors from around the world. Each year 18 million people visit our borough spending £1.24 billion in the local economy. As we reach this momentous anniversary, the celebrations we have planned will help to reinforce why people keep coming back here time after time.”
“We take great pride in being part of Maritime Greenwich, one of the most significant World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom. The 20th anniversary event is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring people together to see the architectural beauty of Maritime Greenwich, centred on The Queen’s House and the Grand Axis that it defines, and celebrate the heritage that played such a significant role in British and World history.”
"This is a unique opportunity to showcase this very special place, raise awareness of World Heritage and give people a chance to appreciate our internationally significant architecture in a way that hasn't been done before. It has been a privilege for the Old Royal Naval College to work closely with World Heritage Site partners in bringing this event to fruition."
Notes to Editors
Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site was inscribed by the World Heritage Convention in 1997 and comprises the historic town centre, Royal Park and related institutional buildings including the Queen’s House, Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum and the Royal Hospital for Seamen (today the Old Royal Naval College).
The management of the WHS ensures that the conservation and protection of the area balances with the development of new infrastructure, products and services to encourage tourism to be delivered in a sustainable way for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. For more information about the outstanding universal values that make Maritime Greenwich a World Heritage Site, visit www.greenwichworldheritage.org
To plan a visit and find out more about things to see and do in Maritime Greenwich in its 20th year, see www.visitgreenwich.org.ukThe theme for World Heritage Day this year is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen by ICOMOS in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and celebrates the positive outcomes of a deepening partnership between sustainable tourism development and cultural heritage conservation.
For more information about World Heritage Day and this year’s theme of Sustainable Tourism Development, click here
For images please visit: https://bigfilebox.nmm.ac.uk/lwt/25531-a4yIQaInVeANLFfJa639mB1Rq
To view drone footage of the Queen’s House, visit https://goo.gl/QwkvwT
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