17 Apr 2014
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The International Day for Monuments and Sites (18 April) celebrates the diversity of heritage throughout the world. Events on or around this date taking place in more than 40 countries together act as a powerful advocate for the shared cause of our heritage.

Here is a just a taster of the many and varied events around the UK this year, with a focus on our World Heritage Sites. They include 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.

In Orkney, people have the chance to learn more about the Islands’ extraordinary Neolithic history, and its status as a World Heritage Site, through an innovative ‘pop-up’ exhibition of replica Neolithic artefacts, at the VisitScotland Information Centre in Kirkwall. Those visiting on World Heritage Day itself will also have the chance to meet and talk to Historic Scotland Rangers about the work they do around the Heart of Neolithic Orkney WHS. The exhibition runs from 15–22 April.

Bath has been celebrating 27 years of World Heritage Site status through a series of free events held at the Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens, one of the country's last surviving 18th-century pleasure gardens.

Saltaire, West Yorkshire's World Heritage Site, is hosting its 4th annual celebration of International Sites and Monuments Day with activities and exhibitions over the weekend of 26–27 April. The packed range of events includes heritage canal boat trips, a display of the Saltaire Archive in Shipley College's Salt Building, and four talks exploring such subjects as the uses of Victoria Hall during the First World War and the owners of Salts Mill.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site will be hosting its World Heritage Weekend over the May Bank Holiday (3–5 May). Visitors will see Fountains’ ages brought to life by medieval crafts, dance and cookery and elegant Georgian costume and fan-making. The World Heritage Site Management Plan is also being reviewed this year so why not take the opportunity to have your say about what you think should happen on the estate over the next six years.

Beyond the UK there is a host of events and activities happening in more than 40 countries around the world – find out more here