Today is World Heritage Day, a day to celebrate, raise awareness and preserve the diverse range of culturally and historically important heritage sites around the globe. Celebrated on 18 April, the scheme was started by the International Council for Monuments and Sites in conjunction with UNESCO.
Our picture editor Rosie loves the ancient site of Avebury which you can see above. “The landscape has a special quality, and amazing views from the ancient hill top sites. I happened to visit West Kennet Long Barrow on Halloween and there was a lit candle and an offering left inside the barrow–a reminder that people are still using these ancient sites in the modern age.” To celebrate World Heritage Day, visitors can access the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury for free today.
Our editor Paul is a fan of the blue plaques scattered across buildings in London, especially the one in Mayfair for musician Jimi Hendrix’s house, as it’s right next door to composer Handel’s. The two buildings now combine to house the Handel & Hendrix in London museum. “I love that juxtaposition, that musicians from such vastly different eras were making revolutionary music separated only by time and a wall.”
Production editor Kev picked Hampton Court Palace. This fascinating place holds centuries of history but is most well-known for its association with Henry VIII – his only male heir Edward VI was born here and this was where he was informed of his fifth wife Catherine Howard’s alleged adultery. “As you walk through you can really feel a sense of grandeur and the important decisions and events that have happened within these walls. “
Sheu, our art editor, loves visiting Stourhead. This grand estate, now run by the National Trust, includes a Palladian mansion as well as world-famous 18th-century gardens. If you’re a film fan, you might recognise the bridge and Apollo’s temple from the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice.
Staff writer Emma loves all things Arthurian so Tintagel Castle is her choice. “The Cornish landscape here is breathtaking and with the castle sitting right on the edge of the cliffs, you can really feel transported back to a time where heroes and knights from the King Arthur legends may have existed. “
Where’s your favourite heritage site? Send in your photos of your favourite historical sites or landmarks to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use #historyrevpostcards for Twitter and Instagram. They could get picked for Postcards from the Past!