The Value(s) of UNESCO

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Statue of Liberty © David Gill

One of the many roles for UNESCO has been the recognition of World Heritage Sites around the world. The news that both the US and the State of Israel will be withdrawing from the funding of UNESCO raises deep concerns.

The 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property has had a major impact on the way that countries can protect their cultural property in the face of organised looting and damage. Over 300 items have been returned to Italy from North American public and private collections as a result of this benchmark for cultural property. (The value of this Convention is discussed on “Looting Matters“.)

Among the WHS locations in the USA is the Statue of Liberty that was inscribed on the list back in 1984. As UNESCO states, the statue “endures as a highly potent symbol – inspiring contemplation, debate, and protest – of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy, and opportunity”.

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards 2017

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Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art © David Gill

The Suffolk Museum of the Years Awards 2017 took place at the University of Suffolk last night. The awards, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, were as follows:

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Suffolk Museum Object of the Year 2017, awarded by Lesley Dolphin © David Gill

Congratulations to the winners, short-listed museums and to all museums across Suffolk.

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Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017 © David Gill

Tom Potter, “Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art named Suffolk Museum of the Year“, EADT 9 October 2017.

#HeritageDay17 Glenfinnan

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Glenfinnan © David Gill

The Glenfinnan Monument, in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, marks the point where Prince Charles Edward Stewart landed in 1745. The column was erected in 1815

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Glenfinnan © David Gill

Releasing the Story of Sutton Hoo

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Sutton Hoo © David Gill

The National Trust has been awarded £1.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enhance the visitor experience at Sutton Hoo. One of the projects will be to create a 17 m high viewing tower to give some visitors views of the burial ground. Tranmer House, overlooking the cemetery, will be the home for a new interpretative exhibition.

Framlingham Castle: Tudor bridge

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

A 16th century bridge provided access from the inner court to the garden on the other side of the ditch in the outer bailey. The bridge was constructed from stone and brick.

Access was adjacent to Tower 7.

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Framlingham Castle, Tudor bridge © David Gill

National Trust Membership Size

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Waddesdon Manor © David Gill

The membership of the National Trust has now exceeded the five million mark (“National Trust memberships hit new high of five million“, BBC News 23 September 2017). This marks a leap from the numbers for 2016 (see here).

The release also includes the top 10 National Trust sites (for the year up to April 2017): two in Northern Ireland, eight in England, and none from Wales.

Remember to have fun at Framlingham Castle

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Framlingham Castle, September 2017 © David Gill

The once peaceful surroundings of Framlingham Castle are a little bit of Suffolk’s heritage. English Heritage has installed a slide (‘Time Tunnel’) inside the walls as part of its visitor improvements.

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Framlingham Castle, September 2017 © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle, September 2017 © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle, September 2017 © David Gill

In case you want to remember the castle as it was in previous years, here is a reminder:

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Framlingham Castle, 2015 © David Gill