Monday 18th April is World Heritage Day! To celebrate it, I was commissioned to create an art pack by Durham Cathedral and Durham University Library and Heritage Collections based around the Lindisfarne Gospels.
I also designed a map for the Lindisfarne Art Trail. Using the pack I designed, eight schools across Durham will be designing their own unique letter which will be displayed at eight different locations along the trail map.
The map has locations for parking, toilets and various footpaths for pedestrians only. The eight locations include (starting from Framwellgate Bridge) Cafe Ravika, Moon Jewellry, Bell’s Fish and Chips, Mugwump, The Circle Vintage, The Kemble Gallery & Art Shop, Owengate House, and Palace Green. As landmarks there are illustrations of Palace Green and Durham Cathedral.
The full map will be available at the trail launch, later this month.
More information on World Heritage Day:
In 1982, UNESCO’s General Conference established 18th April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites, in many countries also celebrated as World Heritage Day. The day is promoted by ICOMOS globally.
The history of a place can involve many points of view. The conservation of cultural heritage requires careful examination of the past, and its practice demands provision for the future.
The World Heritage Convention (1972) states: “deterioration or disappearance of any item of the cultural or natural heritage constitutes a harmful impoverishment of the heritage of all the nations of the world”. However, imbalances in recognition, interpretation and ultimately, conservation of various cultural manifestations continue to exist.
Together with ICOMOS, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre supports inclusive and diverse points of view in heritage identification, conservation and transmission to future generations.
Acknowledging global calls for greater inclusion and recognition of diversity, this Day invites all of us to reflect on, interpret and review existing narratives.