Sunday, 22 April 2012

World Heritage Weekend


This is just a trailer... I am busy enjoying this weekend's celebration of Saltaire's UNESCO World Heritage Site status - and putting together some blog posts so you too can share the festivities.

I loved this old photo of a horse-drawn canal boat on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which is the poster for this year's special Weekend.  The Canal, of course, runs through Saltaire and was one of the reasons Sir Titus Salt chose this site for his new mill and village.

As the programme says: 'There are 936 World Heritage Sites across the world.  Some are natural such as the Jurassic coast in Devon, others man-made such as the Sphinx in Egypt.  Saltaire is in very good company!'   In many ways, this blog is the product of the World Heritage movement.  In 2009 I visited the World Heritage Site of Masada on the shore of Israel's Dead Sea and I was awe-struck by the history and beauty of the place.  It was only when I returned home that the realisation fully struck me that I live in a World Heritage Site - and I was, at that time, just taking it all for granted.  So I resolved to find out more about Saltaire and its history - and that led to me starting this blog, to record what I was noticing and learning and as a way of sharing that. Worth celebrating?  I think so....

6 comments:

  1. Absolutely, it's worth celebrating. And, throughout the year, your posts are keeping a worldwide audience up-to-date with facts and events.

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  2. It’s actually a nice and useful piece of post. I am glad that you simply shared with us. Thanks!

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  3. I agree about the celebration. And also about the old picture : How beautiful!

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  4. I have learned a huge amount about Saltaire from reading your blog, so I'm delighted that you decided to keep this record :)

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  5. I love the old picture -- and I love your blog. You are one of the treasures of Saltaire.

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  6. TOTALLY worth celebrating! Your readers and I are fortunate the lightbulb turned on for you... and I am grateful for finding you and your amazing blog.

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