Wednesday, 18 April 2012

World Heritage Day

Photo: Matt Banks /

Did you know that Wednesday 18th April 2012 is the 40th annual World Heritage Day? On this day our attention is drawn to all aspects of cultural heritage, monuments and historical sites of national and international importance, in particular their protection and conservation for future generations.

If this is an area that is of interest to you why not pop in to the Owen library here at SMU and browse our collection of heritage studies books located at shelfmark 790.53 or take a look at some of our e-book titles such as: Interpreting our Heritage by Freeman Tilden.

If you are particularly interested in the cultural heritage of Wales you could try a website called Gathering the Jewels which has digitised a collection of over 30,000 photographs, letters and other objects from museums, libraries and archives all over Wales. Or maybe you fancy being a little more active and actually visiting some local heritage sites in the Swansea area - if so take some inspiration from the list on Swansea Bay's tourism website.

Let us know what some of your favourite heritage attractions are in Wales or further afield, we'd love to hear from you...happy World Heritage Day!!


  1. Oystermouth Castle, right here on our doorstep in Mumbles, is my favourite castle and would easily make my top ten heritage sites. Well worth a visit if you haven't been yet!

  2. I've just discovered a fab list of worldwide heritage sites on the UNESCO website if people are looking for inspiration -