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Old December 13th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #1
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Heritage day celebrates Bath's history
9 April 2009
Bath Chronicle

Dozens of activities to celebrate Bath's place in history will take place on International World Heritage Day later this month.

The city was designated a World Heritage Site 22 years ago and is one of only two entire cities to receive the UN honour - the other being Venice.

Civic officials are waiting for the report of a delegation which visited Bath late last year on a fact-finding mission to look at the possible impact of the Western Riverside development.

But they are confident that they have nothing to fear from the Unesco team and that they have struck the right balance between conservation and development in recent years.

Bath and North East Somerset Council, together with the Bath Preservation Trust and other groups, is organising a day of activities to celebrate its heritage gems on Saturday April 18.

A council spokesman said: "World heritage designation is a tremendous accolade for Bath, recognising the city as belonging to an exclusive collection of worldwide sites which surpass local or national importance and are part of a shared global heritage.

"The city demonstrates multiple layers of cultural genius. The Romans had the foresight and technology to harness the only hot springs in this country, and in the same fantastic landscape setting the Georgians built an elegant new town which influenced the architectural and social traditions of a nation."

Cllr Terry Gazzard, the authority's cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture (Con, Abbey), said: "Bath and North East Somerset Council is very proud of Bath's heritage and sees the World Heritage Status as a real inspiration, not a constraint.

"To truly appreciate the city you have to understand it. This is where World Heritage Day comes in, encouraging all of us to enjoy finding out more about this very special place and ensuring future generations can appreciate it too."

He added: "The World Heritage Site contains around 4,900 listed buildings, and the strongest indication of the fact that Bath is a thriving commercial centre and wonderful place to live is that virtually all of these listed buildings remain in use as homes, offices and shops. This is no museum; it is a vibrant, living city. World Heritage Day gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves just how important our shared heritage is, and the direction it can give us for the future."

The report of the Unesco delegation will be issued after a UN World Heritage Committee meeting in Spain in June.

The preservation trust's conservation officer Joanna Robinson said the group hoped local people would take part in the day.

"This special day provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness of the cultural heritage (the hot springs, Roman remains, 18th Century architecture and town planning, landscape setting and social history) of an outstanding city that is recognised and appreciated by people all over the world.

"The trust has been working harder than ever to influence national policy on the protection and management of World Heritage Sites and to ensure proper management of Bath as a World Heritage City at a local level.

"We are encouraged by a number of recent public statements by council leaders recognising the importance of Bath's World Heritage status, and we will keep pressing for real action to protect and enhance our wonderful city. There is a real need to strengthen the accountability of local authorities responsible for World Heritage Sites and a need to give them the legal tools and the financial resources that they need to ensure proper implementation of the management plan, which is to be reviewed this year."

The trust expressed concern to the delegation about what it viewed as a lack of planning policies covering the historic environment and the threat posed by Government housebuilding targets.

During the day the range of activities available includes guided tours of the tower of Bath Abbey, and walks around the city organised by the Mayor's Guides and the National Trust. In addition, the Ermine Street Guard will perform military re-enactments in Kingston Parade, followed by a performance by actors from the Roman Baths.

There will also be a meeting of the BetterBath initiative at the Building of Bath Collection, Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards, the Paragon, Bath at 10.30am for 11am.

The subject for discussion will be Bath's World Heritage Status - what does it mean for the city, and how can we make the most of it?

It will be chaired by Bath Chronicle editor Sam Holliday, and addressed by retired civil servant David Beeton, recently appointed chairman of Bath's World Heritage Steering Group.

Another event will be an open day at No 1 Royal Crescent, which is run by the trust.

There will demonstrations of Georgian dancing, period music and a chance to play Georgian card games, embroider, have your portrait sketched and find out about the food of the day.

There are three cooking demonstrations throughout the day - at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

More details are available at www.bathnes.gov.uk/heritageevents.
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