World Heritage Sites

Fountains Abbey 2

In the United Kingdom there are currently 27 World Heritage Sites [WHS’s] as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation [UNESCO]. Seventeen are in England four in Scotland, three in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. The remaining three are in the overseas territories of Bermuda, the Pitcairn Islands and on St Helena; one is unique,” Frontiers of the Roman Empire” which the UK shares with Germany.

UNESCO’s constitution was ratified by the UK and another 25 countries in 1946 and its purpose was to provide for the "conservation and protection of the world’s inheritance of books, works of art and monuments of history and science". Contributing £130,000 annually to the World Heritage Fund, the UK helps to preserve cultural heritage sites primarily in developing countries but also within the UK.

Historic Property Restoration has worked on several World Heritage Sites; Frontiers of the Roman Empire – more well  known as Hadrian’s Wall, Durham Cathedral and Castle, and the ruins of Fountains Abbey within Studley Royal Park which were some of the first sites to be included by UNESCO on the WHS list.