Bath has something to help celebrate. It’s the 75th anniversary of the formation of UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. This international body helps promote and protect the world’s natural and man-made wonders with awarding World Heritage status to 1121 sites around the world including our city.
Bath was awarded its status in 1987 and – pandemic aside – normally helps draw hundreds of thousands of tourist into its historic heart.
I have been talking to Professor Barry Gilbertson about what it means to have a UNESCO inscription and also how the group he leads has helped look after some of our heritage assets.
Barry is Chair of The City of Bath ENESCO World Heritage Site and had much to say about repairs the group had carried out and will be carrying out – including putting right damage to the Queen Square obelisk.
He had his own thoughts on the future of the Laura Place fountain and some good news about the Archway Project that will enhance the Roman Baths and finally offer a place where people can discover more about the six attributes of Outstanding Universal Value his group do their best to both protect and enhance.