Guarding Durham’s historic heritage

The Mayoral Ceremonial Bodyguard greet Durham Mayor Les Thompson, accompanied by Captain Of The Bodyguard Gordon Dixon (right), walking into Durham World Heritage Centre with Durham University Vice - Chancellor Chris Higgins at the cultural celebration marking Durham's 25th year as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Mayoral Ceremonial Bodyguard greet Durham Mayor Les Thompson, accompanied by Captain Of The Bodyguard Gordon Dixon (right), walking into Durham World Heritage Centre with Durham University Vice - Chancellor Chris Higgins at the cultural celebration marking Durham's 25th year as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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CELEBRATIONS were held for the 25th birthday of Durham’s World Heritage status.

A week of cultural events marked the anniversary of the city’s Unesco World Heritage Site (WHS) of Durham Castle and Cathedral.

There was a procession of the city’s mayor Les Thompson with his bodyguards from the site’s information centre to the cathedral.

Durham University and Cathedral put together the diverse programme of events to give people the chance to experience the city’s heritage, presenting the talents of local, national and international groups.

Activities include the launch of an illustrated children’s activity book, a Norman re-enactment on Palace Green and free entry to the Wolfson Gallery.

Durham World Heritage Site was among the first in the UK to be listed in recognition of its outstanding universal value.

The status recognises the architectural importance of Durham Castle, home to University College, and Durham Cathedral, built between 1093 and 1133 and one of the finest examples of Norman Architecture in Europe, which was recently voted Britain’s favourite building.

Canon Rosalind Brown, chairwoman of the Durham World Heritage Site co-ordinating committee, said: “We are very happy to celebrate a site that is hundreds of years old and still retains its place in the hearts of people in the region and the nation, while growing in international recognition.

“A few weeks ago, the cathedral was the runaway winner in the poll to find Britain’s favourite building, and Durham University is a World Top 100 University.

“We do not stand still and the fact that parts of the WHS are currently a building site is evidence of some of the ambitious projects under way to restore our buildings and provide 21st Century facilities in medieval spaces.”

More information about the events can be found at www.durhamwhs.com