“Since war begins in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed… Peace is more than the end of armed conflict, it is to understand the richness that lies in a diverse world and the value of pluralism.”
– UNESCO Constitution
On 9th July 2017 UNESCO awarded the Lake District World Heritage status. Amid the celebrations the reactions from the local communities were polarised. While one part thought it a positive thing to be part of this list of special places, the other half was worried that the already busy Lake District might become even more overcrowded. The exhibition explores what it means to be a World Heritage Site. Is it purely a marketing tool? What are the opportunities and responsibilities that come with being a World Heritage Site?
This temporary display will give overview on UNESCO’s Core Values, the overarching purpose and ethos of world heritage, the Lake District as a World Heritage Site, and further World Heritage Sites to link the Lakes with an international context.