June 2012

Young people from some of the UK’s most iconic locations are getting ready to visit Greenwich for the UNESCO Youth Summit 2012.

The delegates, all aged between 13 and 17 and each representing the UNESCO World Heritage Site they call home, are coming together to explore themes around heritage and identity, learn practical skills, and find out about careers in the heritage sector. The summit will be hosted by young people from across the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Highlights from across the three days of the summit include:

  • Opening address from John Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, in the spectacular Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College
  • Creation of a series of films to be shown during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Live Sites located throughout London. The films, made by the delegates with help from Ravensbourne, will explore the importance of heritage in the 21st century. They will also be screened at Discover Greenwich at the Old Royal Naval College throughout the summer.
  • Launch of a new digital treasure hunt ‘Greenwich Ebb & Flow’ on the free Scvngr app. The treasure hunt, which is also available as a paper map from Discover Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum, brings historical Greenwich figures to life as it leads players around the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Britain’s World Heritage Sites range from geographical phenomena to Neolithic sites, architectural masterpieces and places of great social and historical importance; they cover the whole of the UK from the Orkney Islands to Cornwall, and include St Kilda, Stonehenge, and the Tower of London.

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