The 2022 cycle of the Watch is taking place amidst circumstances that have revealed the profound interconnectedness of our world. In its global spread the Covid-19 pandemic has brought tragic loss of life and livelihood and continues to disrupt the functioning of many societies. In challenging the well-being of communities, the pandemic has also upset the operations of heritage places while bringing about drastic reductions in the resources available to them. More broadly, Covid-19 has laid bare the dependence of heritage protection on mass tourism and the tourism economy in so many parts of the world, pointing to the need for greater destination resilience. In its disruptive effects around the world, the pandemic resembles other looming challenges, including global climate change and its real and anticipated impacts. And critically, the world’s connectedness has also been made visible in the transnational spread of calls for equity and justice in public space, the landmarks that it encompasses, and the narratives that they represent. The most competitive nominations to the 2022 Watch will illuminate and propose innovative ways to address these challenges or point to other challenges and opportunities that are emerging.
Sites in the UK that have featured on the World Monuments Watch
Below is a selection of historic sites in the UK which have been added to the Watch. Each has an interesting story to tell and has secured a brighter future as a result of WMF’s involvement.
A selection of sites from around the world that have been included on the Watch
Below is a flavour of the some of the vast array of historic sites from across the world which have been included on the Watch. To see all the international sites that have been included on the Watch visit World Monuments Watch.