In the words of UNESCO "Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations. It is an irreplaceable source of inspiration. Our cultural and natural heritage are our touchstones, our points of reference and our identity"
Through its World Heritage programme, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation encourages the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world.
Every country has sites that are of local or national interest. However, the key to a site being placed on the World Heritage List is that it must be of outstanding universal value with the emphasis on the word "universal". It is something that is part of everyone's heritage.
World Heritage Sites of Wessex
The World Heritage List was introduced in 1986. There are now 788 sites in 136 countries that have been included in the World Heritage List, 20 of them are in Britain. Four of the British sites are in Wessex, three of which were among the first to be designated. These are: