INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MONUMENTS AND SITES - April 18

International Day for Monuments and Sites - April 18

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MONUMENTS AND SITES

The International Day for Monuments and Sites is held on April 18 each year around the world. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage, the vulnerability of sites and monuments, and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

HOW TO OBSERVE

There are several ways to get involved and help save your favorite historic site.

  • Students nominate a local site to visit that they feel is important to their cultural heritage.
  • Attend a workshop or conference on preserving monuments and heritage sites.
  • Look for an open house at a monument or heritage site.
  • Schools or classes can make field trips to monuments or heritage sites.

Use #IntlDayforMonumentsandSites to follow on social media.

HISTORY

The Day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on April 18, 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.

The first IDMS, was held in 2001 with the theme Save our Historic Villages. The day is supported by organizations such as the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).