A tour of the Maritime Greenich WHS
I visited the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site on the sidelines of the India-UK Exchange at the University of Birmingham in May 2015. Met with the World Heritage Site Coordinator Mr. Peter Marsden who gave incredible insights into the vision and goals of managing site and the challenges faced. The site, being in London gets nearly 17 million visitors and nearly a billion dollars in revenue (including the Greenwich county), but the challenges they face are from development not just in the WH area, but also across the bay (?) in London city. The other important challenge, rather focus of the management is on increasing the time spent by visitors Since the magnificient views from the Queen’s house are one of the outstanding values of the site, this becomes an important consideration. Also, the challenges in coordinating with 7 different stakeholders cannot be simple. I was particularly impressed by the far-sighted goals and the vision of managing the WHS. That apart, I would never have guessed the number of visitors considering how open and expansive the site is.
Jamie and I (my exchange counterpart) were given tours of the Painted Hall and the Royal Observatory, both of which were enlightening. The story of time, and the Royal Observatory was by a volunteer guide, who I think knew just about everything there was. Latitude, a made -up geographic property, practically transformed the world – by enabling ships to cross vast oceans, which led to trade, in turn leading to the industrial revolution and to the world as we know now. The decades of dedication put into designing reliable clocks is mind boggling and not a story celebrated enough.
If you are visiting London, the Maritime Greenwich world heritage site is a must-visit!
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