If this recent statement by Henry Owen-John (Head of International Advice at Historic England) is right, the World thinks Stonehenge is in very safe hands: “The UK is widely respected on the international stage for its long history of heritage protection and management and for the way in which its heritage assets are looked after. Many UK World Heritage Sites are models of best practice”.
However, the introductory text to his lecture back in April indicates a different reality:“With 192 countries, often with very different approaches to heritage management, that are party to the Convention, the UK can sometimes find itself at odds with the broad consensus view about how best to manage and protect WHSs. In particular the concept of “constructive conservation” can clash with less flexible approaches to protection.“
So which is it? Are British plans for a short tunnel at Stonehenge “widely respected” elsewhere or “at odds with the broad consensus on how to look after WHSs”? Do those foreigners see it as “constructive conservation” or are they “less flexible”?