It has been confirmed that the village has just been added to the UK’s provisional list for a possible UNESCO nomination for this prestigious international award.
Grace Hill is an early example of settlement town planning that reflects the timeless values of education, equality, industry, tolerance and spirituality that have been at the heart of this community since 1759. And the burial or the acre of God as it is known, highlight in detail.
The Grace Hill community has been working with international partners since 2002 to recognize World Heritage. In 2015, the Settlement of Christianfield, Denmark was added to the UNESCO list, and Grace Hale is now working with Bethlehem (USA) and Herrnhut (Germany) as part of an international nomination to expand Denmark’s list. ۔ Its leadership is operating in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with the support of the US government.
The World Heritage List recognizes places of cultural and / or natural significance that transcend national boundaries and are of common importance to all present and future generations of humanity. If Grace Hill succeeds, it will be the first World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
Grace Hale, along with her international partners, will now submit documents under consideration by the UNESCO Committee. This process is likely to take several years.
Speaking after the announcement, Cr William McCaughey, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, said: “This is an important and historic step for the Borough of Mid and East Antrim. The UK has been involved in reaching this stage of inclusion on the provisional list, and my special thanks go to Dr David Johnston for his unwavering commitment and commitment to Grace Hill. I am sure that without it We will not be at this stage, and I look forward to continuing to support the bid for Grace Hill Village to be declared a World Heritage Site.
Bishop Sarah Groz, who has been involved in the nomination for the Moravian Church, said: “I am delighted that the special features of the Moravian Church are being recognized around the world. At Hill we can share our story and history with those who come to see it.
Dr David Johnston, Chair of Grace Hale Trust, said: “It has been a long journey but the inclusion in the UK’s provisional list is a huge step forward as we continue to work for the World Heritage Site. Luckily and gratefully, the entire community is receiving enthusiastic support from the Mid and East Interim Borough Council and the Communities Department.
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