'Records of Kings and the Common Man' join UK's UNESCO Register

  20 UK items added to UK's Memory of the World Register

UNESCO’s work to recognise and where necessary protect the documentary heritage of humanity is embodied in its Memory of the World International Register. The UK-level Memory of the World Register was launched in 2009 and now contains 40 items.

unescogroup hywelfrancisA celebration of the latest 20 items to be included on the UK Register was held at the House of Lords on 5 September.

Dr Hywel Francis MP, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History, noted the huge variety and importance of the items, which between them cover 1000 years of history. From the Death Warrant of King Charles I in 1649 to the Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS Collections of 1983-2010, the items represent every part of the UK and every aspect of its history. He encouraged everyone to nominate items, both for the UK Register and for the International Register, which currently has four UK items: Magna Carta, Hereford Mappa Mundi, the Appeal of 18 June 1940 (a joint French/UK item) and the 1916 film The Battle of the Somme.

Photograph show Dr Hywel Francis with the custodians of the 2011 UK Register items.