UNESCO world heritage list recognises Peruvian scissor dancers but not Sheffield scissor makers

This week UK news is reporting the UNESCO world heritage list. Radio 4 Today program this morning and
Telegraph 1
Telegraph 2
Surprisingly non of these pointed out that there are no UK examples of living heritage on the list. This one is better.
Guardian
One humorous one from Scotland
Herald
The world heritage list recognises important parts of our cultural heritage that are at risk. The world heritage sites such as Stonehenge are well known, but there is increasing recognition around the world for living heritage. So we have the Peruvian scissor dance and Chinese wooden junk (boat) building, but we don’t have examples of UK living heritage such as bonfire night or the Sheffield cutlery crafts. So whilst the scissor dancers achieve world heritage status

 the scissor makers are completely off the radar.

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2 Responses to UNESCO world heritage list recognises Peruvian scissor dancers but not Sheffield scissor makers

  1. Jay November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Mayhaps if the scissor makers work on their costumes a little…?

  2. JRC November 18, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    Well, I am sorry but not surprised. The people at UNESCO that do this stuff are, by and large, nontechnical people. Probably all of them have used scissors, but it has never occured to them that they have to be made. Most of them assume that scissors are turned out by some machine in some factory, and a factory, heaven forbid, isn't going into our cultural heritage roster! The idea that someone, somewhere, makes these things as a craft probably never enters their heads. If they were made in Ersatzstan, for instance, you might have a chance. But Sheffield? No way.In a way, the UNESCO list is valuable. I calls attention to some things that ought to be preserved. But comprehensive it ain't.

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