International Heritage Award for Henry Cleere

22 October 2012

Institute Honorary Professor, Henry Cleere

Congratulations to Honorary Professor Henry Cleere who has been awarded the prestigious International Yellow River Friendship Prize for his outstanding contribution to the safeguarding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Henry, who is also Principal Consultant in Heritage Management and World Heritage at the Institute's Centre for Appplied Archaeology has paid a number of visits to China since his retirement from the Directorship of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) in 1991, first as World Heritage Co-ordinator for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and latterly as World Heritage Adviser to the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People’s Republic of China.

Recently, at a special ceremony in Zhengzhou, he was awarded the Yellow River Friendship Prize by the Henan Provincial Government of China, ‘in appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the economic development and social progress of Henan Province’.

The citation of the award reads:

  • Prof Cleere played an important role in the nomination of the Longmen Grottoes, the Anyang Yinxu site, and the historical monuments of Dengfeng to the UNESCO World Heritage List. He gave much good advice in respect of each of these sites, and in particular Longmen. As the co-ordinator and presenter of the recommendations of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) to the World Heritage Committee his constructive presentations played a pivotial role in securing the inscription of these properties on the World Heritage List.

The Yellow River Friendship Prize is a National Day Award presented to foreigners who have made an outstanding contribution to the economic development and social progress of the people of central China.