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Intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

In Uffington, the White Horse hill-figure was the focus of community festivals in the 19th century, as memorialised by local author Thomas Hughes in his novel “The Scouring of the White Horse” (1859)


Pat Gaule’s family moved into their freshly-built house on the edge of Uffington common in the 1930s. Pat grew up & went to school in the village. Although he has since travelled the world, he’s always returned to Uffington, where he still lives in the house on the edge of the common.

Pat is a keen local historian & amateur archaeologist. He has published a series of articles over the years, and is sharing his memories of village life via “Pat’s Pages” on the Uffington Post blog site, a UHW project to preserve the ‘intangible heritage’ of memories & feelings inspired by the place we live in.

Visit Pat’s Pages here:

UNESCO “What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?” document:

Text of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage