The archaeological site of Herculaneum lies within the historic centre of the modern town of Ercolano. As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also the heritage of the local community who live around it.
There are other communities too – national and international – who have ties with the site of Herculaneum or who wish to support its conservation and enhancement. The Herculaneum Conservation Project is establishing ties with these communities and identifying ways in which to involve them in the long-term strategy for protecting the site and making sure that it can be enjoyed by all, facilitating their understanding of the Roman town and its values within its historical context.