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World Heritage Site nominations

Posted: 2011-03-23

World Heritage Site nominations

Well, the long, long process of nominating new British sites for World Heritage Site status has finally come to an end. The final list of 11 sites, plus 2 that had already been nominated, were announced by John Penrose, Tourism and Heritage Minister. Though some of the final sites are pretty obvious choices, others will raise a few eyebrows.

Well, they raised mine. Historic citiies like Lincoln and York were overlooked in favour of former colonial locations like the Turks and Caicos islands, a cave complex in Gibralter, and the island of St Helena, where Napoleon was imprisoned. Other oddities include Charles Darwin's laboratory, which had previously been nominated. Historically interesting, yes. A World Heritage site? Hmm ....

The final list of sites include:

  • Chatham Dockyard and its Defences, Kent, England
  • Creswell Crags, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire, England
  • Lake District, Cumbria
  • Gorham’s Cave Complex, Gibraltar
  • The Island of St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
  • Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, England
  • Mousa, Old Scatness & Jarlshof, Shetland, Scotland
  • Slate Industry of North Wales
  • The Flow Country, Scotland
  • The Forth Bridge (Rail), Scotland
  • Turks & Caicos Islands, West Indies
  • Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, Sunderland and South Tyneside, England
  • Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory, Kent, England

What happens next?
The new Tentative List will be sent to UNESCO, who intend to nominate successful new sites from 2012. Sites that are awarded a nomination slot will then be voted on by the World Heritage Committee to determine any new additions to the list of World Heritage Sites.

Expert panel's full report - from the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport
Interactive map of the UK's current World Heritage Sites - also DCMS
UNESCO World Heritage Centre - official UNESCO website

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