Nominations for World Heritage

Process overseen by: UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for making sure the UK complies with UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. As part of its responsibility to identify properties that may merit World Heritage Site status, the UK government, taking advice from an expert panel, publishes a “Tentative List” of candidate sites. A site must first be inscribed on the UK Tentative List before being considered by UNESCO. It is likely that that the next Tentative List will be reviewed between 2019 and 2021.

The current UK World Heritage Review of the Tentative List published in 2011, explains the rationale for the selection of the properties and identifies the 11 nominees.

Once candidate sites for World Heritage status have been placed on the UK Tentative List, they are invited to put forward a more detailed case for nomination and participate in a Technical Evaluation. This involves submitting substantial evidence, in a prescribed manner, following the UNESCO nomination format, for assessment by an Expert Panel that is Chaired by the UKNC’s Non-Executive Director for Culture.

Following ‘technical evaluation’ the UK government has agreed that the Lake District should go forward to the World Heritage Conference in 2017.

For more information please visit Historic England.