UKNC Culture Director to Chair World Heritage Tentative List Expert Panel

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UKNC’s Culture Director, Helen Maclagan, has been appointed Chair of the Expert Panel that will assess sites on the UK’s World Heritage Tentative List wishing to go forward to nomination.

She was invited to take the Chair by Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, after sharing policy advice with UK government on how to improve the technical evaluation process for sites on the UK Tentative List.

The panel will assess Technical Evaluations submitted by those sites and provide advice to the Minister on which sites should go forward and when – and also develop advice on what further work the sites need to do to support their case.

A potential UNESCO World Heritage Site must first be inscribed on the UK ‘Tentative List’ before being put before UNESCO for consideration. The UK government takes advice from an independent Expert Panel on suitable sites for inclusion on the Tentative List. The current UK World Heritage Review of the Tentative List was published in 2011. It is likely that that the next Tentative List will be reviewed between 2019 and 2021.

Helen said:

“The UKNC is pleased to be working with DCMS to ensure that UK World Heritage nominations are of an exemplary standard, with the best chance of successfully achieving inscription“.