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UK World Heritage tentative list includes sites in three Overseas Territories

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011 - 19:58 UTC
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Longwood in St Helena where the French emperor under British captivity, passed away May 1821 Longwood in St Helena where the French emperor under British captivity, passed away May 1821

Three Overseas Territories have been chosen to be included as sites across the UK and its OT to form the new UK tentative list for potential nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Gorham’s Cave Complex in Gibraltar, the island of St Helena where Napoleon died and the West Indies islands of Turks & Caicos figure in the tentative list announced by the UK Tourism and Heritage minister John Penrose.

The others are:- Chatham Dockyard and its Defences, Kent, England; Creswell Crags, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire, England; England’s Lake District, Cumbria; Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, England; Mousa, Old Scatness & Jarlshof, Shetland, Scotland; Slate Industry of North Wales, The Flow Country, Scotland and the Forth Bridge (Rail), Scotland.

Two sites that are being considered by UNESCO already will also join the Tentative List. These are Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, Sunderland and South Tyneside, England and Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory, Kent, England.

The move was being welcomed in heritage circles in Gibraltar where Gorhams Cave has often been described by the world’s leading archaeology as a “Rolls Royce” of sites because of the way in which it has recorded early history. Local expert Professor Clive Finlayson has been intimately involved in that project.

“Few places in the world can match the wealth of wonderful heritage we have available in the UK. The 11 places that make up the new UK Tentative List are fantastic examples of both our cultural and natural heritage and I believe they have every chance of joining famous names like the Sydney Opera House and the Canadian Rockies to become World Heritage Sites,” said Mr Penrose in a statement issued in Britain.

 

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  • ed

    once my appealing for C-G-D-S ( not longwood) area to visit
    in St.Helena but not accepted by reason of forbidden .

    Mar 22nd, 2011 - 08:39 pm 0
  • briton

    Great Britain its self is a fantastic place to visit, having said that, their are thousands of places of interest in the world we are losing due to the rolling tides of progress, many ancient places are being destroyed in the name of development or some other reason, soon there may be nothing left to admire, future generations may never see what we have today,
    the worlds population gets ever bigger, but the world its self seems to be ever smaller .

    Mar 22nd, 2011 - 10:55 pm 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    They forgot Bullshitshire or “Falklands”, same thing. (they wouldn't dare)

    “Few places in the world can match the wealth of wonderful heritage we have available in the UK.”

    If by “wealth of wonderful heritage” you mean stolen foreign land, you bet.

    “future generations may never see what we have today”

    Oh, they won't, trust me on that one.

    Mar 23rd, 2011 - 12:48 am 0
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