UNESCO World Heritage Sites – UK Tentative List Review

We are preparing a new indicative list of natural, cultural and mixed sites for possible nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List, which will be submitted to UNESCO later this year, with a view to proposing nominations to the World Heritage Committee from 2024. We invite nominations for sites to be included in the new Tentative List.

We also invite experts to express their interest in being part of the group of independent experts who will evaluate the applications.


The listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a recognition of the global significance of these places. It is an honor and a privilege and it can bring social and economic benefits. However, because all World Heritage sites must be of global significance, the World Heritage List is inevitably very selective and many places of national or even international significance will not be on the list.

Inscription necessarily implies responsibilities for the protection, preservation and transmission to future generations of the outstanding universal value of the site. Preparing a nomination and managing sites over the long term is costly. These commitments should not be underestimated and should be carefully considered before any application.

1. Tentative List Request Process

To apply to be considered for the UK Tentative List, we ask applicants to first submit an expression of interest form, followed by a full application form at a later date. Both parts must be completed and submitted on time to be eligible.

The deadline for submitting the expression of interest form is Friday, May 6, 2022.

The deadline for submitting the application file is Friday, July 15, 2022.

We hold two online open information sessions Thursday 31 March and Monday 11 April 2022. If you have any questions or would like further information or assistance with the process at this stage, please email [email protected] to receive the video link.

Once your expression of interest form has been received, you will be invited to participate in a workshop. The mandatory workshop will provide more detailed information and support in completing the full application.

We hold two online workshops, Thursday, April 21 and Tuesday, May 17, 2022. We encourage applicants to submit their EOI early and attend the first workshop to allow more time to complete the full application form. All remaining applicants will be invited to attend the second workshop.

Please note: Only applicants who have completed an expression of interest will be invited to attend a workshop and submit a full application. Applicants must complete an expression of interest and attend the workshop before submitting their full application form.

Completed application forms will then be assessed by a government-appointed panel of independent experts. A list of sites recommended for the Tentative List will be submitted to Ministers for approval before being registered with UNESCO later this year.

Ways to respond

Best to answer is via the survey links above. Alternatively, you can download the expression of interest form and application form below, and email [email protected]

Welsh language versions of both forms are also available below.

Information for applicants

General information on the World Heritage Convention and the UK Tentative List review is provided via the link below

2. Expressions of interest from the group of independent experts

The UK government will convene a panel of experts to review applications for inclusion on a new Tentative List of sites for potential UNESCO nomination for World Heritage status and to make recommendations to Ministers by the end of 2022.

The government would therefore like to invite qualified individuals with knowledge of cultural and natural heritage, or with particular experience with World Heritage sites, to indicate their interest in participating in the expert group, which will likely consist of 7-10 members. .

It will be a significant and high-level contribution to the UK’s cultural and natural heritage, and potential panel members should have appropriate qualifications in the relevant fields. The government will provide a secretariat to support the panel.

We anticipate that the panel will meet three or four times, between the summer and the fall. The majority of meetings will be held online, although some may be held in person. Travel and living expenses will be provided, but no additional compensation will be available.

All panel members must be impartial and must not be involved in the application process for a possible UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK. Anyone interested in participating in the panel must also clearly indicate if they have any connection to existing or potential UNESCO sites.

Expressions of interest to join the panel are requested by 6 May 2022 to [email protected] with the subject “Expert Panel EOI”. Responses should include a CV and a short statement of aptitude (200 words maximum), as well as contact details.