July 8, 2010 1.35 pm This story is over 164 months old

Lincoln bid to become World Heritage site

Down in history: Lincoln could be joining the pyramids and the Sydney Opera House as places of global importance.

Lincoln has been listed for consideration to become a World Heritage site. Tourism & Heritage Minister John Penrose announced the 2010 UK applicants on July 7. The list of potential sites include 38 UK locations, including our historic city of Lincoln.

The World Heritage list, which was first established in 1972, currently has 890 sites, all of which hold a special cultural or physical importance on a universal scale.

The global list, which includes the likes of the Taj Mahal, The Statue Of Liberty and Stonehenge, aims to not only draw attention to these important locations, but also ensure they stay protected and preserved.

“Lincoln deserves to be a World Heritage Site because of the depth of history that has been preserved by those who have lived and worked in the city for many millennia,” said Lincoln MP Karl McCartney.

“The whole of uphill still shines a light into the city’s history today and being a World Heritage Site will mean that will never change,” he added.

Each of the UK’s 38 applicants will now be reviewed by an independent panel before a shortlist is presented to the World Heritage committee next year. It is hoped that our historical city will be joining the list of internationally recognised sites.

Source: DCMS | Photo: Lincolnian