BJQ competes for UN World Heritage status

Stonehenge is already in the prestigious list of UN World Heritage sites.

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter faces stiff competition for accolade.

The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter faces stiff competition in its bid for United Nations World Heritage status.

An official list of nominees was published on July 7 by the UK department for culture, media and sport. A total of 38 applications were made by areas including the City of York, Forth Bridge, Jodrell Bank, the Hill of Derry and the entire city of Blackpool.

An independent expert panel will now be set up to assess each bid with a new list of potential sites drawn up for submission to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2011.

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Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose said: “The UK’s heritage is world class and this list represents the unique variety and history present in all corners of this country and our overseas territories."

“We wanted a strong and varied list to eventually put to UNESCO and I’m delighted that so many wonderful, diverse places have been put forward… What all 38 sites have in common is a wow factor and a cultural resonance that makes them real contenders to sit alongside The Pyramids and Red Square in this most distinguished of gatherings.”

The areas that successfully obtain UN World Heritage Status will join a prestigious list of UK sites, including Stonehenge, the City of Bath, the Tower of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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