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LAWHF is changing ................ 
............... to become World Heritage UK (WH:UK)

LAWHF was originally established in 1996 with the primary aim of helping local authorities in the UK to fulfil their responsibilities in relation to the management of WHSs.

Although local authorities continue to play a key role in WH, over recent years there have also been significant changes in the WH 'landscape' in the UK including the appearance of a variety of models for managing WHSs, a wider range of organisations with an interest in WH, and, of course, increasing pressure on public sector budgets.

In response to these changes, LAWHF has decided to reconstitute itself as a new organisation - World Heritage UK. It will be Site-led, UK-wide, with a wider membership base than LAWHF and its focus will be on advocacy, networking and promotion.

WH:UK will be the only organisation exclusively focused on World Heritage in the UK.


Keep in touch!

Work is in hand to create a new website for WH:UK which will go live later this year. In the meantime, a new Facebook page has been created to keep people in touch with developments relating to WH:UK.

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30 Oct 2014: Stunning light work flows through the Derwent Valley WHS

An exciting light-based art work has been travelling through the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site along the River Derwent.... MORE

14 Jul 2014: Bath messages awarded UNESCO status

Bath’s messages to the goddess awarded UNESCO status... MORE

30 Jun 2014: DCLG guidance on World Heritage

Planning Practice Guidance recently produced by the DCLG contains specific advice relating to World Heritage Sites.... MORE

09 May 2014: Have your say on the future of LAWHF

LAWHF, the Local Authority World Heritage Forum, has been undergoing a thorough review and change process to enable it better meet the needs of UK World Heritage Sites.... MORE

06 May 2014: Forth Bridge WHS Nomination Document

The Forth Bridge nomination document has been submitted to UNESCO.... MORE

9 Jan 2014: UK WH nomination timetable announced

Minister for Culture announces the new UK World Heritage nomination timetable.... MORE

7 Oct 2013: Chair wanted to champion World Heritage Site

The new partnership panel for the iconic Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site (WHS) is looking for an independent chair.... MORE

23 Sep 2013: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival attracts thousands

On September 21st, the ninth annual Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival was held - a celebration of the area's unique heritage.... MORE

3 Aug 2013: Innovative art work in Derwent Valley Mills WHS

An innovative art work was produced in the former John Smedley factory within the Derwent Valley Mills WHS as part of the FORMAT international photography festival in Derby in Apri... MORE

26 Jul 2013: Durham Cathedral created from lego bricks

Durham Cathedral to be built from Lego bricks!... MORE

27 Apr 2013: The Jurassic Coast: A Mighty Tale

The wonderful drawings and voiceover of Tim Britton explain the wonders of the Jurassic Coast in an informative and amusing animated film.... MORE

28 May 2012: UK World Heritage nominations announced

Two new sites have been recommended to go forward as the UK’s next World Heritage nominations. The Forth Bridge near Edinburgh has been invited to prepare a nomination for 20... MORE

25 Apr 2012: 2012 UNESCO Youth Summit in Maritime Greenwich WHS

The 2012 UNESCO Youth Summit will be held in Maritime Greenwich WHS from 27-29 June 2012.... MORE

22 Oct 2011: New Cornish Mining website a hit

The new 'Discover the Extraordinary' website was recently reviewed by New Media Age who awarded it their highest score ever for design, content and useability. ... MORE

16 Dec 2010: Studley Royal defines its OUV

Comments are invited on a draft revised Statement of Outstanding Universal Value.... MORE

11 Oct 2010: Lake District World Heritage Bid

Lake District World Heritage Bid - Cumbria intends to submit a bid for World Heritage Status and the draft nomination document is now available online... MORE

5 Oct 2010: English Heritage seeks views on the Setting of Heritage Assets

English Heritage is inviting comments on 'The Setting of Heritage Assets: English Heritage guidance'. ... MORE

1 Oct 2010: Stonehenge & Avebury Outstanding Universal Value consultation

Wiltshire Council is seeking views on the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Property.... MORE

1 Sep 2010: South West World Heritage website

World Heritage Sites in South West England have jointly launched a new website... MORE

1 Aug 2010: Darwin's home listing deferred

The UK’s nomination for the workplace and home of Charles Darwin to join UNESCO’s international list of World Heritage Sites has been deferred.... MORE

7 Jul 2010: Tentative List applicant sites published

DCMS publishes list of applicant sites for UK Tentative List.... MORE

3 Jun 2010: Liverpool presses EU to invest more in Cultural Heritage

Liverpool is a key partner in the EU-funded Urbact Project HerO (Heritage as an Opportunity) which is a networking project, seeking to develop and share best practice in the manage... MORE

3 Jun 2010: Liverpool’s WHS creates interest at World Expo in Shanghai

Liverpool is the only city in the UK which is exhibiting at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. ... MORE

3 Jun 2010: Liverpool’s Old Dock opens to the public

Old Dock in Liverpool’s World Heritage Site was the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock when it opened in 1715.... MORE

3 Jun 2010: Liverpool adopts SPD for the WHS

On 9th October 2009, Liverpool City Council adopted the Supplementary Planning Document for the WHS after 3 years hard work by many people.... MORE

7 Mar 2010: Planning & World Heritage Conference

Papers from the "Planning & World Heritage" conferences now available on this website... MORE

27 June 2009: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal - the UK's newest World Heritage Site

The UK's newest World Heritage Site is the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Wrexham in North Wales... MORE

12 Feb 2009: Heritage Lottery Bid helps Bromley Council evolve Darwin discovery project

It was in the peaceful countryside that now forms part of the Borough of Bromley that naturalist Charles Darwin formulated his seminal theories on evolution. And now, thanks to a g... MORE
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