Archive aerial photograph looking across the River Mersey
Pier Head Liverpool and the Three Graces. Aerofilms 1920. © Historic England. Aerofilms Collection EPW003058
Pier Head Liverpool and the Three Graces. Aerofilms 1920. © Historic England. Aerofilms Collection EPW003058

UNESCO Deletes Liverpool From the World Heritage List

We are very disappointed that UNESCO has decided to delete Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City from the World Heritage List.

Over the past few years we have been working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Liverpool City Council and local organisations to address concerns raised by UNESCO. We believe the World Heritage Site is in a better condition than when it was first inscribed thanks to several successful regeneration projects. Our role is to advise Liverpool City Council and various developers on regeneration plans which would affect the international importance of the World Heritage Site. We have supported some proposals and opposed others which would cause a high degree of harm, including the recent plans for a new Everton stadium on Bramley Moore Dock.

We acknowledge the challenges the city faces, but believe that Liverpool’s heritage remains internationally important. Despite UNESCO’s decision, we are committed to supporting Liverpudlians and the council to champion their city’s extraordinary heritage now and in the future.

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