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Heritage pride on display

A badge of pride is being offered to businesses to show their support for Liverpool's World Heritage status.

UNESCO Mission and Liverpool Waters

The mission of expert advisors from UNESCO and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) visited Liverpool's World Heritage Site on 14th-16th November 2011 to assess the state of conservation of the World Heritage Site and ".

New films created for the WHS

Endemol, Skillset and Liverpool John Moores University's work on a project to create alternative films about the World Heritage Site.

Welcome to Liverpool World Heritage

A cultural World Heritage Site is an historic monument, group of buildings or site which is of outstanding universal value to the international community. Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed by UNESCO in July 2004 as "The supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest global influence."

This status ranks Liverpool alongside other internationally known historic cities such as Edinburgh, Bath, Vienna, Venice, Cuzco and Valpariso.

Liverpool's  World Heritage Site consists of six distinctive historic areas, which reflect its functional and visual variety. It stretches along the waterfront from Albert Dock through The Pier Head and up to Stanley Dock, and up through the historic commercial districts and the RopeWalks area to the historic cultural quarter around William Brown Street.

The principle reasons why Liverpool is of outstanding universal value are:

  • Liverpool played a leading role in the development of dock construction, port management and international trading systems in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • The buildings and structures of the port and the city are an exceptional testimony to mercantile culture.

  • Liverpool played a major role in influencing globally significant demographic changes in the 18th  and 19th centuries, through a) its involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and b) its involvement as the leading port of mass European emigration to the New World.

The fundamental purpose of inscribing World Heritage Sites is to ensure that their outstanding universal value is conserved and understood. It is the most prestigious internationally-recognised heritage status providing Liverpool with the opportunity to promote this unique status, increase civic pride and attract more cultural tourism.

UNESCO Mission to visit Liverpool

The state of conservation in Liverpool World Heritage Site was discussed at the meeting of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.