The UK Dept of Culture, Heritage and Sport has now produced its "pack" to be used by sites wanting to "apply" to be on UK's renewed T List. It represents quite a good general resumee of the factors to be taken into account if a site is to be successful and could be a useful reference document for anyone wanting to learn more about such matters - from whatever country. It is amazing really that, after all these years, UNESCO itself hasn't produced such a guidance document. But of course the UNESCO "jolly" in Bangkok this month concerning the pre-inscription processes might identify something completely different!http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/consultations/6740.aspx
NL has also put in place a very similarly timed process for renewing its own T List and I asked for "guesses" about contenders . Durian has already made some interesting suggestions! http://www.worldheritagesite.org/forums/index.php?action=vthread&forum=8&topic=1480
So perhaps we "Brits" (and anyone else ?) should do our bit of guessing (and researching!!) as well!
We already know from the consultation exercise that a number of the earlier T List sites won't be figuring this time round (E.g Great Western Railway, Forth Rail Bridge, New Forest). Indeed I would see that a willingness to pursue the matter might be a far more significant factor as to which sites emerge than whether a site might meet the criteria. A number of potentials almost certainly won't want to bother - indeed, as we have noticed before, the most "active" sites are likely to be those of middle ranking quality which are trying to leverage the "tourism" potential of inscription.
Another very significant factor for any future UK list is likely to be the "internal Nationalisms" - Scotland and Wales certainly will regard having some of their own sites on the revised UK list as being a visible token of their growing autonomy (or even as a stepping stone to Independence!) - so we can certainly expect some examples from them!
Of the current, but as yet un-nominated, T List sites (i.e Jarrow and Darwin are already in progress) Chatham will certainly continue. I am not so sure about The Lake District - but a lot of careers and spent energy are tied up in this site.
Of sites not on the current T List, my guesses to date for putting themselves forward (but whether the Government would support them is another matter) areVery likely
Glasgow - MacKintosh architecture
Blackpool (interesting battle with Brighton here for the first "Working Class" seaside resort on the List! Brighton is perhaps less WC but does have the Pavilion !)
Something from the Channel Islands
The Isle of Man might come back in with Tynwald - having failed earlier. Both for "pride" and tourism reasons
There are some "Trans-national" possibilites but it isn't clear how such sites could be coordinated for T List purposes -i.e could they be added without all the other potential parties also doing so -e.g a "Tin related" site from Cornwall and a "Slave route"So what could be "missing"?
It would have been nice to see a more modern Garden City/Model Village than the already inscribed New Lanark and Saltaire to provide continuity on this "Britsh" contribution to world urban planning but I can't see any of them wanting to face all the hassle.
There are some fine "Art Deco" buildings but that space really needs to be left to Miami/Napier/Asmara.
Scotland might want to try with some landscape I guess. One could imagine a mixed site from e.g Assynt with geology and cultural landscape - both current and, via the pre Highland Clearance archaeological remains, "relict"?
I am struggling to identify what Wales might be able to put forward - but no doubt the "Nationalists" will find something!
I sense that Central government doesn't really want to progress any of its potential sites and is only progressing with a T List at all because the heritage organisations polled in the consultation exercise favoured doing so. That probably means that nationally-run significant "scientific history" sites like e.g Bletchley Park and Jodrell Bank won't be progressed.
For similar reasons I can't see anything from S Georgia being put forward - but a mixture of scenery, wildlife and a whaling station would be a wonderful site (OK, so whaling is pretty non-pc but then so is slavery - both were a part of human history)!