The announcement was made by the UK Minister responsible for World Heritage John Penrose who said that “The UK’s heritage is unique, diverse and world-class. Nomination to UNESCO for world heritage status is incredibly rewarding, but the process is pretty tough and success is by no means guaranteed. Gorham’s Cave is a strong contender, so I wish them all the best.”
Minister for Heritage, Steven Linares, speaking on behalf of the Gibraltar Government said, “This is the start of another long road and a great deal of hard work will be required to get our nomination in order for January 2015, but we are ready for it.”
Professor Clive Finlayson, whose team has undertaken the technical aspects of the work so far, said, “I am most grateful to my first class professional team at the museum, without them this would not have been possible. I am also most grateful to the support that the Government of Gibraltar has given me and for their huge efforts in putting our case across”. The UK also put forward the Forth Bridge in Scotland for a nomination.