Creswell Crags set to become a World Heritage site

Creswell Crags anniversary event 2010.
Creswell Crags anniversary event 2010.

Creswell Crags has been shortlisted for a prestigious place on the elite list of World Heritage sites.

The crags – on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – attract thousands of South Yorkshire visitors each year.

Now the Ice Age limestone gorge has made it through a list of 38 top UK sites, put forward to the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

DCMS have placed the site on a shortlist of 11, for consideration by world heritage organisation UNESCO – after an independent panel of experts judged it to have “the potential to demonstrate Outstanding Universal Value”.

The Creswell Heritage Trust put the crags forward for consideration last June. The remarkable preservation of archaeological Ice Age remains in caves there show how our ancestors adapted and overcame the massive climatic and environmental changes of the Ice Age – more than 10,000 years ago.

Trust chairman, Nottinghamshire County Coun John Cottee, said: “This supports the view that both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Council have held for the last thirty years or so that Creswell Crags is of world significance”.

The site has a superb visitor centre and staff organise special events to bring ancient history to both adults and youngsters. For more details visit the website at: www.creswell-crags.org.uk