Inscription logos

A brand for all

Use of the official UNESCO emblem is restricted. Many stakeholders committed to the promotion of inscription as World Heritage, including local authorities, organisations, the economic and tourism stakeholders, are not permitted to use it. The « Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin World Heritage » brand was created in May 2013 by the Mining Basin Mission to compensate for this.


The new logo is highly symbolic of life in the territory, with curves that may evoke a hand print, strata of coal, waste tips, the letter M for « mine » or waves in the soil. The warm grey refers to waste tip rock, cast iron and steel used in the headgear structures. The red recalls the brickwork, fire used in industry and the blood shed by the miners in their work and union action. Sponsors and long-standing partners of World Heritage inscription, like the towns within its scope and the buffer zone, may all use this brand, provided they have signed the brand licensing contract, which is tacitly renewed each year, free of charge.

Use of the brand can also be granted to stakeholders in civil society (tourist accommodation, companies, commerces, organisations, BMU clubs and cultural structures) for a limited duration or for a specific project. An Ethical Review Committee will be set up by end 2015 to handle requests for usage, with a view to avoiding possible contradiction with the values inherent in inscription. Once approval has been given, a brand licensing contract and ethics charter will be signed.

Requests to use the brand must be submitted to the Communications Department of the Mining Basin Mission.

A protected logo

Unlike the « Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin World Heritage » brand, invented to be used as widely as possible, use of the « Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin listed as World Heritage in 2012 » emblem designed by UNESCO is subject to restrictions. This logo featuring the UNESCO temple and World Heritage emblem remains UNESCO property and its use is determined by the World Heritage Committee’s official aims.


In January 2013, the World Heritage Centre allocated this emblem and user rights to the Mining Basin Mission, as joint manager of inscription along with the French state. The rights exclude commercial use, with the exception of certain top-quality publications. The emblem is reserved for signage (plates at the actual sites listed, road signs etc.) and for communication materials promoting the sites and monuments included within the Mining Basin World Heritage scope.

Requests to use the logo must be filed with the Mining Basin Mission. Once the Mission has examined and approved them, they will be sent on to the French Commission for UNESCO and the World Heritage Centre for official authorisation.

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