Places that Matter and How to Protect Them

Our thoughts on the Protecting Community Assets Inquiry Interim Report from our Head of Government Affairs, Georgie Holmes-Skelton What’s your favourite place near to where you live? I live in Reading, and mine is the Abbey ruins. Nestled between the river Kennet and Forbury Gardens with its famous lion statue, this is the site of…

What is the future of Urban Heritage?

The National trust has this week published new research on the everyday built heritage in urban places. In this blog, Head of Government Affairs Georgie Holmes-Skelton reflects on this research and its findings, and considers why thinking about future of buildings may be as important as restoring their physical fabric. What makes a place unique?…

Recognising the history within the habitat

Our environment and landscapes are rich and multifaced. They are the products of interactions between man-made and natural features over thousands of years. It is therefore important to take a balanced approach to managing both natural and historic features, and seeking to protect and enhance both can be mutually beneficial for both of these aspects…

Public policy journeys: what’s the next step for heritage?

This weekend Georgie Holmes-Skelton, our Head of Government Affairs, spoke at the AHRC Heritage Priority Area and Rescue: The British Archaeological Trust conference on engaging with policy in the UK. On the theme of “Planning for People: the changing role of culture, museums and the arts for wider society”, Georgie talked about the sector’s challenge…

Heritage Open Days makes history again!

Heritage Open Days is bigger than ever and thousands of people celebrated their local heritage at events around the country earlier this month.  In this blog Harriet Roberts, Heritage Open Days Media Manager, tells us about this year’s festival.   ‘Let’s open the doors!’ announced Heritage Open Days patron, Loyd Grossman OBE. He was speaking on…

Join Canute’s Crossing today: Heritage Open Days

George Osborne, Raymond Blanc and our own Director-General Dame Helen Ghosh have all jumped the River Lily.  Today follow in theirs and King Canute’s footsteps and ‘ford’ the Lily as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Canute’s Crossing is a free-to-all community event, celebrating the legend that in 1016 King Canute ‘forded the Lily’…

Ringing Bells for Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days, the UK’s largest festival of heritage, kicks off today.  Over the next 4 days you can enjoy free access to hundreds of events and venues around the country celebrating all that heritage has to offer.  This year we’ve teamed up with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to bring to life the 400-year old tradition…

Can you dig it? Developing Our Archaeological Knowledge

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. So it seems certain that there are going to be those who are worried about the archaeological impact…