The Flying Archaeologist

After many years working in heritage and archaeology Ben Robinson joined English Heritage as a Team Leader and Inspector of Ancient Monuments in 2009 and is now a Principal Heritage at Risk Adviser. Ben talks to us today about presenting BBC Four’s new series The Flying Archaeologist. I have a challenging and immensely rewarding job working with colleagues, owners, local authorities and grant-aiding organisations to prevent our most vulnerable and most important buildings and archaeological sites from being lost. ButRead more

Turfing the Walls at Hailes Abbey

English Heritage has just completed a £50,000 project at Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire to ‘turf the walltops’. This may seem like a rather strange way to use scarce resources but research over the past decade has shown conclusively that ‘soft capping’ as this process is called is a good way to protect exposed historic masonry. It is important to remember that all of the old castles, abbeys and other historic buildings we now see as ruins in the landscape wereRead more

Stonehenge Community Projects: People Make the Place

Stonehenge will have its new galleries and visitor facilities opening towards the end of this year and whilst there is currently a lot of focus on the construction of the new facilities, we know that for the future it will be the people that make the place by giving it soul and character. There is a clear journey a visitor will take through the new building, but how will the new centre be experienced by the local community? It isRead more

Caring for Kenwood: An Introduction to Painting Conservation

Kenwood House in North London is undergoing vital repairs to secure the 18th century mansion for future generations. Jemma Edwards joins us this week to give the latest update on the Caring for Kenwood programme. I started my internship with English Heritage in November last year and like Jenny in curatorial, I am an intern attached to the ‘Caring for Kenwood’ project at Kenwood House. My role in the team however is quite different, as I am based in CollectionsRead more