Diving into History with the English Heritage Dive Trails

Alison James is a maritime archaeologist based in the Designation Department of English Heritage. Part of her role includes the licensing and management of sites designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. As a maritime archaeologist who dives I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to access some of the 47 Protected Wreck Sites that are currently designated off England. Maritime archaeology is often by its very nature inaccessible, lying deep beneath the waves and out of sight ofRead more

Listing on a Small Scale

Deborah Williams heads the designation team for the Western part of the country. Today she tells us about the recent and unusual listing of the model village at Bourton-on-the-Water. When you think of model villages, you may not think exquisite craftsmanship, a place in history and a Grade II listing but that’s exactly what you get with one of our most recent listings: Bourton-on-the-Water model village. Here in the designation team, we consider whether to list all sorts of buildings,Read more

Remembering the Battle of the Atlantic (part II)

Throughout May 2013, the Royal Navy will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic with a series of events in Liverpool, London and Derry~Londonderry. In this second and concluding article, our marine specialists Serena Cant and Mark Dunkley describe how particular protected and historic wreck sites provide important evidence about how parts of the Battle were fought at sea. Just as the frontiers of the Battle of the Atlantic extended beyond the sea to the sky andRead more

Remembering the Battle of the Atlantic

Throughout May 2013, the Royal Navy will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic with a series of events in Liverpool, London and Derry~Londonderry. In this first article of a two-part post, our marine specialists Serena Cant and Mark Dunkley explain that some of England’s Listed Buildings and historic sites can show how the Battle was fought by the Allies from the British mainland. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous campaign during the SecondRead more

Heritage Open Days – it’s the People’s Heritage

For Katja Condy being at the helm of Heritage Open Days since 2003 has been a great privilege and excellent excuse to indulge her curiosity. Here, she explores what makes Britain’s most popular heritage event rock. Magic moments can happen, even at European ministerial conferences. On 3 October 1985, at a meeting in Granada, French Culture Minister Jack Lang made a seminal proposal to his European counterparts. A year earlier, France had held its first “Journée portes ouvertes dans lesRead more