October’s Research Report Series

At the end of each month Kirsty Stonell Walker, our Reports Administrator, updates Heritage Calling readers on new research published by the English Heritage Research Report Series. If you are interested in any of the publications please follow the link to download your free pdf copy.  Before I introduce this month’s downloadable reports, I’ll just tell you a bit about the history of the report series to help you use the searchable database and find the reports that interest you. TheRead more

Why I get excited about Heritage

Beth McHattie joined English Heritage in 1996 from Sotheby’s where she had been Head of Corporate Press. As Head of Media, her role is to use all forms of communication to inspire as many people as possible to share English Heritage’s aims and to value, care for and enjoy the heritage around them. “A truly happy day!”, that is how one of our guests summed up the feeling after the third annual English Heritage Angel Awards ceremony yesterday as weRead more

How do you protect a historic garden?

Patience Trevor is a former Senior Designation Adviser and reflects on her time setting up the first Register of Parks and Gardens 35 years ago.  In 1984 (under the Heritage Act 10982-4), we got the go-ahead to produce a Pilot Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, for the first time giving recognition to man-made, designed landscapes in the planning framework. Brief descriptions, similar to list entries at the time, covered the best-known sites in eighteen selected counties from Northumberland toRead more

Bring Your Home’s History to Life

From the research she was able to carry out locally and online, Kate Bevan paints a fascinating story of her home, the first inhabitants, and the beginnings of Swindon. In my last post I wrote about discovering who used to live in my house in Swindon in the first years after it was built, c1877. I was particularly interested in the Cannon family, who had moved into the house around 1890. Joseph, his wife Louisa, and their six children. By lookingRead more