Painting Over a Masterpiece

It all started with a phone call. The caller was Ian Crick-Smith of Lincoln University, an expert on the decoration of historic houses who’s worked with English Heritage for many years. In preparation for much needed repairs and improvements at Kenwood House, we had commissioned research into the decorative finishes of the outside and some of the ground-floor interior rooms. What Ian had to tell me was something too serious to ignore: one of the most famous rooms in EnglandRead more

Protected sites linked to JFK

Today marks a dark anniversary: the 50th year to the day since the assassination of the 35th President of the United States of America, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy’s presidency was of global importance, never more so than during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, and his assassination generated shockwaves that reverberate to this day. To commemorate his life I’ve chosen a selection of sites in England associated with JFK’s work and legacy, which have been protected under law byRead more

Moving to Commemoration

Paul Stamper is Senior Designation Advisor for English Heritage and is responsible for overseeing the production of our designation selection criteria guidelines. Paul is also the intellectual lead on First World War commemorative initiatives. As we move ever-closer to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, English Heritage is formulating plans for how it will play a part in national remembrance. Our particular focus, given our responsibilities, is the war’s impact on England, which was enormous. Perhaps surprisingly,Read more

The Survey of London: the Battersea Volumes

Colin Thom is a Senior Historian with the prestigious Survey of London – the nearest thing we have to an ‘official’ history of London’s architecture. After 14 years with English Heritage, the Survey last week became part of the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. The Survey’s work, providing a definitive history of different areas of London and their buildings, will continue there. Its new double-volume study of Battersea, published today by Yale University Press, was researched and writtenRead more