Top 5 blogs of 2019

In case you missed them, here are Historic England’s most-read blog posts of 2019. Thanks for following Heritage Calling, we’ll be back with more great reads in the new year.

Tell us in the comments section which subjects you’d like us to explore.

1. 7 treasures of the Thames Estuary

The Thames Estuary is dotted with military defences, memorials, shipwrecks and churches that tell a rich and complex history of industry, empire and immigration.

Red Sands Sea Forts © Mark Edwards – Winner of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2018, English History Category

2. The story of camouflage during the Second World War

Throughout the Second World War, several committees were established to co-ordinate British camouflage policies and practices.

RAF Staverton, Gloucestershire, 15 Mar 1944 © Historic England/US/7PH/GP/LOC/2345043

3. The story of London’s sewage system

Hidden beneath the city streets lie 2,000 kilometres of brick tunnels that take raw sewage direct from our homes, along with 130 kilometres of interconnecting main sewers the size of railway tunnels.

An egg-shaped street sewer © Tim Newbury sub-urban.com

4. A brief intro to brutalism

Loved and loathed, revered and reviled: Brutalism remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood architectural styles of the 20th century.

Park Hill Estate, Sheffield © Historic England Archive DP030881

5.  8 of England’s most magnificent libraries

England is home to some of the greatest examples of library architecture in the world. Here are eight of England’s most magnificent libraries.

The Bodleian Library © Historic England Archive cc50_00431

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1 response to Top 5 blogs of 2019

  1. Charles Kightly says:

    Thanks for all your blogs in 2019, always fascinating. I’d be interested next year in Nonconformist chapels, church monuments, English Civil War sites and WW2 pillboxes.

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