30 July 2015
Top Story: A Landmark Change for English Heritage
2015 has been a landmark year for English Heritage which has officially become a charity, for the first time since its inception over 30 years ago. Here is a snapshot of what has happened:
1 - the 'new' English heritage was formed on the 1st of April 2015 from the preceding Government agency of the same name.
2 - English Heritage was formed in 1983 in order to merge a number of heritage bodies which had different roles. This was written into the National Heritage Act 1983.
3 - Historic England is a new professional body which has essentially inherited the statutory and protection functions of the old English Heritage and the English Heritage Trust, which has inherited the logo and operating name 'English Heritage' will continue to manage the properties as a charity.
4 - The new charity was given an £80 million grant in order to establish it as an independent trust. This was also to assist with a backlog of maintenance issues which resulted as a consequence of austerity measures.
5 - Moving forwards English Heritage will continue to manage and preserve the National Heritage Collection, which encompasses over 400 castles, abbeys, historic houses and stone circles.