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We champion and protect England’s historic environment.
We champion and protect England’s historic environment.

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Earlier this year, cities were invited to bid to put on a ‘Great Exhibition of the North’, which will celebrate the best of art, culture and design across the northern regions. Sponsored by DCMS the exhibition will run for two months and help investment and tourism in the region. From nine strong proposals, four areas have been shortlisted: Blackpool, Bradford, Sheffield and Newcastle-Gateshead.

On the blog we take a look at some of the significant historical sites in each area that might boost their bid to win this huge cultural investment; http://bit.ly/2dPFoqt


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Following the Gothic Revivial in architecture that dominated Victorian Britain, the late-nineteenth century saw a resurgence of Georgian principles.

A new book Neo Georgian Architecture 1880-1970s explores and interrogates the era: http://bit.ly/2dcq3EL

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In Georgian Britain, over 200 crimes were punishable by death: from murder and rape to arson and sheep stealing.

There are many listed buildings that are both fine examples of Georgian architecture and important landmarks in the history of our legal system.
http://bit.ly/2cFKNSg


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When you visit a country house open to the public, look beyond the elaborate plasterwork, elegant furniture or collections of Old Masters and ask how the family and their servants lived from day to day in such houses.

http://bit.ly/2cpYrGy

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Following the recent listing of the unusual site of the ‘correrie’, or lower house to Hinton Priory in Freshford, near Bath, Joe Flatman, our Head of Listing Programmes takes a look at 7 of the most intriguing monastic sites on The
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http://bit.ly/2cJlUX2


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The Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. Read about the 2016 shortlisted Historic England Angels and vote for your favourite.

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Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, opens tomorrow at Bessie Surtees House in Newcastle.

To celebrate, Rebecca Farley from Newcastle University looks beyond the Angel of the North, at 55 years of Public Art in Newcastle-Gateshead http://bit.ly/2c7djcA

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John Sorrell, founder of the London Design Festival, features in our exhibition I Am London. Born in an air raid shelter in 1945, he cites a visit to the Festival of Britain in 1951 as one his biggest influences: http://bit.ly/2cbjuxg

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The first August Bank Holiday in 1872 prompted an exodus of people from England’s cities to the seaside, including to Hastings where the new pier opened on that day.

Using our archives, we explore how English beach holidays have changed over the centuries. http://bit.ly/2bwiGGK

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Shipwrecks don’t just happen in the deep sea: many ships are driven ashore or lie slowly decaying along riverbanks, estuaries, and creeks. Yesterday, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport gave protection to three such ‘shoreline’ wrecks on Historic England’s recommendation.

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