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Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2017 - 'The Stately Wrecks of England'

(14 September 2017)

Kate Wilson will present the next event in the series with her lecture entitled 'The Stately Wrecks of England' on Wednesday, 27 September at 6pm in room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green. This lecture is free for all. Please confirm your attendance by emailing

10 years ago, with the headline “The Stately Wrecks of England”, the Guardian unveiled a list of the 16 most expensive historic wrecks in the country. “These are our basket cases”, said the then chief executive of Historic England. In the last decade we have been working hard to prove him wrong. With dedicated Heritage at Risk teams around the country, we help sort out the stately wrecks and much more besides. With an emphasis on the North East, this talk will look at what we have been doing over the last two decades and where we go from here to save our derelict, vandalised and poorly managed heritage.

Historic England is responsible for delivering a national Heritage at Risk Programme (, and Kate leads a team working with partners and funding bodies to reduce risks to significant heritage assets in North East England. She works with local authority partners, owners, Building Preservation Trusts, developers and land managers to develop projects that will reduce the risks for positive reasons and ensure a future for the heritage assets currently ‘at risk’ on our Register. She is always looking for new partners to develop projects that will rescue historic sites from neglect, decay and inappropriate development. Historic England offer specialist advice and grant towards repair. They also provide advice and grant aid for strategic projects and projects that build capacity in the heritage sector, including traditional building skills.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.
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