The new English Heritage charity that took over part of the work of the old English Heritage after its dissolution on 1 April is to have its own team of stonemasons.
Following a pilot programme next year, English Heritage will establish the new in-house team of stonemasons to provide a resource of traditional crafts and skills for the maintenance of the nation's historic built heritage.
The two new bodies taking over responsibility for England's human-created heritage are English Heritage and Historic England.
Historic England is the new name for the public body with responsibility for championing and protecting England’s historic environment – everything from prehistoric remains to post-war office buildings. It will provide expert advice, promote constructive conservation, produce research and give guidance, as well as continuing to award grants for a wide range of projects to protect the historic environment. It has a stand at the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London 28-30 April where you can find out more about it.
The English Heritage Trust is a new independent charity that retains the name of English Heritage. It will look after the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 historic sites across England, including Stonehenge, Dover Castle and some of the best preserved parts of Hadrian’s Wall.
The new English Heritage charity has been given almost £80million by the government to carry out the largest conservation programme in its history to bring its sites up to standard and correct a backlog of work.
After that, the charity will gradually lose government support and is intended to be self-supporting by 2023.
English Heritage currently attracts 10million people a year to its sites. You can find out more about its plans on its new website, www.english-heritage.org.uk.