'In this beatifully illustrated book, English Heritage's Chief Executive explains how Britain amassed a collection of over 800 historic buildings, monuments and historic sites and opened hem to the public in the first half of the twentieth century ... this book is a well overdue celebration of a great national achievement.' --Jad Adams, BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
'State ownership makes conservation political and Thurley knows his cannot help but be a political book.' --Rosemary Hill, Sunday Telegraph
'He [Thurley] tells a vivid story of how the country successfully established a vast open-air museum.' --Apollo Magazine
About the Author
Simon Thurley is the Chief Executive of English Heritage. He was formerly the Director of the Museum of London, and the Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.