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Men from the Ministry: How Britain Saved Its Heritage Hardcover – 14 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st edition (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300195729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300195729
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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." . .[This] is a timely book documenting the long and passionate struggle for preserving historic buildings and sites."--R. C./i>--R. C. Richardson"THES" (03/06/2014)

'Thurley's text [is] knowledgeable, subtle, supple, by turns celebratory and sardonic.'--David Lowenthal, "TLS"--David Lowenthal,"TLS" (06/20/2014)

"State ownership makes conservation political and Thurley knows his cannot help but be a political book" Rosemary Hill, "Sunday Telegraph."


--Rosemary Hill"Sunday Telegraph" (06/23/2013)

"Everyone involved with looking after historic buildings today. . .should read Simon Thurley s. . .well-researched and readable book [...].Dr Thurley, as the chief executive of English Heritage since 2003 and a former Director of the Museum of London and Curator of Historic Royal Palaces is in an exceptional position to tell this tale, which he does at a cracking pace." Jeremy Musson, "Historic House"--Jeremy Musson"Historic House" (11/01/2013)"

. . .[This] is a timely book documenting the long and passionate struggle for preserving historic buildings and sites. R. C./i>--R. C. Richardson"THES" (03/06/2014)"

Thurley s text [is] knowledgeable, subtle, supple, by turns celebratory and sardonic. David Lowenthal, "TLS"--David Lowenthal,"TLS" (06/20/2014)"

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.


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A wide-ranging and well-researched (if occasionally over-detailed) account of how and why the British state has, since 1900, acquired a huge collection of more than 800 historic buildings, monuments and historic sites. The governments of the time were intent on protecting the nation's built heritage ("Heritage is the rock out of which the nation's children will be hewn", said the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin), and its activities were mirrored by the establishment of dozens of voluntary bodies such as the Council for the Protection of Rural England, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and the National Trust (which eventually became the official body for the continued collection of the nation's heritage). "The system in place now is not perfect [and] may not be sustainable," concludes the author Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, "but up until now, at least, it has done a stunning job."
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A very fine non-fiction book written by the head of English Heritage, Simon Thurley. Well researched, wellwritten.I would recommend this volume to any one interested in Britains historical heritage.
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As interesting as any novel. The machinations of the rich and powerful to preserve the bricks and mortar of our heritage.
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Enjoyed by the recipient and read within a ew days of receipt
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