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on 26 July 2013
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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on 14 July 2013
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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on 5 August 2016
Enjoyed by the recipient and read within a ew days of receipt
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on 21 June 2013
There are some interesting facts in this book and it's good at describing the processes of preserving and altering our heritage. There is a mass of detail on the minutiae of heritage administration and sometimes the book is as boring as the title implies; I would have hated to do the background research. But it's definitely worth a read.
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on 28 July 2014
I sent this book to my brother as a present, but he says it is excellent and he is enjoying it.
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on 6 August 2015
Excellent
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