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English Heritage

Director's Choice

Simon Thurley

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 751 6

    Size: 190 x 165 mm / 6.5 x 7.5 in.

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 80

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    Date published: July, 2012

    UK £9.95 /US $12.95


  • Part of Scala’s acclaimed ‘Director’s Choice’ series
  • A personal and engaging guide that takes its inspiration from the 400-plus sites and monuments which have, over the past 120 years, been entrusted to the care of the nation


English Heritage’s best-known role is as the guardian of over 400 historical and archaeological sites, from Stonehenge to the world’s earliest iron bridge. It has major responsibilities in conservation, giving advice, registering and protecting the historic environment. The properties are part of the portfolio of sites amassed by the British Government between the 1880s and the 1970s to form the national collection of built and archaeological heritage. As a superb new publication in Scala’s popular Director’s Choice series, Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage since 2002, offers us his personal selection from the hugely diverse properties in his care, giving a unique insight into their history and attractions.

Author information

Dr. Simon Thurley is a leading architectural historian and has been Chief Executive of English Heritage, the Government’s principal advisor on the historic environment in England, since 2002. He is also Visiting Professor on the Built Environment at Gresham College, and has a lifelong passion for caring for and understanding our heritage.