Free Grand Designs Live Tickets

Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website has 10,000 free tickets to Grand Designs Live at ExCeL in London for dates between Tuesday 7 May and Sunday 12 May 2013. Tickets must be booked before Sunday 14 April (or before they’re all snapped up). Click on this link to find out more. Vivat Heritage’s sister company The House Detectives will be among 500...

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Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber

Historic Royal Palaces have announced a new exhibition running at Hampton Court Palace from 27 March until 3 November 2013. Historic Royal Palaces will transform Hampton Court’s Baroque Palace with a special exhibition full of intrigue, drama and surprise – at its heart will be six magnificent royal beds. For the first time ever the world’s largest and rarest...

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English Heritage Celebrates Centenary

English Heritage has begun a year-long programme celebrating the 100th anniversary of the landmark Ancient Monuments Act of 1913 and the subsequent founding of the organisation that safeguards England’s unique legacy of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes. The 1913 Act was the first to recognise that the state has a duty to protect special and significant...

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Using Research for Listed Building Consent

Historical research can be pivotal when dealing with listed buildings. Listing protects the nation’s built heritage from external and internal unsympathetic changes, and unnecessary destruction. If you wish to propose a building to English Heritage for listing, a certain level of information is required about the building’s location and why it is of special interest;...

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Tips of the Trade: The Survey of London

There has been much excitement surrounding the publication of the latest volume of the Survey of London. Over four years in the making, the newest edition (volume 48) encompasses Woolwich suburb, its naval dockyard and the former Royal Arsenal. The current editors are at pains to get back to the essence of the Survey‘s founder’s original intentions. Charles...

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Welcome

Welcome to Vivat Heritage. We are a group of historians, heritage professionals and media experts who have come together to provide something different for the commercial heritage sector. Between us, we’ve unrivalled experience in undertaking research for a wide range of buildings and sites from all periods of history – from historic stately houses to domestic homes,...

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Tips of the Trade: the Lloyd George Domesday

We’ll be posting regular news items that focus on particular aspects of our work, including documents that are often obscure but tremendously useful to understanding the history of the built environment and wider aspects of community heritage. Whilst we’re not going to be giving away all our secrets – as if we’d do that! – we thought it would be useful to share...

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Casebook: Clive of India’s house at Dum Dum, Calcutta

[frame align=”right”][/frame] One of the most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on was Clive of India’s house at Dum Dum, about four miles from the centre of Calcutta, for the BBC series House Detectives At Large which aired in 2002. Instead of featuring domestic properties within the UK, as House Detectives had done, the scope of the new show was far...

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