English Heritage Celebrates Centenary

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey. © James Whitesmith

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 physical remains of the nation’s history and created the idea of a great national collection of historical monuments for the benefit and education of the public. Today, English Heritage champions our historic places and ensures they are protected for future generations. Over 400 English Heritage-protected sites are currently open to the public.

As part of its celebration of 100 years of heritage protection, each week English Heritage will be highlighting on its website (www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/heritage-centenary/landmark-listings) a unique historic place, be it a building, shipwreck, battlefield or park and garden, which has a surprising connection to an event in English history. Many of these historic places, such as Hull’s neo-Baroque National Picture Theatre and London’s Brick Lane Jamme Masjid, formed an integral part of the local community and help tell the story of the lives of the people who used them and the extraordinary events that they witnessed.