Heritage and Housing

Wednesday 22 May 2019



The Talk

Providing enough houses for people to live in is one of the great issues affecting England today. It is an issue for people looking to buy new homes and settle into new areas, but also one for those wanting to protect the distinctiveness of their historic towns and villages. Most new house building is undertaken in disregard of the vernacular traditions of the places in which it is undertaken. Historic settlements all over England are fighting what they regard as inappropriate development on their doorstep. Does it have to be like this? Can heritage and conservation be reconciled with the ambitions the volume house builder? Simon Thurley looks at the issues in historical, geographical and economic context and suggests a way forward.

Please note that this talk takes place in the afternoon

The Speaker

Simon Thurley was chief executive of English Heritage and director of the Museum of London. He is also a historian and archaeologist and passionately believe that our past informs and shapes our future, and that to make a great future for everyone we need to understand and care for our past. Since childhood he has been investigating history and after reading History at university and completing an MA and PhD he has devoted my career to working with history, museums, archaeology and heritage always trying to explain why history matters.

Participant information

The talk will start at 2pm, lasts about 1 – 1 1/2 hours and refreshments will be available at the end.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake after the talk. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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