Four key sites across the UK feature on the 2014 World Monuments Watch, which was announced on October 8th 2013 – a diverse group of 67 important but ailing sites from 41 countries and territories across the world all facing an uncertain future and in need of urgent support. The Watch draws international attention and support for some of the world’s most remarkable and fragile cultural heritage, and the 2014 selection includes Battersea Power Station, Deptford Dockyard and Sayes Court Garden, Grimsby Ice Factory and Sulgrave Manor.
WMF Britain completed its first public art project in the North East of England during the summer of 2013. This community-focused initiative transformed historic buildings across the region into family-friendly artists’ studios complete with children’s art carts and Artists in Residence, and celebrated artwork inspired by the region’s rich heritage in an exhibition at Durham Cathedral.
In April 2013 Stowe’s Medici Lions returned to the house following a 92 year hiatus.
The creatures which were relocated to Blackpool following the 1921 auction have undergone careful restoration and are now back at the South Front of the house.
Giving our Past a Future: The Work of World Monuments Fund, Britain
The work of World Monuments Fund Britain was celebrated in a unique temporary exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum at the end of 2012, which showcased some of the charity’s most significant projects in the last 15 years.
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Restoration of Stowe's Eastern Pavilion
- Thanks for joining us last night- a pleasure to meet and you made a great contribution to the evening @RichardPBurr @SarahEHBurr 11 hrs ago
- Great news- @CovCathedral has funding to waterproof and open the medieval crypts. Watch this space (literally) http://t.co/s18xFtbxqz 4 days, 9 hrs ago
- RT @DMcCaffreySKY: Fire is now OUT at Charing Cross station. Station will be closed for possibly another 2 hours. http://t.co/ZIl6OfEAUb 4 days, 12 hrs ago
- Video of the incident at Charing Cross. http://t.co/I35EdjvPmo 4 days, 12 hrs ago
- Seems to be a fire, possibly train crash at Charing Cross station, filled with smoke. Avoid it, if you're travelling. 4 days, 12 hrs ago
... visit the World Monument[s] Fund’s (WMF) new site for inspiration and ideas. The website looks as lovingly crafted as some of the threatened buildings it champions.
Building Magazine 21st September 2007