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
Hampton Court Palace: Uncovering the Early Tudor Age
This study day, held in the 300th anniversary year of the Hanoverian succession, will provide an in-depth inspection of the site with archaeologist Fiona Keith-Lucas and former Building Curator and WMFB Chief Executive, Dr Jonathan Foyle.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey
Deptford Dockyard & National Maritime Museum
The history of Deptford as the lost piece of the Thames jigsaw will be explored in the comfort of the Master Shipwright’s house which sits alongside this threatened site and an afternoon trip to the archives of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich will follow.
Deptford and Greenwich
Sulgrave Manor: House & Garden
This study day offers a unique insight into this internationally important yet little known manor house, its interiors, garden and museum collection.
Sulgrave, near BanburyMore
William Kent at the V&A;: Designing Georgian Britain
After a private view of the exhibition we will assemble at the Royal Geographical Society for a series of short lectures to discuss Kent’s influence on architectural design. Lunch will be followed by an optional visit to Chiswick House and Gardens with Dr Esmé Whittaker, the curator for London & East at English Heritage.
V&A, South Kensington and Chiswick House (optional)More
Coventry Cathedral: A Future for its Past
This study day examines the imaginative WMFB project to conserve and display the glass within the context of the much overlooked buildings of medieval Coventry and the new designs by leading glass artist John Reyntiens and Kirsty Brooks. We will also review the work at the site to which WMFB has contributed and visit St Mary’s Guildhall, a hidden gem in the city and Holy Trinity Church with its evocative Doom painting.
Coventry, West MidlandsMore
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... 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