Latest updates

Knill's Monument, St Ives

After more than 230 years of being ravaged by wind and rain on top of Worvas Hill in St Ives, Knill’s Monument has now been restored to its former glory with the completion of a six-month on-site conservation project by WMFB.

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2014 World Monuments Watch

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.

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Drawn Together: Making Art in Historic Buildings

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.

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The Stowe Lions

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.

See the lions being installed

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WMFB Shop now available

A range of notecards is available featuring images from sites where we have worked.

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Past Exhibition

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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Latest film release

Knill's Monument

WMFB has completed the conservation of Knill's Monument, an eighteenth-century steeple in Cornwall with a rich history, previously at risk of collapse. Find out how we helped restore this important local landmark to its former glory in our short film.
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Giving our Past a Future

The work of World Monuments Fund Britain was the focus of a unique temporary exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London 'Giving our Past a Future'. This short film shows some of the highlights.
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Changing the Face of Coventry

Jules Hudson presents this in-depth review of WMFB’s project at Coventry Cathedral.
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Stowe Music Room conservation

Stowe’s Music Room is currently undergoing careful repair and conservation. The room was completed after 1781 and was created by Vincenzo Valdre.
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Coventry film

The former Cathedral Church of St Michael Coventry is the focus of a major project. Find out how WMFB is working alongside Coventry Cathedral to safeguard and reinvigorate this evocative place.
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Image galleries

Click on the images below to open the gallery lightbox viewer. You can use either the left, right keys on your keyboard or click the image to go to the next picture.

Stowe Lions image gallery


Restoration of Stowe's Eastern Pavilion



Upcoming activities


Wed 15
Oct
9.45am

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Deptford Dockyard and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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

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Wed 29
Oct
10.30am-4pm

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Stowe House and Gardens Study Day

An opportunity to see the newly restored rooms at Stowe as well the conservation of the William Kent's painted ceiling in the North Hall. An autumnal tour of the folly studded gardens follows after lunch.

Stowe House, Buckinghamshire

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Wed 19
Nov
7pm

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Jung Chang: Empress Dowager Cixi

Jung Chang speaks on her newest book, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, an eye-opening account of imperial life in the Forbidden City in Beijing, the site of a World Monuments Fund 50th Anniversary project.

Royal Geographical Society, Central London More

Wed 26
Nov
7pm

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Architecture &... Food

Loyd Grossman and Marc Meltonville discuss restaurant design, medieval etiquette, farmers' markets, cooking in Henry VIII's kitchens, and more.

The May Fair Hotel, London

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Building Magazine 21st September 2007