Dame Vera Lynn praises British people after support for £1m appeal secures future of White Cliffs

National Trust Press Office

Dame Vera Lynn praised the generosity of the British public after £1m was raised in just three weeks to help protect the future of the White Cliffs of Dover for the nation, for ever.

Over 17,500 people made donations to the appeal to help the National Trust secure 700,000 square metres of land immediately behind the clifftop between the South Foreland lighthouse and Langdon Cliffs, which the conservation charity acquired in 2012.

The Trust said it would work to restore internationally important habitats such as chalk grassland, preserve existing historical features, and maintain access routes for visitors.

Dame Vera, whose 1942 song about the cliffs helped forge her reputation as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’, said she was delighted with the public reaction to the appeal.

In a letter to the charity, she said. “My thanks to everyone who embraced the campaign to protect this national icon. The White Cliffs of Dover…

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8 Reasons to Love the Historic North East

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This Sunday tens of thousands of people will take part in the largest half marathon in the world. Now in its 36th year, the Great North Run kicks off in Newcastle and ends on the seafront at South Shields, taking in a number of historical landmarks along the way.

Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, here’s a quick guide to some of our favourite heritage highlights along the Great North Run:

Exhibition Park

Exhibition park 2008 Exhibition park 2008 © Historic England Archive

Starting on Claremont Road, the Great North Run takes in Exhibition Park, which got its name from a history of showcasing local industry.  In 1887 it was the site of the Royal Mining Engineering Jubilee Exhibition, part of a wider celebration for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It drew over 2 million visitors, with exhibits including gardens, a theatre, art galleries and photography.

The only remnant from…

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From Factory to Fireside: 6 Marvellous Model Villages

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The later years of the industrial revolution brought about a radical change in living conditions for a lucky few.

Some industrial entrepreneurs moved their enterprises away from the choked towns and cities to rural areas and created purpose-built villages to house their work force. The new estates rescued workers from the cramped slum dwellings of overcrowded towns and cities, providing housing in airy, sanitary ‘model villages’, often complete with school, chapel and recreational facilities.

Here’s a tour of 6 industries from soap to shoes and their wonderful worker’s villages:

Textiles and Saltaire Model Village, Shipley

aa039287.tif View along Titus Street, Saltaire © Historic England

In the 1850s, wool industrialist Titus Salt relocated all five of his mills from Bradford to a new rural site near the River Aire, and close to the canal and railway, fulfilling all transport and waterpower needs for his operation. Near the mills, Salt built ‘Saltaire’, a…

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Andrew Logan sculpture comes to Buckland Abbey, former home of Sir Francis Drake

National Trust Press Office

‘The Art of Reflection’ from 1 July 2017

An exhibition of contemporary art by the renowned sculptor Andrew Logan will open on Saturday 1 July at the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey in Devon.

‘The Art of Reflection’ interprets the history and spirit of the abbey in 18 Logan sculptures, placed in 13 selected locations throughout the house and gardens, including the Great Barn, Kitchen Garden and the historic Cart Pond.

The exhibition, one of the largest ever staged by the National Trust in collaboration with one artist, is curated jointly by Buckland Abbey and Andrew Logan, with work selected from five decades of the artist’s career.

A major attraction will be Andrew Logan’s new jewel and painted glass portrait of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland’s most celebrated owner.

Drake’s Portrait 2017, photo Steve Haywood/National Trust

‘The Art of Reflection’ has been organised under the conservation charity’s          …

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10 Dramatic Coastal Sites to Visit this Summer

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In his new book England’s Maritime Heritage from the Air Peter Waller presents a stunning array of images of our coastal heritage from the Historic England archives.

In celebration of the book’s launch, Joe Flatman, Head of Listing Programmes, tells us about 10 coastal sites in England which are open to the public, and are worth a visit at any time of the year.

Tell us about your favourite coastal heritage sites in the comments.

1. Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland, Grade I listed.

LINDISFARNE PRIORY, Northumberland. Aerial view. Lindisfarne Priory © Historic England

Originally a 16th century castle, Lindisfarne was converted in 1902 into a luxury family home by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson, the founder of Country Life magazine. The castle affords fine views of the nearby coastline and walks around Lindisfarne Island, including the site of the nearby Anglo-Saxon priory. The island is only accessible via a…

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