South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

91 heritage assets in SW removed from Heritage at Risk Register

Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register 2017 has been published, providing the annual snapshot of the state of England’s most valued vulnerable historic places. The Register brings attention to the sites across England that are at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

In the South West, 91 heritage assets were removed from the Register for positive reasons, including 13 buildings or structures. 59 archaeological sites were removed for positive reasons. 40 new archaeological sites were added to the Register. The South West Register for 2017 can be downloaded by clicking here and the England-wide Register can be searched by clicking here.

Andrew Vines, Planning Director South West, Historic England, said: "Heritage at Risk is a key element of Historic England’s strategy to preserve our rich and diverse national heritage. Approximately 25% of the sites on the national Register are in the South West region, therefore our Heritage at Risk team and their colleagues are particularly busy helping owners and partners improve the condition of heritage sites... The good news is we have already managed to meet our three-year target, removing 15% of sites from the 2015 baseline Register one year early. Over 160 sites have been conserved and are no longer considered at risk. In the last year we have awarded grants of £1.76 million to 69 sites across the region, and we have also helped to secure significant additional grants and resources from our partners: the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural England, trusts and private individuals."

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England, said: “The Heritage at Risk Register is an annual health-check of the country’s most special and vulnerable historic places. We can celebrate the fact that 387 historic sites have been saved this year across England by organisations and communities working with Historic England and want to thank all those who have cared for at-risk places, bringing them back into life and into use. From the volunteer bracken-bashers at prehistoric sites to the apprentices learning and applying traditional craft-skills to medieval buildings, this is a huge, collective labour of love and it is well worth it.

“But across England, thousands of fascinating buildings and places full of history are still at risk and in need of rescue. There is much work to do to secure their future. The historic environment has a profound impact on our culture and identity as well as our economy, both locally and nationally, and it’s irreplaceable.”