Heritage, leisure and city tourism


Image: Silversea cruise liner at Greenwich Reach

The first in our series of round tables looking at the future of cultural tourism for the UK is being hosted at Historic England, in London on 6th July with the organisation's Director of Planning, Ian Morrison speaking.

Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) where he successfully expanded the charity's advice, grants and loan services to help meet the growing demand of enterprising communities that wish to repair and re-use historic buildings they value. Previous to this, Ian was Head of Historic Environment at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Trained as an archaeologist, Ian has helped run numerous excavations in the UK and Middle East.

Historic England are currently featuring ten places chosen by BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz that bring to life England's rich history, art, architecture and sculpture. Among them are the powerful Angel of the North, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and St Paul's Cathedral. The latter, Historic England states, is 'the jewel in the crown of London's iconic skyline ...and remains one of the country's most cherished icons'. The cathedral was part of a major rebuilding programme in the City after the the Great Fire of London. To save it from being burnt to the ground again, it was loyally defend