Chief Executive of Historic England to speak at our 'Cultural Cities' forum

The Chief Executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson is to speak at our 'Cultural Cities' forum in January 2021. He joins Director of V&A East, Gus Casely-Hayford at the event which will also include developers, architects and planners.

Duncan Wilson became Chief Executive of the new formed Historic England in May 2015. He joined from the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust where he was Chief Executive from 2011 to 2015. From 2002 Duncan was Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, and before that Director of the Somerset House Trust. He has been a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust (2008-2017) and a trustee of the Royal Armouries (2007-2011) and a community governor of Corelli College in Greenwich (2004-2007).

Historic England has been instrumental in helping many organisations look after cultural and heritage assets during the pandemic. Its latest announcement is the funding that Blackpool Tower Ballroom is to receive (£764,000) from the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Funding will enable Blackpool Tower Ballroom to repair plasterwork, giving the legendary venue a new lease of life.

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is the latest of over 800 heritage sites and organisations to benefit from lifeline grants delivered by Historic England from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. The ballroom, one of the Grade 1 listed Tower Buildings first opened to the public 126 years ago, and is considered by many to be the home of ballroom dancing in the UK.