This was the first of their autumn talks.
The first 20 buildings listed in October 1951 in Swindon included Apsley House, the current home of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
What was it all about?
All of the sites with national heritage protection statuses are published by Historic England on the National Heritage List for England. Swindon has 659 Listed Buildings, 53 Scheduled Monuments and 3 Registered Parks and Gardens.
This talk will look at the history of statutory protection of our historic sites with examples from Swindon from the first designations over 100 years ago to the most recent listings in Swindon. It will also look at the latest developments including a project recruiting volunteers to help Historic England, Enriching The List.
Martin Newman is the Listing Information Manager at Historic England.
He began his historic environment career as an archaeologist having read Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he is also an information management professional with a Chartership from CILIP. Recently he has been working with Civic Voice nationally to engage local Civic Societies in helping Historic England improve the information available about listed buildings. Martin has lived and worked in Swindon since the mid-1990s and is a member of Swindon Civic Voice, he is also the Local Heritage Ambassador for the Royal Society of Arts.
We help people understand, enjoy and value the historic environment, and protect it for the future. Historic England is a public body, and we champion everyone’s heritage, across England.