Historic England's First World War Experts
As part of the 2014-2018 Centenary, Historic England will be recording the significant legacy of the First World War on the fabric, landscape and coastal waters of England. The following Historic England experts will be contributing to this unique and historic project.
Roger Bowdler joined Historic England in 1989 as a historian. He has worked as a Listing Inspector and as Head of Designation. His background is in art history: he studied at Cambridge, where he completed a PhD on 17th century English church monuments and memento mori iconography, and retains a particular interest in funerary art; he was until recently chairman of the Mausolea & Monuments Trust, and retains a keen interest in commemorative art of all sorts.
Roger is now Historic England's Director of Listing, responsible for the National Heritage List for England, and for our recommendations for new entries to Government, as well as for associated heritage data records.
Both his grandfathers saw active service in the First World War, and his mother lives in a New Forest cottage, built in 1920 to house a district nurse – a practical, living form of war memorial.
Serena Cant is a Projects Team Officer, specialising in maritime archaeology, who writes extensively for Historic England across all media. She has a specific interest in the wrecks of the mercantile marine of the First World War. Her new book, England's Shipwreck Heritage: From Logboats to U-boats has recently been published.
Wayne Cocroft manages the Historic Places Investigation East team, and chairs the internal Military and First World War Network.
Since the early 1990s he has specialised in the investigation of modern military sites. He was responsible for the survey of the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, and followed this with a national study of the explosives industry, published as Dangerous Energy: the archaeology of gunpowder and military explosives manufacture. He was subsequently involved in a project to investigate the country's Cold War heritage.
He has published many articles on the history of explosives manufacture and built heritage of the Cold War. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Mark is a maritime archaeologist and professional diver with expertise in the protection of underwater archaeological remains.
Mark works in the Listing Projects and Marine Team at Historic England where he manages a small team that delivers management and licensing of England's protected marine heritage. His interests in naval warfare, early aviation and underwater archaeology make him well placed to address the material remains of the war at sea.
Peter Kendall is a Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments much of whose work covers the military heritage of the South East. His main research interests are barracks, fortifications and dockyards and he recently published on the work of the Royal Engineers. His current First World War interests include the way in which preparations were made for trench warfare on the English mainland.
How to contact our experts
To get in touch with one of our experts, please contact our Customer Services team on: Tel: 0370 333 0607 or email: customers@HistoricEngland.org.uk.