Introduction to Issue 5
Historic England Commissioner Victoria Harley introduces the latest issue of Historic England Research.
As a Commissioner of Historic England, and a member of its Historic Estate Conservation Committee, I am delighted to introduce this issue of Historic England Research.
My involvement with Historic England, and with historic buildings and landscape, makes me keenly aware of the challenges that face our heritage. In this issue the exploration of climate change in relation to historic buildings and archaeology, highlights unexpected opportunities but is also a timely reminder of the potential hazards; the article on historic urban parks describes a threat of a different nature.
On a contrasting note, the research at Croxdale Hall throws light onto the experimental influences of the Kennedys – an intergenerational family of gardeners and nurserymen. This and other articles serve to illustrate the great breadth of work undertaken and funded by Historic England and the partnerships it builds across the heritage sector and beyond. I am delighted, although not surprised, that the magazine has a robust and diverse readership and that it is stimulating much interest in Historic England’s series of Research Reports.
I hope you enjoy this latest addition to the series, or indeed previous issues of the magazine which are available to download from the back issues page.
Commissioner, Historic England
Mrs Victoria Harley
Victoria Harley is manager of Brampton Bryan Estate, Herefordshire, and concentrates on preservation and reuse of traditional historic buildings, together with landscape conservation. Through links with the Historic Houses Association, she has wide experience in the management of historic houses. She was previously director of Sotheby’s Carpet Department and latterly a freelance consultant. She served on the National Trust Midlands Advisory Board for seven years and was a trustee of the Offa’s Dyke Association. She is governor of two schools. Victoria was appointed as an English Heritage Commissioner in 2014. She serves additionally on the Designation Review Committee, the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and the Historic Estate Conservation Committee.