Culture Secretary Reappoints Historic England Commissioner
Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England, said: “Martin Daunton is a distinguished historian and has contributed to many areas of our work during his first term, most notably in relation to industrial heritage which is becoming an increasingly important focus of activity for us. I am delighted that he has been appointed for a further four years and that the Commission will continue to benefit from his wise counsel.”
Martin Daunton is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge. He was Astor Professor of British History before moving to Cambridge in 1997, where he was Professor of Economic History from 1997 to 2015, Master of Trinity Hall from 2004 to 2014 and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2012 to 2015. He was President of the Royal Historical Society from 2005 to 2008, and he has experience in the world of heritage as a former Trustee of the National Maritime Museum and chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum. He has written extensively on modern British history since the 18th century, including the history of cities and the built environment, as well as public finance. He is currently writing a book on the governance of the world economy since the Great Depression. He has been a Commissioner from 2014 to 2018, and is deputy chair of the Historic England Advisory Committee and chair of the Designation Review Committee.