Saving the past - the politics of preservation since 1997: talk by Dr Simon Thurley

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Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage delivers a public lecture at Madingley Hall on 14 July 2011. While the years of New Labour have been sometimes characterised as a golden age for culture, the first decade of the 21st century was a difficult time for heritage. Political policy and practice was at best indifferent and at worst hostile to the idea of English history and heritage. In this controversial lecture, Simon Thurley, who was at the helm of English Heritage through the period, looks back at what went wrong and assesses the future of the nation's heritage. The lecture is chaired by Dr Frank Salmon, Head of the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and introduced by Dr Rebecca Lingwood, Director of Continuing Education. Please note that the lecture proper begins at the minute point in the video.

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