England-s historic environment includes a countless number of abbeys, castles, ruins, stately homes and palaces -- including sites such as Stonehenge -- but the questions of how we are to choose what should be preserved, how we should do it, and of what effect this will have on our idea of England and its history are ones which governments cannot ignore, as much as they might want to.The story of heritage between 1997 and the present day is one of the clash of politics, history and ideals. From boom to bust, Dr. Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, describes the story of the changing views of preservation under the successive government administrations and how this has affected the historical heritage of England.moreless
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