Four key sites across the UK feature on the 2014 World Monuments Watch, which was announced on October 8th 2013 – a diverse group of 67 important but ailing sites from 41 countries and territories across the world all facing an uncertain future and in need of urgent support. The Watch draws international attention and support for some of the world’s most remarkable and fragile cultural heritage, and the 2014 selection includes Battersea Power Station, Deptford Dockyard and Sayes Court Garden, Grimsby Ice Factory and Sulgrave Manor.
WMF Britain completed its first public art project in the North East of England during the summer of 2013. This community-focused initiative transformed historic buildings across the region into family-friendly artists’ studios complete with children’s art carts and Artists in Residence, and celebrated artwork inspired by the region’s rich heritage in an exhibition at Durham Cathedral.
In April 2013 Stowe’s Medici Lions returned to the house following a 92 year hiatus.
The creatures which were relocated to Blackpool following the 1921 auction have undergone careful restoration and are now back at the South Front of the house.
Giving our Past a Future: The Work of World Monuments Fund, Britain
The work of World Monuments Fund Britain was celebrated in a unique temporary exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum at the end of 2012, which showcased some of the charity’s most significant projects in the last 15 years.
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Restoration of Stowe's Eastern Pavilion
Deptford Dockyard and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The history of Deptford as the lost piece of the Thames jigsaw will be explored in the comfort of the Master Shipwright’s house which sits alongside this threatened site and an afternoon trip to the archives of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich will follow.
Deptford and Greenwich
Stowe House and Gardens Study Day
An opportunity to see the newly restored rooms at Stowe as well the conservation of the William Kent's painted ceiling in the North Hall. An autumnal tour of the folly studded gardens follows after lunch.
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Jung Chang: Empress Dowager Cixi
Jung Chang speaks on her newest book, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, an eye-opening account of imperial life in the Forbidden City in Beijing, the site of a World Monuments Fund 50th Anniversary project.Royal Geographical Society, Central London More
Architecture &... Food
Loyd Grossman and Marc Meltonville discuss restaurant design, medieval etiquette, farmers' markets, cooking in Henry VIII's kitchens, and more.
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