<p><b>What is heritage? When was it invented? What is its place in the world today? What is its place tomorrow? </b></p><p>Heritage is all around us: millions belong to its organisations, tens of thousands volunteer for it, and politicians pay lip service to it. When the Victorians began to employ the term in something approaching the modern sense, they applied it to cathedrals, castles, villages and certain landscapes. Since then a multiplicity of heritage labels have arisen, cultural and commercial, tangible and intangible – for just as every era has its notion of heritage, so does every social group, and every generation.</p><p>In <i>Heritage</i>, James Stourton focuses on elements of our cultural and natural environment that have been deliberately preserved: the British countryside and national parks, buildings such as Blenheim Palace and Tattersall Castle, and the works of art inside them. He charts two heroic periods of conservation – the 1880s and the 1960s – and considers whether threats of wealth, rampant development and complacency are similar in the present day. <i>Heritage</i> is both a story of crisis and profound change in public perception, and one of hope and regeneration.</p>
<p>A comprehensive, illustrated history of the British heritage industry, from art historian and former Sotheby's Chairman James Stourton.</p>
'Compelling and thought-provoking, this book not only explores how Britain's rich and diverse heritage has been conserved (and in some cases destroyed) in the past, but offers a ray of hope for its future'
'[A] huge, energetic and tightly written tome on the two-and-half-century history of conservation battles in our homeland... A masterful, dynamic and extremely readable survey of one the major issues of our times. Or all times'
'It not only covers the conservation and protection of our buildings and landscapes, but also the wider cultural aspects'
'James Stourton is a masterly observer... His account of the wards of heritage preservation is gripping'
'Stourton writes with elegance... Intelligent and well-researched book'
<p>A wide-ranging and comprehensive look at British heritage, featuring numerous UK locations and types of heritage.</p>
<p>Stourton is an expert on the heritage industry and a member of the government's Heritage Memorial Fund.</p>
<p>Illustrated with over 150 integrated colour images.</p>
<p>MARKET: <i>England in Particular</i>; <i>Great Houses of London</i>; Adrian Tinniswood; Clive Aslet.</p>