Save Britains HeritagePosted: 2010-08-17
There are so many organisations involved in Britain's rich heritage that it is sometimes hard to keep track of them all. Here's one that I just became aware of; its called Save Britain's Heritage, or just 'SAVE' for short. SAVE Britain's Heritage is a charity aimed at raising awareness of historic buildings throughout the UK which are under threat of disappearing forever.
The organisation was founded in 1975 during European Architectural Heritage Year by a group of concerned journalists, historians, architects, and planners to campaign publicly for endangered historic buildings.
One of the interesting things about SAVE Britain's Heritage is that rather than simply complaining about changes to historic buildings, they come up with possibilities for alternative uses (in other words, they don't just say 'No development', but rather, 'how can this property be developed in a way that preserves its unique heritage'. Pretty nifty.
Sounds very grand but what does it mean in practice? The most high profile activity that SAVE undertakes is an annual publication called the Register of Buildings at Risk. The Register is a list of historic buildings at risk of decay, encroachment by modern development, or outright destruction. The Register is available in print format or through an online database. To access the online database, you have to become a Friend of Save, at a current cost of £25 per year. SAVE also puts on regular events, produces publications, and acts to promote the cause of historic buildings to the press.
To find out more about SAVE Britain's Heritage, and how you can help, visit the official website at http://www.savebritainsheritage.org