IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Cash boost helps preserve historic North York Moors monuments

landscapeThe Darlington and Stockton Times explores how historic monuments in the North York Moors have a brighter future thanks to a £170,000 grant to help enhance them.

Darlington and Stockton Times writes:

The North York Moors National Park Authority has been awarded the money by Historic England to help secure the future of its historic monuments and increase public understanding of their significance. The funds follow on from Historic England’s support of the National Park Monument Management Scheme from 2009 to 2018.

This successful scheme resulted in a massive reduction in the number of Scheduled Monuments – those protected by law – on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register. In total, 211 Scheduled Monuments had their ‘At Risk’ status reduced, and a further 156 benefited in other ways. The new ‘Monuments for the Future’ project, aims to take the management work in a new direction, with greater emphasis on public engagement and raising awareness of the Moors’ archaeological assets.

Mags Waughman, head of historic environment at the National Park Authority, explained: ‘Whether it’s burial mounds on the horizon, settlements and field systems spread across the landscape, or the remnants of the iron, jet and alum industries, these imprints of human activity are as much a part of the fabric of the National Park as the moorland, the woodlands and the coast. Following the success of our previous project, we are now turning our attention to how we can ensure a legacy of well-managed monuments in a good, stable condition, which can be enjoyed for many generations to come.’

Part of the project will involve providing training and support for more volunteers to carry out minor maintenance of monuments as well as routine monitoring…

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