Wisbech and Fenland Museum. Image courtesy Historic England

Historic England publishes Heritage at Risk Register

Simon Stephens, 14.11.2018
Museums among those at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change
One of the oldest purpose-built museums in England has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register, which Historic England published last week.

Wisbech and Fenland Museum in Cambridgeshire, which opened in 1847, has a leaking roof that is causing serious damage to internal plasterwork and detailing. Historic England has awarded a £47,750 grant to support a full building condition survey and immediate roof repairs.

Other museums on the register include Monkwearmouth Station Museum in Sunderland and the Elizabethan House Museum in Plymouth.

The museums are among the nearly 1,500 buildings or structures that Historic England has found to be at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change. Across the country 318 entries have been removed from the register, while 242 entries have been added because of concerns about their condition.

In total, there are 5,160 entries on the 2018 Heritage at Risk Register, 94 less than in 2017. The other entries comprise 911 places of worship; 2,151 archaeological sites, 502 conservation areas, 99 parks and gardens entries, four battlefield entries and four protected wreck sites.

Among the sites saved recently is a medieval chapel and associated buildings on St Cuthbert's Island, Holy Island, Northumberland, which is a major tourist destination. Following a successful programme of repairs to stabilise the eastern side of the island from erosion by the North Sea, this site has been removed from the register.

This is the 20th year of the Heritage at Risk Register.