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The Men from the Ministry

The second episode reveals the unsung heroes of the heritage movement, the clever civil servants who saved the great ruins of Britain. It explores the determination of Charles Reed Peers from the Office of Works, who seized the chance in the interwar years to make history a popular cause, and looks at how the increasingly mobile British public began to embrace the idea of a day out at an historic site. As the country houses faced a crisis with owners demolishing or abandoning their homes, who would come to the rescue - the Ministry of Works or the National Trust?

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 3 Sep 2015 02:00


Role Contributor
NarratorSiân Phillips
Executive ProducerBasil Comely
ProducerNick Angel
DirectorNick Angel

English Heritage Centenary

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