Restoring England’s Heritage – BBC1, 5 December.
This programme looked at some of the most important buildings at risk in England and the people who are trying to save them. Different buildings were featured in each of the BBC’s regions. As many of the campaigns were led by local voluntary groups, it was inevitable that a number would be well-known to the AHF and have benefited from our grants and loans. A sample of these include: Poltimore House – Devon; Newman Brothers Coffin Works – Birmingham; Scientific & Literary Institute – Dorset; Bawdsey Radar Station– Suffolk; Great Grimsby Ice Factory and Turner’s House in Twickenham. The programme also revisited buildings that appeared on the BBC’s Restoration series to check on what progress had been made. Lottery-funded success stories such as Strawberry Hill, Hadlow Tower, Moulton Windmill, the first winner Manchester Victoria Baths and many more, all received AHF support from the earliest stages.