What is Heritage?

Hi, my name is David Ross, and I have the pleasure of being the Heritage Editor for The History Herald. Consider me your roving history reporter. Over the coming months I'll be poppiing up in unexpected places, and giving you the lowdown on some pretty nifty historic places to visit aound the UK.

I'm pretty excited about exploring the heritage of Britain in your company, and I hope you'll enjoy looking over my shoulder as we delve into the best of British heritage, history, and culture.

To start us off, here's a question that has puzzled me for some time; what exactly is this thing I call 'heritage'?

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Petworth House Hosts Unique Turner exhibition

Petworth House - National-Trust Images - Arnhel de SerraTurner’s Sussex, at the National Trust’s Petworth House, will be the first exhibition to bring together the East and West Sussex works of JMW Turner, one of the nation’s greatest painters.

Opening on 12 January 2013, the exhibition features more than 40 carefully selected loaned exhibits of Turner’s Sussex works, drawn from major national collections including Tate, the V&A, and the British Museum, as well as from regional collections and private owners.

Turner’s Sussex takes place in Petworth’s newly refurbished Exhibition Gallery in its historic Servants’ Quarters building.

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What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, 'This was their finest hour.'
Winston Churchill