The organisation faces challenges to save sites prone to damage as a consequence of climate change
English Heritage has always made the point that Ironbridge in Shropshire is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Now, as the organisation points out, it could also be said to be the cradle of climate change. The construction of the wonderful Iron Bridge across the Severn in 1779 marked the beginning of the large-scale burning of fossil fuels for industrial processes.
The organisation’s 400-plus sites are being variously buffeted by the climate crisis, from the 38-metre stretch of the walls of Hurst Castle in Hampshire that collapsed in a storm in February, to inadequate gutters and drains on old properties that threaten their fabric. Repairs and updates are vital.