Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced a further £5 million funding – on top of the £80 million already committed – to create a new charity arm of English Heritage to manage England's precious historic sites.
In addition she announced details in a public consultation paperof proposed changes to English Heritage and the way in which its more than 400 historic properties are managed, conserved and made accessible to the public.
The record government investment in the heritage sector will see a new charitable arm, retaining the name English Heritage, able to manage all of the historic sites, which will remain in public ownership.
The new charitable status will give English Heritage freedom to raise funds – with a target of finding a further £83 million from third parties. This will allow them to undertake a huge programme of conservation for the properties and works to improve the visitor experience. English Heritage properties currently receive more than six million visits every year.
English Heritage's current duties and responsibilities for advising on and helping to conserve England's wider historic environment would remain unchanged. These will be delivered under the new name of 'Historic England.'
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