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Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places

A Historic England campaign supported by specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical  

England’s historic buildings and places bring our extraordinary history to life. Identifiable spots, big and small and spread across the country, have shaped both our nation and our world. Historic England, in partnership with Ecclesiastical, is inviting people to nominate the historical hotspots that they love or that are local to them that they want the world to know more about. 

There are 10 different categories, and each category will be judged by a celebrity, known for their activities and expertise connected to that field. After each category has been judged a podcast will be available detailing the chosen 10 places. 

The selected 100 will feature in a glossy coffee table book; “Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places” to be launched in September 2018

This month's category

  • Art, Architecture & Sculpture

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    Muses are synonymous with artists and their work but often the muse is a place rather than a person. The 'matchstick men' painter, LS Lowry, took his inspiration from the people and sights of Pendlebury in Lancashire where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. The Cornish fishing town of St Ives inspired Barbara Hepworth's sculptural work for many decades. 

    Which places inspired an artist's work or an artistic movement, or could now be home to an important piece of art? What buildings are important for their architectural interest, or for the people who designed or built them? 

    The judge for this category is: BBC Art’s Editor, Author and former Director of Tate Media, Will Gompertz.
  • And the top ten are...

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    The top ten places in the first two categories have been selected by the expert judges from hundreds of fantastic nominations.  

    Join presenter Emma Bartlett as she travels across the country and visits the places that gave the roots to our national identity. Emma uncovers the people and stories that have helped shape England in a series of fascinating podcasts.   

    Listen to the podcasts presented by Emma Barnett.

    Read all about the top ten’s on Historic Englands website.  

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