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National debate on state and heritage sponsored by Ecclesiastical

  • Leading heritage insurer supports Heritage Alliance 

  • Debate will bring together key voices from the British heritage community 

  • Loyd Grossman to chair

29 June 2015

A national debate on the role of the state in protecting British heritage is to be sponsored by leading heritage insurer Ecclesiastical.

Heritage and Government, the sixth in a series of debates run by the Heritage Alliance, will explore the role played by the state in protecting and promoting the nation’s heritage, an outstanding asset for the UK both at home and abroad.

Chaired by the Heritage Alliance’s chairman Dr Loyd Grossman, the panel will comprise:

  • Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman, Historic England 

  • Conrad Bird, Director, Britain is GREAT campaign 

  • Professor Sara Selwood, Editor, Cultural Trends

Clare Pardy, Ecclesiastical’s fine art and heritage development director, said: “As one of the country’s leading heritage insurers’, we have a very understandable interest in the protection of these sites and buildings. Getting the right balance between public and private funding, access for visitors and the nature of the bodies that manage our national assets is pivotal to the well-being of our heritage.

“The Heritage Alliance plays a valuable role in bringing together the key groups and opinion –formers in the heritage sphere, so we’re thrilled to be able to play a role in helping these debates reach the widest possible audience.”

The event begins at 6pm on 14 July, at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London, and is free to attend. Anyone wishing to attend should register online in advance at

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Media enquiries
Adrian Oldman, PR Manager, Ecclesiastical Insurance
Tel: 0800 783 8141 
Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ.

Alex Sedgemore, Bottle PR
Tel: 07880 404472

Notes to editors

About Ecclesiastical
Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services organisation. With its main operations and headquarters in the UK, Ecclesiastical also operates in Australia, Canada and Ireland.
Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, the education and faith sectors, heritage buildings and fine art.
Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, the company now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home insurance, selling through brokers and directly.
Ecclesiastical also offers a range of ethically screened investment funds through its award-winning investment management business, Ecclesiastical Investment Management. Ecclesiastical is one of UK’s Top Company Donors to Charity according to the 2013/2014 UK Guide to Company Giving.
Ecclesiastical’s Group vision, launched in January 2014, states that the Group intends to give £50m to charity between 2014-2016. In 2014 alone the company donated a total of £23.5m towards the  £50m goal.
    Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.