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York student leading Protect our Place project

Posted on 19 September 2012

Sarah Spurrier, current MA in Cultural Heritage Management student, appointed to lead English Heritage-sponsored initiative

19-09-2012 Sara Spurrier

Civic Voice ­ the national charity for the civic movement - has announced the appointment of Sarah Spurrier to lead the English Heritage sponsored Protect our Place research project over the next 9 months.

Protect our Place is a research project to understand the different types of current community action taking place across England to protect and promote our historic environment. With an interactive website at its core, the project will increase the sector's collective understanding of the range and type of action that exists by communities to protect their historic environment and will help provide a better understanding of how to enhance and support this work in the future

The primary objectives of the project include: 

  • Increase understanding of the amount, type and range of community action that exists to protect and promote the local historic environment
  • Identify the issues on which such action is focused and what support is needed
  • Increase understanding of the motivations and values behind such community action
  • Inform and help shape the future direction of the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP)

Steve Graham, Director of Civic Voice, said: 'We are really looking forward to starting this exciting and vital project. It will help English Heritage and ourselves gain a real understanding of where and how local communities are protecting their history for now and future generations. Sarah will be finding out more about the great work happening up and down the country so if you know of such a local group doing this important work then please get in touch with her.'
Sarah Spurrier, Project Manager, said: 'I'm delighted to be joining the Civic Voice team and to be coordinating the Protect our Place project. This project is so important as it will not only help us to better understand the civic movement as it stands, but also help us to move forward in the future. I urge all community groups out there to contact me and embrace Protect our Place and all of the wonderful things it has to offer.'
Sarah can be contacted on or 07595 630017.