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Society announces new Churches Conservation Adviser

The Victorian Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a new conservation adviser, with special responsibility for historic churches.

Edmund Harris, who comes to the Victorian Society from SAVE Britain's Heritage, will be responsible for all ecclesiastical casework across England and Wales. This marks a change in approach as for the last year church casework has been split between the society's three caseworkers. Now Alex Baldwin (Conservation Adviser for Northern England) and Heloise Brown (Conservation Adviser for the south of England and Wales) will concentrate solely on secular casework.

'We are delighted to welcome Edmund,' said Dr Ian Dungavell, Director of the Victorian Society. 'He has an extensive knowledge of churches and chapels of all denominations and will be a great addition to the team at the Victorian Society as we campaign to save the best of our Victorian and Edwardian heritage for future generations.'

Edmund Harris is the author of a SAVE report, due to be released this summer, on historic places of worship in London deemed to be at risk. Prior to working on the report Edmund lived in Moscow for nearly six years, and helped set up the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society (MAPS), of which he remains a trustee. In 2007 he published a report on buildings at risk in Moscow. A second edition, issued last year, also included St Petersburg. 

Edmund Harris takes over from Kristian Kaminski, who has taken up a post as a Conservation Officer for Islington Borough Council.

Wednesday 21 April, 2010

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