15 April 2021
The Canal & River Trust, the waterways and wellbeing charity which looks after 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales and is responsible for the third largest collection of listed buildings in the UK, has confirmed appointments to a new Cultural Heritage Advisory Group.
The Group will support the Trust in combining effective conservation and interpretation of the built and cultural heritage of the waterways, with promoting their use, enjoyment and value for wellbeing. It will provide the Trust’s management with specialist advice and guidance.
Eight unpaid volunteer experts from the cultural heritage field have been appointed to the newly formed Group, to be chaired by architectural historian Nigel Barker-Mills. They have been appointed for an initial term of up to three years.
The Group will collaborate with other Trust Advisory Groups; and will have a forward plan for topics which members will help shape to ensure that key challenges of relevance to the Trust in the field are addressed.
Richard Parry, chief executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “Waterways are part of the fabric of our nation and remain amongst the finest examples of industrial heritage in the world. The Trust is charged with protecting and conserving this heritage for future generations. At the same time, we must ensure that we are meeting the needs of the boaters and communities who use, live and work alongside our waterways – realising the unique health and wellbeing benefits they offer. The impressive wealth of skills and experience that the Group bring with them will prove invaluable in meeting this challenge.”