The publication of the Gowers Report in June 1950 was a seminal moment in the postwar rescue of Britain’s country house heritage, and Historic Houses celebrates its legacy.
Historic Houses writes:
Seventy years ago, on 23rd June 1950, a government-appointed committee published a report into the future of Britain’s country house heritage. The report is not as well known as the other achievements of the 1945-51 Labour government, such as the creation of the National Health Service or the formation of National Parks. Yet the findings of the report were to have a profound influence on the policies of successive postwar governments towards the conservation of the country’s most significant buildings, landscapes and collections.
Here, we celebrate this landmark moment for Britain’s historic houses, recounting the history and legacy of the report with videos, extracts and links to further articles and information at a time when, in the face of Covid-19, Britain’s heritage is again in need of support to ensure its survival for generations to come.