The birth of SAVE was sparked by the immense publicity generated by the now legendary exhibition 'The Destruction of the Country House' held at the V&A in 1974. The exhibition's Hall of Destruction was a fantasy of tumbling columns illustrating a selection of over 1,000 historic country houses demolished over the preceding century. In 1955 one house was demolished every five days. Such was the concern generated by the exhibition that from 1975 demolition of historic country houses came to a virtual halt.
Based on the exhibition ‘SAVE Britain's Heritage 1975-2005: 30 Years of Campaigning’, held 3 November 2005 - 12 February 2006 in Room 128a, Architecture Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Curator: Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain's Heritage
Sponsered by the DARE Group
Supported by the Drue Heinz Trust