SAVE Britain's Heritage

The Destruction of the Country House Exhibition, V&A, 1974
SAVE Britain's Heritage 1975-2005 An exhibition celebrating 30 years of campaigning

Image: The Destruction of the Country House Exhibition, V&A, 1974
Photograph by Robin Wade, exhibition designer


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.


About SAVE
Some of the 150 SAVE reports 1975-2005

From its launch in 1975, SAVE has taken the offensive

Churches under fire
Holy Trinity, Rugby, under demolition

Examples of the historic churches tragically lost despite SAVE's efforts 

Military history
Cover of SAVE report campaigning for Farnborough

Saving the remaining military history at Farnborough

Barlaston Hall
Barlaston Hall, shortly after SAVE bought it in 1981

One of the biggest success stories in English heritage, originally bought for £1

Industrial heritage
Manningham Mills, Bradford, before restoration

Giving old mills a new lease of life for work, culture and as homes

Time gentlemen please!
The restaurant at Whitelocks, Leeds

Preserving a part of social history and the interiors of the past

Hospital architecture
Carlton Hayes Hospital, Narborough, near Leicester

Finding new uses for Victorian medical buildings

Fight for London town houses
Chinese Embassy, Portland Place , under demolition

The victories and major losses in the battle for London's houses

At risk today...
Gwrych Castle

The essential campaign to save more of Britain's heritage


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


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