Historic England calls for ‘100 Places’ nominations

Historic England has launched a campaign to create a list of the 100 places which best tell England’s “remarkable story and its impact on the world”.

Called ‘Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places’, the campaign is divided into 10 categories: Travel & Tourism, Science & Discovery; Music & Literature; Sport; Art & Sculpture; Faith & Belief; Power, Protest & Progress; Industry, Trade & Commerce; Homes & Gardens; Loss & Destruction.

The year-long campaign is currently asking people to nominate places in England that “tell our national story of how we travel the country and spend our leisure time”.

Entries vying for the 10 spots in the Travel & Tourism category will be judged by historian, author and broadcaster, Bettany Hughes.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “From Brunel’s railways and Telford’s bridges, to salty seaside piers and Hi-de-Hi holiday camps, we want suggestions of the places that launched and harnessed the great English boom in travel and tourism.

“By telling a history of England in 100 places, we want to help people understand the many spots that have shaped the country we are today and we want the public to nominate the ones they think are the most important to our national story.”

The places that make the list will feature in a series of podcasts and a handbook, which will be produced as part of the campaign over the following year.

Picture shows Eastbourne beach, with Eastbourne Pier in the background. Credit: VisitEngland/Visit Eastbourne