British heritage sites under threat

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The World Monuments Fund (WMF), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings and attractions, included the sites on its annual watch list.

They include Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, the ruins of Coventry’s old cathedral, which was struck by bombs during the Second World War, the isolated island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, where Napoleon was imprisoned and died, and Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight.

Birmingham Central Library, The Hayward Gallery in London and Preston Bus Station, a trio of concrete buildings grouped under the umbrella “British Brutalism”, were also declared under threat.

“The World Monuments Watch is a call to action on behalf of endangered cultural heritage sites across the globe,” said Bonnie Burnham, the WMF president, at a press conference in New York....

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