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Concerns grow over English Heritage split

Researchers have raised concerns that English Heritage’s grants for external research projects could be threatened by plans to split the organisation in two.

In April 2015, English Heritage will become a property management charity, aiming to be self-sufficient by 2022. A new government agency, Historic England, will take on policy, advisory and research work. The business plan for English Heritage has been outlined in detail, but an exact breakdown of how Historic England will fund its activities is yet to be published.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has committed to providing funding of about £85 million a year for Historic England until 2016, has said it is “committed to continuing the services that are clearly highly valued, including research”.

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