In two special programmes for BBC South and BBC South East, historian Tom Holland visits six important heritage sites and tells the extraordinary stories behind them. He’ll also return to some of the buildings that were featured in the original BBC 2 Restoration series ten years ago.
In the South Tom tours the region in a restored Morris Minor and visits a hospital built in memory of an explorer killed by an elephant, the location of the earliest iron industry in the country and a Portsmouth theatre with an unexpected connection to Charles Dickens and Ayers Rock in Australia.
In the South East Tom meets those fighting to save an endangered windmill stranded in a back garden in East Sussex and a dockyard church in Sheerness. He also spends a night in Hadlow Tower. Taller than Nelson’s Column it was close to collapse in the year 2000 but after an imaginative rescue plan it’s now earning its keep as luxury holiday accommodation.
Restoring England’s Heritage sheds light on the past but also looks at the future prospects for some of our most important local “at risk” sites.
Available on satellite channels – BBC South (Sky: 965, Freesat: 958), BBC South East (Sky: 963, Freesat: 959).