Heritage Champion appointed for Wakefield

19/06/2019, PR-9092

Cllr Lynn Masterman
Cllr Lynn Masterman, Wakefield Heritage Champion

An increased focus and scrutiny are being put on the district's historic, archaeological and conservation environments through the appointment of a Heritage Champion.

The appointment of Cllr Lynn Masterman to the post was announced by Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, during a meeting of Full Council at County Hall on 19 June 2019.

Cllr Masterman joins Historic England's network of Heritage Champions across the country.

Her role involves championing the protection of the historical environment at a local level and promoting all aspects of it.

Among other things, this will involve promoting heritage within the local authority, generating enthusiasm for and awareness of the importance of the local historic environment and helping to ensure that commitment to the proper care of the historic environment is embedded in all relevant activities and plans of the local authority.

Cllr Speight said: "The Council, alongside key partners such as Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has made significant investment into conserving and developing our heritage assets over recent years, including major projects at Pontefract and Sandal castles. The appointment of a local Heritage Champion will help us ensure this focus and the profile of our heritage assets remains high and that local residents and visitors can continue to benefit from them."

More information on the role of the Heritage Champion can be found at https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/planning/local-heritage/heritage-champions/what-is-a-heritage-champion/