Historic move for Heritage group

The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England is set to emerge from the shadow of its larger sister organisation English Heritage with the launch of its first full press office service this week.

The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England is set

to emerge from the shadow of its larger sister organisation English

Heritage with the launch of its first full press office service this

week.



The move follows the promotion of Jon Cannon to the new post of

communications manager and the hiring of Patrick Randell to his old job

of information officer. In addition to the salaries of two-and-a-half

staff, Cannon has a budget of pounds 60,000 to pounds 70,000.



Whereas English Heritage is responsible for the management of historic

monuments, RCHME’s role is that of record keeper. Cannon said the aim of

the press office function was to encourage more people to use the

RCHME’s services, which include information about new discoveries from

field surveys.



The RCHME is funded by the Department of National Heritage to the tune

of pounds 11 million a year.



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