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
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
The RCHME is funded by the Department of National Heritage to the tune
of pounds 11 million a year.