Who is Supporting Heritage
Royston Cave Manager James
Heritage Watch is a great idea as the more people that
are aware of heritage sites in their area, the better the chances
are that we can keep them safe. We can't afford to lose our
heritage as it’s part of what we are and how we got here; we need
to be proud of our history and do all we can to protect
“Royston Cave is a unique site
as there is nothing else remotely like it anywhere in the world. I
hope that through supporting Heritage Watch our visitors will be
encouraged to join the scheme and help the police to protect these
precious sites so future generations can continue to enjoy
The de Havilland Museum, Hertsmere
Chairman for the de Havilland
Aircraft Museum, Alan Brackley, said:
De Havilland is the oldest aviation museum in the UK and
is home to several de Havilland aircraft, including three Mosquitos
- more than in other museum in the world.
“These aircraft and other
artefacts in the museum are irreplaceable and a testament to the
courage of the women and men who designed, built, flew and
“As a result it is of the
utmost importance that we all take responsibility for their safe
keeping and why we are happy to support Heritage Watch and
encourage people to join the scheme.
Six Hills, Stevenage - Roman Burial
Debbie Priddy, Inspector of Ancient
Monuments for English Heritage in the East of England, said:
The Six Hills earthen burial mounds are almost two
thousand years old and a rare survival of a Roman barrow cemetery.
Archaeological sites, the finds they contain and the important
things they tell us about our past can be damaged or destroyed by
vandalism or illegal metal detecting. English Heritage welcomes
Heritage Watch as a way for people to actively protect these
special places so that we can all care for the future of our
Hertford Town Clerk, Nina Villa,
Hertford Castle is just one of many important historic
buildings in our County Town and any initiative designed to enhance
the protection of such sites such as Heritage Watch is very
"I hope that members of the
public will be encouraged to sign up to the scheme to help support
the police in the protection of our heritage.
Mill Green Museum, Welwyn Hatfield
Linda Dobbs, Manager of Welwyn
Hatfield Museum Service, said:
As the manager of a much loved heritage site I am
pleased to have this additional support from our police
“Our heritage sites are
irreplaceable and once desecrated or vandalised cannot ever be
authentic again, even though they might be lovingly restored. The
heritage sector is struggling with ever shrinking funding and
rising costs, so any extra protective measure is a welcome
“If through Heritage Watch we
can engage with our neighbours and visitors, asking them to be our
eyes and ears when we are not on site, that is a tremendous bonus
for us. We are custodians of our community’s heritage and I would
like to feel that the public would want to help us and the police
protect it for future generations.
St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin
Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon, owner of St
Paul’s Warden Bury, said:
We all cherish our heritage, whether it be memorable
buildings, gardens or Hertfordshire’s countryside. The support of
the police is invaluable to protect our heritage; we warmly welcome
their new initiative and would encourage others to support the
"There is much to lose by
neglect and so much to gain through awareness and
Ashridge Estate, The Bridgewater
Kirsten Proctor, National Trust
General Manager, Ashridge Estate, said:
The county’s heritage is a precious legacy which we
should not only respect and enjoy ourselves, but also look after
for future generations.
"I am very pleased to support
Heritage Watch as the more aware people are of their local
heritage, the more they are likely to appreciate it. For us
at Ashridge, it’s particularly important for people to recognise
that the countryside is also an important part of local heritage.
I’m very pleased to support this scheme; we need the public to play
an active part in a protecting our heritage and joining Heritage
Watch is a great way to show your support.
The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry
Green, Much Hadham
Sebastiano Barassi, Curator at The
Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green, said:
Heritage Watch is an important scheme which will help to
focus public attention on heritage crime and the potential risk to
their favourite heritage sites.
“As The Foundation has been affected by heritage crime in the
past, we are very happy to support the scheme. We are
actively involved in the prevention of crime at our own site and
raise awareness among other arts and heritage organisations and in
the wider community.
“The county’s heritage sites
and assets are treasures that belong to everyone. I would
encourage the public to sign up to Heritage Watch and help us to
preserve our local heritage for future generations.
St Mary’s Church,
St Mary’s Churchwarden, Roger
St Mary’s is the most historic building in the town, the
only one that links us to Watford in the 13th century. It has
served the community for 800 years and clearly we intend that it
should continue to do so for the next 800.
“Unfortunately, lead was stolen
from the roof at St Mary’s about two years ago and we have since
fitted an alarm. We therefore whole heartedly support Heritage
Watch and would encourage the public to sign up to the scheme and
help police to protect our heritage buildings from theft and
damage. I think this is a very valuable initiative which will help
communities in Hertfordshire to cherish their heritage for many
years to come.
The Eleanor Cross, Waltham Cross
Debbie Priddy, Inspector of Ancient
Monuments for English Heritage in the East of England said:
Structures like the magnificent 13th century Eleanor
Cross are very fragile and vulnerable to damage from vandalism.
English Heritage welcomes the launch of Heritage Watch.
"By becoming involved, we can
all play our part in protecting these irreplaceable treasures which
illustrate our local and national history.
The Three Rivers Museum,
Les Mead, Vice Chairman of the
Three Rivers Museum Trust and Chairman of Three Rivers District
Heritage sites and old buildings need to be protected
for future generations to enjoy and learn about the county's great
historical achievements and it’s good to learn about the past and
the experiences of the older generations.
“The Heritage Watch scheme is
admirable in its aims to protect our history by combating crime and
anti-social behaviour. Unless people take a more proactive approach
to protecting our history then there is a danger of it being lost
Nick Moorhouse, Director of
Operations at Hatfield House, said:
We are great supporters of the Constabulary’s Heritage
Watch scheme and are keen to assist in its delivery in any way we
“We owe it to future
generations to protect and preserve the county’s heritage, for our
children and their children to enjoy and gain a full appreciation
of the county’s history through the centuries.
“All heritage sites have a duty
to ensure that their heritage property is maintain in the best
possible condition at all times for the benefit of all those who
live in or visit the county.
Whether a resident of, someone
employed in or a visitor to the county, we believe we have a
collective responsibility to keep a watchful eye on and report
suspicious behaviour at our heritage sites.
Your personal data will be stored securely in Hertfordshire’s
Heritage Watch database on the Neighbourhood Watch system OWL
(Online Watch Link). You will then be kept up to date regarding
heritage crimes and relevant police events happening in your area.
You can opt out at any time by contacting your local Watch Liaison
Officer via the police non-emergency number 101.