February 2014

Will Palin, former Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, has been appointed Director of Conservation at the Old Royal Naval College. 

In this key role Will is responsible for all aspects of the conservation of Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece. The Old Royal Naval College is a Schedule 1 Listed Monument, with Wren's buildings Grade 1 Listed.

"I am thrilled to be joining the team there as Conservation Director and look forward to the task of caring for, and encouraging access to, these magnificent buildings," said Will. "One of my first tasks will be to take forward the Painted Hall project, involving the meticulous cleaning and repair of the Painted Hall. It is challenges like this which must make this job one of the most exciting in the field of building conservation."

As Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Will led campaigns to ensure that historic buildings were not simply preserved, but brought back into life. He took forward the rescue of Castle House in Bridgewater, Somerset and a major group of Regency houses in the former Naval Dockyard at Sheerness, Kent, as well as supervising a series of successful legal challenges to demolitions of historic buildings. Since leaving SAVE, he has been engaged with the Georgian Group, the Ancient Monuments Society and other conservation organisations.  

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