Vote opens to raise awareness of England's historic places

By Rosemary Collins, 16 June 2017 - 11:46am

Do you know how many historic events happened in Britain? Take the quiz


Most Britons don't know that the first bungee jump took place off the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Credit: Loop Images/ UIG via Getty Images

Members of the public are being urged to vote for the places that shaped England’s history after a poll found a widespread lack of knowledge about where in the country key moments in history happened.

The Historic England quiz found that many Britons thought key historic events that actually took place in this country had happened overseas.

For instance, just 10% of Britons knew that the world’s first bungee jump happened off the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and 41% thought it happened in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Now, members of the public are being urged to choose key sites for a new year-long Historic England campaign, ‘Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places’, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Professor Robert Winston, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and historian Mary Beard will be amongst the judges, who will choose ten places each for ten categories, including Science & Discovery, Music & Literature and Industry, Trade & Commerce.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England said: “By telling a history of England in 100 places, we want to help people understand the many spots right across our country that have shaped the world”.

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