Historic England feels heat over Nelson’s Column ‘demolition’

Historic England's controversial tweet depicting the demolition of Nelson's Column

HE forced to confirm it does not support razing London landmark after promotion prompts confusion

Historic England has been forced to confirm that it is resolutely not in favour of smashing Nelson’s Column to pieces after an animation produced to promote an upcoming event depicted a wrecking ball swinging at the landmark and seemingly prompted confusion.

Despite the implausibility of the government heritage adviser adopting such a stance on the grade I-listed monument, it issued a statement on its position with regard to the Trafalgar Square centrepiece, constructed between 1839-42 in honour of the naval hero.

The GIF animation was used to promote a debate next month that Historic England is running in partnership with the Intelligence Squared organisation, titled “Revere or remove? The battle over statues, heritage and history”.

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