Castle Howard has announced an appointment to the new position of Head of Built Environment. Rebecca Thompson, the former Superintendent of Works for the Chapter of York, will be taking up this newly created role to oversee all of Castle Howard’s property related projects
Rebecca’s considerable experience running the £20 million restoration of York Minster will be invaluable when it comes to tackling some major conservation projects across the Castle Howard Estate. Rebecca joins the senior team and will support Mr Nicholas and Mrs Victoria Howard on a number of transformative conservation and preservation initiatives that will ensure the sustainability of Castle Howard’s world renowned architecture and important history for future generations to enjoy.
Rebecca commented ‘I am delighted to be joining Castle Howard Estate, loved by so many people locally and internationally. I look forward to sharing my heritage expertise to conserve and restore Castle Howard and to working with this great team of people.’
Rebecca currently heads up Thompson Heritage Consultancy Ltd. She is President of the Chartered Institute of Building. Prior to this Rebecca was the Superintendent of Works for the Chapter of York, directing the maintenance, restoration and conservation of York Minster and the precinct properties.
Rebecca is also a member of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship, a member of ASCHB; Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings, past Master of the York Guild of Building, member of SPAB; Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, IHBC; Institute for Historic Building Conservation and York Civic Trust.
Castle Howard’s Mausoleum, built by Hawksmoor between 1729 and the 1740s is of international historical significance and is currently on the English Heritage at risk register and in desperate need of restoration. This is one of a number of significant projects that the new Head of Built Environment will lead on.
Nicholas Howard commented ‘Across the Castle Howard Estate we have identified many buildings and restoration projects that need urgent attention. The appointment of a dedicated person to move these schemes forward is essential to their success. Rebecca’s track record, experience and knowledge when it comes to working with built environments will be invaluable in the years to come’.