European heritage chiefs are set to meet for the first time to discuss how other countries protect their historic environment.
The inaugural European Heritage Summit will be held in London later next week and will see all 25 of the continent's most influential heritage bigwigs debate common problems, to conclude in the unveiling of a new pan-European action plan.
Among the topics up for discussion at the forum, which has been organised by English Heritage (EH), will be the issue of tall buildings in historic cities and the effect of European legislation on the built environment.
Last year EH chief executive Simon Thurley ( pictured
) visited the heads of a number of heritage bodies across the EU to have a look at their listing systems and conservation philosophies - themes which will also be discussed by the international chiefs.
It is understood minister of culture David Lammy has been pencilled in to launch the conference, which will be held at the International Coffee Organisation building in Berners Street between 27-28 April. by Richard Waite