Setting the Scene




Vice President, European Historic Houses Association


former President, Historic Houses Association, London,


Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, UNITED KINGDOM

James Hervey-Bathurst trained as a lawyer after a degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked for Kleinwort Benson, an investment bank, in the Middle East Department, working in Tehran in 1978 as local representative. He then worked as a recruitment consultant, first with Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading US firm, and latterly with Norman Broadbent.


He has been heavily involved in the heritage and tourism sectors. From 2004 to 2008 he was President of the (UK) Historic Houses Association and has been Vice President of European Historic Houses since 2002. From 2009 to 2013, he was Chairman of the World Monuments Fund (UK) a global heritage charity that supported the restoration of a number of major buildings, including Stowe House and Strawberry Hill.


He has also managed his family business in Herefordshire, centred around Eastnor Castle:  which is used for diverse events and activities and attracts over 40,000 visitors a year.


James was appointed a CBE in 2009 for services to the heritage and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire. He is a consultant to Christie’s and Trustee at Longleat and Cirencester Park.


The need to protect privately-owned historic houses in the UK started to become clear after the end of World War 1 when many houses were being lost as a result of increasing taxation, economic difficulty and the losses families had suffered in the war. A suggestion ....





Tax Lawyer, La Demeure Historique, FRANCE

Anne-Sophie Bellamy-Biard has always been passionate about Culture and History. She has joined La Demeure Historique three years ago, after a first year of Master specialised in “Business Law” and a second year of Master specialised in “Cultural Heritage Law”.


She advises private owners of historical buildings on taxation but also in terms of transmission and legal structures. She is also in close relationship with the French Ministry of Culture : she communicates on the problems encountered by private owners and encourages the government to take new measures.


Moreover, she also brings a certain moral support to the owners, as they encounter many difficulties on a daily basis. Anne-Sophie is also in charge of the “young owners” group, created in 2016. It t is essential for future generations to be able to sustainably manage their historical buildings, for a greater preservation.


The many changes which are currently occurring will determine the future of our legislation, mainly on new legal structures and the most suitable type of governance structures. These changes are essential and this is why I have decided to dedicate my PhD to this particular subject. Being both a researcher and a lawyer is very rewarding and brings a fresh insight on cultural preservation law.


The field of historical building preservation has been experiencing important shifts for the last 50 years in Europe. The economy, which is solely based on land income, is no longer relevant for most of land ownerships. New economic ....




Land and Environment Court, Sydney, NSW

2018 is Simon Molesworth’s fortieth anniversary of his first elected position within the Australian heritage conservation movement. Those 40 years have seen Simon hold the most senior executive roles in the National Trust in Victoria, nationally and globally, including having been Chairman then President in Victoria for nearly 20 years and the Inaugural Executive Chairman & President of INTO, the International National Trusts Organisation during its first 10 years. Simon held numerous heritage advisory roles with government at both State & Federal level, including being a Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission for 5 years.


Founding the first environmental law association in Australia in his first year of legal practice, his entire legal career has been focussed on environmental, planning, heritage and natural resource law during which time he has held numerous legal advisory roles at both State & Federal level influencing the formulation of environmental and heritage laws and policies.


Appointed a Queens Counsel 23 years ago, he has held Senior Member roles in Victorian planning tribunals and most recently was elevated in 2017 to that of Acting Justice of the Land & Environment Court in NSW. His family owns and has restored heritage properties in Melbourne and Broken Hill.


Providing an historical overview of private ownership and management of heritage properties in Australia, including from the perspective of the National Trusts, this paper explores the challenges faced by the private owner in an increasingly ....



Conservation and Arts Consultant
Emeritus Director, Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Peter Watts AM trained as an architect and landscape architect but for most of his career has been involved with organisations involved with building, landscape and garden conservation. He was the Founding Director of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (now Sydney Living Museums) from 1981 until his retirement in 2008. Peter has a particular interest in ensuring historic buildings are conserved and used in ways that make them relevant to the contemporary world.

Peter has broad interests in cultural infrastructure (galleries, museums, historic sites and performing arts venues) and has, and continues to serve on the boards and committees of numerous arts organisations. In addition he consults on historic place conservation, interpretation and management, governance, museum management and policy development as well as mentoring future arts leaders.