AMS Council welcomes two new Trustees: Ed Morton and Martin Cherry

Posted: 11 July 2019

Two new Trustees were elected to the Council of the Ancient Monuments Society at the 95th AMS AGM on 7 July 2019 at Gregynog Hall, Powys.

We are delighted to welcome Martin Cherry and Ed Morton as Trustees, and look forward to working with them in the future.

Their expertise in the field of historic conservation is extensive and invaluable, and will be a great asset to the AMS.

Martin Cherry BA PhD FSA

Martin Cherry taught history at the Universities of Exeter, St Andrews and Leicester before moving into the field of historic buildings conservation policy. He was Head of Listing and Research Director at English Heritage until 2005. Whilst there he managed the post-war listing review and developed the selection criteria both for buildings of that date and more generally and oversaw the publication of these criteria for the first time.

He worked as a consultant expert for the Council of Europe for over ten years and was until 2016 one of the international members for the Commission to Preserve National Monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He has published in the fields of medieval studies, Victorian architecture, traditional buildings and conservation policy. He was President of the Vernacular Architecture Group between 2014 and 2017 and is currently Vice-President.

He is a trustee of ‘Discovering Old Welsh Houses’, a charitable trust that enhances public awareness of the importance of traditional historic buildings, develops volunteers’ skills through training in buildings recording and documentary research, and works closely with professionals in the field to promote the subject.

Martin is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Ed Morton  B.Eng C.Eng FICE IHBC CARE

Ed Morton is the managing director of The Morton Partnership, a firm of civil and structural engineers and historic building specialists, with nearly 35 employees. The company is renowned nationally and internationally for its conservation work.

Ed is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Engineer accredited in conservation through the CARE scheme run by the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Institution of Structural Engineers. Ed is Engineer to Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Durham, Southwark and Ely Cathedrals and is currently also working on projects at Coventry and St Paul’s Cathedrals.

Ed works extensively for The National Trust at properties including Bodiam, Scotney and Sissinghurst Castles, Chartwell, Knole, Stowe Landscape Gardens to name a few. He acts as consultant to Historic England, The National Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and numerous Local Authorities as well as four Diocesan Advisory Committees. Ed lectures widely on conservation engineering and was a principal contributor for the newly revised English Heritage Practical Building Conservation Volume on Timber.

Current projects include a rolling programme of re-roofing Barry’s cast iron roofs at The Palace of Westminster; ‘The Canterbury Journey’; ‘The New Queen Elizabeth Triforium Galleries Project’ at Westminster Abbey; Auckland Castle; The City Hall in Georgetown, Guyana; Claverly Hall in Leeds; The Hessischer Hoff in Treffurt, Germany; as well as numerous other domestic listed buildings and structures. He is also Lead Consultant for the recently completed works of repair and conservation to the Iron Bridge in Shropshire.