A miscellany of April’s heritage news items…

Greater Manchester area…

Take a look behind the scenes inside Heaton Hall as work on £800k revamp continues

Court halts development at Rakewood Lower Mill because Rochdale planners failed to summarise conservation advice accurately

Middleton Pizza Hut plans put on hold after objections raised

153-year-old Middleton church holds its final Sunday service

Historic Middleton chapel could be demolished

Vintage display at Heywood Sports Village

Secretary of Chadderton Historical Society awarded the British Empire Medal

Whitworth Art Gallery wins coveted North West Building of the Year at architects’ awards

East Lancs Railway’s £100,000 project to restore a Victorian canopy roof hits the buffers as company goes bust

Victoria Station £44m revamp: Finishing touches to space-age roof

Corn Exchange to get Roomzzz Aparthotel as part of £30m revamp

Towering Salford tribute to industrial pioneer gets spring clean as part of £5.5m Bridgewater Canal project

A cultural alliance: Manchester’s museums highlight the city’s HiDDEN spaces

London Road Fire Station to be sold – finally

Further away…

Manchester archaeologists defy Isis’ destruction of Iraq’s cultural history by working to preserve memory of historic artefacts

Developers who destroyed historic London pub without permission could be ordered to rebuild ‘brick by brick’

Westminster Abbey’s secrets in the attic to go on display

National Trust to reveal the slave labour behind treasures in Britain’s stately homes

Reclining standards? National Trust beanbag plan causes historic hoo-ha