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Posted On: 3rd May 2017

Love History

Harry wants to get young people involved in history
Harry occasionally gives tours of Milton Manor House
Historian Julie Summers supports Harry's campaign

'There is an energy about this house. You can feel all the history through the story of the people who lived and worked here in the past. And of course it is so beautiful.' 


17-year-old Harry Bowden, from Abingdon, is talking about Milton Manor House - a 17th century historic building near his home town.


Harry occasionally gives tours of the house.


He says: 'As I walk through these rooms, I get a real sense of awe. Old buildings are what we have left of the past. This is how you can trace the history of a nation, through the relics that have been left behind.' 


Fixers has been helping Harry to pass on his enthusiasm for historic buildings to other young people.


His story was broadcast on ITV News Meridian (W) on May 4. 


'It can be difficult to sell heritage to my generation,' he admits.


'There’s definitely an association with our grandparents’ generation - slightly old, slightly boring. But it’s really not like that.


'There are many incredible stories of intrigue and romance. There’s even been a duel between two members of the same family within this house.'



Historian Julie Summers agrees.


She says: 'One way of getting young people to come and visit these houses is to remind them of the wonderful stories of the past. Of ghosts -  which many of these houses had -  of scandal, of the royalty who came to visit.


'That’s an extraordinary thing. You can bring historical places alive through the stories of the people who lived in them.' 


'I want young people to come and see what I love so much because they can get so much out of it,' adds Harry.


'It makes you feel good to be in somewhere which is so beautiful, that has been loved for centuries. And of course, the next generation has to take over at some point.


'We need to preserve these buildings for the future.' 


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Author: Paul Larsmon


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