The Heritage Alliance welcomes DCMS consultation on future of English Heritage
The Heritage Alliance1
, the biggest coalition of heritage interests in England welcomed the Government consultation2
on the proposed ‘new model’ for English Heritage announced by the Department for Culture Media and Sport today, 6 December 2013. The consultation document sets out in far more detail the Government proposal, introduced with the 2013 Spending Review, to separate the National Heritage Collection from statutory heritage protection services.
In an ambitious 8 year programme, DCMS sets out a new vision in which a one-off capital grant of £80m from the Treasury would enable the new charity, ‘English Heritage’ – responsible under licence for the 420 sites that make up the National Heritage Collection – to become self-financing by 2023. The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport today announced a further £5m to help create the new charity arm.
A separate National Heritage Protection Service called ‘Historic England’ would continue to act, under the Commission3
, as the statutory adviser to Government on heritage matters. The separation will take effect in 2015.
Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, commented, ‘A reassessment of the Government’s role in securing our heritage for the nation is very timely. Through this consultation, we must secure the best possible outcome for our historic environment, not only for the four hundred or so sites in state ownership or guardianship but also for the way we protect and care for the broad swathe of heritage outside the National Heritage Collection. Our heritage is, after all, one of the greatest assets this country has.’
Nearly 100 representatives from across the Heritage Alliance’s membership took part in a Members’ Forum on Thursday 5 December to help shape theAlliance’s response to the consultation. With the formal publication today of more detail, the development of a formal response can now begin.
Notes to Editors
- The Heritage Alliance set up in 2002 by key voluntary sector bodies now brings together 92 non-Government organisations concerned with our heritage in England. Find out more at www.theheritagealliance.org.uk
- The DCMS consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/english-heritage-new-model-consultation from 6 December 2013 to 7 February 2014.
- The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission forEngland set up by the National Heritage Act 1983 and currently referred to as English Heritage.
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