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The Alliance responds on #newEH model

The Heritage Alliance has submitted its response to DCMS on the proposal to establish from 2015 a new charity to manage the National Heritage Collection, alongside the renaming of the heritage protection services as Historic England. Taking into account the views of its members expressed at the December AGM, it is open about the principle of separation, welcomes the continuation of public ownership and guardianship for the National Collection and in particular the explicit endorsement by Government that investing in repair, maintenance and interpretation is the best strategy to prevent the terminal decline of our valuable and  irreplaceable heritage.

Concluding however that the consultation document lacked enough detail to categorically agree or disagree with the proposals, The Alliance has set out a series of recommendations aimed at minimising the financial and other risks to both the new charity and to Historic England. It points out that the National Heritage Collection, important as these assets are, comprises only 0.05% of designated heritage assets in England. Historic England’s corporate strategy and its mechanisms  for working in partnership with others is the key challenge. Throughout, the Alliance refers to the importance of public consultation in shaping these bodies to be fit for the purpose.

Responses to the New EH Consultation

  • All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group response
  • Ancient Monuments Society [Alliance member] response
  • Architects Accredited in Building Conservation [Alliance member] response
  • Architectural & Archaeological Society of Durham & Northumberland response
  • Association for Industrial Archaeology [Alliance member] response
  • Association of England Cathedrals [Alliance member] response
  • Bath Preservation Trust response
  • Battlefields Trust [Alliance member] response
  • Bloomsbury Conservation Advisory Committee response
  • British Property Federation [Alliance member] response
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England [Alliance member] response
  • Chester Archaeological Society Chester Archaeological response
  • Church of England response
  • Churches Conservation Trust [Alliance member] response
  • Civic Voice [Alliance member] response
  • Cotswold Conservation Trust response
  • Council for British Archaeology [Alliance member] response
  • Country Land & Business Association (CLA) [Alliance member] response
  • English Heritage response
  • Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers [FAME] [Alliance member]  response
  • Historic Towns Forum and Association of Small historic towns and villages of the UK response [Alliance member’s] response
  • Historic Houses Association [Alliance member] response
  • Heritage Crafts Association [Alliance member] response 
  • Heritage Lottery Fund response
  • Heritage Railways Association [Alliance member] response 
  • Jewish Heritage UK [Alliance member] response
  • Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies response
  • Institute for Archaeologists [Alliance member] response
  • Institute of Conservation [Alliance member] response
  • London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies [Alliance member] response
  • National Parks England response
  • The National Trust [Alliance member] response
  • RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust [Alliance member] response
  • Royal Archaeological Institute [Alliance member] response
  • The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings [Alliance member] response
  • South East Region Association of Preservation Trusts [Alliance Member] response
  • University Campus Suffolk Heritage [Alliance member] response
  • Woodland Trust and Ancient Tree Forum response