The Heritage Minister, John Glen, chose The Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day to launch his Heritage Statement. The Minister also kindly said ‘ I commend the work of the Heritage Alliance. We are very fortunate to have Loyd, Lizzie and the rest of the team doing the great work that they do for our heritage and for the heritage sector’ read the Minister’s speech.
Measures in the Heritage Statement include:
- Launching a new Heritage Council, chaired by the Minister, to emphasise the value of the historic environment, build consensus and ensure greater coordination.
- A new commemorative scheme to be rolled out across England to mark and celebrate the events, people and places that have shaped local communities.
- Exploring options to strengthen interim protection measures and reduce the risk of damage or destruction to sites while they are being considered for listing.
- Working with Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund to support the digitisation of historic environment records and heritage archives to help councils make informed planning decisions and increase public appreciation for their local heritage.
Heritage Day saw the launch of our new Heritage Funding Directory with the AHF and the Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes awards. This year these went to:
Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award for 2017 – David Martyn, founder and Chair of the King’s Weston Action Group
Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution – Norman Hudson, Chairman, Country Houses Foundation.