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News

News and updates from The Heritage Alliance team.

More of the latest news from The Alliance, our members, and from across the independent heritage sector, can be found in our fortnightly e-bulletin, Heritage Update.


Marking the anniversary of the Magna Carta 2015

February 20, 2015

Marking the anniversary of the Magna Carta 2015

The Heritage Alliance and the 2015 Anniversaries team at the Houses of Parliament invite you to find out how you can become involved in the national commemoration to mark the Magna Carta Anniversary in a workshop at Parliament on Monday 30th March 2015 from 3:00-4:30pm.

The event will include a tour of Parliament’s 2015 banner exhibition in Westminster Hall, The Beginning of that Freedome, a presentation on the 2015 anniversary programme Parliament in the Making, as well as a chance to network with other Alliance Members.

In particular the afternoon will focus on LiberTeas. To coincide with the 800th anniversary of sealing of Magna Carta (15th June 1215), the Houses of Parliament in partnership with the National Trust [Alliance member] are asking the nation to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on those rights which we can very often take for granted but which people throughout history have campaigned to make happen or fought to preserve.

For more information and to book your place, see The Heritage Alliance website here. Please note, priority will be given to Heritage Alliance members.

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Heritage Update #295 is out!

Heritage Update #295 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 20th February 2015 and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (6th February) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #295

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Historic England: Education and Inclusion consultation event

February 6, 2015

Historic England: Education and Inclusion consultation event

From 1st April 2015, English Heritage becomes two organisations: the English Heritage charity which will manage the 400+ properties and Historic England which will retain the role of statutory advisor on the historic environment.

Historic England would like to involve more people in caring for our heritage and in understanding it, starting with very young children and including people who don't have much to do with their historic environment at present.

The future Historic England would like to talk to Heritage Alliance members and the independent heritage sector about the best way to develop a new education and inclusion strategy. It would like to explore: what Historic England could most usefully do itself and how it could support and facilitate work across the sector.

The Heritage Alliance's Inclusion and Learning Advocacy Group and the future Historic England Education team would therefore like to invite you to an open discussion from 1400-1630 on 11th March 2014 at the Churchill Room, Goodenough College, London.

The session will be chaired by David Souden, chair of the Inclusion and Learning Advocacy Group (and former Trustee) of The Heritage Alliance, and a director of the Heritage Education Trust.

Please come and let us know what you think, even if you are not an education specialist. 

We're not looking for education and inclusion expertise as such, although of course we'd really like to hear about work your organisation is doing of has done in those areas.

To book your place, please visit The Heritage Alliance website here. Please note, priority will be given to Alliance members. 


Kate Mavor appointed new English Heritage Charity Chief Executive

Kate Mavor appointed new English Heritage Charity Chief Executive

The Trustees of the new English Heritage charity have announced that Kate Mavor has been appointed Chief Executive of the charity.

In April 2015, English Heritage will separate into two different organisations and Kate Mavor will become the charity’s first Chief Executive in May.  Kate Mavor will lead the ambitious plans for the charity to become completely self-funding within eight years. The charity’s priorities include a major re-presentation of some of the sites and the largest conservation and maintenance programme in the Collection’s history costing £52m.

Kate Mavor moves to English Heritage from the National Trust for Scotland where she has been Chief Executive of Scotland’s biggest conservation charity since 2009. She arrived at the National Trust for Scotland at the height of the economic recession and at a moment of financial crisis for the Trust. She was instrumental in transforming the charity’s fortunes, introducing a five-year-plan to restore its financial stability and giving the charity a new sense of purpose. 

Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of the English Heritage charity, said:

“I am delighted that Kate will be joining us as our chief executive, bringing a wealth of experience from within and outside the heritage sector.  This is an exciting moment in the history of the organisation as we become a charity.  Years of planning and success have brought us to this point.  Bringing history to life for millions of people each year, and caring for such important historic sites, is a huge privilege. Kate is exactly the right person to lead the new charity at this important time.”

Read the full press release on the English Heritage website.

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Duncan Wilson OBE named as Chief Executive for Historic England

Duncan Wilson OBE named as Chief Executive for Historic England

The Chief Executive of Alexandra Palace and Park, Duncan Wilson OBE, has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Historic England, it was announced on 4th February 2015. 

Historic England will come into being on 1st April 2015 when the Commission licences the operation of the National Heritage Collection to an independent charity, the English Heritage Trust. The Trust will retain exclusive use of the English Heritage name. Historic England will remain a government service championing England’s heritage and providing expert and constructive advice.

For the last 20 years, Duncan has led some of the most significant heritage projects in London.  In 1997, he became the first Director of the Somerset House Trust. Under his direction Somerset House was transformed from government offices and car park to an iconic heritage destination. Later Duncan joined the Greenwich Foundation and for 10 years managed the transformation of the Old Royal Naval College [Alliance member] from an ex-MoD establishment to a successful visitor attraction, securing the future of this outstanding group of baroque buildings.  Four years ago, he moved to Alexandra Palace [Alliance member] where he has led the development of a plan to realise the potential of the historic Victorian theatre and television studios.  Previously Duncan worked in senior positions at DCMS and also at English Heritage itself in its formative years.

Duncan Wilson said:

“I am delighted to be given the extraordinary opportunity of leading Historic England at such a critical time for our national heritage. England’s heritage is one of our greatest national assets and as its guardian Historic England must make sure that it is not only passed on to future generations in the best possible state, but also that we make best use of it, and that more and more people share our passion for it.”  

Duncan Wilson will take up the post on 5th May, at which point Dr. Simon Thurley will stand down and take up his Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research.

For more information see the press release on the English Heritage website

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Heritage Update #294 is out!

Heritage Update #294 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 6th February 2015 and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (23rd January) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #294

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Heritage Update #293 is out!

January 26, 2015

Heritage Update #293 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 23rd January 2015 and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (9th January) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #293

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Heritage Update #292 is out!

January 9, 2015

Heritage Update #292 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 9th January 2015 and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (12th December) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #292

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New Year Honours 2015

January 8, 2015

New Year Honours 2015

The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce that it’s Chief Executive, Kate Pugh, has been awarded an OBE for services to heritage.

Kate, who took up her post in 2003, said ‘I’m thrilled with this award not just for me but for the recognition it gives the Alliance and to everyone who has had a hand in making it the success it is today’.

Knighthoods:

David Verey (For services to Arts Philanthropy).

A CVO went to: Michal Day Chief Executive Historic Royal Palaces. 

CBE’s went to:

Sandra Dawe Lately Chief Executive, VisitBritain. For services to the Tourism Industry; Judith Kelly, OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre. For services to the Arts; Diane Lees Director General, Imperial War Museums. For services to Museums; Dr Bridget Mcconnell Chief Executive, Culture and Sport Glasgow. For services to Culture; Stephen Quartermain Chief Planner, Department for Communities and Local Government. For services to Planning Infrastructure. Sarah  Staniforth Formerly Museums and Collections director National Trust [Alliance member]; John Quinlan Terry Architect. For services to Classical Architecture.

OBE’s went to:

Diana Beattie Director, Heritage of London Trust [Alliance member]. For services to National Heritage. Professor Stewart Brymer Honorary president and lately chairman Dundee Heritage Trust. For voluntary service to Culture and Heritage in Dundee; Michael Cantlay Chairman, VisitScotland. For services to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Scotland. Henry Cotterill Formerly president Country Landowners’ Association [Alliance member], services to the Rural Commnity and to Charity. Alexande Hamilton For services to Maritime Heritage; Leventis Edmée Pistis For Services to Arts Philanthropy; Faith Liddell Director, Festivals Edinburgh. For services to the Arts; Robert Maskrey For voluntary and charitable services to the Arts and the community in Wales and Herefordshire; Bruce Minto Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Museums Scotland. For services to Culture; John Newbigin Chair, Creative England. For services to the Creative Industries and the Arts; Justine Mary Simons. Head of Cultural Policy, Mayor of London’s Office. For services to Culture in London;

MBE’s went to:

Ann Carter Project Director, Imperial War Museums. For services to Museums. Keith Chapman For services to Arts and Culture in Hampshire; Gordon Hector Cole Master Arrowsmith. For services to Heritage Crafts; Paul Cummins Ceramic Artist. For services to Art and First World War Commemorations; Reverend Dr Richard Hills For services to Industrial Heritage; Tiffany Hunt For services to Heritage in North West England; Gurmel Singh Kandola Chief Executive, National Sikh Museum, Derby. For services to the Community; Dr Patrick Alfred Morris Volunteer, National Trust [Alliance member]. For services to the Natural and Historic Environment; Tom Piper, Theatre Designer. For services to Theatre and First World War Commemorations; Carol Rogers Executive Director, Education and Visitors, National Museums Liverpool and Project Leader, House of Memories. For services to Museums; Andrew Wallis Curator, The Guards Museum. For services to the Commemoration of National Heritage and charity. Bryce Sutherland Wilson Historian. For services to Culture in the Orkney Isles. 

British Empire medals went to:

June Davey Volunteer Room Steward and Tour Guide, Clandon Park. For services to Heritage in Surrey; Paul William Evans Curator Internal Fire Museum of Power, Tanygroes, Ceredigion. For services to the Preservation and Promotion of British Industrial Heritage and Tourism; Pauline Holloway For services to National Maritime Heritage; Michael Lawson For services to Heritage and to the community in Chadderton Greater Manchester; Colin Alastair Mackie Creator of the Directory of British Diplomats, services to heritage and public history; Catrione Mackinnon For services to the Gaeli Language and Culture. Roger Douglas Parmiter Formerly Chair Friends of Oystermouth Castle, Swansea. For services to Heritage and to the community in Swansea; David Smith For services to the Heritage of Robert Burns; David George Stone Formerly head Gardener Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust. For services to Horticultural Heritage; Jonathan Harry Taylor, English Civil War Society. For services to heritage; John David Thomas For voluntary service to the National Railways Museum; Dr Arthur James Winfield Project Leader Mither Kirk Project. For services to Heritage in Aberdeen.

For the ful list of New Year Honours 2014, see the Gov.uk website here

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The Heritage Alliance announces Joint Winners of Heroes Award 2014

December 16, 2014

The Heritage Alliance announces Joint Winners of Heroes Award 2014

In the fifth year of the Awards to recognise outstanding volunteer contributions to our heritage, The Heritage Alliance’s Chairman, Loyd Grossman, presented the Heritage Alliance Heroes Awards 2014 to joint-winners The Save Preston Bus Station Campaignand Howsham Mill, during The Alliance’s Annual Heritage Day at the Glaziers Hall in Central London on 4th December 2014.

Generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, The Heritage Alliance Heroes Award Scheme was established to celebrate the outstanding contribution to society made by heritage volunteers in England.

Loyd Grossman commented:

“It is fantastic to award this year’s heritage heroes award to both Howsham Mill and Preston Bus Station who represent the power and passion of volunteers throughout the heritage sector.”

“The hundreds of hours of volunteer work which has gone into rescuing Howsham Mill and giving it a new life as an education centre generating hydro-electricity, makes it an outstanding candidate for this year’s Heritage Heroes Award.”

“The Save Preston Bus Station Campaign demonstrates the hard work and tenacity of volunteers in saving a formerly unloved and unprotect example of Brutalist architecture. While the volunteers were often diffuse and expressed within a range of social networks, their coming together of interests represents a public re-evaluation and democratisation of the building’s value. ”

For more information and to see the videos from the joint-winners, see the Heritage Alliance website. Pictures from this year’s winners are also avilable eon Flickr here

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