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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.


Help Realise the Power of Heritage: Take Action!

March 27, 2015

Help Realise the Power of Heritage: Take Action!

Help ensure the future survival of England’s heritage by writing to your local MP about the value of heritage in your local constituency.

As one of The Heritage Alliance organisational members or as a reader of Heritage Update, you will be well aware of the challenges currently facing the independent heritage sector and how our heritage protection system is at crisis point.

Despite its huge contribution to the UK’s tourism industry and its ability to achieve remarkable economic and social outcomes, heritage has been subject to continued disproportionate cuts in recent years. Like the previous General Election in 2010, any incoming UK Government is likely to outline a fresh round of substantial cuts to departmental spending and public funding. It is critical that the independent heritage sector reminds both national and local political parties of the value of our heritage to help prevent future cuts.

We are therefore asking you to support our campaign by writing to your local MP/local candidates to remind them of the value of heritage in your local area. Visit The Heritage Alliance website at www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/take-action and download a draft template letter to send to your local MP.

Alongside promoting the value of our heritage, The Heritage Alliance’s manifesto is calling on all political parties to adopt specific policy measures that ensure that the protection, conservation, alongside factors contributing to the resilience and well-being of the independent heritage sector continue to be met through wider government objectives. Why not make your local MP/political parties aware of the issues affecting your organisation or local area and push for the proposed solutions? You can read more on our website at www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/manifesto

We need to make sure that your local MP/party candidates know that a living, thriving heritage is important to you, your community, and the wellbeing of the UK as a whole.

Let us know that you have written to your local MP, and we will publish the local constituencies covered on our website.

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Heritage Update #297 is out!

March 20, 2015

Heritage Update #297 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 20th March 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 (20th 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 #297

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Heritage Update #296 is out!

March 9, 2015

Heritage Update #296 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 6th March 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 (20th 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 #296

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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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