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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.


Best-kept secrets of effective PR: executive coaching offer to Heritage Alliance members

April 23, 2015

Best-kept secrets of effective PR: executive coaching offer to Heritage Alliance members

The Heritage Alliance is offering a free coaching session to its small and medium sized member organisations to help them achieve more constructive media attention.

Thanks to Stuart Penney, former property editor of the Daily Telegraph, The Alliance can call on his experience and expertise to advise members how to avoid common pitfalls while making best use of scarce PR resources. The afternoon session will include practical tips and advice on how to capture an editor's interest.

The event will be held at the Priory of St John in London from 2-5pm on 3rd June.

The offer is open to (preferably) two people per organisation who do not have dedicated/qualified PR. They could be staff, Trustees or volunteers.  Places are limited to 20 ie 10 organisations.

Please apply for your places by emailing, Matt Rabagliati, matthew.rab@theheritagealliance.org.uk, explaining why you feel this would benefit your organisation. Closing date 30th May 2015. For more information and to download the programme see The Heritage Alliance website at: http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/best-kept-secrets


What are the main political parties pledging to do for heritage?

What are the main political parties pledging to do for heritage?

The Heritage Alliance has analysed the political party manifestos in key areas affecting the independent heritage sector.

The Party Manifesto analysis, examines each of the parties in regard to heritage and cultural affairs, spending cuts and departmental spending pledges, tourism, planning, rural affairs/natural environment, and charity affairs. 

Alongside the Manifesto analysis, The Heritage Alliance has published its own Manifesto which calls on all political parties to commit to 12 amendments affecting national legislation and policy so that the benefits of heritage – social, economic, educational and environmental – can be better realised by government, communities and individuals. You can find out more at http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/manifesto.

For more information and to see Manifestos from across the sector, see the Heritage Alliance website. 


Heritage Update #298 is out!

April 13, 2015

Heritage Update #298 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 10th April 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 March) 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 #298

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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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