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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.


Early bird rate for our 2017 Heritage Debate: Is heritage good for your health?

August 15, 2017

Early bird rate for our 2017 Heritage Debate: Is heritage good for your health?

Please join us on 2nd October 2017 for an evening of lively debate followed by drinks and a buffet reception in the Waldorf’s beautiful Palm Court.

Click here to book before the 22nd of September to receive an early booking rate.

We like to think heritage is good for people’s wellbeing and health, and some evidence is starting to be available to back this up. Heritage participation can improve mental health, and the historic environment can provide an attractive backdrop to physical activity (as shown by the increase in Parkrun-type events).  This debate will not so much challenge these statements, as ask how the heritage sector can do better to build bridges with the world of public health. What claims can realistically be made for the health benefits of heritage, and where does heritage best intersect with the public health needs of the nation?

Speakers will be announced shortly.




Nominations for Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards 2017 now open

August 10, 2017

Nominations for Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards 2017 now open

England’s heritage sector simply couldn’t function without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. Research found that in 2015 8% of people volunteered their time in the heritage, museum or library sectors equating to roughly 4.2 million people. Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the amazing achievements of volunteers.

Now in its eighth year, the award is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the generosity of the sector’s volunteers and to say thank you where they have far exceeded expectations. Nominate a volunteer today!

At Heritage Day 2017, the key event in the heritage sector calendar, the winner will receive a framed original Pugin-designed tile from the Palace of Westminster. They will also be invited to produce a five-minute video explaining their volunteering achievement to the audience and will be featured on the Alliance website and across social media.

The winner receives up to £150 toward travel costs and one day’s pro bono support through practical or professional volunteering from Ecclesiastical. For example, digging, decorating, sharing business management, marketing, communications or HR skills.  The exact nature of the support to be agreed with the winner. 

We are grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance for their support for this award.

Anyone can make a nomination, but only volunteers for Heritage Alliance member organisations listed here, or their member organisations, can be nominated.

Nominations should demonstrate a significant achievement in the heritage sector:

 Completed in the past 18 months by a volunteer or group of volunteers

  • Professional work is not excluded if funded or managed by volunteer effort
  • The achievement should make a real difference in bringing heritage to a wider audience [locally or nationally].

Please submit, the form below by email before 30 September to Henry Cleary, Maritime Heritage Trust and member of the Heritage Alliance Board at jhenrycleary@gmail.com.

Download the application form



Response to proposed changes to DCMS Statistical Publications

Response to proposed changes to DCMS Statistical Publications

The Heritage Alliance has responded to DCMS’ consultation on proposed changes to DCMS Statistical Publications

The response suggests ways which the statistics produced by DCMS can better reflect the work of the Heritage Sector.




Response to OTS review of VAT

Response to OTS review of VAT

The Heritage Alliance has responded to the office of tax simplification (OTS)’s review of VAT.
 
Based on the work of the cut the VAT coalition the Alliance has suggested to the OTS how VAT could be simplified so as to create a better environment for protecting England’s heritage assets.

Read our response.




Rural heritage under threat: looking after our landscapes post Brexit

August 2, 2017

Rural heritage under threat: looking after our landscapes post Brexit

Of the £4.5 billion the UK receives in EU funding each year, some £3.1 billion gets spent on farming of which 80% is spent on ‘Pillar 1’, which simply subsidises farm incomes based on land area. Despite the EU referendum, the majority of the public are not fully aware of how their money currently subsidises farming, what the issues are or how farming could deliver more for society.

People love the countryside. It is a core part of our national and local identities. We want a thriving countryside providing multiple benefits for society: a prosperous rural economy, strong rural communities, recreation, nature and wildlife, physical and emotional wellbeing, beauty, and history.

Most of what we had 50 or 100 years ago has already been lost. For that reason, what remains has been eligible for CAP funding under the rural development programme (RDP), and – where funding has been available – it has been effective. Too often, however, artificial EU boundaries have treated rural heritage separately from the wider environment in which it sits, excluding it from integrated approaches to land management, and limiting funding, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The UK leaving the EU is a chance to find new and better ways of looking after our historic landscapes as part of our wider environment.

Read the full paper.




DCMS becomes Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

July 3, 2017

DCMS becomes Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department will continue to be referred to as DCMS in all communications, but it is now the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The move is intended to reflect the way the Department’s remit has evolved. DCMS states that The traditional core of DCMS remains as important as ever, covering Arts, Culture, the Creative Industries, Sport, Tourism, Heritage, Gambling, boosted by responsibility for civil society, charities, volunteering and innovative financing.

The Department of National Heritage was replaced by DCMS in 1997.




Heritage and the Queen’s Speech 2017

June 27, 2017

Heritage and the Queen’s Speech 2017

The Queen’s speech has set out the Government’s priorities for the next two years. As expected, Brexit dominates the political timetable (read our Brexit Briefing here).  The Government states that it has had hundreds of meetings with business and civil society stakeholders on Brexit but will now intensify this work to test and validate negotiating positions. The Heritage Alliance will continue to use our Heritage Manifesto to raise the sector’s concerns with the DCMS secretary of State, Karen Bradley, the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen MP, and others across Government.

Read our full briefing here.




Read the Heritage Alliance’s Brexit briefing

June 7, 2017

Read the Heritage Alliance’s Brexit briefing

The Heritage Alliance has worked closely with our member organisations to set out the key impacts of Brexit on the heritage sector.

Heritage focused or related projects received a minimum of £450m in EU funding in the period from 2007-2016, and this is likely to be an underestimate.

Read our full briefing here.




Read the Heritage Manifesto 2017

May 3, 2017

Read the Heritage Manifesto 2017

The Heritage Manifesto 2017 sets out five simple asks for the next Government. We hope our members will share it in their newsletters and on social media using #HeritageManifesto. Please use it as a base for your own advocacy work.

Read the manifesto.




Maintenance and adaptation of traditional farm buildings – consultation response

March 29, 2017

Maintenance and adaptation of traditional farm buildings – consultation response

Our Rural Heritage Advocacy Group has responded to a Historic England consultation on its draft advice relating to traditional farm buildings:
  • Historic England Advice Note 9: the adaptive reuse of traditional farm buildings
  • The adaptation of traditional farm buildings: a guide to good practice
  • The maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings: a guide to good practice.

The response concludes that the ‘twin threats of redundancy and dereliction on the one hand, and ill-informed conversion on the other, are very real. Redundant traditional farm buildings are under grave threat, and these dangers threaten nearly all of the hundreds of thousands which still remain. Historic England has done a great deal over 15 years to identify the issues and to rehearse the means by which they can be addressed. The new advice and the ways in which the threats and the opportunities are presented and communicated to all stakeholders, especially to Government, to LPAs, and to owners/ developers, need to be very clear if they are to address these threats and take advantage of the opportunities more effectively than in the past’.