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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.


Heritage, Health and Wellbeing – Report Launch

September 21, 2020

Heritage, Health and Wellbeing – Report Launch

The Heritage Alliance publishes its latest report on Heritage, Health and Wellbeing.

You can view the report here.

Our latest report ‘Heritage, Health and Wellbeing‘ explores the positive impact heritage can have on individual and community wellbeing. While the case for arts and culture supporting wellbeing is well developed, there is comparatively less understanding of the power of heritage to help people to “feel good”.

In the style of our 2019 Creative Industries report, our Heritage, Health and Wellbeing report examines the existing work in this space, before showcasing more than 30 case studies. These case studies cover the breadth of the work in our sector, from yoga in a historic house to a group of disabled adults empowered to put on a club night at Alexandra Palace. We consider these case studies, and the sector’s experiences more widely, to make recommendations to the heritage sector, the health sector, and to government.

As COVID-19 has turned traditional business models on their head, and individuals are more focused on their wellbeing than ever before, this report comes at a timely moment. We suggest that by expanding their offer into supporting wellbeing, heritage organisations can weather this storm and be sustainable into the future.

On 28 September 2020, we will be hosting a launch event for this new report. The report represents the culmination of almost three years of work in the Alliance – it is not one to be missed! Find the details and book your place here.




Heritage and Immigration Briefing

November 26, 2020

Heritage and Immigration Briefing

Heritage and Immigration Briefing

The Heritage Alliance has published a new briefing on Heritage and Immigration summarising the new points-based system, as well as advocating policy recommendations to address the challenges that the new immigration system poses for our sector.

You can read the briefing here.




Spending Review 2020

Spending Review 2020

Spending Review 2020 Summary

Yesterday, the Chancellor set out details for the Spending Review 2020.

Billions of pounds have been allocated to COVID-19 recovery for next year across different government departments. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has seen an increase to both its resource funding and capital funding. For the year 2021-22, there will be over £100 million of capital investment for DCMS-supported bodies working across culture, heritage, and sports.

Click here for the Alliance’s summary of the Spending Review and headlines for the sector. We await further detail to fully understand how this will affect the heritage sector and heritage sites across the country.




Our Summary of the COVID-19 Winter Plan

November 25, 2020

Our Summary of the COVID-19 Winter Plan

Read on for our summary of the new COVID-19 (coronavirus) Winter Plan and what the new restrictions from 2 December will mean for heritage.

This week, the Prime Minister announced new plans for when lockdown ends on 2 December. The new restrictions are set out in the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

Read all the latest guidance for the sector in our COVID-19 Guidance Hub.

What The New Restrictions Mean for Heritage

Which Sites Can Reopen and When

From 2 December, heritage sites will be able to open their doors to day visitors in Tiers 1 and 2, but not in Tier 3. However, outdoor spaces and gardens can remain open in all tiers.

It is important to note that where Government guidance used to say that the lockdown rules were in place “up to and including 2 December”, it now reads “until 2 December” meaning that businesses can open at 00:01 on 2 December.

The New Tiered System

Please find below a further breakdown of each tier’s restrictions. There is a list of exemptions from gathering limits in all tiers including for work or providing voluntary or charitable services.

The Government has also produced new posters for each of the three tiers to reflect rule changes. These pdfs are a clear way of informing both staff and customers on the rules and restrictions that are in operation in the areas that your member’s business is located.

Tier 2

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In Tier 2:

  • People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space.
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

Hospitality

  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
  • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
  • Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm.

Events

  • Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.
  • Certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can remain open, subject to relevant social contact rules.
  • Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.
  • Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stone settings.

Travel

  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
  • People who live in a tier 2 area, must continue to follow tier 2 rules when they travel to a tier 1 area. Travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas should be avoided other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. Travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey is permitted.
Tier 1

In Tier 1:

  • People must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

Hospitality

  • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
  • Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm.

Events

  • Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.
  • Certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can remain open, subject to relevant social contact rules.
  • Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend or socialise in groups of more than 6 people while there unless a legal exemption applies.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.

Travel

  • People who live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier should follow the rules for that area while they are there. Travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas should be avoided other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. Travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey is permitted.

Tier 3

This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

In Tier 3:

  • People must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody they do not live with, or who is not in their support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.

Hospitality

  • Hospitality settings are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
    • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
    • casinos
    • bingo halls
    • bowling alleys
    • skating rinks
    • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
    • laser quests and escape rooms
    • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
    • snooker halls
  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
    • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
    • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
    • model villages
    • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
    • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
    • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
    • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
    • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
    • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.

Events

  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.
  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

Travel

  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
  • Travel to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays should be avoided, other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. Travel through other areas as part of a longer journey is permitted.
Tourism and Testing

The Government has issued a press release about ‘Test to Release’ – its new strategy for testing international arrivals.

  • From 15 December, passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate.
  • People must use a private provider (a list of approved providers will be on the gov.uk website) so this does not impact NHS Test and Trace capacity.
  • People will be advised to book the test before arriving into the UK as they will need to state this on their PLF.  If they choose to opt-in after arrival, they will need to resubmit their PLF.
Covid-19 Funding

The Government’s business support finder is a helpful tool to see what financial support is available for you and your business. You can find a full list of the support the Government is offering for businesses on p.38-40 of the COVID-19 Winter Plan.




Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance

November 12, 2020

Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance

Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance is the largest coalition of independent heritage organisations in the UK, with over 150 members. We are a charity. We embrace some very large organisations and many smaller ones; the unifying factor between them is a love of our diverse built, natural and created heritage  Like so many others, our sector has faced real challenges in recent months but the Alliance has continued to grow. We are uniquely well placed to share ideas and information between our members and with Government and other funding organisations and policy-makers. We are passionate about promoting the importance of heritage to prosperity, wellbeing, our environment and social resilience. We believe that heritage informs and inspires the present and the future and that it is central to creative enteView Postrprise.

We promote new thinking and conversations. We have active programmes aimed at building capacity and capability amongst our members and the wider sector. We promote partnerships, host events and debates and offer practical support and information.

We are currently looking for new Trustees to join our dynamic organisation in February 2021.

More information about our activities, our current policy priorities, and our team can be found on our website.

The Alliance is seeking to diversify the composition of the board in order better to reflect the varied geographical, cultural and age characteristics of the UK. We will also encourage candidates with experience in fundraising, income generation, membership development, change management and IT.

If you are interested in having a conversation about the role, please contact the Deputy Chair Ingrid Samuel on ingrid.samuel@nationaltrust.org.uk and apply with a CV and covering letter by 1 December 2020.

For more information, and a full role description, please click here.

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Heading into a Second Lockdown: Guidance for the Heritage Sector

November 4, 2020

Heading into a Second Lockdown: Guidance for the Heritage Sector

Heading into a Second Lockdown: Guidance for the Heritage Sector

Guidance from The Heritage Alliance for the heritage sector as we prepare for a second national lockdown, coming into effect from Thursday 5 November 2020.

Government Guidance – What We Know So Far

Over the past few days, The Heritage Alliance policy team has been collating and reviewing the latest guidance from the UK Government on the latest upcoming coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and what they will mean for the heritage sector. We also continue to ask DCMS questions on behalf of our members. We will continue to update this page as we learn more.

Useful links:

From the Government’s latest guidance, it is clear that:

  • People are able to gather for work and volunteering. The new legislation sets out that gatherings are allowed if it is for “a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution, a public body or a political body, and (b) has taken the required precautions (see regulation 14).”
  • Outdoor venues like parks, gardens and the grounds of historic houses will remain open to the public
  • Anyone who cannot work effectively from home, such as those who work in construction, can still travel to work as long as they are following the Government guidelines relevant to their workplace.
  • Arts venues can remain open for rehearsals and to stream performances. Arts venues may remain open for use for activities such as rehearsals and performance if this work cannot be undertaken from home. However, audiences are not permitted.
  • Hospitality will again be restricted. Staying in holiday accommodation or hotels will only be allowed if this is for work purposes, or if it is your primary place of residence.
  • Places of Worship can remain open – but only for limited activities such as individual prayer, funerals & formal childcare. Communal prayer is not allowed and weddings will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.
  • Public toilets can remain open in line with COVID-secure guidelines.

The Heritage Alliance COVID-19 Guidance Hub

Over the course of the pandemic, the Heritage Alliance team has been working to compile the latest guidance and advice on mitigating the effects of COVID-19 for organisations across the Heritage sector, as well as funding sources. We will continue to focus efforts on updating our members and the wider sector on the latest Government guidance and compile sources of support for the sector in our COVID-19 Guidance Hub.

Funding for Heritage

The latest announcements around funding include the following:

National Lottery Grants for Heritage to Resume

The National Lottery Heritage Fund [Alliance member] has just announced that from this month it will begin a phased reopening of project funding through its National Lottery Grants for Heritage.

From 25 November 2020, the Fund will resume accepting applications for project grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 and will be looking for projects with emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

It has also announced that from 8 February 2021 it will resume accepting applications from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m. These projects are expected to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.

Architectural Heritage Fund Cultural Recovery Programme

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) [Alliance member] were awarded a grant from Historic England through the Culture Recovery Fund to establish a new Cultural Recovery grant programme.

This new grant programme aims to help previously sustainable organisations that care for, work with, or manage historic buildings to fund consultancy support to develop new operating models and business plans, where the impact of COVID-19 means the organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably by March 2021. The funding provided will enable organisations to achieve a clear plan towards future financial viability and help them remain resilient in a demanding external environment.

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020. Guidance and details of how to apply can be found on the AHF website.




Updates to our Exclusive Offers for Alliance Members

October 20, 2020

Updates to our Exclusive Offers for Alliance Members

Details of the exclusive offers currently available to members of The Heritage Alliance.

Exclusive Offers for Alliance Members currently include:

To find out more and book any of these sessions, please contact Delphine at development@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic:

We continue to update our members through weekly communications from our CEO with guidance and support. We also regularly update our COVID-19 Guidance Hub and COVID-19 Funding Hub for the wider sector.

Not Already a Member of The Heritage Alliance?

We understand what challenging times heritage organisations are facing at the moment. If you aren’t yet an Alliance member, this might be the right opportunity for you to join, as alongside this free support, we would:

  • represent your asks, needs and concerns in our weekly meeting with DCMS and fortnightly ministerial meetings;
  • Connect you to other organisations across the sector through our advocacy groups and networks;
  • Promote your events/jobs/content through Heritage Update for free- reaching over 14k inboxes in the sector, to give you visibility at this critical time.

To find out more about any of our current offers for members of the Heritage Alliance, or if you’d like to learn more about membership, please contact the Heritage Alliance’s Development & Membership Manager, Delphine, at development@theheritagealliance.org.uk.




New Coronvarius Measures: What do They Mean for Heritage?

September 25, 2020

New Coronvarius Measures: What do They Mean for Heritage?

New Coronvarius Measures: What do They Mean for Heritage?

The Chancellor’s new Winter Economy Plan

Autumn 2020 Budget

On Wednesday, the Government announced that the 2020 Budget has been cancelled to allow the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to focus on his winter economic plans to replace the furlough scheme. 

Job Retention Scheme & New Job Support Scheme

From 1‌‌ October, HMRC will pay 60% of usual wages up to a cap of £1,875 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work. At that point, organisations will need to continue to pay furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Employers will need to fund the difference between this and the CJRS grant themselves. Read more here. You can find a fact sheet here.

VAT

The Chancellor has also announced that the reduction in VAT to 5% for accommodation, hospitality and attractions is being extended to the end of the financial year. Businesses who deferred their VAT will no longer have to pay a lump sum at the end of March next year. Instead, they will have the option of splitting it into smaller, interest free payments over the course of 11 months under the New Payment Scheme.

More information on the Chancellor’s new Winter Economic Plan can be found here

COVID-19 & Government Updates

PM’s Recent Statement 

The PM has announced the following rules from today in England:

  • The planned reopening of conferences, exhibitions and events on 1st Oct has been suspended.
  • Pubs, restaurants and bars will have to close at 10pm (except for takeaways).
  • A “table-only” service will be allowed at pubs, restaurants and bars.
    • Please note, DCMS have informed us that table service rules should not be applicable to heritage site cafes. This is because operations where alcohol is a minor and ancillary feature of the business will be exempt from the requirement. However, all hospitality premises that serve food and drink to be consumed indoors on their premises must ensure that customers are seated when eating and drinking. We expect further details confirming this in the regulations. 
  • Staff in retail and indoor hospitality will have to wear masks.
    • Guidance has been issued clarifying that the mandatory wearing of face coverings for tourism and hospitality workers is only if they are working in areas that are open to the public and where they come or are likely to come within close contact of a member of the public. So kitchen staff and back office staff do not have to wear masks unless they move into the public areas of the business.
  • The Covid-secure workplace guidance will become a legal obligation.
  • The number of people able to attend a wedding in England is being reduced to 15 from the previous 30.
  • The £10,000 fines imposed on those who don’t quarantine will now be applied to businesses and the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking Rule of Six will double to £200.
  • Exemptions to the “Rule of Six” will be reduced. You can find the new exemption list here.
  • People have been asked to work from home if they can.

It has also been confirmed that meetings can still be held with up to 30 attendees and that guides can still lead groups of up to 30 people provided that each individual party within the group complies with the Rule of Six.

You can read a full copy of the full statement to Parliament here. The new regulations have been published here.

You can also find a comprehensive FAQ on what can and can’t be done in accordance with the changes in guidance at ‘Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do’.

NHS COVID-19 App Launches

Thursday marked the national launch of the NHS Covid-19 app across England and Wales. The Government will be supporting businesses and venues to display the QR codes and meet their obligations, which can be downloaded via a website to display as posters in premises.

Please see the latest guidance for how to support NHS Test and Trace, including the use of official NHS QR code posters: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace.

DHSC have confirmed to DCMS that they will include the following in their guidance on QR codes: 

These requirements are not applicable to outdoor, unstaffed and unticketed heritage sites, or to archaeological and historic sites which are not open to the public.




Backing the Bedrock 2020

September 24, 2020

Backing the Bedrock 2020

Backing the Bedrock 2020

The Heritage Alliance has published this year’s ‘Backing the Bedrock’ – setting out five fiscal and funding priorities for the heritage sector in 2020.

This document represents shared priorities across our diverse membership and details five funding and fiscal measures that the Government should consider to provide our world-leading heritage sector a positive future. It follows Backing the Bedrock 2019, which we published last year.

Five funding and fiscal measures will give our world-leading heritage sector a positive future: 

  1. Champion our world-leading heritage sector on the world stage – maximising Brexit’s opportunities, and minimising its challenges for heritage. 

This means maximising the potential of the Shared Prosperity Fund for heritage, buying in to EU funding schemes, avoiding tariffs on restoration materials and ensuring that the new Environmental Land Management System delivers for the historic environment.

  1. Ensure continued funding for the heritage sector and its workforce as we recover from the dual challenges of Brexit and Covid-19, including through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and a well resourced Historic England.

This includes safeguarding the @HeritageFundUK, continuing to provide funding as the effects of Covid-19 endure, ensuring that Heritage England is adequately funded and ensuring that DCMS continues to support, fund and encourage other heritage organisations. 

  1. Promote heritage assets as part of creating vibrant places and more homes, and as a key ingredient in rebuilding the economy post Covid-19.

To do this, Government needs to work with the sector to develop further programmes that help heritage address important public priorities (including housing delivery), including building beautifully. 

  1. Reform the tax regime to promote the repair and maintenance of our nation’s irreplaceable heritage assets. 

This means the equalisation of VAT on repair and maintenance with that of new build, reducing the income tax on heritage maintenance funds, continuing the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme and reducing the burden of business rates on the heritage sector.

  1. Help the heritage sector to attract more investment and engagement and build sector skills and capacity.  

To do this, the Government should continue to support heritage projects which create a sense of place and support other sectors. We need to ensure a cross-subsidy mechanism to support skills training and apprenticeships and funding for heritage science and conservation research.

 

Read Backing the Bedrock 2020 here

 




‘Historic Environment Forum’ Website Brief

September 16, 2020

‘Historic Environment Forum’ Website Brief

Introduction

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF) brings together senior members of staff from more than twenty public and non-government bodies to work collaboratively on strategic matters for the historic environment sector.

HEF is a top-level forum, which carries out a range of activities to co-ordinate sector initiatives, and to encourage and support research, conservation, presentation, enjoyment and use of the historic environment in England. It is also a useful information-sharing platform between its members, aimed at enabling timely decisions to best support the sector.

Since 2015 HEF has been responsible also for the programme ‘Heritage 2020’, which showcased its outputs and outcomes in the website www.heritage2020.net. Heritage 2020 is drawing to an end in September 2020 and HEF decided to redevelop the Heritage 2020 website to share its activities and engage more with the broader historic environment sector and other stakeholders. This is also part of a recent restructuring of HEF, aimed at ensuring transparency and wider accessibility to HEF activities.

The Heritage Alliance is responsible for the project that supports the work of the Historic Environment Forum.

The current project runs between May 2020 and April 2021, but a new bid will be placed in October 2020 to continue offering the support necessary for HEF to deliver a number of beneficial outcomes identified by its members beyond April 2021.

Audience

HEF is a closed membership Forum, whose identified audiences are:

  • Members of the Forum.
  • Organisations within the historic environment sector engaging in collaborative working as part in HEF or its groups.
  • Organisations within the historic environment sector that are outside of the HEF umbrella but who are kept informed/involved of HEF’s work and benefit from its outputs.
  • Policy makers and opinion formers that the HEF seeks to influence through its work.
  • Partners from other sectors that will be kept involved of HEF activity and will be invited to contribute to task group priorities.

 

Goals of the site

  • Provide updated information on the activities of the Forum and its working groups in an accessible and navigable way.
  • Increase the visibility of HEF.
  • Make HEF outputs public.
  • Invite stakeholders to engage with HEF activities as appropriate.

Design

HEF is not incorporated. To avoid giving the idea of a ‘corporate identity’, the visual identity of HEF on the website will be reduced to a minimum (e.g. it will not have a logo). The design concept behind the current Heritage 2020 website can be broadly maintained, although a brand new structure has been drafted.

Technical features of the site and content

The domain of the current website will have to be changed. The developer will be responsible for the migration of the current content of the website www.heritage2020.net to a section of the new site (following the guidance of the team).

The new website will include:

  • A section on the scope, remit, membership, structure of the Forum, and contact details.
  • A section on HEF activities (with downloadable resources) and events (possibly with links to Eventbrite).
  • A section on Heritage 2020 and an ‘Archive’.
  • ‘News’ and ‘Get involved’ sections.

We would like to discuss the options for a members area (requiring log-in), where programme participants can access:

  • Discussion boards
  • Additional content

It must integrate with or work alongside existing platforms:

  • Social media (twitter, LinkedIn). We need a Twitter feed showcased in the homepage of the website
  • Online surveys (www.onlinesurveys.ac.uk) / Surveymonkey

We need to be able to track visits to the different pages of the website.

The website to be redeveloped is based on WordPress, which we would like to maintain.

In-house requirements

The website must be editable by the HEF team (not especially trained in tech). We must be able to add new content (and possibly new pages) easily and independently.

Hosting, support and maintenance

The Heritage Alliance will secure online hosting as long as the project continues to be funded.

We may need support in future in editing the website. Therefore, please include in your quote a separate line for ongoing yearly support and maintenance.

Deadline

The redeveloped website has to be online by December 2020. Immediate availability is required.

Budget

The maximum budget for this initial redevelopment is £6,000 incl. VAT. Applicants should have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

How to respond to the call for tender

Please send your portfolio, a short CV and a quote to Francesca Benetti (Historic Environment Forum Steering Group Manager): HEFsteering@theheritagealliance.org.uk.

Immediate availability is required.