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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.


John Glen launches Heritage Statement at Heritage Day 2017

December 6, 2017

John Glen launches Heritage Statement at Heritage Day 2017

The Heritage Minister, John Glen, chose The Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day to launch his Heritage Statement.  The Minister also kindly said ‘ I commend the work of the Heritage Alliance. We are very fortunate to have Loyd, Lizzie and the rest of the team doing the great work that they do for our heritage and for the heritage sector’ read the Minister’s speech.

Measures in the Heritage Statement include:

  • Launching a new Heritage Council, chaired by the Minister, to emphasise the value of the historic environment, build consensus and ensure greater coordination.
  • A new commemorative scheme to be rolled out across England to mark and celebrate the events, people and places that have shaped local communities.
  • Exploring options to strengthen interim protection measures and reduce the risk of damage or destruction to sites while they are being considered for listing.
  • Working with Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund to support the digitisation of historic environment records and heritage archives to help councils make informed planning decisions and increase public appreciation for their local heritage.

Heritage Day saw the launch of our new Heritage Funding Directory with the AHF and the Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes awards. This year these went to: 

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award for 2017 – David Martyn, founder and Chair of the King’s Weston Action Group

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award 2017  for Outstanding Contribution – Norman Hudson, Chairman, Country Houses Foundation.

 




Over £3m raised by heritage projects due to ‘Giving to Heritage’ training

December 1, 2017

Over £3m raised by heritage projects due to ‘Giving to Heritage’ training

An independent evaluation on the Giving to Heritage (GTH) programme has reported that heritage projects have raised £3.15m directly attributable to participation in GTH’s affordable fundraising training. GTH funding has had a transformative effect for the heritage sector – many of the organisations that took part could not have afforded fundraising training otherwise.

The evaluation, carried out by Consilium Research, noted that the £3.15 million raised so far will continue to increase year on year as new fundraising strategies are developed and implemented. The evaluation also reported that confidence and skill levels in heritage fundraising and capacity building have increased substantially due to the GTH training.

The Heritage Alliance (THA) and Institute of Fundraising (IoF) created the Giving to Heritage programme thanks to generous ‘Catalyst initiative’ funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and DCMS. The c£750,000 of grant funding has enabled over 1,700 individuals representing over 800 heritage organisations to access fundraising training and capacity building opportunities which included workshops, executive coaching, one-to-one support and webinars.

The success of the first ever project between the IoF and the heritage sector demonstrates the dramatic impact of seed funding which allows umbrella organisations like The Heritage Alliance to create innovative capacity building programmes. See the case studies in the notes to editors section below for more information and quotes from GTH attendees.

The Heritage Alliance and Institute of Fundraising are keen to hear from funders and donors who can help continue this important work. The scheme is now closed for live training, but you can continue to use resources and view webinars at the Giving to Heritage Website.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players Giving to Heritage has offered heritage organisations the tools to develop longer-term financial independence. It is great to see such positive findings from this evaluation, and we look forward to seeing continued benefits for the entire sector resulting from the GTH training”.

 Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, said: “We’re delighted that this evaluation has so clearly demonstrated the impact of funding training for small organisations. The GTH programme has successfully helped the heritage sector become more self-sufficient. We’re grateful for the transformative role the Heritage Lottery Fund has played in supporting our sector’s future. We would welcome new investment to continue to allow GTH to spread best practice in the heritage sector.”

Peter Lewis, IoF Chief Executive, said: ‘At a time when many smaller charities are struggling, this evaluation highlights the transformative impact that high quality fundraising training can have.  We are very grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this programme, which this report shows has made a tremendous difference to the sustainability of these heritage organisations allowing them to continue and to expand their vital work’.

A summary of the evaluation is here or you can read the full document here.




Autumn Budget 2017: Summary

November 23, 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: Summary

The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, has presented the Autumn Budget, the second budget of 2017.  The key heritage announcements include £4 million to Jodrell Bank, the UK’s next candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site status and £2 million Cultural Development Fund funding for place-based cultural development. The budget sets out reforms of the housing market but doesn’t explicitly state that permitted development rights will be extended to allow upwards building as was previously trailed in The Telegraph.

Read the full summary here.




Listen to our 2017 Heritage Debate- is heritage good for your health

October 19, 2017

Listen to our 2017 Heritage Debate- is heritage good for your health

If you were unable to attend our debate you can now listen online.

Debaters present some of the theory and evidence associated with health and wellbeing and the historic environment, and we hear about initiatives and research being conducted across the sector as well as from wider, related sectors for whom health and wellbeing is a growth agenda, alongside case studies.

Panel: Professor Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology at UCL Biosciences and Head of Research and Teaching, UCL Culture. Daniel Fujiwara, Director, Simetrica Consulting Ian Lush, Chief Executive, Imperial Health Charity Richard Osgood, Senior Archaeologist, Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Emma Hanson, Head of Strategic Commissioning Adult Community Support, Kent County Council Sue Gray, Director of Suffolk Mind Adala Leeson, Head of Social and Economic Research, Historic England



Call for Evidence response on encouraging full-time youth volunteering

Call for Evidence response on encouraging full-time youth volunteering

We have responded to the Government’s call for evidence on Full-time social action. In our response, we highlighted the importance of volunteering to the heritage sector but set out a number of barriers to increasing the number of young people able to carry out full-time social action. These include the lack of a definition for what constitutes full-time social action and concerns of organisations about being required to pay the national minimum wage. Read our response here.




THA response to call for evidence on Aviation Strategy

THA response to call for evidence on Aviation Strategy

The Heritage Alliance has responded to the Government’s call for evidence on its Aviation Strategy. Our response, among other things, flags the importance of heritage to tourism and vice versa and considers the potential impact of new airports and routes on heritage assets. Read our response here.



THA meeting with Treasury

THA meeting with Treasury

Following the release of our Heritage Manifesto, the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, invited us to meet with Treasury officials to discuss VAT.

We had a useful discussion flagging our response to the Office of Tax Simplification on how VAT can be simplified to benefit the heritage sector. We also pointed them to the high-quality research from the Cut the VAT campaign showing the benefits of a reduction of VAT to 5% across the board.

We expressed a wish to work closely with the Treasury and hope to have further dialogue on the kind the work we are doing to devise pilot schemes – perhaps, for example, refunding VAT as a grant in Heritage Action Zones




THA meeting with Michael Gove

THA meeting with Michael Gove

Loyd Grossman and our CEO, Lizzie Glithero- West, had a positive meeting with Environment Secretary Michael Gove last week, where we discussed items from our Heritage Manifesto, Brexit Briefing Paper and Rural Heritage Under Threat: Looking After Our Landscapes Post-Brexit.

We agreed with his previous comments that public money should go to public goods; heritage being absolutely one of these. Not only is heritage popular but land managers want to do more to protect it. It’s a huge part of what the public values as our environment and integral to creating the beauty of places such as the English Lakes.

We discussed the real opportunity to design a better agri-environment system that better serves heritage, removes the artificial divide between the natural and historic and demonstrates world leadership in this area. We were encouraged to hear him describe heritage as the glue which binds together our brand Britain.




Our Chairman writes to the Natural Capital Committee on rural heritage

September 6, 2017

Our Chairman writes to the Natural Capital Committee on rural heritage

The Heritage Alliance’s Chairman, Loyd Grossman, has written to Professor Dieter Helm, chair of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), to share our paper on protecting the rural historic environment during and after Brexit. 

The NCC is due to report to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, to inform DEFRA’s 25 year environment plan.The Heritage Alliance will also be meeting with Michael Gove next month to discuss how rural heritage can be better protected as part of the Brexit negotiations.




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.