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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.


The Alliance makes representation on the Local Plan-making process

June 27, 2016

The Alliance makes representation on the Local Plan-making process

The Alliance, through its Spatial Planning Advocacy Group, has today [27 June] submitted written evidence to a Select Committee inquiry into the Local Plan-making process.

The Communities and Local Government Committee is conducting an inquiry into recommendations made by the Local Plan Expert Group to the Department for Communities and Local Government. In addition to placing a statutory duty on Local Plan-making, The Alliance is urging Government to go further and place Historic Environment Records similarly on a statutory basis. The Alliance will be writing to Clive Betts MP, chair of the CLG Select Committee, on this point.

A round-up of responses to the inquiry will be published in a forthcoming issue of Heritage Update, once submissions have been published by the Committee.

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Latest issue of Heritage Update now out

June 24, 2016

Latest issue of Heritage Update now out

The latest issue of our fortnightly current affairs briefing for the heritage sector is out now: supplied straight to subscribers’ inboxes and available online.

Highlights this issue comprise:

  • Recognition of services to heritage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016
  • Breathing new life into old places with Heritage Action Zones
  • SAVE to publish 2016-17 buildings at risk catalogue ‘Great Expectations’
  • Giving to Heritage
  • Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

Heritage Update has gone from strength to strength since its initiation in 2003, reaching the milestone of 300 issues in May 2015. The Bulletin is now circulated to some 14,000 inboxes. The next issue will be circulated on Friday 8 July.

To share your news, events or vacancies, please contact the editor: tara-jane.sutcliffe@theheritagealliance.org.uk.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016

June 11, 2016

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016

Published in advance of the monarch’s official birthday today [11 June], the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016 has recognised a number of individuals for their services to heritage. Many congratulations to all!

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE):

  • For services to Arts and Culture, Ms Althea Joy Barrett Efunshile, lately Acting Chief Executive, Arts Council.
  • David Lovell Burbridge for services to Cultural Philanthropy in the West Midlands.
  • Roger Victor John Cadbury for services to the Bournville Village Trust in Birmingham and to charity in Warwickshire.
  • Professor Paul Gerard O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Roehampton, for services to Higher Education and the Literary History of the First World War.
  • Penelope Jane Snell, Vice President of the National Gardens Scheme, for services to the Voluntary Sector Supporting Nursing and Healthcare.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):

  • Nicola Ann Dunn, Chair of the Titanic Foundation Ltd, for services to Tourism in Northern Ireland.
  • Allen George Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives Centre, for services to Archives and Scholarship.
  • Stephen John Buckland Segar, Chair of Westonbirt Arboretum, for services to Natural Heritage and the community.
  • Jennifer Elizabeth Shaw, Head of Battle of Jutland Commemorations, DCMS, for services to the Commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War.
  • Nicholas John Way, lately Director General, Historic Houses Association [Alliance member], for his services to the Conservation of the UK’s Architectural Heritage.
  • Dr Paul Willliamson, lately Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, V&A, for services to Medieval Art.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE):

  • Dr Kathleen Frances Byrne, lately Commissioner, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, for services to Heritage Information.
  • Alastair McPherson Dinsmor, Chairman, Glasgow Police Heritage Society, for services to Police Heritage.
  • Malcolm George Fisher, for services to the Heritage of Norfolk’s Churches through the Norfolk Churches Trust.
  • Clive Edward Gilbert, Chairman of The British Historical Society of Portugal, for services to cultural and historical UK-Portugal relations.
  • Lucan Gray, entrepreneur and owner of the Custard Factory and Fazeley Studios, for service to Regeneration of Digbeth, Birmingham.
  • Lisa Jean Dorris Hammond, founder of Maze Hill Pottery an of Adopt a Potter Charitable Trust, for services to Ceramics and the Preservation of Craft.
  • Frances Marion, Lynch-Llewellyn, for services to Archaeology and Heritage in Wales.
  • Catherine Slessor, former Editor of The Architectural Review, for srvices to Architectural Journalism.
  • Roger Stanton, for services to the World War II Escape Lines Memorial Society.
  • Fred Taggart, lately of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust [Alliance member] for services to Regeneration and charity.
  • Dr Rowan Pirrie Whimster, for services to Heritage and Conservation.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM):

  • Peter Ellis Brown for services to World War Two Aviation Heritage.
  • Sarah Joan Burdett, for services to Conservation and Heritage on the Isle of Wight.
  • Veronica Theresa Chameau, Historian and Artist, for services promoting heritage and culture in Bermuda.
  • Norman Barry Cox for voluntary services to RNLI Heritage.
  • Jean Fletcher for services to Nursing Care in Stourbridge, West Midlands and to the National Trust.
  • The Reverend Dr Stephen George Hatcher for services to Methodism Heritage and Education.
  • Julie Huckle, Administrative and Logistical Support, Project Hougoumont Farm, Belgium, for services to the restoration of Hougoumont Farm in Belgium and commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo.
  • John Walker Hunter, for services to the History and Heritage of Galloway.
  • Gleniss McNeal, National Trust volunteer, for voluntary services to Heritage in Northumberland.

A round-up of the honours awarded in recognition of services to heritage will appear in the next issue of Heritage Update on 24 June. Do please get in touch with the editor with any additions to those individuals listed above (email: tara-jane.sutcliffe@theheritagealliance.org.uk).

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New issue of Heritage Update out now!

June 10, 2016

New issue of Heritage Update out now!

The latest issue of our fortnightly current affairs briefing for the heritage sector is out now: supplied straight to subscribers’ inboxes and available online.

Heritage Update this issue carries the following highlights:

  • Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill debated in the Lords
  • Government responds to public petition to ‘Stop Destruction of British Archaeology’
  • Archaeology advocates receive (some) assurance from Government over planning reforms
  • The Power of Archaeology campaign
  • Inquiry launched to improve the Local Plan-making process
  • Historic England invites us all to share our knowledge and ‘Enrich the List’

Heritage Update has gone from strength to strength since its initiation in 2003, reaching the milestone of 300 issues in May 2015. The Bulletin is now circulated to some 14,000 inboxes. The next issue will be circulated on Friday 24 June.

To share your news, events or vacancies, please contact the editor: tara-jane.sutcliffe@theheritagealliance.org.uk.

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The future for UK arts, culture and heritage

June 9, 2016

The future for UK arts, culture and heritage

The Heritage Alliance’s CEO, Kate Pugh OBE, spoke at a Westminster Media Forum on Tuesday [7 June]. The event, held in Whitehall, brought together sector leaders to discuss ‘the future for UK arts, culture and heritage – implementing the new strategy‘. This included Baroness Hilton of Eggardon (Vice-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Arts and Heritage Group), Dominic Lake (Deputy Director of Arts, Libraries and Cultural Property, DCMS), Tim Reeve (Deputy Director, Victoria and Albert Museum), Nick Capaldi (Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales), and Baroness Andrews (Deputy Chair, Heritage Lottery Fund).

Following publication of the Government’s Culture White Paper in March, the Forum provided opportunity to appraise the key proposals of the strategy. Taking a thematic approach, contributors discussed: people and places – cultural infrastructure, access and engagement; nurturing partnerships at a regional, national and international level; and priorities for funding UK arts and culture – public subsidy, monetising assets and the role of the private sector.

Transcripts of the presentations will be available shortly, for purchase from Westminster Media Forum.

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Heritage Funding Directory database developer

June 6, 2016

Heritage Funding Directory database developer

The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund are partnering to develop and maintain a UK-wide Heritage Funding Directory. To this end, applications are sought for a database developer.

The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund currently maintain online funding directories, the Heritage Funding Directory and Funds for Historic Buildings. The purpose of the directories is to support the capacity and resilience of the sector. Both directories are, however, now somewhat out of date and require new software.

To make most effective use of the resources available and avoid duplicating efforts, a single heritage funding directory will be created called the ‘Heritage Funding Directory UK’. The new Directory will be hosted on an independent webpage and populated using an online database that can be maintained by both parties and by registered external stakeholders.

The Directory will prioritise grants but will also include information on bursaries and awards, as available. The website will include a section on ‘top tips for applying for funding’ and, recognising the growth in alternative sources of funding, will also include a page on social investment.

Applications are invited for a database developer to migrate the historic data from the two existing databases to a new combined platform.

For further details of the role and how to apply, click here.

Deadline: 30 June 2016.

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Alliance briefing: Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill Second Reading

June 3, 2016

Alliance briefing: Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill Second Reading

The Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Monday 6 June 2016.

The Alliance has today [3 June] published a briefing on the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill.

The Alliance supported the Draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill in 2008 and regretted that the Draft Bill was dropped amid the financial crisis. We welcome the re-introduction of provisions to enable the UK to accede to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols.

Welcoming the Bill, Council for British Archaeology [Alliance member] Director, Mike Heyworth, said: “We strongly support the UK’s accession to the Hague Convention and both its Protocols which puts the UK at the forefront of international cultural property protection”.

The Chair of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield, Professor Peter Stone commented: “This is really excellent news and something we have been waiting for since 2003. By committing to ratify with a clear timetable the UK is finally on the verge of joining the international community in recognising the value and importance of cultural property to local, national, and international communities and their identities”.

The Bill received its First Reading on 19 May, brought forward in the Lords by DCMS lead Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

The Heritage Alliance’s briefing for the Second Reading of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill is available here.

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Latest e-briefing from The Heritage Alliance

May 27, 2016

Latest e-briefing from The Heritage Alliance

Issue 324 of Heritage Update has now been published.

The voice for the independent heritage movement, Heritage Update is a free e-bulletin produced on a fortnightly basis by The Heritage Alliance and distributed directly to subscribers’ inboxes and published online. A current affairs briefing on and for the heritage sector, Heritage Update has gone from strength to strength since its initiation in 2003, reaching the milestone of 300 issues in May 2015.

Highlights this fortnight include:

  • The Queen’s Speech 2016
  • Concerns over planning reforms
  • Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill
  • Private Members’ Bills Ballots
  • Skills shortage in archaeology hits the national news
  • Heritage Counts: Heritage and Society 2016

Heritage Update is circulated every alternative Friday with minor alteration to accommodate major holidays. The forthcoming schedule is as follows: 10th and 24th June 2016; 8th and 22nd July; and 5th and 19th August. The deadline for copy is the Wednesday before publication.

Heritage Update provides an effective means of recruitment, reaching some 14,000 inboxes. This service is offered free to Alliance members with a modest charge of £150, per ad per issue, to non-members. To advertise with us please contact the editor: tara-jane.sutcliffe@theheritagealliance.org.uk.

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Heritage & the EU: how the EU impacts on our heritage in England

May 20, 2016

Heritage & the EU: how the EU impacts on our heritage in England

The Heritage Alliance is not taking a formal position on the EU Referendum, in line with Charity Commission guidelines. In advance of the outcome of the vote on 23 June 2016, The Alliance has identified where the impact on our heritage, especially in the event of a Leave vote, deserves forward thinking.

The Heritage Alliance has today [20 May 2016] published a briefing on Heritage & the EU: how the EU impacts on our heritage in England.

There would be a minimum period after a Leave vote of two years during which time Britain would continue to abide by EU treaties and laws. This would be a critical negotiating period when the heritage sector and other interests would be pressing the UK/English government for replacement, relaxation or compensatory measures within whatever new relationship was proposed.

Equally, in the event of a Remain vote, the impact of EU regulations and funding on our heritage might also demand renewed advocacy by the Alliance and others.

Areas to be considered range from VAT to state aid and from tourism to the digital economy. A final section brings together some of the comment from other sectors that relate to our heritage – the research community, the environmentalists and the voluntary sector.

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The Queen’s Speech 2016

May 18, 2016

The Queen’s Speech 2016

The Government has today [18 May 2016] set out in the Queen’s Speech its policy intentions and proposed legislative programme for the forthcoming parliamentary year. The full text of the Speech, together with a briefing note from the Cabinet Office, is available online.

The key legislative areas affecting the heritage sector comprise the following:

  • Digital Economy Bill
  • Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill
  • Local Growth and Jobs Bill
  • Higher Education and Research Bill
  • National Citizen Service Bill
  • Small Charitable Donations Bill
  • Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

For further details please read the Alliance’s on-the-day briefing.

Commentary from the sector will feature in a forthcoming issue of Heritage Update.

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