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 Heritage Alliance has submitted evidence to the Commons Select Committee inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport. Of the Inquiry’s five major themes we focused our answers on health and diversity as that is where work some of our new work has developed in recent months. Read our response.
The Alliance has responded to the Government’s consultation on the use of pre-commencement planning conditions
These are conditions imposed by a local authority when granting planning permission which must be met before work can start. We have supported the Government’s moves to ensure that clear information is provided on why such conditions are being imposed and the proposed ability to impose conditions where an applicant has not responded to a proposed condition. However, we have argued that the Government should also allow local authorities to impose heritage related pre-commencement planning conditions to ensure that existing protections for heritage are not undermined. We have also called on the Government to carry out an impact assessment before proceeding with the policy.
Read our response here.
The Alliance has responded to the Lord’s EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee inquiry Brexit: movement of people in the fields of sport and culture inquiry. In our response, we stressed that there are significant numbers of non-UK EU citizens that work in the heritage sector in England in a variety of capacities, and UK companies and citizens who work in heritage in other EU countries. This two-way exchange of expertise and labour is extremely important to the sector.
Thank you to those of you who responded to our survey on EU workers. Findings which fed into our response included:
The Alliance’s Rural Heritage Advocacy Group has responded to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry: 25-Year Environment Plan
Our response notes, among other things that the plan is ambitious for heritage, given the extent of decay of the rural historic environment. Importantly, the Plan repeatedly emphasises the importance of public goods. It also gives the natural and historic environments parity of approach, an approach which is long overdue. From both a natural environment and a historic environment perspective, we do not think there is a lack of ambition. Read our response.
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:
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.
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’.
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.
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.