The Heritage Alliance welcomes DCMS Announcement on the new English Heritage Model
The Heritage Alliance, the biggest coalition of heritage interests in England, welcomes today’s announcement from DCMS on the future of English Heritage.
DCMS confirms that English Heritage, the Government’s advisor on the historic environment, will be re-structured from 1 April 2015. The 420 properties that make up the National Heritage Collection will be managed by a new Charity ‘English Heritage’ while the advisory and other services will continue to be delivered by ‘Historic England’.
The Alliance raised a number of concerns in its response to the DCMS consultation in the summer. Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Alliance, said ‘We’re pleased that the business plan has been agreed after a period of uncertainty and look forward to renewed stability for the sector. We congratulate the leadership of English Heritage on concluding what was a lengthy and complex negotiation and we look forward to working with them under the new arrangements.
‘However we will continue to monitor both parts of the new Model carefully because of the central importance of both ‘English Heritage’ and ‘Historic England’ to all of us who care for our heritage. We’re especially keen to make sure that Historic England is adequately resourced to provide essential statutory and non-statutory services for the sector and the wider public.’
The DCMS decision and summary of the Business Plan is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-model-for-english-heritage-moves-a-step-closer-following-consultation
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Note to Editors
- The Heritage Alliance is the largest coalition of heritage interests in England. Established in 2002 by key voluntary sector bodies, it brings together 96 non-Government organisations concerned with our heritage. Between them, our members represent well over 5 million people across Britain. Find out more at www.theheritagealliance.org.uk.
- To see our initial response to the DCMS Consultation and 40 others from across the heritage sector, see our website at http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/supplementary-briefing-attracting-more-investment-into-heritage/
- You can follow the conversation on twitter using the #newEH hashtag.
- The Heritage Alliance is also calling on the UK government and political powers to realise the power of heritage through 12 key policy asks. Read our manifesto and supplementary briefings here: http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/manifesto/
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