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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 Update #293 is out!

January 26, 2015

Heritage Update #293 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 23rd January 2015 and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (9th January) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #293

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Heritage Update #292 is out!

January 9, 2015

Heritage Update #292 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 9th January 2015 and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (12th December) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #292

Heritage Update #292

New Year Honours 2015

January 8, 2015

New Year Honours 2015

The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce that it’s Chief Executive, Kate Pugh, has been awarded an OBE for services to heritage.

Kate, who took up her post in 2003, said ‘I’m thrilled with this award not just for me but for the recognition it gives the Alliance and to everyone who has had a hand in making it the success it is today’.

Knighthoods:

David Verey (For services to Arts Philanthropy).

A CVO went to: Michal Day Chief Executive Historic Royal Palaces. 

CBE’s went to:

Sandra Dawe Lately Chief Executive, VisitBritain. For services to the Tourism Industry; Judith Kelly, OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre. For services to the Arts; Diane Lees Director General, Imperial War Museums. For services to Museums; Dr Bridget Mcconnell Chief Executive, Culture and Sport Glasgow. For services to Culture; Stephen Quartermain Chief Planner, Department for Communities and Local Government. For services to Planning Infrastructure. Sarah  Staniforth Formerly Museums and Collections director National Trust [Alliance member]; John Quinlan Terry Architect. For services to Classical Architecture.

OBE’s went to:

Diana Beattie Director, Heritage of London Trust [Alliance member]. For services to National Heritage. Professor Stewart Brymer Honorary president and lately chairman Dundee Heritage Trust. For voluntary service to Culture and Heritage in Dundee; Michael Cantlay Chairman, VisitScotland. For services to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Scotland. Henry Cotterill Formerly president Country Landowners’ Association [Alliance member], services to the Rural Commnity and to Charity. Alexande Hamilton For services to Maritime Heritage; Leventis Edmée Pistis For Services to Arts Philanthropy; Faith Liddell Director, Festivals Edinburgh. For services to the Arts; Robert Maskrey For voluntary and charitable services to the Arts and the community in Wales and Herefordshire; Bruce Minto Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Museums Scotland. For services to Culture; John Newbigin Chair, Creative England. For services to the Creative Industries and the Arts; Justine Mary Simons. Head of Cultural Policy, Mayor of London’s Office. For services to Culture in London;

MBE’s went to:

Ann Carter Project Director, Imperial War Museums. For services to Museums. Keith Chapman For services to Arts and Culture in Hampshire; Gordon Hector Cole Master Arrowsmith. For services to Heritage Crafts; Paul Cummins Ceramic Artist. For services to Art and First World War Commemorations; Reverend Dr Richard Hills For services to Industrial Heritage; Tiffany Hunt For services to Heritage in North West England; Gurmel Singh Kandola Chief Executive, National Sikh Museum, Derby. For services to the Community; Dr Patrick Alfred Morris Volunteer, National Trust [Alliance member]. For services to the Natural and Historic Environment; Tom Piper, Theatre Designer. For services to Theatre and First World War Commemorations; Carol Rogers Executive Director, Education and Visitors, National Museums Liverpool and Project Leader, House of Memories. For services to Museums; Andrew Wallis Curator, The Guards Museum. For services to the Commemoration of National Heritage and charity. Bryce Sutherland Wilson Historian. For services to Culture in the Orkney Isles. 

British Empire medals went to:

June Davey Volunteer Room Steward and Tour Guide, Clandon Park. For services to Heritage in Surrey; Paul William Evans Curator Internal Fire Museum of Power, Tanygroes, Ceredigion. For services to the Preservation and Promotion of British Industrial Heritage and Tourism; Pauline Holloway For services to National Maritime Heritage; Michael Lawson For services to Heritage and to the community in Chadderton Greater Manchester; Colin Alastair Mackie Creator of the Directory of British Diplomats, services to heritage and public history; Catrione Mackinnon For services to the Gaeli Language and Culture. Roger Douglas Parmiter Formerly Chair Friends of Oystermouth Castle, Swansea. For services to Heritage and to the community in Swansea; David Smith For services to the Heritage of Robert Burns; David George Stone Formerly head Gardener Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust. For services to Horticultural Heritage; Jonathan Harry Taylor, English Civil War Society. For services to heritage; John David Thomas For voluntary service to the National Railways Museum; Dr Arthur James Winfield Project Leader Mither Kirk Project. For services to Heritage in Aberdeen.

For the ful list of New Year Honours 2014, see the Gov.uk website here

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The Heritage Alliance announces Joint Winners of Heroes Award 2014

December 16, 2014

The Heritage Alliance announces Joint Winners of Heroes Award 2014

In the fifth year of the Awards to recognise outstanding volunteer contributions to our heritage, The Heritage Alliance’s Chairman, Loyd Grossman, presented the Heritage Alliance Heroes Awards 2014 to joint-winners The Save Preston Bus Station Campaignand Howsham Mill, during The Alliance’s Annual Heritage Day at the Glaziers Hall in Central London on 4th December 2014.

Generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, The Heritage Alliance Heroes Award Scheme was established to celebrate the outstanding contribution to society made by heritage volunteers in England.

Loyd Grossman commented:

“It is fantastic to award this year’s heritage heroes award to both Howsham Mill and Preston Bus Station who represent the power and passion of volunteers throughout the heritage sector.”

“The hundreds of hours of volunteer work which has gone into rescuing Howsham Mill and giving it a new life as an education centre generating hydro-electricity, makes it an outstanding candidate for this year’s Heritage Heroes Award.”

“The Save Preston Bus Station Campaign demonstrates the hard work and tenacity of volunteers in saving a formerly unloved and unprotect example of Brutalist architecture. While the volunteers were often diffuse and expressed within a range of social networks, their coming together of interests represents a public re-evaluation and democratisation of the building’s value. ”

For more information and to see the videos from the joint-winners, see the Heritage Alliance website. Pictures from this year’s winners are also avilable eon Flickr here

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Heritage Open Days awarded funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Heritage Open Days awarded funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries announced that the players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded £125k to Heritage Open Days, as funding for the 2015 festival.

Speaking at Heritage Day 2014, he called the festival an ‘English Institution,’ adding that ‘the future of this popular celebration of heritage is secured for another year.’

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery will co-fund Heritage Open Days, alongside £100k from English Heritage and in-kind support from the National Trust [Alliance member]. People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery whose players support charities across Great Britain and globally; to date players have awarded over £53.8 million to good causes.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said:

‘I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support Heritage Open Days. It is so important to maintain these historic sites to ensure their preservation for generations to come, and it’s great to know that funding from players will help this.’

Heritage Open Days celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, smashing all previous records with three million visitors and over 4,600 events. ‘It’s wonderful that players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be supporting Heritage Open Days in 2015,’ said Loyd Grossman, patron of the festival. ‘The record-breaking success of this year’s event shows how passionately people feel about local history, and how essential it is that Heritage Open days continues to flourish and prosper in the coming years.’

Heritage Open Days 2015: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th September
www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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The Heritage Alliance welcomes new trustees

The Heritage Alliance welcomes new trustees

Following The Heritage Alliance AGM on Thursday 4th December 2014, the Heritage Alliance is delighted to confirm three new trustees: Ian Baxter, Head of Suffolk Business School, University Campus Suffolk; Roland Jeffery, Director of the Historic Chapels Trust; and Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Princes Regeneration Trust.

These follow the stepping down of Crispin Truman, Churches Conservation Trust, David Souden, Historic Royal Palaces and Catherine Croft, Twentieth Century Society. The Chairman, Loyd Grossman, recorded his thanks to the outgoing Trustees at Heritage Day 2014.

For more information about The Heritage Alliance’s Trustees and Chairman, see our website here.

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Heritage Day 2014

Heritage Day 2014

Heritage Day 2014, held by The Heritage Alliance on 4th December at the Glaziers’ Hall, proved even more popular than ever attracting some 200 leading representatives from the heritage sector to meet, network and discuss the challenges of the day.

The morning AGM gave members the opportunity to hear and question Deborah Lamb, Head of Government Advice at English Heritage, on the proposals for the new English Heritage model. Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of the AllChurches Trust – the charity which owns Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Alliance’s generous core sponsor – gave a presentation on the grant making policy and future strategy of the Trust.

The Afternoon Session saw the spokesmen of the three main political parties address the audience on the value of our heritage today: Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy for the Conservatives, Baroness Bonham-Carter for the Lib Dems and – newly in post since the previous evening – Chris Bryant, Shadow Culture Secretary for the Labour Party. The Q&A session featured questions on seaside piers, skills, volunteers, and on VAT from UKIP heritage spokesman William Cash.

Loyd Grossman as Chairman of the Alliance spoke on the achievements past and present of the independent heritage movement, its changing nature and relationship with government before presenting the fifth Heritage Alliance Heroes Awards to volunteer groups, Save Preston Bus Station and Howsham Mill, see here.

The Afternoon Session is available on film at http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/heritage-day-2014/. Images from the day can be found on The Heritage Alliance Flickr page here. You can also follow the Heritage Day conversation on twitter using the #heritageday hashtag.

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Heritage Update #291 is out!

December 12, 2014

Heritage Update #291 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 12th December and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (7th November) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #291

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Heritage Update #290 is out!

November 21, 2014

Heritage Update #290 is out!

The latest Heritage Update e-bulletin is now out Friday 21st November and emailed directly to our subscribers.

Heritage Update is our voice to, and for, the sector. The popular fortnightly e-bulletin offers policy updates, news, a consultation round-up, events / course listings and job vacancies. Update reaches an estimated 14000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally, with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California.

The most recent back copy (7th November) and all other archive copies can be downloaded here. To subscribe and receive a copy directly to your inbox two weeks before it’s available online, please sign-up here

Click here to read #290

Heritage Update #290

Sussex Heritage Trust becomes a member of The Alliance

November 20, 2014

Sussex Heritage Trust becomes a member of The Alliance

We are delighted to announce that Sussex Heritage Trust has become the latest member organisation of The Heritage Alliance taking our membership to an all-time high of 97!

Founded in 1977, Sussex Heritage Trust works to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural heritage of Sussex. It achieves this through taking an active interest in Sussex conservation issues, reporting on Buildings at Risk, working with local authorities, and running the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2014.

For more information about Sussex Heritage Trust, visit their website. Our members form a key part of our organisation without whom we simply would not exist.

Thanks to the support of our members, like the Sussex Heritage Trust, we act as a powerful advocate for England’s heritage and lobby for legislation and policies to ensure the benefits of heritage – social, economic, educational and environmental – are realised by Government, communities and individuals. For more information about becoming a member organisation of The Alliance see our website.