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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.

Latest Heritage Update out now

August 19, 2016

Latest Heritage Update out now

The latest issue of Heritage Update (no. 329) is out now. It is available online here: Heritage Update 329 To sign up for future editions, please visit: Update329    

Vacancy: Policy & Communications Officer

August 16, 2016

Vacancy: Policy & Communications Officer

The Heritage Alliance is seeking an exceptional person to appoint as Policy & Communications Officer. The successful candidate will join the Alliance’s small, busy team based in offices in Westminster.

This is a dynamic role requiring a proactive, reliable self-starter. Reporting to the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees, the role incorporates a wide range of communications, public affairs and policy tasks. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong writing and editorial skills with excellent communication skills. Good administrative skills, including technical website competence, are essential.

The Heritage Alliance is the largest coalition of heritage interests in England, representing over 100 independent heritage organisations in England. Together its members own, manage and care for the vast majority of England’s historic environment.

For further details and to apply, please visit the Alliance’s vacancies webpage.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 23 August 2016. Interviews expected on Tuesday 30 August (tbc).

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HEF Summer Consultation 2016: Heritage Protection Reform Proposals

July 22, 2016

HEF Summer Consultation 2016: Heritage Protection Reform Proposals

This important consultation opens today.

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the high-level sectoral committee, has been concerned for many years by the continuing reduction in heritage and planning resourcing in local authorities.  In 2014 HEF set up a working group, the Historic Environment Protection Reform Group, to address these problems and devise solutions. HEF consulted key heritage stakeholders on 15 proposed reforms in October 2015. These proposals have now been worked up in more detail, and HEF is seeking further input from stakeholders in this summer 2016 consultation.

  • For background information, visit the HEF webpage
  • The Summer Consultation paper is available here.
  • The Summer Consultation opens on 22 July 2016 and closes on 19 September. 
  • Responses should be sent to The Heritage Alliance acting as the Secretariat for HEF to

The Historic Environment Forum welcomes all responses to this consultation. Everyone is encouraged to answer the general question (Question 12), but HEF would particularly welcome responses on the more specific questions which precede it. 

Please pass it on to colleagues as appropriate.

Latest issue of Heritage Update out now!

Latest 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.

Highlights this issue include:

  • Ministerial appointments: DCMS
  • Ministerial appointments: Other Government Departments
  • HEF Summer Consultation 2016: Heritage Protection Reform Proposals
  • Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards

Schedule of forthcoming issues: 19 August; 2, 16, 30 September. The copy deadline is the Wednesday of the week of circulation. Please note that there will NOT be an issue on Friday 5 August.

Advertising of vacancies in Update is free to Alliance members and costs a modest £150 per ad per issue to non-members. We also welcome image-based advertising on our side-bar for courses, projects and services of interest to the sector. To discuss, please contact Alliance Trustee and interim editor, Professor Ian Baxter, on

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Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards

Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards

The Heritage Alliance is pleased to announce that its long-running annual award for heritage volunteers is renamed Ecclesiastical’s Award for Heritage Heroes in recognition of the insurance company’s generous sponsorship to the Alliance. The award aims to celebrate the achievements of the independent heritage sector; to increase mutual awareness among members of The Heritage Alliance and help individuals develop heritage business skills.

This year for the first time, the winner of Ecclesiastical’s Award for Heritage Heroes will benefit from Ecclesiastical’s own skills-based volunteering approach. In addition to the opportunity to present on the project at The Heritage Alliance’s popular Heritage Day on 1 December at the Freemasons Hall, London, Ecclesiastical will offer a day’s worth of in-kind support such as business management, marketing, communications or HR. The exact nature of the in-kind support will be agreed between the two parties as appropriate.

The Award scheme was established to celebrate the outstanding contribution to society made by heritage volunteers in England. Now in its seventh year, previous recipients include volunteers associated with Howsham Mill, Preston Bus Station, Bluebell Heritage Railway, Gorton Monastery in Manchester and SS Shieldhall in Southampton. John Lambourn was awarded the 2015 Heritage Heroes Award for his outstanding restoration and adaptive reuse of the 19th century fishing boat named Ripple in Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall.

The Award scheme is open to all Alliance members and their organisational members. Entries should demonstrate a distinctive achievement in the past 12 months (up to July 2016) by a voluntary individual or team. Applying or nominating couldn’t be easier – please complete a short nomination form and send it to Alliance Trustee, Henry Cleary:

The deadline for applications is 16 September 2016.

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Heritage Update out today!

July 8, 2016

Heritage Update out today!

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 include:

  • Ministerial statement from Tracey Crouch
  • Post referendum responses
  • The Heritage Alliance announces new Chief Executive
  • Realising the power of heritage

To share your news, events or vacancies, please contact the editor:

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The Heritage Alliance appoints new Chief Executive

July 6, 2016

The Heritage Alliance appoints new Chief Executive

The Heritage Alliance announces today [6 July 2016] that Lizzie Glithero-West is to be its new Chief Executive. Lizzie replaces Kate Pugh OBE who steps down in September after 13 years in the role.

Lizzie brings a wealth of skills and experience to the position. She is currently adviser to Baroness Neville-Rolfe at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), where of late she has been helping to steer the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill through its various Parliamentary stages.

Lizzie’s career to date has been mainly in the civil service, initially with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister but since 2004 with the DCMS. She has expert knowledge of a wide range of policy areas including archaeology, heritage protection, gambling and tourism. Lizzie has also spent time as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, as Head of Logistics at DCMS at the time of the General Election, and on secondment to English Heritage and to the National Museum Directors’ Council.

Lizzie’s first love is history and heritage. She has a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Oxford, and an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck. In 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In her spare time, Lizzie runs her own influential cultural education website.

Loyd Grossman CBE FSA, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, said: “We are thrilled that Lizzie will be our new Chief Executive. Kate Pugh will be a very hard act to follow. But Lizzie will bring a fresh perspective to bear on the Alliance’s important work representing the independent heritage sector to Government and opinion formers. Lizzie is that rare combination: a passionate enthusiast for heritage of all kinds, but someone with in-depth inside knowledge of how the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster work. We look forward to welcoming her to the Alliance and its family of over a hundred members”.

Lizzie starts on 20 September, and her main task will be implementing the Alliance’s new strategy for the next four years, Realising the Power of Heritage. She will do the role on a part-time (28 hours a week) basis, so that she can combine her Chief Executive responsibilities with being a parent to two young children.

Notes to editors

1. The Heritage Alliance is the biggest coalition of heritage interests in England, bringing together over 100 independent heritage organisations who represent visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educationalists.

2. The Alliance’s strategy for the next four years (2016-2020) is set out in Realising the Power of Heritage, which can be seen at:

3. For enquiries please contact Ben Cowell, Deputy Chairman, The Heritage Alliance,, tel: 020 7259 5688.

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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.


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:

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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:

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