Ministerial appointments: DCMS

A swift and major reshuffle of the Cabinet has taken place since Theresa May became Prime Minister on 13 July. DCMS has been amongst those departments affected. Karen Bradley has taken over from John Whittingdale as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The MP for the Staffordshire Moorlands was formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Home…

Ministerial appointments: Other Government Departments

Onetime Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Sajid Javid, latterly of BIS, has been appointed to succeed Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Mr Javid is reported in Planning Resource as stating his priorities to be "to build more homes and increase home ownership, devolve powers to local areas and help communities deliver…

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…

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…

Heritage Open Days 2016 launch

Patron Loyd Grossman [and Alliance Chair] has launched what he calls, ‘the world’s greatest heritage festival’, rousing visitors to get out and about and ‘treasure your treasures’ during Heritage Open Days between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 September. He was speaking to an audience of event organisers and stakeholder representatives from the cultural sector at…

Giving to Heritage workshop ‘Masterclasses’ for advanced heritage fundraisers

Giving to Heritage is The Heritage Alliance’s skills development project 2014-17 supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our recent independent evaluation has pointed to a demand for workshop content at a more advanced level, suitable for GTH delegates who attended the same subject earlier in the programme and also more experienced fundraisers. The following Masterclasses…

Farewell to the Editor

Regretfully Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, our Policy & Engagement Manager and Editor of Update, is moving on to pastures new. Remaining at the heart of Westminster, she is going on to be a parliamentary researcher, and leaves us after this edition of Update. Under her excellent editorship, Update has covered a period of intense parliamentary business relating…

Ministerial statement from Tracey Crouch

The Minister for Heritage, Tracey Crouch MP writes to readers of Heritage Update: "I’m thrilled to be back at DCMS after my maternity leave and am looking forward to resuming my engagement with you all to continue promoting heritage and tourism. David Evennett, who covered my period of leave, has done a brilliant job and…

Post referendum responses

In the wake of the decision for the UK to leave the EU, formal responses have started to be published, despite the great uncertainty that prevails. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale, issued a statement on 29 June. Roundup of responses: Society of Antiquaries [Alliance member] National Trust [Alliance…

The Heritage Alliance announces new Chief Executive

The Heritage Alliance is pleased to announce 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…