Update – Lobbying Bill delayed

The controversial Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill has hit another setback, as the Government put it ‘on hold’ for six weeks for further reforms. This comes after the House of Lords, in a rare move, threatened to delay the Bill for three months to allow for further scrutiny. Politicians from…

Engaging Places!

Treasure maps at Castle Howard, living for a day as a Tudor and learning how to open a canal lock are all ways to excite and engage schoolchildren learning about heritage, according to a new digest. Heritage education project Engaging Places has published an excellent list of projects across the country aimed at inspiring teachers…

CPRE highlights pressures on disappearing landscapes

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, an Alliance member, has called for a Parliamentary inquiry after the publication of their latest report into the state of the nation’s protected landscapes. Going, going gone? England’s disappearing landscapes collects cases from across the country highlighting threats to National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – from…

Treasure finds at all-time high

Figures released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have shown that 998 treasure troves were found across England last year – the highest number since records began. They also revealed that 92% of these finds were made by people with metal detectors – as well as the fact that, in 2011, 174 parties…

Boles pledges 57% reduction in technical regulations

Planning Minister Nick Boles has responded to a public review of planning regulations by saying that the Government will reduce the number of technical regulations by more than half. This comes as part of the Government-wide Red Tape Challenge, aimed at reducing the amount of unnecessary Government red tape. The changes will consolidate the rules…

HLF update on Local Authority funding

Since 2010, the Heritage Lottery Fund has looked at the pattern of local authority spending. As before, the latest report Local Authority funding for heritage: 2013 update (England and Scotland) also reviews six local authorities in more detail. For England, it finds that spending by Local Authorities (LAs) on combined heritage (archives, heritage, museums and…