“Our heritage does not belong to the Government. It belongs to all of us” claims Sajid Javid MP

The Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, delivered a speech about the benefits of the new English Heritage model to promote England's historic buildings and monuments, during the preview of Historic England and the new English Heritage Trust on 26th February 2015. During the speech, Sajid Javid confirmed that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, would…

The Economic Impact of Museums in England

An Arts Council report has found that England's Museums contribute £1.45 billion in economic output to the national economy every year.  The report, The Economic Impact of Museums in England, sets out to fill a gap in the existing research on museums by concentrating on their economic impact. The report finds that museums have a…

DCLG launches Consultation on Section 106 Planning Obligations

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published a consultation on Section 106 planning obligations on 20th February 2015.  The Autumn Statement 2014 included a commitment to consult on measures to speed up the negotiation and agreement of section 106 agreements as part of the Government’s commitment to delivering a faster and more effective planning system [see Update 291]. …

£3 million awarded to English museums

Grants totalling £3 million have been awarded to museums and galleries across England through the Department for Culture Media and Sport/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. The announcement was made by the Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, as he visited the Canal & River Trust's [Alliance member] Gloucester Waterways Museum. Some of the twenty-five museums…

English Heritage Survey on direct publications

English Heritage has launched a survey on its direct publications.  English Heritage directly publishes a diverse range of paid and free publications used by heritage professionals, academics and interested members of the public. These include Heritage Counts, Conservation Bulletin, Designation Yearbook, Heritage at Risk Register and guides to EH properties.  The survey asks for questions…

New English Heritage Trustees appointed

The Chairman of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, Sir Laurie Magnus, has announced the appointment of five new Trustees to the English Heritage Trust which comes into effect from 1st March 2015. The new Trustees are Sukie Hemming, Professor Ronald Hutton, Ian McCaig, Malcolm Reading, and Sarah Staniforth CBE. Sir Tim Laurence,…

New Garden Cities proposal published

Local authorities across England should be granted powers in a “New Towns Act” which would allow the creation of financially viable new garden cities, a report published last week has argued. The report, Garden Villages: Empowering localism to solve the housing crisis, published by the right-wing think-tank, Policy Exchange, calls for the creation of a…