Help stop the spread of Himalayan balsam

The Inland Waterways Association [Alliance member] has launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get involved in controlling invasive Himalayan balsam. In addition to its series of work parties organised by various IWA branches around the country, IWA wants to see more individuals helping to control the plant following calls in national newspapers and…

Civic Role of Arts Organisations report

Rethinking Relationships is a report from the first phase of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations. The report, which was produced following extensive research and collaboration with those working within the arts sector, highlights the extent and diversity of the civic role arts organisations are currently playing in the…

Crowdfunding puts Sunbathers on display at the Southbank Centre

Historic England raised £15,000 to restore Peter Lazlo Peri’s Festival of Britain sculpture ‘The Sunbathers’. Historic England thanks its backers for giving so generously, including the Heritage Lottery Fund [Affiliate member], Nesta and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who provided match-funding.

The Sunbathers is now on public display at the Southbank Centre.

Seven Wonders of the Waterways

The Canal and Rivers Trust [Alliance member] protects our waterways’ heritage and has launched Seven Wonders of the Waterways.

These include Thomas Telford and William Jessop’s awe-inspiring Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a Scheduled Ancient Monument; a Grade I Listed structure and a World Heritage Site), Caen Hill Lock Flight; Barton Swing Aqueduct and Anderton Boat Lift.

Celebrating conservation areas

Civic Voice [Alliance member] volunteers in Altrincham have produced the video below as a simple, effective, way to demonstrate how we can all play a part in celebrating conservation areas. It is a celebration of Altrincham’s 9 conservation areas as part of National Civic Day.