HTVF Survey: Developing the Visitor Economy

Historic Towns and Villages Forum [Alliance member] has launched a survey about the quality of our experiences in towns and city centres and is seeking responses concerning the challenges of developing the visitor economy. From their seminars on ‘Supporting Historic High Streets’, they have found that the quality of our ‘experiences’ in town and city centres is…

Heritage Volunteering Survey

The Heritage Volunteering Group has created a survey to explore the scale, nature and impact of heritage volunteering. They have said that over the past ten years there has been little research done into ths area, which has limited our understanding of the impact volunteers have within the heritage sector. The survey covers topics from…

Tailored Review of Historic England

The Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is conducting a tailored review of Historic England. Tailored reviews are central to the Government’s Public Body Reform Programme. Their purpose is to challenge and seek assurance of the continuing need, efficiency and good governance of public bodies. Every public body is required to undergo a Tailored Review…

Mineral Extraction and Archaeology

Historic England have produced a publication that provides advice for managing archaeology as part of mineral development in the English planning process. This document will update and replace the version produced in 2008 by the Minerals and Historic Environment Forum (MHEF), Minerals Extraction and Archaeology: A Practice Guide. This consultation will be open until 12 April 2019 and all…

Stained Glass Windows. Averting Environmental Deterioration

This new document produced by Historic England is intended to provide guidance for the owners and managers of buildings with stained glass and other decorative windows. It explains how to work with professional conservation advisors to recognise deterioration caused by environmental problems, interpret the underlying causes, and undertake remedial action (including installing environmental protective glazing). The draft…

Decapitalisation Rates for the 2021 Business Rates Revaluation

MHCLG has published a consultation on the decapitalisation rate used in the business rates calculation for properties valued using the contractor’s method. This technical consultation concerns whether the government should prescribe decapitalisation rates for 2021 and, if so, how the rates should be prescribed. Question 4 is of particular relevance to the sector, as it asks about the…

DCMS Skills Survey for Tourism Businesess

DCMS is in the process of building an evidence-based understanding of employment and skills in the tourism and hospitality sector. As part of this they have commissioned Economic Insight to explore barriers to skills development from the perspective of both employees and employers. As part of their work they have developed a survey for tourism businesses to…