England’s cathedrals’ future governance and funding

A paper published on 17th January from the Church of England’s Cathedrals Working Group sets out new ideas on how cathedrals could be governed and funded. The Working Group was set up by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York after a small number of cathedrals highlighted challenges in governance and management. A consultation on the proposals closes…

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Historic England contested heritage consultation

Difficult or problematic heritage has been in the headlines recently. There are many views on how to best manage this heritage: preservation, reinterpretation, recontextualistion or removal. Historic England is consulting on draft guidance for those who own or manage heritage that now is contested in some way. Comments will be accepted until 16th February 2018.

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Is heritage good for your health? Share your views!

The Heritage Alliance would again like to thank all of those who attended our 2017 heritage debate ‘Is heritage good for your health’. If you were unable to attend, you can now listen to the audio and view the slides here. The debate raised some good points and highlighted useful case studies from our panellists. Now…

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THA response to Raynsford review of the planning system

We have responded to the Raynsford Review of the planning system. In our response, we highlighted the importance and long history of heritage protection within the planning system and some areas where the operation of the existing system could be improved. The Alliance agrees that there are concerns over the operation of the planning system but considered…

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New Consultation on Quinquennial Inspection system

The Church Buildings Council (CofE) has been working with dioceses and with external partners to produce new draft guidance on: The commissioning of Quinquennial Inspection reports A model scheme for dioceses A new online template to be hosted on the Church Heritage Record You can read the proposals here. Responses are welcomed from all individuals…

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Protect your charity from fraud

The Charity Commission is asking the sector to help reduce insider fraud by sharing experiences through a short survey. Estimates of the scale of charity fraud in recent years have varied between nearly £150 million and almost £2 billion per year. It is clear that the loss to fraud has a significant impact on the…

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Consultation on Banning UK sales of ivory

The Government is consulting on its proposed total ban on UK sales of ivory that could contribute either directly or indirectly to the continued poaching of elephants. The ban will be subject to some strictly defined exemptions. We want evidence about the scope of the proposed exemptions and how they could operate. We also want…

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Public consultation on Europeana Digital Platform for Cultural Heritage

The European Commission is consulting on the role of Europeana for the digital access, visibility and use of European cultural heritage. The consultation results will contribute to the evaluation of Europeana and will help direct its future development. Europeana is Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage. It currently provides access to over 53 million items…

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Civic Voice calls for an end to the cutting of local conservation staff

Conservation Areas are as much a part of the fabric of this country as the Green Belt is in shaping our towns, cities and villages. London School of Economic Research shows that houses in conservation areas sell for a premium of 9% on average, after controlling for other factors. It shows the value of conservation…

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