Vote for the Best Picnic Spot 2017

Voting is now open for the Best Picnic Spot as part of the 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards.  The judges are seeking nominations for a specifically designated area in connection with a house or historic building with the aim of providing a peaceful, beautiful and relaxing space. The winner for 2016 of the Best Picnic Spot was…

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Call for good practice case-studies

The Maritime Heritage Trust [Alliance member] intends to respond to a recent appeal from the US Committee of ICOMOS for examples of good practice worldwide in preserving historic sites and monuments. The background to this initiative, and a form on which to respond, are to be found on the website. The deadline for responses is…

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Assessing the Impact of Charging for Admissions

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) [Alliance member], in partnership with Arts Council England and the Museums Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government, have commissioned DC Research to carry out research on the impact of charging for admissions on museums. The study is assessing the role of charging (or not) for admissions as…

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Petition to protect arts in education calls for 8,000 more signatures

The English Baccalaureate, or Ebacc, is a standard which maintains that English, maths, science, a language and a humanities subject define a good education. The exclusion of art, music, drama and other expressive subjects is limiting and short sighted, say campaigners petitioning for a debate in Parliament. The petition currently stands at 92,000 signatures and…

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Heritage Crime Survey

The Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London is conducting a survey on Heritage Crime on behalf of Historic England. The focus of the research is on the theft of cultural property from inside listed or scheduled buildings that are freely open to the public in England, such as churches.  The aim is…

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EU funding consultation

The European Commission is preparing the next Horizon 2020 Work Programme and calls for proposals to cover the period 2018-2020. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme in history with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). Designed as a means to drive economic growth and create…

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Private Investment in Culture survey

For 30 years the 'Private investment in Culture' survey was the main source of information on how the private sector engaged with the arts and culture sector. Discontinued after the 2011/12 survey, Arts Council England is now relaunching this study into private philanthropy, providing vital data on the fundraising landscape. All arts and culture organisations…

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Simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules consultation reminder

The government is further consulting on simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules.  The consultation document, published on 18 February, sets out a number of options. Of particular note is the opportunity to raise wider issues, which is offered by question 17. It asks whether there are any other major aspects of reform that respondents would like…

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Further reform of the compulsory purchase system

On 21 March, the Department for Communities and Local Government and HM Treasury launched a review of the compulsory purchase order system in England and Wales. Government is seeking views on a number of proposed reforms to the principles of assessing compensation and other technical process improvements.  The proposals are intended to make the compulsory…

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Opposition to Bradford photography collection move from Yorkshire

Some 80 leading cultural figures have signed an open letter expressing opposition to the proposed move of part of the National Media Museum collection. The letter was published in the Guardian on 6 March. Under current proposals, the Royal Photographic Society’s archive will move from Bradford’s National Media Museum to London. In parliamentary questions to DCMS ministers on…

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