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…

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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…

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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…

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Revising the Definition of Treasure

The DCMS consultation deals with proposed changes to the Treasure Act 1996. The aim of the Act is to ensure that important archaeological items are preserved in public collections. This consultation seeks to improve the treasure process so that it is more efficient, that it is focused on the aim of preserving significant finds for public collections, and that…

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Apprenticeship Standards Consultation

The Historic Environment Trailblazer is a group of over 50 employers chaired by Historic England. The Government is running a consultation on the suitability of the proposed apprenticeship standards for the sector which is open to all. The consultation ends on 22 March. If you would like to take part, please visit the Historic England website.

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Consultation on Historic England’s Draft Advice Note on Minerals Extraction and Archaeology

Historic England has published a draft Advice Note on minerals extraction and archaeology for consultation. The advice note provides suggestions on managing archaeology as part of mineral development in the English planning process. The document will update and replace The Minerals and Historic Environment Forum (MHEF) “Minerals Extraction and Archaeology: A Practice Guide’”, published in…

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Europa Nostra #Ode2Joy Challenge Call for Contributions

Ahead of Europe Day on 9th May 2019, the President of Europa Nostra, Maestro Plácido Domingo, invites you to take part in the #Ode2Joy Challenge. Launched in January 2019 for the European Year of Cultural Heritage, it aims to celebrate the shared cultural past which gives Europe its positive sense of unified identity. Creative contributions…

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BIM for Heritage: Developing an Asset Information Model

Historic England began to consider BIM in 2013 and published their first guidance document BIM for Heritage – Developing a historic building information model in 2017. BIM application in the heritage sector to date has had a heavy focus on digital documentation of heritage assets however, for the benefits of BIM as an information management…

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Survey: employment of deaf and disabled people in museums

Accentuate UK, which has run a number of projects in the cultural sector to tell the stories of deaf and disabled people is planning a work placement programme for deaf and disabled people in the museum sector. The most recent ACE diversity figures show that only 4% of museum staff are disabled, against a background…

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Developing the Visitor Economy

From the Historic Towns and Villages Forum seminars on ‘Supporting Historic High Streets’, it has become clear that the quality of our ‘experiences’ in town and city centres is paramount to increasing footfall and spending, which can support the local economy. It is running a 6 question survey to see how it can support organisations on this important…

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