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Heading into a Second Lockdown: Guidance for the Heritage Sector

Heading into a Second Lockdown: Guidance for the Heritage Sector

Guidance from The Heritage Alliance for the heritage sector as we prepare for a second national lockdown, coming into effect from Thursday 5 November 2020.

Government Guidance – What We Know So Far

Over the past few days, The Heritage Alliance policy team has been collating and reviewing the latest guidance from the UK Government on the latest upcoming coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and what they will mean for the heritage sector. We also continue to ask DCMS questions on behalf of our members. We will continue to update this page as we learn more.

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From the Government’s latest guidance, it is clear that:

  • People are able to gather for work and volunteering. The new legislation sets out that gatherings are allowed if it is for “a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution, a public body or a political body, and (b) has taken the required precautions (see regulation 14).”
  • Outdoor venues like parks, gardens and the grounds of historic houses will remain open to the public
  • Anyone who cannot work effectively from home, such as those who work in construction, can still travel to work as long as they are following the Government guidelines relevant to their workplace.
  • Arts venues can remain open for rehearsals and to stream performances. Arts venues may remain open for use for activities such as rehearsals and performance if this work cannot be undertaken from home. However, audiences are not permitted.
  • Hospitality will again be restricted. Staying in holiday accommodation or hotels will only be allowed if this is for work purposes, or if it is your primary place of residence.
  • Places of Worship can remain open – but only for limited activities such as individual prayer, funerals & formal childcare. Communal prayer is not allowed and weddings will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.
  • Public toilets can remain open in line with COVID-secure guidelines.

The Heritage Alliance COVID-19 Guidance Hub

Over the course of the pandemic, the Heritage Alliance team has been working to compile the latest guidance and advice on mitigating the effects of COVID-19 for organisations across the Heritage sector, as well as funding sources. We will continue to focus efforts on updating our members and the wider sector on the latest Government guidance and compile sources of support for the sector in our COVID-19 Guidance Hub.

Funding for Heritage

The latest announcements around funding include the following:

National Lottery Grants for Heritage to Resume

The National Lottery Heritage Fund [Alliance member] has just announced that from this month it will begin a phased reopening of project funding through its National Lottery Grants for Heritage.

From 25 November 2020, the Fund will resume accepting applications for project grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 and will be looking for projects with emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

It has also announced that from 8 February 2021 it will resume accepting applications from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m. These projects are expected to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.

Architectural Heritage Fund Cultural Recovery Programme

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) [Alliance member] were awarded a grant from Historic England through the Culture Recovery Fund to establish a new Cultural Recovery grant programme.

This new grant programme aims to help previously sustainable organisations that care for, work with, or manage historic buildings to fund consultancy support to develop new operating models and business plans, where the impact of COVID-19 means the organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably by March 2021. The funding provided will enable organisations to achieve a clear plan towards future financial viability and help them remain resilient in a demanding external environment.

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020. Guidance and details of how to apply can be found on the AHF website.