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Heritage and Government

Heritage and Government

We are calling on the UK government to realise the power of heritage

The Heritage Alliance has put together below some of it’s key events and resources on the topic of ‘Heritage and Government’ in the past year to help stimulate debate around the importance of heritage to England’s social, economic and cultural life.

Heritage and Government: Towards a coherent policy?

‘Heritage & Government’ – the sixth in the Alliance’s series of Heritage Debates and first to be held in London – examined the changing role the state has played in supporting our heritage for public benefit. The event was held in July 2015.

Heritage Alliance Chairman Loyd Grossman led an outstanding panel of heritage champions. Conrad Bird, Director of the Cabinet Office’s GREAT Britain campaign illustrated the importance of heritage to the UK’s position at the top of the soft power league. Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England outlined the new English Heritage model and warned that ‘the gravy train of state support has gone’. Professor Sara Selwood, Editor of Cultural Trends, examined the relationship between research and public policy making. The 150-strong audience raised issues about education, everyday heritage, VAT and developers’ perceptions of heritage, local authority capacity and the fate of Local Authority heritage assets.

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The Future of Heritage in a Modern World

The Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, Loyd Grossman, painted the big picture on how he saw the future for heritage at the first Historic England conference held at Warwick University in July 2015. He outlined five ‘meta-trends’ and the accompanying challenges.

Although originally intended for an internal audience, the lively presentation is well worth watching for those who are interested in the historic environment. Eloquent as always, Loyd gave an entertaining and candid talk about the future of heritage, and our collective need for a renewed sense of mystery in the everyday.

Heritage Day 2014

Our Heritage Day on 4th December 2014 saw the spokesmen of the three main political parties address the audience on the value of our heritage today: Ed Vaizey, Minister for   Culture Communications and the Creative Industries for the Conservatives, Baroness Bonham-Carter for the Lib Dems [see her speech here] and – newly in post since the previous evening – Chris Bryant Shadow Culture Secretary for the Labour Party. The Q&A session featured questions on seaside piers, skills, volunteers, and on VAT from UKIP heritage spokesman William Cash.

Loyd Grossman as Chairman of the Alliance spoke on the achievements past and present of the independent heritage movement, its changing nature and relationship with government before presenting the fifth Heritage Alliance Heroes Awards to volunteer groups, Save Preston Bus Station and Howsham Mill, see here.

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Heritage Day: Key note speech

Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, delivered the keynote speech at Heritage Day 2014. See the video from the event below, or click here to download the script.