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News and updates from The Heritage Alliance team.

More of the latest news from The Alliance, our members, and from across the independent heritage sector, can be found in our fortnightly e-bulletin, Heritage Update.

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards 2018

December 19, 2018

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards 2018

Three Heritage Heroes, including Loyd Grossman, have been recognised for their incredible service to the UK’s heritage sector. Sponsored by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, the UK’s leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings, the Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the outstanding contribution Britain’s heritage volunteers make to society. Each of the winners received a framed original Pugin-designed tile from the Palace of Westminster as a token of gratitude. The awards ceremony coincided with Heritage Day 2018, the key event in the heritage sector calendar with speakers including Michael Ellis, Minister for Heritage and Hilary Grady, Director General of the National Trust. The winners of the 2018 Ecclesiastical Heritage Hero Awards are:

  • Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Special Award – Dr Loyd Grossman CBE FSA
This award celebrates the incredible contribution Loyd has made at the Heritage Alliance during the past nine years. In his role as chair, he’s tirelessly championed the needs of Heritage Alliance members and spent time influencing decision makers in Whitehall and Westminster, and with the business community.
  • Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award 2018 – Maggie Faultless
This award recognises Maggie’s amazing volunteering and fundraising efforts for All Saint’s Church Alton Priors, Wiltshire and the Churches Conservation Trust. From organising classical music concerts for more than two decades, which have raised tens of thousands of pounds, to rallying the community to raise money to protect the church roof when half of the lead was stolen. The award celebrates the many hours Maggie has volunteered to make a real impact in her local community and the heritage sector more widely.
  • Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Lifetime Award 2018 – Maria Perks
This award celebrates Maria’s incredible contribution to the Heritage Trusts Network and its predecessor organisation the Association of Building Preservation Trusts during the past 29 years. Having retired earlier this year, Maria has helped many heritage organisations from helping volunteers and giving advice about how to set up Trusts, to advising the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, to working with the Scottish Historic Environment Forum. This award is a small thank you for all of her hard work.

Faith Kitchen, Heritage Director at Ecclesiastical commented: “As the leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings in the UK, we’re passionate about Britain’s heritage. We’re proud to sponsor the Heritage Heroes Awards, and this year celebrates three incredibly deserving winners for their outstanding contribution to the heritage sector. Congratulations Loyd, Maggie and Maria!” Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive at Heritage Alliance added: “The Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards recognises three amazing individuals for their dedication and hard work which for volunteers, all too often, can go unrecognised. I am especially pleased that we have celebrated Loyd Grossman’s significant and dynamic contribution to the heritage sector. We’re grateful for his passion and time spent advocating our members during the past nine years.”   

Changes to the Heritage Alliance website

November 16, 2018

Changes to the Heritage Alliance website

How are you finding our website?

We are in the process of updating our website and would like to hear from our website users on how they use our current website and what they would like to see on a new version.

We have created a survey to allow visitors to our website to give us feedback on how you find our current website and what changes you would like to see:

Please click here to take the survey.

The Agriculture Bill: Ensuring it works for both the historic and natural environments

October 8, 2018

The Agriculture Bill: Ensuring it works for both the historic and natural environments

The Heritage Alliance’s rural heritage advocacy group has published a paper ‘The Agriculture Bill: Ensuring it works for both the historic and natural environments’ in advance of the second reading of the Agriculture Bill on 10 October 2018. The 25 Year Environment Plan and the Agriculture Bill are a new start for rural heritage.  For the first time, they approach the natural and historic environments on an equal footing: the Bill provides for cultural heritage to be funded on the same basis as all other environmental public goods. Read our paper to find out more.

Book your place at our Heritage Debate 2018

October 4, 2018

Book your place at our Heritage Debate 2018

Book your place at ‘Diversifying heritage in the 21st century’ on 23rd October.

Our popular annual debate is followed by drinks and a buffet reception in the Waldorf Hotel’s beautiful Palm Court. This years’ debate will ask ‘how do we get more diverse audiences to connect with heritage?’ Click here to find out more and book.

Registration from 5.30pm

Debate + Q&A 6.30 – 8.15pm

Reception 8.15pm – 9.30pm

Please join us for an evening of lively debate followed by drinks and a buffet reception in the Waldorf’s beautiful Palm Court.

This years’ debate will be centred around the challenge ‘how do we get more diverse audiences to connect with heritage?’ Attendees will hear from a range of speakers who will discuss class, disability, LGBTI+, BAME, women and youth in relation to the sector, exploring ways we can greater achieve better inclusion in terms of workforce diversity, public engagement and the narrative of collections/material culture and locations.

Book your free place at our first-ever International Event!

September 12, 2018

Book your free place at our first-ever International Event!

The Heritage Alliance is extremely pleased to announce the formal launch of its first-ever International Report, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Heriot-Watt University, to be held on 27th September at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Places are limited so book now.

The event will be centred around a discussion on the report and its findings, and will serve as an opportunity to highlight the 8 recommendations that were made to encourage international collaboration, as well as to shape The Heritage Alliance’s response to the Government’s soft power strategy and Michael Ellis’ ’10 questions to the sector’.

Speakers include:
– Lizzie Glithero-West, THA CEO
– Kate Pugh, author of report
– Ian Baxter, THA trustee, Confucius Institute [sponsor]
– Sue Medway, Chelsea Physic Garden
– John Darlington, WMF
– Jonathan Keates, Chairman of Venice in Peril Fund
– Camilla Nichol, UKAHT
– Judy Cligman, HLF
– Helen Thomas, British Council
– Robert Bewley, Director EAMENA
– Emma Squire, Director DCMS

For more information, and to register for our event, please go to

Heritage in the Marine Environment: Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations

September 11, 2018

Heritage in the Marine Environment: Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations

The Heritage Alliance has published a policy paper on heritage and the Marine environment in relation to DEFRA’s Fisheries Bill and other developments in this area after Brexit.

The Fisheries Bill provides an opportunity to address not only fishing heritage but the broader maritime heritage of UK coasts and seas, including some unhelpful attributes of EU environmental regulation in the marine sphere. In particular, the Fisheries Bill presents an opportunity to recalibrate definitions of the marine environment that currently ignore the human, cultural and historic dimension of the seas around us.

The principal request of the Heritage Alliance with respect to the Fisheries Bill is that it defines the marine environment to encompass cultural heritage rather than excluding it.

August 17, 2018

Nominations open for Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards 2018

 Please submit the nomination form by email before 30 September to Henry Cleary, Maritime Heritage Trust and member of the Heritage Alliance Board at

The award is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the generosity of the sector’s volunteers and to say thank you where they have far exceeded expectations. England’s heritage sector simply couldn’t function without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. Research found that in 2015 8% of people volunteered their time in the heritage, museum or library sectors equating to roughly 4.2 million people. Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the amazing achievements of volunteers. Nominate a volunteer today!

At Heritage Day 2018, the key event in the heritage sector calendar, the winner will receive a framed original Pugin-designed tile from the Palace of Westminster. They will also be invited to produce a five-minute video explaining their volunteering achievement to the audience and will be featured on the Alliance website and across social media. The winner also receives up to £150 toward travel costs.

In 2018 we will again make an outstanding contribution award, introduced last year, for an outstanding contribution by an individual made over a period of years.

We are grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance for their support for these awards.

Anyone can make a nomination, but only volunteers for Heritage Alliance member organisations listed here, or their member organisations, can be nominated.

Nominations should demonstrate either:

(a)  a significant achievement in the heritage sector:

  • Completed in the past 18 months by a volunteer or group of volunteers
  • Professional projects can be eligible for consideration provided they have been funded or managed by volunteer effort’

Or (b) an outstanding individual contribution to heritage over a period of years.

The achievements or contributions must have made a real difference in bringing heritage to a wider audience, locally or nationally.

A New Chair for the Heritage Alliance

July 31, 2018

A New Chair for the Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce that Peter Ainsworth has agreed to be its new Chair from December 2018.

Peter Ainsworth has over 30 years of commitment to public life. Following a successful career in banking, which he combined with serving as a local councillor, Peter entered Parliament in 1992. During his time as an MP Peter was the shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1998-2001) and then the shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (from 2001-2002, and again 2005-2009). Peter is currently Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, which thanks to National Lottery players gives grants for the improvement of communities across the UK. He is also Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Peter will go forward for election as a trustee at The Heritage Alliance’s AGM on 6 December. Thereafter, if approved, he will assume the role of Chair from Loyd Grossman CBE, who will be standing down at the AGM at the end of his third and final term of office.

Peter Ainsworth said:

“It’s a great honour to have been asked to succeed Loyd Grossman as Chair of the Heritage Alliance.

“At a time of economic, social and political challenge the values and lessons gifted to us by the past become even more potent. The vast diversity of our historic buildings and landscapes provides thousands of jobs and is the cornerstone of our vital tourism industry. Just as important is the sense of joy, and sometimes awe, to be gained from visiting a great house, a medieval church, or a humble cottage steeped in history. This is for everyone today; it is the duty of our generation to pass it on to the future.

“I look forward to getting to know more about all of the Alliance’s different member organisations very soon.”

Loyd Grossman said:

“After nine years as Chair it is time to step down and I can think of no one better able to fill the role than Peter Ainsworth. He brings the right combination of political and Board-level experience, as well as sheer unadulterated enthusiasm for this country’s unique and glorious heritage in all its many shapes and sizes. I will be very sorry to step down at the end of my final term of office in December, but I know that the Alliance will continue to go from strength to strength with Peter at the helm.’

Lizzie Glithero-West, The Heritage Alliance’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are all delighted to welcome Peter Ainsworth onto the Alliance Board and his energy and enthusiasm for the Alliance is already so evident. I very much look forward to working with him. There will be many exciting opportunities and much to do in the months and years ahead, and members will be greatly reassured to know that we have someone of Peter’s stature and ability to speak up for them in all the key political and policy debates.”

For any further information or background quotes please contact Lizzie Glithero-West on 020 7233 0800.

Full press release here

Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance.

July 26, 2018

Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance.

Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance.

The Heritage Alliance is looking for three new trustees to join its Board from December 2018.

In addition, the Alliance is looking for a Treasurer to take over from Richard Norton in December 2019. Early co-option of a new Treasurer, who is also a trustee, will allow for there to be a proper period of handover with Richard.

The Alliance will be entering an exciting new phase in December 2018, when a new Chair is presented to the AGM (part of the Heritage Day event on 6 December) following the ending of Loyd Grossman’s final term of office. Alongside the new Chair, our aim is to put forward three or four new trustees for election by the membership.

The Alliance is keen that its board is reflective of the full range of heritage represented by its members. The Alliance is also keen on promoting the diversity more generally of its Board members. We therefore particularly welcome applicants from women, disabled people and individuals from Black and Minority ethnic communities.

For more information please see the attached job description. If you are interested in having a further conversation about the role, please contact the Deputy Chair Ben Cowell on

We would be grateful for initial expressions of interest in this role by 7 September.

The role description can be found here: Trustees role description July 2018 

Could you be Chair of The Heritage Alliance?

May 29, 2018

Could you be Chair of The Heritage Alliance?

The Heritage Alliance is looking for a new Chair, to be appointed at its Heritage Day and Annual General Meeting in December 2018.

The Chair will be responsible for overseeing the work of the charity, and for convening meetings of the board of trustees. They will be a dynamic ambassador for the independent heritage sector, being a vocal advocate for the cause of the Alliance’s diverse membership of 120 separate heritage organisations. They will take the lead in driving the next phase of the Alliance’s development and ensuring its sustainability as one of England’s most prominent and recognisable advocates for heritage.

The Chair serves a three-year term, which is renewable. The current Chair, Loyd Grossman, will step down in December after serving three successful three-year terms. For more information please see the role profile, or contact Ben Cowell, the Deputy Chair of The Heritage Alliance, on 020 7259 5688 (the office number for Historic Houses, where Ben is based) or

Closing date for applications is 11th June.