National Heritage Memorial Fund & National Lottery Heritage Fund – Chair

Location: Flexible. Salary: £40,000 for two days a week (£100,000 FTE). Hours and contract: Two days a week. The Chair will serve a term of three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further three years. Closing date: 18/09/2020 12:00. Are you a strategic thinker, eager to lead and help support the heritage sector? If…

DCMS Announces Launch of £250m Cultural Investment Fund

A new £250 million Culture Investment Fund (CIF) will be introduced to “drive local growth, support young people, and reinforce culture’s role at the heart of communities.”, as announced by DCMS during the weekend. This new fund will benefit the culture and creative sectors, including providing extra investment in innovative cultural projects, libraries, museums and creative…

Queen’s Speech

The State Opening of Parliament has taken place today (14 October 2019), with the Queen’s Speech outlining the government’s priorities on a variety of subjects. The main points of significance for the heritage sector are: There will be seven pieces of Brexit-related legislation, including measures to establish new regulatory frameworks for fishing, farming, trade and financial services, and…

Government Releases No Deal Brexit Preparedness Guidance

As 31 October (the date on which the Government has said it will leave the EU) approaches, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his proposals for a deal with the EU. This comes with further guidance from Government on Brexit preparedness in the event of a no-deal Brexit, set out in its No-Deal Readiness Report.…

Tourism Businesses Fear Closures Following Immigration Reforms

Recent research released by leading tourism trade association UKinbound and Canterbury Christ Church University shows that the Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration reforms have the potential to severely destabilise the tourism industry in the UK, putting at risk an industry that contributes £145 billion (7.2% of UK GDP) to the UK economy. The research includes a survey…

Housing Secretary Announces Plans to Reform Planning System

The Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has unveiled a new green standard for building homes, which the Government says: “will bring an environmental revolution to home building – tackling climate change while keeping household bills low.” The Future Homes Standard will see polluting fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers banned from new…

“Quiet Crisis”: Crumbling Infrastructure Poses Significant Risk to Museum Buildings and Collections

Museum Leaders have written an open letter to the Times that urges policy makers to recognise the “quiet crisis” facing museum infrastructure, outlining the threat that faces collections if more immediate action is not taken to invest in better protection. Museums suffering from cuts in local and central government funding has meant that essential maintenance…

Canal and River Trust Releases Heritage Report for 2017-2019

The Canal and River Trust [Alliance member] has produced its Heritage Report 2017-2019, which reflects retrospectively upon the heritage activity and performance of the organisation over the past two years. The report focuses on the actions taken by the organisation to care for the heritage of the waterways and contains lots of case studies. The case…

McConville Steps Down as CEO of The Greenwich Foundation

The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College [Alliance member] has announced that Angela McConville will be stepping down as Chief Executive. Angela has been Chief Executive for nearly two years and oversaw the conservation of the Painted Hall and King William Undercroft, which have both been completed and have been re-opened to considerable…

AHF Announces First Transforming Places Through Heritage Grant Awards

The AHF (the Architectural Heritage Fund) [Alliance member] has announced the first grant awards through the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund, new funding from the Department of Culture, Digital, Media and Sport focused on reinvigorating England’s high streets and town centres. Grant awards of £527,980 have been given to 15 projects, which capture a range of…