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Heritage Update
Issue 338 – Friday 23 December 2016     
 
   HEADLINES

Happy Christmas from the Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance wishes our Members and Heritage Update readers a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

The Heritage Alliance office will be closed from 23rd December to 3rd January.

The next issue of Heritage Update will be sent on the 20th January. Please send any copy by 12pm 18th January.

Giving to Heritage Fundraising Planning Masterclass,1 February, Birmingham

GTH is offering a special workshop masterclass in heritage fundraising and strategy at the award-winning Coffin Works, Birmingham, on 1 February. The workshop is suitable for experienced fundraisers and GTH delegates who attended the same workshop subject earlier in the programme and who would like further training. For further details and to book, please go to www.givingtoheritage.org.uk.

Social investment – a new source of funds for heritage. Bristol workshop, 2 February.

A number of institutions and high net worth individuals are now offering favorable loans to heritage organisations connected with a social return on their investment. Find out whether social investment funds are right for your organisation and how to apply by attending the Giving to Heritage workshop at the SS Great Britain on 2 February. Booking is open at www.givingtoheritage.org.uk

Free copies of Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens

Generous donors Hudson’s gave us copies of Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens 2016 for Heritage Day. We have a number left. If you would like a free copy (RRP £16.99) drop by our offices in Westminster. Please contact us before arrival to ensure that we still have copies remaining.

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   NEWS

Government Response to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill  Consultation on Improving the Use of Planning Conditions

The Government has published its response to the consultation on measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill on the use of pre-commencement planning conditions, and plans to prohibit the use of other types of planning conditions.

The Consultation asked for comments on the proposed prohibition of pre-commencement conditions where a local authority did not have the written agreement of the applicant.

Approximately 25% of the responses, mainly from local authorities, and archaeological and environmental bodies, stressed the importance of ensuring that certain pre-commencement conditions could still be imposed, for example, by exempting them from the requirement to seek the developer’s agreement altogether.

The Government states that ‘these proposals will not restrict the ability of local planning authorities to seek to impose conditions that are necessary to achieve sustainable development, in line with the National Planning Policy Framework’.

The proposed measures build on current Planning Practice Guidance, which clarifies that it is best practice for a local planning authority to agree proposed conditions with an applicant before a decision is taken, and as early in the planning application process as possible. The Government states that the requirement for the local authority to seek the agreement of the developer to pre-commencement conditions, is intended to place that best practice on a statutory footing. ‘It should be the responsibility of the local planning authority to choose the most appropriate time to seek agreement of the applicant to any pre-commencement conditions.’

The Government will also explicitly prohibit six types of planning conditions which will be set out in draft regulations. The Government will issue a further consultation on the draft regulations, and prepare updated guidance to support this measure, should the Bill provisions come into force. It is not clear from the Response whether the guidance itself will be included in the the consultation.

 

Neighbourhood Planning Bill Consultation Response Published

The Government has published its response to its consultation on the neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

The proposed reforms cover 3 matters:

  • the detailed procedures for modifying Neighbourhood Plans and Orders;
  • the examination of a Neighbourhood Plan proposal where a neighbourhood area has been modified and a neighbourhood plan has already been made in relation to that area; and
  • a requirement for local planning authorities to review their Statements of Community Involvement at regular intervals.

Subject to Royal Assent of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, the Government intends to implement the proposals largely as set out in the consultation.

UK competition launched to find 2023 European Capital of Culture

A nationwide competition to find the 2023 European Capital of Culture has been launched. The UK has previously hosted the European Capital of Culture twice, in Glasgow in 1990 and Liverpool in 2008.

The European Capital of Culture (ECoC) can bring increased investment to the winning city, creating jobs and boosting the local economy as well as attracting more tourists to the area. Research on the impact of the ECoC on Liverpool found that it attracted 9.7 million additional visits to Liverpool, constituting 35% of all visits to the city in 2008. These visits generated an economic impact of £753.8 million (additional direct visitor spend) across Liverpool, Merseyside and the wider North West region.

A cross-EU panel of experts will select the winning UK city to hold the title. The competition process has two selection phases and lasts two years. The winning UK city will be announced by the end of 2018.

So far Leeds, Dundee and Milton Keynes have expressed an interest in the title. 

Guidance and application form for cities wishing to bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 is here.

Review into full-time social action by young people

The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, has launched an independent review to look at the challenges and benefits of young people committing to full-time social action (more than 16 hours a week).

The review will look at how to increase participation in full-time social action by reviewing the opportunities and barriers faced by organisations supporting young people. The advisory panel will include experts from the private and voluntary sectors and is expected to make recommendations to the Minister for Civil Society by October 2017.The Chair and panel members will be announced in the New Year.

Culture Media and Sport Select Committee recommendations on funding

The Commons Select Committee on Culture Media and Sport has published Countries of Culture: Funding and support for the arts outside London

Recommendations relating to heritage include:

  • An awareness-raising campaign led by DCMS to ensure that all arts and heritage organisations which qualify for charity status and benefits see themselves as charities;
  • Grants to DCMS directly-funded institutions, National Portfolio Organisations and Major Partner Museums, and Heritage Lottery Funding recipients should be conditional upon them sharing best practice with local cultural organisations to improve their skills in revenue generation; and
  • DCMS should develop more case studies to showcase innovation in revenue generation, across the arts and heritage sectors, which may be able to learn from each other, and make this available across the sector.

More debate on the loss of Archaeology A-level

Tim Loughton, MP, introduced a Westminster Hall debate ‘That this House has considered the future of A level archaeology’.

In response Nick Gibb, The Minister for Schools, responded that the Government ‘left no stone unturned’ in the hunt for a new provider for Archaeology A-level but had been unsuccessful.

The Minister went on to say: ‘Many universities will expect students to arrive already having had work or volunteering experience in museums or on heritage sites, or having had practical experience in the field – where possible. Organisations such as the Council for British Archaeology [Alliance members], which runs almost 70 Young Archaeologists’ Club branches all over the UK, and industry magazines such as Current Archaeology offer a wealth of volunteering opportunities around the country.’

In response to a question in the Lords, Lord Nash, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, replied that  ‘the option for an exam board to develop qualifications in this subject in future will remain open. Archaeology A-level is not a pre-requisite for degree level study in the subject, and it is taken by a small number of students – 340 in 2015/16.’

Female conservation professionals paid 24.0% less than men

According to figures from the ONS, female conservation professionals were paid 24.0% less than men in 2016. In contrast, female archivists and curators are paid 11.9% more than men. The ONS interactive tool allows you to find out the gender pay gaps and average earnings in a wide range of jobs. It also shows how many women and men work in each role.

Overall the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees, is 18.1% –  the lowest since records began.

Donations to Charity (Gift Aid Declarations) Regulations 2016.

The Donations to Charity (Gift Aid Declarations) Regulations 2016 have been laid before the House of Commons. 

Regulations will make it easier for donors to give Gift Aided donations to charities through digital channels, such as online, SMS text messages and twitter. The Regulations will replace the Donations to Charity by Individuals (Appropriate Declarations) Regulations 2000 for gifts made on or after 6th April 2017.

Heritage Open Days – 2016 impact report

The national impact results for Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2016 have been published. Findings include:

  • A record high of 5293 events
  • Put on by an extraordinary 2073 local organisers
  • Coordinating over 40,000 volunteers
  • 87% of visitors felt HODs made them appreciate their local area more
  • 75% of visitors said HODs made them feel more part of their local community
  • 76% of volunteers said HODs made them feel more pride in their local area/heritage
  • Estimated minimum of £10million contributed to local economies over the festival

Review of VAT

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has agreed with the Chancellor and the Financial Secretary to carry out a review of a range of aspects of VAT in order to consider whether the VAT system is ‘working appropriately in today’s economy and to identify simplification opportunities’.

This will include consideration of the extent to which the definitions of the types of supply which are currently exempt from VAT, subject to a reduced rate or are zero-rated, fit the modern context, create complexity for businesses and administration

The review will not, in the main, be concerned with the VAT rate structure. Neither will it focus on issues likely to be significant in the context of the Government’s consideration of Brexit, such as the treatment of financial services, statistical reporting and EU cross border VAT rules such as MOSS. However, it will bear the Brexit context in mind when looking at opportunities to simplify VAT for the future.

The Heritage Alliance’s 2014 briefing on VAT asked for a reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% on renovation and repair of dwellings in private ownership.

The OTS will provide an update on its work and call for evidence in the spring of 2017.

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   ALSO THIS FORTNIGHT

Charity commission clarifies its approach to using new powers

The Charity Commission has published its responses, and supplementary information relating to its consultations on the implementation of two new statutory powers. These consultations were on the power to issue official warnings, and the power to disqualify individuals from trusteeship.

In response to the consultation on its official warning power the Commission has:

  • published a Q and A document which addresses many of the practical issues as to how warnings will be implemented;
  • confirmed the Commission will give 28 days notice, unless there are specific reasons for longer or shorter periods;
  • confirmed the wide range of issues on which representations can be made, as well as the process by which they will be addressed; and
  • confirmed decisions on publication will be made on a case-by-case basis and published the criteria that staff will take into account.

With regards to the power to disqualify trustees the Commission has:

  • published a revised explanatory statement on the criteria to be met under the legislative test, and on its approach to the three disqualification bands determining the length of period an individual will be disqualified for; and
  • published a Q and A document to address many of the practical issues of the process the commission will follow for making a disqualification order and the implications for a person who is disqualified.

Charity Commission annual public meeting – 9 January 2017 London

The Charity Commission is inviting charities, trustees and their advisers to attend its annual public meeting on 9 January 2017 at the Royal Society in London from 10am to 12pm. The keynote speech will be delivered by a Senior Cabinet Minister.

The meeting is an opportunity for the Commission to report on its work over the past year and answer questions from attendees.

The meeting will be chaired by William Shawcross, Chairman of the Commission. Attendees will also hear from the regulator’s Chief Executive, Paula Sussex, and other senior staff on the Commission’s work followed by a Q&A.

The meeting is free to attend but spaces are limited. If you would like to express an interest in attending, please email: publicmeetings@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.

National Trust explores LGBTQ heritage to mark anniversary in 2017

Themes of gender and sexuality will be explored and celebrated by the National Trust [Alliance member] in 2017 as part of the nation’s commemoration to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

LGBTQ heritage has an important place in the history of the conservation charity and the places in its care.

During 2017 as part of its ‘Prejudice and Pride’ programme the Trust will tell the stories of the men and women who challenged conventional notions of gender and sexuality and who shaped the properties in which they lived.

A number of events will be taking place at properties with LGBTQ connections and the Trust will also be involved in community-focussed celebrations including Pride festivals around the country.

Over the course of the year, online and published resources will be available including a podcast series and a new guidebook exploring LGBTQ heritage in Trust places.

For details of events and LGBTQ activities around National Trust places in 2017 visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prejudiceandpride

Public land for housing programme – heritage issues

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the Public land for housing programme 2015 to 2020 handbook to be transparent about how the public land for housing programme 2015 to 2020 is delivered.

The handbook makes no explicit mention of assessing the heritage significance of sites. ‘Risk assessment and mitigation’ is considered on page ten where it states that ‘it may be necessary to secure a change of planning use, or to undertake works to the site prior to disposal, such as demolition of buildings or site decontamination’.

This failure to consider heritage issues at an early stage may lead to a repeat of the situation in Bristol last year where the Victorian Society [Alliance member] failed to prevent the demolition of a rare EW Godwin designed building by the Homes and Community Agency.

First round of successful Cultural Protection Fund projects announced

The British Council has announced details of the first organisations to benefit from the Cultural Protection Fund; a new £30million fund set up in partnership with DCMS in order to safeguard and promote cultural heritage at risk due to conflict overseas.

Successful projects in the first round will be carried out in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey and Occupied Palestinian Territories, with the aim to build skills so that local experts can protect their own cultural assets for future generations; ensuring that archaeological sites under threat are documented, conserved and restored; and helping local people to identify and value cultural heritage.

 Communities Fund bids open until 16 January

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is seeking projects that bring together the community and local authorities to design and implement services in partnership.

Although the funding is not for heritage projects per se, projects could also have a heritage aspect. For example, a project to provide employment support could provide training on a historic building or in heritage skills.

DCLG invites local authorities/other service providers and
community-led groups to send in a bid by 16 January.

John Betjeman Award 2017 is open for applications

The John Betjeman Award is given to celebrate excellence in the conservation and repair of places of worship of any faith in England and Wales.  It recognises and rewards the highest standards of conservation craftsmanship and the winning project is publicised as an example to others of good practice.

The Award is made for the repair or conservation of the fabric, fittings or furnishings of historic churches, chapels or other faith buildings in England or Wales, which remain in use for worship, within the last 18 months. However, cathedrals of any denomination are not eligible. It is not essential that the building is listed as being of architectural or historic interest.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2017. 

Bursary for Repair of Old Buildings course

The SPAB [alliance member] is accepting applications for two bursary places on its Repair of Old Buildings course (9-13 May 2017) until 6 February 2017.

The full course fee is £805 and bursaries will be awarded covering up to 50% of the course fee.

Official Statistics: Export of Objects of Cultural Interest 2015/16

The latest statistics on the export of objects of cultural interest have been published. Between 1 May 2015 and 30 April 2016, there were 10,5851 applications for export licences for 71,731 items.

21 cases were referred to the Secretary of State for deferral. Of these, 9 resulted in acquisitions by institutions or individuals in the UK with a total value of £7 million. The acquisitions include:

  • A Pair of Charles II Silver Andirons (£649,200)
  • Baird Phonovision disc and Ephemera (£78,750); and
  • Anglo-Saxon gilt bronze strip brooch (£10,152).

Charities at risk of cyber attack as Government invests in cyber defence

The Charity Commission has issued an alert to charities over two prevalent scams:

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses with the message subject heading ‘Crime Prevention Advice’. The second scam sends the message subject heading ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution’ and ‘NIP – Notice Number’ followed by a combination of letters and numbers. More details on the scams can be found here.

Adopting the Cyber Essentials scheme is recommended by Government as one of the key ways businesses can improve their cyber security.

As part of the Government’s £1.9 billion national cyber security strategy, the Academic StartUp initiative, will arm academics with the knowhow and support to turn cutting-edge research ideas into commercial products and fast-track British ideas to market.

The Cyber Security Regulation and Incentives Review has now reported and makes a number of conclusions and recommendations, including:

  • There is a strong justification for regulation to secure personal data, as there is a clear public interest in protecting citizens from crime and other harm.
  • Government will therefore seek to improve cyber risk management in the wider economy through its implementation of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The breach reporting requirements and fines that can be issued under GDPR will represent a significant call to action for industry.
  • This will be supplemented by measures to more clearly link data protection with cyber security, including through closer working between the Information Commissioner’s Office and the new National Cyber Security Centre.
  • Further new measures include working with the investment community to produce cyber security guidance, and working with regulators via a new Regulators’ Forum which will share good practice and threat information.
  • For now, Government will not seek to pursue further general cyber security regulation for the wider economy over and above the GDPR.

UK falls in Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index 2016

The Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index 2016 has been published. The study measures global perceptions of 50 developed and developing countries. 

This year the UK suffered the largest decline in global perception of a national brand. However, the UK remains third in the ranking. Global perceptions of the UK are important as a sustained fall in reputation could affect tourism and consequently the number of visit to heritage sites.

The full report reveals that there was no change in ranking for considering the UK ‘rich in historic buildings & monuments’. However, there was a fall of one place for the UK having ‘a rich cultural heritage’. The UK’s cultural heritage is now ranked in 7th place, after a brief stint in 6th last year.

£440 million broadband boost to benefit more than half a million premises

£440m will help up to 600,000 extra homes and businesses get superfast broadband. The funding is intended to give more properties in the hardest-to-reach parts of the UK the quick and reliable internet connections.

Improving Impact Management skills – opportunity for heritage organisations

The Impact Management Programme helps charities and social enterprises improve their impact management skills as a precursor to accessing social investment and other forms of finance.

This is an opportunity for heritage organisations. New Philanthropy Capital will coordinate a heritage cohort on the programme if enough heritage organisations sign up to the programme. They are currently planning introductory seminars in England in January and February and may be able to tailor one for organisations from the heritage sector if there is enough demand.

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   HAVE YOUR SAY

Evidence sought on delegated powers before introduction of ‘Great Repeal Bill

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has launched a Call for Evidence on the creation, use and scrutiny of delegated powers, in advance of the introduction next year of a ‘Great Repeal Bill’.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013: Review

The Home Office is seeking views and evidence on whether the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 has met its objectives and whether it would be appropriate to retain or repeal the Act or any of its provisions in order to achieve those objectives in the future.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was introduced to provide a robust, modern, and comprehensive regulatory regime for the metal recycling sector in order to tackle the trade in stolen metal.

  • Question 1: In your view, has the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 been successful in meeting the objective set out above? What evidence do you have to support your view?
  • Question 2: Do you consider that it is appropriate to retain or repeal the Act or any of its provisions at this time? Please supply any evidence to support your view.

The Act introduced a licensing regime that requires scrap metal dealers to hold and display a scrap metal licence issued by a local authority. This can be either a site licence or a collector’s licence. The Act also requires the Environment Agency in England and Natural Resources Wales to maintain national registers of scrap metal licences.

  • Question 3: To what extent do you consider that the requirements relating to licences and the national registers have helped to achieve the Act’s objective?

The Act introduced requirements on scrap metal dealers to verify the identity of those from whom they receive scrap metal; it makes it an offence for any scrap metal dealer to pay for scrap metal by cash; and requires dealers to maintain appropriate records of all transactions.

  • Question 4: In your view, to what extent have the above requirements helped to achieve the Act’s objective?

You are welcome to submit any other views relating to the purpose of this review.

Send responses to SMDAreview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Deadline 30th January.

Sustainability of churches – Consultation

The English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review into the sustainability of English churches is the first ever government Review into the future of Church of England church buildings.Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Heritage Alliance sits on the panel carrying out the review.

The review is seeking the views of individuals and organisations who are interested in the future of England’s churches and cathedrals. You have until noon on 31 January 2017.

As we understand it, this Review and therefore consultation relates to Church of England churches. We feel there is a lack of clarity about how other denominations and faith groups should respond. They could answer the final question which is free-form but limited in its length; or they may feel it is more beneficial to respond to the call for evidence by writing to the Review secretariat rather than by completing the questionnaire. The Review can be contacted at churches.review@culture.gov.uk, or by writing to the Churches Review Secretariat, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

We suggest you access the questionnaire from HRBA’s  website, as they have provided some useful feedback based on the experience of other users.
www.hrballiance.org.uk/consultations-2/cofe-buildings-sustainability/

Welsh National Development Framework (NDF) – call for evidence

The Welsh Government has commenced work on the preparation of the National Development Framework (NDF). The NDF will be a national land use development plan and will replace the existing Wales Spatial Plan. It will set out the 20 year spatial framework for land use in Wales, providing a context for the provision of new infrastructure and growth and setting out how the Government’s land use objectives will be taken forward at the national, regional and local levels.

A Call for Evidence and Projects seeks evidence which can help inform the development of the NDF and details of projects which are of national importance and can help Wales achieve its objectives. The Call for Evidence and Projects will be open until 7th March 2017.

For information on how to submit evidence and projects please visit the call for evidence and projects web page

The Welsh Government has also published Light Springs through the Dark: A Vision for Culture in Wales.

Better Towpaths for Everyone – Running and Cycling on Towpaths

Two of the biggest reasons why people visit towpaths is to go running or cycling. As part of The Canal and Rivers Trust’s [Alliance member] commitment to making towpaths better for everyone, they’d like to know more about your experiences. The survey closes on 20th January.

HS2 Phase 2b Consultation Events

In November the Government announced the preferred route for the proposed High Speed Two (HS2) railway from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds – known as Phase 2b.

The Government launched two consultations on seven substantial changes being proposed to the route; and the property compensation and assistance schemes being proposed for people affected by the plans. The consultations will run until 9 March 2017.

A series of information events along the whole Phase 2b route to support the consultations in January and February. Find out more here.

SPAB Archive User Survey

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) [Alliance member] keeps an archive of papers, photographs, drawings and publications.  These form the historic records of the country’s longest-established buildings conservation organisation. 

SPAB is carrying out a short survey to find out more about what existing and potential users of the archive think about it.  The questions should only take a few minutes to complete and the answers will be very valuable to them in planning the archive’s future as they look towards a conservation, cataloguing and digitisation project, along with new events and activities to get involved in. The survey is open until 28 February 2017.
 

Consultation on the Charity Commission annual return

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has announced a consultation for next year’s annual return. This consultation is part of a two-year project to fundamentally review the key information that it collects and display from charities.

The consultation can be filled in using a simple online survey and runs until 9 March 2017.

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   EVENTS
 

The Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the Institute for Fundraising, runs capacity building training for the sector through our HLF-funded Giving to Heritage programme. For a full schedule of events into 2017 please visit the GTH website.

9 January 2017Charity Commission annual public meeting, London

19 January 2017‘Sustaining the Country House’ Dr Ben Cowell [Heritage Alliance Deputy Chair], UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, London.

26 January 2017: GTH: Legacy Fundraising for Heritage Organisations, Cambridge University

26 January 2017Construction and Performance of Traditional Buildings (Lunchtime CPD Session), SPAB [Alliance member] London

27 January 2017: Civic Voice Design Awards study tour – All Souls Church, Bolton

31 January: ‘Is Neighbourhood Planning going to deliver the homes the country needs?‘ Civic Voice [Alliance Member], London

1 February 2017: GTH: Heritage Fundraising Planning: Putting your Strategy into Action. The Coffin Works (M) Birmingham

2 February 2017: GTH: How and When to Apply for Social Investment Funds, SS Great Britain, Bristol

2 February 2017: Building Conservation Philosophy and the SPAB Approach (Lunchtime CPD Session), SPAB [Alliance member], London

7 February 2017: GTH: Crowdfunding for Heritage Organisations and Utilising Your Networks for Fundraising – NEW. International Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester

23 February 2017: GTH: Creating a Case for Support for your Heritage Organisation, Live Theatre, Newcastle

23 February 2017: Dealing with Damp in Old Buildings (Lunchtime CPD Session), SPAB [Alliance member], London

2 March 2017Understanding Historic Buildings Legislation (Lunchtime CPD Session), SPAB [Alliance member], London 

2 March 2017; Work worth doing: the SPAB & Craft Skills: Glorious Mud! (Spring Lecture Series),SPAB [Alliance member], London 

22 -24 March 2017Health and Heritage Conference The Churches Conservation Trust’s [Alliance member] biennial international conference, Suffolk

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   SITUATIONS VACANT

SALARIED VACANCIES

 

Georgian Group: Two caseworkers for Southern England

Two full-time posts available, for one year, thereafter subject to funding
Monday-Friday 9.30-5.30 with occasional evening work required (time in lieu offered)
Based in the Group’s London office but with frequent travel required
£25,000 per annum starting salary

We are seeking to appoint two full-time caseworkers to assess and respond to relevant development proposals in England. 

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable knowledge of historic buildings and practical building conservation, as well as familiarity with the listed building control system. The job will require the development of strong contacts with Historic England, local planning officers, church bodies and local heritage organisations and may involve contact with the press or appearance at public inquiries.

Attendance at committee meetings in London to present casework will be necessary. Strong written and oral communication skills are a key requirement.

Site visits are an integral part of the job and a full driving licence will be needed. 

You can find more details here.

To apply, please send (by e-mail) a CV and covering letter to David McKinstry, Secretary, The Georgian Group, david@georgiangroup.org.uk

Closing date: 12pm on 31 January 2017

Interviews will be held in February 2017. The starting date for successful candidates is likely to be from late February, but can be extended for those serving out a notice period.

English Heritage: Conservation Maintenance Manager (West Territory)

C £40,000 per anumn
Permanent, Full-time
Location: Bristol
Ref: 9064

As a Conservation Maintenance Manager you will be responsible for delivering high quality maintenance, conservation and repair and project works for English Heritage’s National Collection of Historic Properties in the West Territory.

We are looking for you to show technical expertise as well as proven contract management skills and experience, as well as an excellent ability to both influence and lead a multi-disciplinary professional team. Your commitment to high standards and desire to work collaboratively with colleagues and key stakeholders will shine through.

This is an exciting and challenging role requiring technical knowledge of conservation maintenance, financial management and project delivery. You will have excellent stakeholder management and communication skills.

You will be joining our charity which through our 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

To discover more and apply, please visit our website:
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/our-people/jobs/job-search/job/?ref=9064

Closing date: 6th January 2017.

The Arkwright Society: Interpretive Design Consultant

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site “Visitor Gateway”

The Arkwright Society Ltd require an Interpretive Designer to design, manufacture and build a new exhibition introducing the theme of the modern development of Cromford Mills in addition to enhancing the existing forced labour interpretation that is currently located in the Gateway. 

The project is funded by a range of funders including Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Details can be downloaded from the Cromford Mills website www.cromfordmills.org.uk

Closing date: 30th January 2017

Chichester Cathedral: Surveyor of the Fabric

Chichester Cathedral is seeking to  appoint a new Cathedral Architect, known as the “Surveyor of the Fabric” to support and guide the Chapter in its care for, and development of, the fabric of the Cathedral Church as sacred space and a place of hospitality.

Closing date for applications is noon on 16 January 2017.

Interviews will take place in Chichester on 10 February 2017.

Please click here for the information pack.

 London Diocesan Fund: Church Buildings Adviser

London Diocesan House, Pimlico
£27,500 – £32,000 (dependent on experience)
35 hours per week
Full time, Permanent

The Church of England is looking to recruit a Church Buildings Adviser who would give specialist advice on matters pertaining to historic (statutorily designated) church buildings and sources of grant funding for repairs to those buildings. The Church Buildings Adviser also takes forward proposals and initiatives aimed at raising the profile of churches and opening up their buildings to the wider community as part of Capital Vision 2020.

The successful applicant will have a knowledge of historic buildings legislation (listed buildings, conservation areas, PPS5, the planning process and the Faculty process). Practical experience of working with historic buildings, including methods of investigation and specialist conversation work/maintenance are essential. We are looking for a self-starter, with problem solving ability, who can handle a large volume of varied casework effectively. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), and planning and organising skills are essential. A relevant degree-level qualification is required.

Please apply using the application form, demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the job description and person specification. Email to recruitment@london.anglican.org.

Deadline for applications: Midday, Thursday 12th January 2017
First interview: Thursday 19th January 2017

Senior Cathedrals Officer and Deputy Secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England

Salary: £50,604-£53,662
Contract type: Permanent, 35 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Cathedrals Officer and Deputy Secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England to join the team and contribute to the wider work of the Division in support of the Church’s built heritage, including as a member of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division’s Senior Team.

For a more detailed version of this role and its duties and person specification, and to apply, please follow this link:

https://webrecruitment.churchofengland.org/wrl/pages/vacancy.jsf?latest=01001174

Closing date: Sunday 15th January, 2017 (midnight)
Interviews: Week commencing 23rd January, 2017

Project and Activity Coordinator for the St Marylebone Changing Lives project

The St Marylebone PCC has successfully achieved a Round 1 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to develop the parish church as a heritage and cultural venue. We now seek to appoint a Project and Activity Coordinator, which will be a proactive role, acting as a key client interface between parish, local community, project partners and the consultant team appointed to deliver the Round 2 HLF bid.

This is a diverse position offering the opportunity to be a key part of an exciting Crypt redevelopment and conservation project, involving the delivery  of an extensive heritage and activity programme, designed to showcase the story of St Marylebone and the wider Marylebone area using art, music, cinema, multi-media, heritage craft skills and much more. 

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 4th February 2017.

More details are here: http://www.stmarylebone.org/images/stories/ProjectCo-ordinatorJD.pdf

Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber

Contract: Permanent
Hours:  Fulltime
Location: Leeds with a requirement to travel within the region and (less frequently) to other HLF offices including London.
Salary: £42,746 – £59,575

The Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber (Y&H) is responsible for the delivery of HLF’s strategic framework on the ground in the region through: the leadership and support of HLF’s Y&H operational team; providing guidance for the Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber and HLF’s Board of Trustees; and acting as HLF’s primary advocate for the value of heritage and the work of the HLF among key stakeholders, elected representatives and opinion formers across the region.

The post holder will manage, lead and support the Y&H operational team responsible for development/outreach support, the assessment of grant applications, monitoring projects in delivery, and post completion monitoring.   S/he will advise the Committee for Y&H and HLF’s national Board of Trustees on a wide range of grant applications and projects in delivery and on strategic issues in the region which have an impact on HLF’s work.

To review the job description and apply for this role, please complete the application form at http://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/jobs-hlf clearly demonstrating how you meet the person specification.

The closing date for applications is at Midnight 16 January 2017. Interviews will be held in Leeds on 10 February 2017

HLF: Development Officer

Development Officer
Contract:  Full time Permanent
Hours:  40hours per week including unpaid Lunch break
Location: London
Salary: £25,403 £28,655

The Development team works to stimulate and support good quality applications, particularly in geographical areas of low HLF investment (priority development areas) and from under-represented communities.

The Development Officer will be fully conversant with HLF’s operational procedures and the work of the whole team and will support the Development Manager to plan and implement outreach strategies.

To be competitive in the role, you will need to demonstrate high level knowledge, skills and experience against our selection criteria.

Closing date for online applications will be Midnight 16th Jan 2017 and interviews will be held in our London office on the 30th January 2017.

To review the job description and to apply for this role, please complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the Person Specification at https://forms.hlf.org.uk/applications/HLFJobs_PublicPortal.ofml

Heritage Lottery Fund: Senior Grants Officer

Contract: Permanent
Hours:  Full time, 40 hours per week
Location: London
Salary: £31,519- £41,846 per annum

The Heritage Lottery Fund is recruiting for a Senior Grants Officer who will report to the Head of HLF South East England and will assess and process applications for grants. This includes progress monitoring of projects undertaken by successful applicants. The post is based in at Holbein Place, London but will involve regular travel across South East England for site visits and occasionally to other parts of the UK for meetings.

To be competitive in the role, you will need to demonstrate high level knowledge, skills and experience against our selection criteria.

To review the job description and to apply for this role, please complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the Person Specification at https://forms.hlf.org.uk/applications/HLFJobs_PublicPortal.ofml

Closing date for online applications will be Midnight 10th January 2017 and interviews will be held in our London office with dates to be confirmed.

Cultural Protection Fund: Operations Manager

Full Time, fixed term for 2 years

Edinburgh, Manchester or Cardiff

£25,758-£32,463

The British Council has an excellent opportunity for a Cultural Protection Fund Operations Manager to develop and manage all processes that relate to attaining full compliance with all British Council financial and policy standards to support the Cultural Protection Fund and thereby ensure the smooth and efficient awarding of grants under the Cultural Protection Fund in order that it achieves its objectives.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:

  • Experience of budgeting and finance management including controlling income and expenditure
  • Experience of developing financial processes Skilled in the use of IT software and accounting packages e.g. Excel, Outlook, and SAP.
  • Experience of business management and development; project and contract management, Financial Planning and Management
  • Experience of financial risk management   

Please click here for full details of the duties and to apply.

The closing date is 8th January 2017 at 23:59pm.

ICON: Digital Content Officer

Icon is recruiting a part-time Digital Content Officer to support the ongoing implementation of Icon’s digital outreach strategies.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering all day-to-day aspects of Icon’s digital media strategy, including content generation for maintaining and updating the Icon website; maintaining Icon’s social media profile including Twitter and Facebook; maintaining Icon’s new website and supporting its further development.

The successful applicant will work two days a week from Icon’s main offices in London.  Salary is pro rata to £25,000 plus 6% pension contribution.

To apply, review the Full Job Description and submit a completed application form.  CVs will not be accepted.

Closing Date:              Sunday, 8th January 2017 at 5.00pm

Interview Date:            Wednesday, 18th January 2017

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policy@theheritagealliance.org.uk

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Heritage Update
Issue 331 – Friday 16 September 2016     
 
   HEADLINES

The Heritage Debate – Heritage & Research: bridging the gap 

The next Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate takes place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in the Adephi Suite, The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych WC2B 4DD.  Alliance Chairman Loyd Grossman will introduce the evening, before handing over to HLF Chief Executive Ros Kerslake who will chair a panel of distinguished speakers: Dr Oliver Cox, University of Oxford’s Heritage Engagement Fellow; Bernard Donoghue, Chairman of The Tourism Alliance (and Alliance Trustee)  and Trevor Osborne, Chairman of  The Trevor Osborne Property Group.

The latest in the debate series will explore how heritage research influences public and private sector decision-making – or not. Millions of choices are made in the property industry and by modest private owners every day, while champions like The Heritage Alliance need to access relevant and timely evidence to support their advocacy.  This debate will hear from experts with academic, property and political perspectives on how the transfer mechanisms work in practice and what might be done to strengthen them.  The audience will be invited to contribute in the following Q&A session.

Registration from 6.00pm. The event is free but registration is essential. Booking in at Eventbrite via http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/bridging-the-gap/

This eighth Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate is generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance. and held in partnership with TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

The Heritage Alliance’s study days on outcomes for people – for HLF applicants

Whether you are a first-time applicant to the Heritage Lottery Fund, a repeat applicant, or currently considering applying for support, it is crucial to understand the range of criteria needed for a successful application, and then to put that into practice when delivering projects large or small.

In association with the Heritage Lottery Fund and its Participation & Learning team, The Heritage Alliance is very pleased to announce two participant study days. These are focused on achieving HLF’s outcomes for people, including those to support learning, volunteering and skills development, as well as working with new audiences. How may these be achieved, what are the criteria for success, how are aspirations turned into practical action, and how do you know when you have got there? These study days are designed to help.

The initiative comes from the Alliance’s Inclusion and Learning Advocacy Group, chaired by Dr David Souden. These are practical workshops, intended primarily for Heritage Alliance member organisations and, where they are an umbrella body, their own member organisations, but all voluntary heritage groups may apply. These sessions are advertised in part with industrial, maritime and transport heritage in mind, but they will cover the full range of heritage, and all are welcome.

The events will take place in London at the London Transport Museum on 28 October 2016, and in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the Mining Institute on 30 November 2016, each from 10.30 to 16.00.

The events are free but booking is essential; please note that we reserve the right to charge those who fail to turn up or give insufficient notice, and so deny others the chance to attend. Booking will shortly be available via the Heritage Alliance website http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/events/
Meanwhile please direct all enquiries to sbd@hlf.org.uk or david@past-present.co.uk

Save the date: HRBA’s BIG UPDATE on Wednesday 30th November at St Albans Centre, Holborn, Central London

The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance’s BIG UPDATE is your chance to keep up to date with what’s happening to secure the future of historic religious buildings, and to chat to others with similar interests and concerns. The only event of its kind, it’s friendly, lively, and informal, combining short talks with time for questions and discussion. This year’s topics will be as wide ranging as ever. We already have confirmation of presentations on:

  • a new pilot maintenance initiative for places of worship across Yorkshire
  • an update on Some Contemporary Challenges being faced by the Roman Catholic Church
  • a system for automatically opening and locking church doors
  • a digital heritage information product that can be used to offer information to visitors via their smartphones and tablets
  • how community-led planning practices can help churches

We will release details of the full programme and the booking process in the very near future. http://www.hrballiance.org.uk/

HRBA is a group within the Heritage Alliance which brings together those working for a secure future for historic religious buildings.

Last chance to book special workshop on ‘How and When to Apply for Social Investment Funds for Heritage Projects’, 27th September

There are only a small number of places available for this workshop at Stephens House & Gardens, London NW11. This Giving to Heritage workshop will provide delegates with a simple, practical guide to social investment funds, which are becoming increasingly important in the heritage sector. There will also be individual assessments of whether social investment funds are right for your specific heritage project. Delegates who are unsure about social investment are encouraged to attend as there will be plenty of useful training that can be applied to a fundraising situation, and in particular making sure your project is ‘investment ready’.

Booking is available at http://bit.ly/2cwSCXN and places at this HLF-supported event cost just £22 per person.

Please see www.givingtoheritage.org.uk for details of where and when this workshop is being repeated across the country. Giving to Heritage is a Heritage Alliance programme.

The Heritage Alliance appoints Policy & Communications Officer

The Heritage Alliance is pleased to announce that it appointed a new Policy & Communications Officer.  Joe O’Donnell is currently Media Officer at the Victorian Society [Alliance member] where he is responsible for media strategy as well as related outcomes including the well-known annual Top Ten Endangered Buildings campaign.  As Policy & Communications Officer at the Alliance, Joe’s key responsibilities will be maintaining and developing Heritage Update and other communications resources as well as co-ordinating and implementing the work of the Alliance’s Advocacy Groups.  He will join the small team in Westminster on 10 October and we wish him well in his new post.

International Boat Building Training College, Portsmouth joins the Alliance

We are pleased to welcome the International Boat Building Training College, Portsmouth as a new member taking the Heritage Alliance’s membership to a new high of 104. 

IBTC Portsmouth is training a new generation of students in the techniques of traditional boatbuilding and other related skills, still very much required today. Focussing on practical skills and heritage crafts, the College occupies the huge space of Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Dockyard to build and conserve wooden vessels.

Students have the opportunity to work at the satellite, the Shipwright School at Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu Estate. You can visit Boathouse 4 to see what the students are working on and to find out more about the hands-on courses. The College also plans a programme of events and outreach workshops to link the dockyard with its local community.

See http://ibtcportsmouth.co.uk/ for further details.

Theatres Trust releases 10th annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register

The Theatres Trust [Alliance member] has launched the 10th annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register. Of the 36 theatres on the 2016 Register there are 6 new theatres appearing on the list: 3 in England, and 3 in Scotland – these include 3 theatres which have, sadly, returned to the Register.

The Triust notes that there has been some fantastic progress for theatres still on the Register, and in its 40th year it is celebrating those campaign groups who fight so hard to demonstrate their potential viability, and the role that those theatres can play in their communities.

Rebecca Morland, Interim Director of Theatres Trust, said: “Each theatre on the Register has an important place in its community. Our experience shows us that where campaign groups are in place, they can make a real difference to the future of these theatres. The progress that has been made with theatres in Brighton, Burnley and Kirkcaldy – to name but three – is a real testament to this.”

The Trust’s At Risk Register can be found here.

Great Exhibition of the North

The DCMS is encouraging us to show support for and share experiences of the shortlisted cities vying to host the Great Exhibition of the North, which will run for two months in 2018.

The 4 short-listed locations, Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield are being highlighted in a social media show-case every Friday in September. Blackpool was highlighted last Friday, but still to run in the series are:

  • Friday 16 September: Bradford
  • Friday 23 September: Newcastle – Gateshead
  • Friday 30 September: Sheffield

We are being encouraged to share messages of support and images on Twitter using #GreatNorthExpo2018 alongside your town or city’s name too.

You can also post pics of your favourite cultural landmark or favourite area in your shortlisted town or city alongside the #GreatNorthExpo2018 hashtag on Instagram.

Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/great-exhibition-of-the-north

NESTA launches new crowdfunding programme

Individuals and organisations with ideas for new projects in the arts and heritage sectors are encouraged to register their interest in an innovative new crowdfunding programme just launched by Nesta.

The initiative will see a series of specially selected crowdfunded projects be given up to £10,000 – or 25% of their total target amount received in donations – in matched funding.

According to Nesta research, crowdfunding has grown exponentially in the UK in recent years, with the market now worth nearly £400 million a year. Matched crowdfunding is increasingly popular: a proportion of money pledged by the crowd is then matched by an organisation, but until now there has been little research into the relative advantages and disadvantages of this method of fundraising.

This pilot scheme, outlined in the government’s Culture White Paper, is the result of a partnership between UK innovation foundation Nesta, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Crowdfunder, the UK crowdfunding platform, will be launching dedicated arts and heritage campaigns as a part of the programme. The platform will also manage the distribution of the partner funds into eligible projects.

The campaigns break down into two key sectors:

  • One will be backed by £125,000 from ACE and will award match funding to eligible individuals looking to launch arts projects in England who are able to raise the other 75% of their target funding amount.
  • The other will be backed by £125,000 from HLF and will provide funding to selected organisations planning projects in the heritage sector in Scotland, North-West and South West England who are able to raise the other 75% of their target funding amount.

Not only will the initiative benefit a variety of projects, but it will also test the effectiveness of matched crowdfunding as an innovative way of funding arts and heritage projects.

Organisations or individuals with proposals for projects to be submitted to one of the funding streams should submit their ideas at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/artsandheritage

Spam filters and Heritage Update

The Alliance is getting reports that the Heritage Update is not always reaching people’s inboxes. It would appear that the Spam filters at Historic England and various other organisations are being over-zealous and consigning your digest of essential news to the bin. We are doing what we can at the Alliance end to resolve this, but could we also encourage all readers to check their email settings, and liaise if necessary with their IT folk to ensure the Update continues to hit the spot.

It may be worth signing up for the Update from an alternative email address. You can manage your subscription here.

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   NEWS

Anti Lobbying Clause revived

The Heritage Alliance and many other charities raised concerns over the proposed anti lobbying clause in Government grant agreements which it was feared  would limit charities ability to  lobby government and parliament. Some 130 charities, including Alliance member the Council for British Archaeology, co-signed an open letter calling on the Prime Minister to reverse the decision. The Alliance’s Chair Loyd Grossman also wrote a letter directly to the Prime Minister.

In April Cabinet Minister Matt Hancock announced that implementation of the anti-lobbying clause in Government grant agreements had been paused with immediate effect. A new Lobbying (Transparency) Bill has however now been introduced in Parliament (via the House of Lords). The Bill proposes that all charities, not-for-profit organisations, and interest groups who spend over £5,000 per quarter on ‘lobbying activity’ will have to formally register. This includes money spent on direct expenditure and salaries. Lobbying is partly defined as arranging or setting up formal and informal meetings with public officials, and seeking to influence the formulation or modification of regulation and policy. However, submissions to public consultations would not be regarded as lobbying activity nor would ‘communication by media workers’.

The text of the bill can be found here.

Launch of the second round of the Cultural Protection Fund

The second round of the Cultural Protection Fund is now open. The £30 million fund, delivered in partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, is designed to help create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through the fostering, safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage. Organisations working with local partners in one or more of the Fund’s target countries within the Middle East and North Africa region are invited to apply. In this round of funding, organisations can apply for up to £3 million for projects focusing on the protection of cultural heritage at risk due to conflict.

Full details of the application process (including timelines and eligibility) can be found on the webpage: http://bit.ly/CulturalProtectionFund

Saving Local Heritage by Stopping the Rot

Keeping historic buildings in good repair is the key to their preservation. Listed property owners are under no statutory obligation to keep properties in a good state of repair, but there are ways that local authorities can act.

Historic England’s updated guidance, Stopping the Rot, can help local authorities make effective use of powers such as Urgent Works Notices, Repairs Notices and Section 215 Notices. These can secure repairs when a building is allowed to deteriorate by owners. The guidance includes case studies and step-by-step advice on how the powers can be used.

Download the guidance here: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/stoppingtherot/

Historic England has also produced a video to show how Liverpool Council has been able to ‘stop the rot’ in the city. Watch the video.

National Heritage Science Forum announces grant to increase access to heritage science research

A new grant to help to open up access to heritage science research was announced by the National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) [Alliance member] on 8th September.

The NHSF grant will support the full cost of Gold Open Access publication of heritage science research. This means that the research will be accessible online, to everyone, immediately on publication.

The NHSF encourages applications for papers that will have an impact on the field of heritage science and align with the National Heritage Science Strategy

The grant is one element of a programme of NHSF activities. These are designed to:

  • maximise the impact and public benefit of Heritage Science by building a diverse interdisciplinary community that works together to share knowledge, ideas, innovation and resources and;
  • network with other digital platforms to make heritage science research publicly accessible, promoting knowledge exchange and encouraging collaboration.

Open Access to heritage science research will:

  • Increase the visibility of heritage science research
  • Help bring together researchers and the users of research
  • Build networks between scientists from different disciplines
  • Maximise the impact of investment in heritage science research
  • Enable fuller use of the results of heritage science research for the benefit of society and the economy
  • Build a richer research culture for heritage science

Employees and individual members of organisations that are a member of NHSF are encouraged to apply from 10th November 2016 when the full process and criteria will be made available.

National Heritage Science Forum website: http://www.heritagescienceforum.org.uk/index.php

Rateable Value reminders for tourist attractions

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has launched a new service whereby tourist attractions can register for a reminder service that lets the attraction know when their new draft rateable value is published.

Anyone who pays business rates on a tourist attraction – from paintball sites to planetariums – can now register online with the VOA to get a reminder email when their new draft rateable value is published.

The VOA is currently updating the rateable values of all non-domestic properties in England and Wales. These new rateable values are then used by local authorities to calculate business rates bills from next April.

Anyone who signs up will receive a reminder in the autumn, letting them know they can check their draft rateable value online. The email reminder will also have a link for ratepayers to amend their property details online, if necessary.

Ratepayers can go to www.gov.uk/voa/revaluation and sign up to the free reminder service.

Heritage and Pokemon Go – advice from Historic England

It would be hard not to have come across the phenomenon of Pokemon Go which launched earlier in the year.  Historic England has now issued a briefing document on the game, highlighing the opportunities for heritage organisations and historic sites.

Staggering statistics include:

  • The game had more first week downloads from the Apple App Store than any other app in history. 
  • Since its launch on 7 July, there have been over 100 million downloads of the game. 
  • Each day, an estimated 20 million people actively play the game in the United States alone.

The briefing document available also provides some examples of organisations already embracing the game.

AIM Launches Admissions Charging Research

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) [Alliance member] has just published new research which will help museums understand the impact of charging for admission, or not, on all aspects of operating a successful museum. The results dispel some myths that persist around this issue and will enable museums to make evidence-based decisions in this sometimes contentious area – but one that is vital to museums’ future sustainability.

The aim of the research was to understand the experience of museums that have moved from free admission to charging, or vice versa, or to hybrid models, and to investigate pricing strategies and their impact on visitor numbers, diversity, income, visitor satisfaction, and reputation and relationships.

The research report is accompanied by a practical guide that museums can use to help them make decisions about whether an admission charge is right for their museum and if so, what price they should set.

Key findings from the research included:

  • A large proportion of independent museums provide free admission, and a large proportion of local authority museums charge, so there is no ‘typical’ charging or free-entry museum.
  • What a museum charges has no effect on the diversity of its audience – both charging and free-entry museums have similar demographic profiles for their visitors.
  • Spend in shops and cafes, as well as donations from visitors, are more impacted by other factors than whether a museum charges for admission or not.

AIM commissioned the study, ‘Taking Charge: evaluating the evidence’, and its accompanying guide for people running museums ‘Successfully Setting Admissions Policy and Pricing’ from DC Research, in partnership with Arts Council England and the Welsh Government.

The reports can be accessed from the following weblinks:

Neighbourhood Planning Bill introduced to Parliament

The Housing and Planning Minister, Gavin Barwell, announced that measures in the new Neighbourhood Planning Bill will support more housebuilding and provide more local say over developments, as the Bill was introduced to Parliament on 7th September.

The Bill will speed up and strengthen the popular neighbourhood planning process by simplifying how plans can be revised as local circumstances change and ensure that plans come into force sooner once approved by local people.

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said:
“The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that we need to build more homes and this Bill is the first of a number of measures to deliver on that.  We have already built more than 900,000 homes since 2010 and now this Bill will help speed up delivery of the further new homes our country needs and ensure our foot is still firmly on the pedal. We’re also going further than ever before to speed up neighbourhood planning which puts power in the hands of local people to decide where development gets built.”

There will also be a simplifying of the compulsory purchase order process to make it clearer, fairer and faster. Compulsory purchase is always used as a last resort but can be essential in delivering big and complex schemes.

Further Bill measures will ensure that planning conditions which require developers to take action before work starts are only used where strictly necessary, but in a way that ensures important heritage and environmental safeguards remain in place, so that once a developer has planning permission they can get on and start building as soon as possible.

The progress of the Bill can be tracked here.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: overarching documents

DCLG has published several overarching documents relating to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

The memoranda address issues arising under the European Convention on Human Rights and Delegated Powers in relation to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

The compulsory purchase letter contains important information for investors in land which may be suitable for regeneration or redevelopment in the vicinity of new transport infrastructure as a result of measures on compulsory purchase reform in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

The documents can be accessed here.

Sir Nicholas Serota announced as new Chair of Arts Council England

Culture Secretary, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, has appointed Sir Nicholas Andrew Serota, CH, as the new Chair of Arts Council England for a term of four years, commencing on 1 February 2017.

Serota will take over from Sir Peter Bazalgette in the role. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said:
“Nicholas Serota has transformed the Tate during his time there, making it one of the leading art institutions in the world, and I am delighted he is taking up the position as Chair of Arts Council England.”

Nicholas Serota has been Director of Tate since 1988. During this period Tate has opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Tate has also broadened its field of interest to include twentieth-century photography, film, performance and occasionally architecture, as well as collecting from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2010, the national role of the Gallery has been further developed with the creation of the Plus Tate network of 35 institutions across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Nicholas Serota has been a member of the Visual Arts Advisory Committee of the British Council, a Trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a commissioner on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. He was a member of the Olympic Delivery Authority which was responsible for building the Olympic Park in East London for 2012. He is a member of the Executive Board of the BBC.

Nicholas Serota was born in London in 1946. He studied History of Art at the University of Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute. He joined the Arts Council of Great Britain’s Visual Arts Department as a regional art officer in 1970 and then worked as a curator at the Hayward Gallery. In 1973, aged 27, he was appointed director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford where he worked for four years before he became the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in 1976. He succeeded Alan Bowness in 1988 as Director of Tate.

Annoucements by DCMS and Arts Council England.

Apply for EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards by 1st October 2016

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. It recognises the best restoration projects; the most impressive research; the most dedicated heritage professionals and volunteers; and the finest awareness raising, training and educational programmes.

Architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, professionals and volunteers, public and private institutions, and local communities: this is your chance to win the top heritage award in Europe!

In 2017, up to 30 heritage achievements from all over Europe will be awarded. Of those, 7 projects will receive a Grand Prix and €10,000 each; one will be granted the Public Choice Award, chosen through an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.

All the winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony which will take place in June 2017 in Turku, Finland.

Submit your project and share your success across Europe and beyond!

Further details available from: http://www.europanostra.org/apply-for-an-award-2017/

Deadline: 1st October 2016

International design competition opens for new UK Holocaust memorial beside Parliament

The UK government is inviting designers, architects and artists from all over the world to enter an international design competition for a striking new national memorial commemorating the Holocaust.

This new national landmark, to be situated next to Parliament in Victoria Tower Gardens, London, will demonstrate the UK’s commitment to honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, providing a place for quiet reflection as well as large-scale national commemorations.

Following the recommendation of the cross-party UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, competition entrants are also being invited to incorporate designs for a possible accompanying below-ground learning centre. This world-class centre would give visitors an immediate opportunity to learn more, contextualising the memorial, grounding it in historical fact as events fade from living memory, and inspiring future generations to respect and embrace difference in the fight against hatred and prejudice.

Further details on can be found on the UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition website, and from the press release.

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New HLF report highlights growing crisis in public parks

The Heritage Lottery Fund has published State of UK Public Parks 2016, its second report to comprehensively review the condition and management of the UK’s public parks.

The report highlights the investment of over £850m of National Lottery money which has played a vital role in ensuring more than 800 of the UK’s public parks are in better condition, with improved facilities and renovated historic features. However, with park managers reporting an expectation of further budget cuts, the report warns that the benefits of this investment could be lost as the risk of decline and potential facility closures continues to grow.  

The report also outlines the continuing need to develop innovative mixed model approaches to funding parks, such as local authority commitment, commercial opportunities and fundraising, to avoid the risk of rapid decline.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of HLF, said:  “Put simply, parks are not a luxury.  They are essential to our increasingly busy urban lives and thanks to National Lottery players they’ve never been in such great shape. But these are financially tough times and if we are to successfully halt the onset of decline in our parks and avoid wasting this investment, we need to come together now to find innovative and sustainable models of funding and maintaining these highly valued community spaces.”

Further details can be found here: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/parksmatter

National Trust responds to HLF Parks Report

The National Trust [Alliance member] has strongly endorsed the HLF Parks Report its call for innovation, collaboration and new investment. The traditional model for funding public parks is breaking down and the Trust comments that there is a need for bold new solutions that can be adapted to work in any city and town.

Since making a strategic commitment to help safeguard the nation’s public parks, the National Trust has brought together key partners to innovate and collaborate to develop the best practical solutions to secure cities’ parks and greenspaces for the next generation.

The Trust will be launching the results of this work at a Future Parks Conference on 20th October co-hosted with Social Finance and Winckworth Sherwood. Their aim is to inspire, inform and enable Local Authority Parks’ Directors to transform their parks’ services for the future.

An important step in this journey is to understand the full value of parks and all the benefits they bring. On 27th September, The National Trust and Vivid Economics will publish the first natural capital account for a whole city’s parks and greenspaces at the Prosperous Cities Conference.

Government response to implementation of planning changes – Neighbourhood Planning

DCLG has been seeking views on the proposed approach to implementing planning provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill. It has now published a consultation outcome which summarises responses and the government response to the neighbourhood planning chapter of the technical consultation on planning.

Chapter 5 of the consultation put forward proposals to make it easier for residents and business to come together to produce a neighbourhood plan or a neighbourhood development order.
The proposed reforms are part of a wider set of planned improvements that will help more communities that want to take up the new powers to do so, and ensure individual neighbourhood plans and orders can complete more quickly.

The consultation response can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/implementation-of-planning-changes-technical-consultation

Government response to consultation on further reform of the compulsory purchase system

DCLG has also published a summary of responses to the consultation on further reform of the compulsory purchase system which closed on 15 May 2016. It also provides details of the government’s response and proposed actions.

A compulsory purchase letter contains important information for investors in land which may be suitable for regeneration or redevelopment in the vicinity of new transport infrastructure as a result of measures on compulsory purchase reform in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

Charity Tax Group responds to apprenticeship Levy consultations

The Charity Tax Group (CTG), the advocacy body for the charitable sector on charity taxation which the Alliance is a member of, has responded to a Department for Education survey requesting comments on the Government’s proposals for funding apprenticeships. CTG’s response highlighted the general lack of apprenticeship schemes currently in operation within the sector and reiterated its earlier calls for a delay in the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy and serious consideration of extending the scope of how Levy contributions can be used to include volunteer training costs.

Local authority green belt statistics for England: 2015 to 2016

Statistics on designated green belt land in England by local authority have been published by DCLG.

Key findings include:

  • The extent of the designated Green Belt in England as at 31 March 2016 was estimated at 1,635,480 hectares, around 13% of the land area of England.
  • Overall there was a decrease of 1,020 hectares (less than 0.1%) in the area of Green Belt between 31 March 2015 and 31 March 2016. In 2015/16, eight local planning authorities adopted new plans which resulted in a decrease in the overall area of Green Belt compared to 31 March 2015.
  • The revised area of the Green Belt in England as at 31 March 2015 is estimated at 1,636,500 hectares. This is a slight decrease of 120 hectares on the original estimate of 1,636,620 hectares published in October 2015. This change is due to minor corrections in the areas of three local authorities’ Green Belt boundaries.

Full details of the statistics can be found here.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Conference

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) [Alliance member] has launched a call for papers for its Annual conference.

Hosted at the University of Newcastle, from 19-21 April 2017, the CIfA annual conference and training event will be packed with sessions, training workshops and networking opportunities. This time the conference explores the broad theme of Archaeology; a global profession and a call for papers is currently open. CIfA is keen to involve a cross-section of those working within archaeology and across the globe, and encourages the call for papers to be circulated widely.

Further details: http://www.archaeologists.net/conference/2017
Deadline: 14th October.

Live tables on planning application statistics

DCLG has updated the live tables on planning application statistics for England. The information is organised into the following datasets:

  • District matter planning authorities tables
  • County matter planning authorities tables
  • Local planning authority performance tables
  • Permitted development rights tables
  • Reference tables
  • Discontinued tables

All of the information can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-planning-application-statistics

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   HAVE YOUR SAY

Museums and galleries tax relief consultation

The 2016 Budget announced that a new tax relief for museums and galleries would be introduced in April 2017, following a consultation.

Britain is home to a diverse range of museums and galleries and this tax relief will support them to develop creative new exhibitions and to display their collections to a wider audience.

This consultation document, issued by HM Treasury, sets out the details of the proposed tax relief and seeks views in key areas of its design. Its aim is to develop a museums and galleries tax relief that works well for the sector.

Further details: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/museum-and-galleries-tax-relief-consultation

Consultation closes on 29th October.

Review of Museums in England

DCMS has launched a review of museums in England. The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums.

To help inform this review, DCMS would welcome feedback on museums through separate online calls for evidence:

  • From museums or sector bodies
  • From individuals, users and potential users of museums

The objectives cover the ‘big picture’, National Museums, and non-Nationals, and follows on from the announcement of the review in the Culture White Paper earlier in the year.

Further details on the consultation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-museums-in-england

The Review’s terms of reference can be found here: http://bit.ly/2coPy1U

The consultation closes on 31 October 2016.

Implementation of neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

This consultation seeks views on detailed regulations to implement the neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

DCLG proposes that regulations would cover 3 matters:

  • the detailed procedures for modifying neighbourhood plans and Orders
  • the examination of a neighbourhood plan proposal where a neighbourhood area has been modified and a neighbourhood plan has already been made in relation to that area
  • requirement for local planning authorities to review their Statements of Community Involvement at regular intervals

Further details of the consultation can be found here.

The consultation closes on 19th October.

Improving the use of planning conditions

DCLG has also launched a consultation on measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to address the inappropriate use of pre-commencement planning conditions, and to prohibit the use of other types of planning conditions which do not meet the tests in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Unnecessary and unreasonable planning conditions can prevent development from starting until the local planning authority has approved certain details. To help address the urgent need to tackle the inappropriate use of ‘pre-commencement’ conditions, government is introducing a power in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to ensure that these conditions can only be used with the agreement of the applicant.

The measure will not change the way conditions can be used to maintain existing protections for important matters such as heritage, the natural environment, green spaces, and the mitigation of flooding.

The government will also introduce a power in the Bill to prohibit specific types of condition which do not meet the tests in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Further details of this consultation can be found here.

This consultation closes on 2nd November.

Reminder: Welsh Government’s two current historic environment consultations

The Welsh Government’s two current historic environment consultations will close on 3rd October 2016.

Proposals for secondary legislation to support the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and draft guidance:
http://gov.wales/consultations/cultureandsport/proposals-for-secondary-legislation-to-support-the-historic-environment-wales-act-2016/?lang=en

Planning Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment
http://gov.wales/consultations/planning/proposed-technical-advice-note-24-the-historic-environment/?lang=en

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   EVENTS

September – November 2016

The Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the Institute for Fundraising, runs capacity building training for the sector through our HLF-funded Giving to Heritage programme. For a full schedule of events into 2017 please visit the GTH website.

17 September: One-day Lime Pointing course. Heritage Craft Alliance. HCA Training Centre, Bedale. £110+VAT.

19 September: Introduction to lime pointing. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester. http://bit.ly/2b452XI

19-21 September: War Memorials Trust [Alliance member] War memorial workshops in Northern Ireland – Derry-Londonderry/Enniskillen/Belfast

20 SeptemberTheatres Trust Green Room: How Can We Help You? Theatres Trust [Alliance member] seminar. London. Free.

20–21 September: Port Development & the Historic Marine Environment. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

22-24 September: The Best in Heritage. Europa Nostra 15th anniversary conference. Dubrovnik.

27 SeptemberHow and when to apply for social investment funds. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. Stephens House & Gardens, London. £22.29.

30 September1 October: Paint on the Move. Traditional Paint Forum Conference 2016. Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. £230/£275.

1 October: The British Association of Friends of Museums [Alliance member]. One Day Conference, themed ‘Marketing for Excellence’. £65. Details from judy.mondon@ironbridge.org.uk

3 October: Repair and maintenance of traditional windows. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester http://bit.ly/2b452XI

3 October: SPAB [Alliance member] Maintenance Co-operatives Project National Conference, SPAB Friends House, London

3-7 October: SPAB [Alliance member] Repair of Old Buildings Course. St Andrew Holborn, London

4 October: Giving to Heritage: ‘Crowdfunding for Heritage’, Stephens House & Gardens, London

6 October: IHBC [Alliance member] NW conference – ‘Home is where the heart is…’. Liverpool.

4 October: Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar. London Transport Museum.

5 -7 October: Annual Conference and AGM. Association for Heritage Interpretation [Alliance member]. “Can Interpretation Change the World?” – The Art of Making a Difference, Hilton Belfast, BT1 3LP

13-14 October: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects.
Heritage Trust Network National Conference. The Custard Factory, Digbeth

16 October: Paperscape: the Big Draw at the SPAB [Alliance member]. SPAB HQ, 37 Spital Square, London

19 October: Giving to Heritage ‘Measuring, Communicating and Sharing Impact of Heritage’, Kelmscott House, London

19 October: Repair of Gauged Arches, SPAB & Historic Royal Palaces [both Alliance members]. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

22 October: Churches Visitor and Tourism Association’s Annual Symposium. St Albans Cathedral.

25 October: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage Annual Lecture: “A European Future for our Past”. Birmingham University.

26 October: Heritage & Research. The Heritage Alliance’s 8th Heritage Debate sponsored by Ecclesiastical: 6-9pm in the Adephi Suite, The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych WC2B 4DD. Booking opens shortly.

1 November: Giving to Heritage ‘How and Why to apply for Social Investment Funds’ International Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester

3 November: Giving to Heritage ‘Major Donor Fundraising for Heritage’ The Theatres Trust, London

4-5 November: Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Conference – Intangible Heritage. Durham. 

5 November: Heritage Theory and Practice. One day conference organised by early career researchers, Leeds Beckett & Northumbria Universities. Leeds City Museum.

8 November: ALVA [Alliance member] Conference on Security Management at Visitor Attractions. London, Transport Museum.

10 November: Giving to Heritage ‘ Trusts & Foundations’ Coventry Transport Museum

9-11 November: “Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe”. Future for Religious Heritage FRH Biennial Conference Vicenza, Italy.

22 November: Giving to Heritage. Heritage Fundraising Planning & Strategy: Masterclass’ SS Great Britain, Bristol

Heritage Day 2016: 1 December at the Freemasons’ Hall, London, WC2B 5AZ.

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   SITUATIONS VACANT

SALARIED VACANCIES

 

Historic England – Project Development Manager/Heritage Manager

Historic England is seeking a manager for the Heritage at Risk Team in our York office. The role-holder will be central to our programme to secure the future of endangered historic sites across Yorkshire. You will also be a member of the Yorkshire Leadership Team, supporting HE’s wider planning work.

As Principal Adviser you will drive the delivery of the local Heritage at Risk strategy. This will include engaging with owners and developers to devise effective means of securing their future, and assisting in finding resources, including our grant budget of c.£1.5 million pa. As a member of the Local Leadership Team you will have a central role in the delivery of performance targets and in ensuring that your team’s work complements that of the wider regional team. You will be an advocate for the historic environment and the work of Historic England.

In one week you could be negotiating a grant to a West Yorkshire textile mill owner; advising a community group taking on a listed building; and liaising with a farmer about management of a scheduled barrow on the Wolds.

We are seeking someone with a creative and focused approach to the management, repair and use of historic sites. To be successful in this role you will be an experienced manager, comfortable with performance management and able to lead a multi-disciplinary team of six. You will have substantial experience of project management and constructive partnership working. You will have a working knowledge of England`s historic environment and be committed to its conservation. Familiarity with buildings and/or landscapes may be an advantage.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Trevor Mitchell, Planning Director – Yorkshire on 01904 601991 or email: Trevor.Mitchell@HistoricEngland.org.uk

To discover more and apply, please visit our website: https://historicengland.org.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/job/?ref=7882

Permanent Full-time (36 hours per week)
Salary: £36,000 – £42,000 per annum

Closing date: 26th September 2016.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 5th October 2016.

Tatton Park – Project Manager

Tatton Park in Cheshire is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates attracting over 800,000 people every year and winner of England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2014/15. This National Trust property, managed by Cheshire East Council, has an ambitious programme of improvements planned.

We seek an experienced project manager consultant to deliver our exciting new Field to Fork development – a ground breaking capital project combining cutting edge heritage interpretation with high quality learning and participation programmes.

It will reposition Tatton’s family-orientated rare breeds farm into a heritage-centred attraction demonstrating how food production and farming have changed over the last two centuries. It will restore farm buildings and engage new audiences in activities which allow them to explore and learn more about the site’s multifaceted heritage.

The £1.3m scheme is largely financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and all necessary permissions have been obtained to allow work to start.

Ideally based in the North West, you will be experienced in working with the HLF on projects with significant conservation and heritage goals.

The appointment will be part time (approximately 2 days per week) starting immediately, duration 18 months. Contract value circa £50k to be agreed by tender.

To apply: contact Dominic Allsopp at our advising agency NEPRO Email: Dominic.allsopp@nepro.org.uk quoting reference CEC P030, to express your interest by 23rd September 2016.

You must also register with NEPRO as an accredited supplier. Tender documents will then be issued and your proposal must be returned by 7th October 2016.

Historic England – Planning Directors, East of England & East Midlands

The East of England and East Midlands are shaped by their varied, changing and sometimes surprising heritage, from the Loughborough Bell Foundry to Saffron Walden Castle. We have an opportunity for two people to lead our local Historic England teams that help to look after these special buildings and places.   As our new Planning Directors for East of England and East Midlands we are looking for two dynamic leaders to head the multi-disciplinary regional Planning Teams.  Historic England is the public body that exists to champion and protect England’s historic environment.

You will be our lead voice on issues such as championing heritage-led regeneration in Grimsby and East of England.  You will set the strategy for how we work with local communities to maximise the benefits of historic places, help secure the future of the region’s Heritage at Risk, and provide constructive and clear planning advice to local authorities, owners and developers. You will also take on themed responsibilities within the Group, work widely across the organisation and grow our income-generating Enhanced Advisory Services.  We need an experienced and collaborative leader to help us ensure that historic places are at the heart of positive change for the future.

You will have experience of working cross-functionally at all levels in a dispersed organisation and of managing multi-disciplinary teams in the field of environmental protection.  With a strong track record of leadership, you will have proven ability to create and drive a high performing team through your communication skills and behaviour. You must have extensive knowledge of the historic environment of England and the planning system.  Confident yet self-aware, you will be a powerful advocate for both Historic England and the region’s historic environment.

Historic England offers a competitive pension scheme, generous holidays and a variety of flexible working options.

More information is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/about/jobs/working-for-us/

Applications should be by CV and covering letter demonstrating clearly how you meet the criteria set out in both the job description and person specification. If you would like to discuss this role informally please contact Lyndsay Summerfield (Tel 01793 414952).

Location: Central London
Salary: £51-60k
Full-time Permanent position

Closing date: 6th October 2016.
Assessment Centre: 2-4 November 2016.

Historic England – Head of Listing Advice

Historic England is the public body that exists to champion and protect England`s historic environment. We now have an exciting opportunity to join our Listing Group in one of the organisation`s most important roles.

You will lead the teams that provide specialist Listing advice for Government through the production of robust and carefully expressed recommendations. You will ensure the smooth handling of high-profile cases and strategic projects. This key post will enable you to influence which aspects of our historic surroundings will be safeguarded for the future.

The successful candidate will have an exceptional ability to recognise, assess and articulate the significance of components of the historic environment. You will have a deep interest in all aspects of the historic environment. An understanding of local planning and/or research, and other linked specialisms, would be an advantage, as would experience in managing successful projects and delivering to deadline. You will have a specialist knowledge of architectural history, designed landscapes history, and a strong understanding of the human context of our historic environment. You will have recent experience of working with the legislative regimes of heritage protection. You will need excellent verbal and written communication skills, tact, and the ability to inspire.

Please note that this role will require regular weekly travel to our office in London.

We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme, 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry to English Heritage sites as well as the flexibility in your working day that creates a strong work-life balance.

Salary: £48,000 to £52,000 depending on location and experience
Permanent role.
Location: London (other locations may be considered but there will be a need for a regular London presence)
Reference No: 7888

To apply, please visit https://historicengland.org.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/job/?ref=7888

Closing date: 25th September 2016

National Trust – Contractor for Conservation Management Plan, Bradley Manor

Could you work with the National Trust’s Bradley Manor project team to develop an inspirational conservation vision for Bradley?

The aim is to produce a conservation management plan that can support the current team to manage Bradley now and into the future. It will help to create a clearer understanding of the estate’s significance as well as the impact that future management, maintenance and development projects, as well as increased access, will have on the property, all whilst retaining Bradley’s sense of mystery.

The conservation management plan will cover the Bradley Manor Estate which comprises Bradley Manor Lodge, Bradley Manor, the Poundhouse and 83 acres of woodland and meadow in Bradley Vale.

We want to work with you to create our blueprint for caring for Bradley into the future. If you are up for the challenge please contact nicky.ravenhill@nationaltrust.org.uk
for a copy of the brief, quoting reference BM09/2016 in the subject title.

Atkins – Historic Environment Managers, Birmingham / London

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

We are seeking highly talented and motivated professionals to serve as the Historic Environment Managers for Phase One of HS2. This is a generational opportunity to support the design and delivery of the UK’s largest ever programme of historic environment fieldwork; and will offer the right candidates the potential for a step-change in their career.

Working as part of an integrated HS2 Ltd / Contractor team the postholders will design, oversee and ensure the effective delivery of all historic environment and archaeological investigations. Collaboration and innovation will be required at all stages of to ensure that we deliver outstanding quality work, on time and on budget.  Experience of managerial roles on commercial archaeological projects is highly desired.

Post holders will be employed by Atkins and will be seconded into the HS2 Ltd offices in central London or central Birmingham. Both positions are permanent roles.

Salary: Competitive plus benefits

For further information and to submit an application, please click on the link below:
http://careers.atkinsglobal.com/job/historic-environment-managers-jobid-if-000305?src=JB-15201&utm_source=JB-15201

Closing date: 2nd October 2016

Twentieth Century Society – Head of Operations

The C20 Society is seeking a Head of Operations, who will be responsible for providing the coordinated management and administration of the Society, which campaigns for the conservation of post 1914 architecture and design, including Art Deco and Neo Georgian buildings as well as Brutalist and Post-Modern ones.  C20 Society is a member organisation and a charity, with a specific role as a National Amenity Society.  Although the post is part-time, at three days per week, the role is challenging and wide ranging. It therefore requires someone who can take a broad, strategic overview of the administration of the Society, as well as ensuring that detailed administrative and financial procedures are in place and work effectively and efficiently.  The post reports to the Director, and will be supported by a team of volunteers.  The Society is based in Farringdon, London.

Salary £18-20,000 for 3 days per week (£30-33,000 pro rata).

For further details please see: http://www.c20society.org.uk/news/c20-society-seeks-head-of-operations/

Please apply with a CV and covering letter to operations@c20society.org.uk by 10pm on 16th October.
I
nterviews are planned for Thursday 20th October.

 

UNSALARIED VACANCIES 

 

Short notice closing date: Trustee – The Institute of Conservation

Help champion the conservation of our cultural heritage and the talented people who safeguard it

Do you believe in the cultural, social and economic value of caring for our heritage? Are you versed in the challenges and delights of stewarding a small but leading charity?

Consider helping the Institute of Conservation (Icon) as a new Trustee on the Board. This co-opted role requires a fresh perspective and a new set of skills to help Icon in our mission to raise public awareness of the value of caring for our heritage and to champion high standards of conservation in the UK.

In particular, Icon welcomes candidates with a background in:

o Marketing, public relations and public engagement
o Income generation
o Strategic development and growth
o Organisational change

If you or someone you know might be right for the role, please have a look at the website http://icon.org.uk/trustee-institute-conservation

Deadline for applications: 18th September 2016

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   NOTES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Maximise your reach: share your news, views, vacancies and courses

The voice for the independent heritage movement, Heritage Update is a free e-bulletin produced on a fortnightly basis by The Heritage Alliance and distributed directly to subscribers’ inboxes and published online. Click here to subscribe.

A current affairs briefing on and for the heritage sector, Heritage Update has gone from strength to strength since 2003, reaching the milestone of 300 issues in May 2015. The Bulletin now reaches some 14,000 inboxes.

Advertising of vacancies in Update is free to Alliance members and costs a modest £150 per ad per issue to non-members. We also welcome image-based advertising on our side-bar for academic courses, projects and services of interest to the sector. To discuss, please contact Alliance Trustee and Guest editor, Professor Ian Baxter, on ianbaxter@cantab.net

Schedule of forthcoming issues: 30 September, 14 October, 28 October. The copy deadline is the Wednesday of the week of circulation.

If you wish to use or quote from items in Heritage Update, you should always check the accuracy and current position with the source. The Heritage Alliance cannot guarantee the accuracy of, or accept any responsibility for, the contents of Update.

The Heritage Alliance is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales Registered Company No 4577804 and a Registered Charity. Charity No 1094793. Registered Office Clutha House, 10 Storey’s Gate, London, SW1P 3AY.

Heritage Alliance contacts

Chief Executive
Kate Pugh +44 (0)20 7233 0800 kate.pugh@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Office & Finance Manager [Mon & Tues]
Howard Weinberg +44 (0)20 7233 0900 HowardW@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Giving to Heritage project leader
Mark Webb +44 (0)20 7222 3982 mark.webb@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Historic Religious Building Alliance Development Officer [Wed & Thurs]
Becky Payne +44 (0)20 7233 0900 hrb@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Heritage 2020 Project Officer
Caroline Peach heritage2020@theheritagealliance.org.uk

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Heritage Update
Issue 330 – Friday 2 September 2016     
 
The Telegraph building, Fleet Street (photo: editor)
   HEADLINES

Heritage Open Days 8th – 11th September

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival.

Heritage Open Days has flourished as a unique joint-venture spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. Partnership work is at the core of the programme’s delivery.Heritage Open Days is coordinated centrally by the a national team with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Locally, it is thousands of organisations and individuals from all walks of life who make the festival happen.

Treasure Your Treasures’ is the theme for this year’s annual four-day festival, which calls on communities to champion their local heritage and show their support for cultural and historic assets on their doorsteps. Visitors are encouraged to capture themselves on camera with the objects, people or places that they treasure and to share their stories online via social media using the hashtag #TreasureYourTreasures. Specially made Heritage Open Days frames will be positioned in each region at some of the free events for people to put themselves in the picture together with or in front of their treasures.

The ‘treasures’ theme comes following the results of a straw poll by Heritage Open Days, which showed that 95% of Heritage Open Days organisers had fears about the future of places like museums, galleries, archives, theatres, parks and historic sites in their own communities, which may be facing financial uncertainty. 225 local organisers responded to the survey about their treasures and their level of concern about the effects of funding cuts. They felt overwhelmingly that Heritage Open Days had an important role to play in supporting the future of their local treasures.

The Heritage Open Days website can be found at: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 – it’s official

The European Commission has published its long-awaited proposal for the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.

The Commission sets out the three objectives to cover firstly the role of cultural heritage as a critical component in cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. The year will highlight best means to ensure its conservation and safeguarding as well as prompting enjoyment by a wider and more diverse public, whether that is achieved through audience development or through education. Second, it will enhance the contribution European cultural heritage makes to the economy and to society including its capacity to underpin the creative and cultural industries, promote tourism and local employment. Thirdly the Year is intended to help promote cultural heritage as an important element of the EU’s international dimension building on the interest in partner countries for Europe’s heritage and expertise. The promotion of the value of cultural heritage responds too to the deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in conflict zones.

The European Commission confirms the Year will be implemented using existing EU programmes supporting conservation, digitisation, infrastructure, research and innovation, enhancement and skills. These programmes include Creative Europe; the European structural and investment funds; Horizon 2020; Erasmus+; and Europe for Citizens.
The proposal is particularly strong on the opportunity for Member States and stakeholders to work together to develop a stronger and more integrated approach to cultural heritage. Measures might include information and promotion campaigns, events and initiatives at European, national, regional and local levels.

For further information see the EC Proposal for the EYCH, EC press release and Europa Nostra Press Release on the EYCH.

European Year of Cultural Heritage and the UK

The UK will still be a Member of the EU in 2018 so there is no reason why heritage organisations cannot participate either as lead bodies or partners. All Member States will be asked to appoint a National Co-ordinator. A European Steering Group including representatives of the national co-ordinators will be set up.  The European Commission will convene meetings of the National Co-ordinators to facilitate delivery and information-sharing.

Europa Nostra, The Heritage Alliance’s European counterpart is calling on all its members, laureates and supporters to join forces for the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Europa Nostra is gathering input and ideas from across its network for greater synergies and cooperation. Are you planning events or projects for 2018 or in the run-up to it? Share your plans, ideas and suggestions by sending an email to the Brussels office: bxl@europanostra.org

For further information see the EC Proposal for the EYCH, EC press release and Europa Nostra Press Release on the EYCH.

Historic England survey on EU funding for the historic environment

Historic England is seeking to improve its understanding of what England’s historic environment receives from the European Union. To help with this it is inviting organisations fill in in short survey. This information will provide an important baseline from which to identify the impact on business and to plan for the future.

The deadline for responses is Friday 16th September and the results of the survey will inform the advice Historic England provides to central government.

Historic England is also in the process of commissioning a different piece of work to produce an overall figure of how much in cash terms the historic environment sector receives.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CDL5MKQ

2017 – 50th Anniversary of Conservation Areas

In 2017, the civic movement and others will be raising awareness of Conservation Areas. When Conservation Areas legislation was introduced by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a Private Member’s bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys, there was widespread public concern over the pace of redevelopment in historic towns and cities. Today there are over 10,000 conservation areas in the UK (approximately 9,300 in England, 500 in Wales, 650 in Scotland and 60 in Northern Ireland) reflecting the popularity of this legislative tool in identifying and protecting valued historic places.

Conservation Area designation essentially controls the demolition of unlisted buildings over a certain size and works to protect trees, restricts permitted development rights on dwelling houses and tightens regulations on advertising. It also places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas while undertaking their planning duties.

Civic Voice [Alliance member] has initiated the The Big Conservation Conversation. Civic Voice want communities across the country to come together to say “My Conservation Area Matters”. Next year, Civic Voice will be asking groups across the country to use Civic Day 17th June as a focus to celebrate 50 years of conservation areas. See here for ways your civic society could celebrate 50 years of conservation areas for Civic Day.

Ride and Stride, the national fundraising day for churches, chapels and meeting houses.

Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities. Supported by The National Churches Trust [Alliance member] and in partnership with county based local churches trusts, Ride+Stride opens the doors to some of England’s most rare and unusual churches, chapels and meeting houses. It means that there will many more open churches than usual so support them by paying a visit.

This year’s Ride+Stride will be held nationally on Saturday 10th September.

Find out how you can participate as a church, a cyclist, walker or horse rider: http://www.rideandstrideuk.org/

Summoned by Bells for Heritage Open Days

As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, the organisers have joined forces with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and want to open up 500 of England’s bell towers to the public. They also hope to create a collective bell ringing moment on Thursday 8th September at 6pm.

Find out how to take part at http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/press/news/challenge-500-call-on-bell-towers-and-ringers

Save the date: Heritage & Research – the Alliance’s 8th Heritage Debate

This next Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate will explore how heritage research influences public and private sector decision-making – or not. Millions of choices are made in the property industry and by modest private owners every day while champions like the Heritage Alliance need to access relevant and timely evidence to support their advocacy.

This debate will hear from experts with academic, property and political perspectives on how the transfer mechanisms work in practice and what might be done to strengthen them.  The audience will be invited to contribute in the following Q&A session.

The Debate takes place on Wednesday 26th October in the Adephi Suite, The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DD. It will be followed by a reception in the wonderful early C20th Palm Court. Booking for this free event sponsored by Ecclesiastical will open shortly on the THA website.

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Tourism Action Plan & Discover England Fund awards

The Government has just published a revised Tourism Action Plan and the Prime Minister has also announced the first recipients of the Discover England Fund award.

The £40 million fund is intended to deliver new tourism outside London and ease travel around Britain, helping visitors from abroad as well as Brits holidaying at home to explore the wealth of tourism opportunities across the country.

The first grants from the £40 million Discover England fund have been awarded to projects and organisations in different geographic areas to join up and create offers that can attract tourism outside of London.

Funding will go on projects to shine a spotlight on some of the country’s great cultural and sporting assets, from music festivals to championship golf courses and our world-class cuisine. This investment in tourism and support for local businesses is intended to ensure that Britain remains a world beating destination for visitors from across the globe.

The Tourism Action Plan includes a series of new initiatives and measures to help Britain out-compete other major tourism destinations, welcoming more international visitors than ever before and see more “staycations” as Brits holiday at home.

The new initiatives include:

  • Making travel easier with a new GREAT tourism rail offer, including five new easy to book rail itineraries to help tourists seamlessly travel around the UK. The Government in association with VisitBritain and the Rail Delivery Group will launch a competition for five pairs of people to road-test the itineraries.
  • Addressing the industry’s seasonal nature through a flexible apprenticeship scheme that allows training to be completed over 16-18 months rather than 12, with breaks included.
  • Cutting red tape with sensible regulation by changing licensing to allow B&Bs to offer a welcome drink, and modifying vehicle licensing will allow B&B owners to pick up visitors from train stations.

Further details about recipients of Discover England Fund grants: https://www.visitbritain.org/discover-england-fund-year-one-round-one
Information on applying for Round Two of Discover England Fund: https://www.visitbritain.org/discover-england-fund

‘Crowdfunding for Heritage projects’, Giving to Heritage workshop
4th October, London

Crowdfunding has been very much in the fundraising news over the last 12 months with a number of successful campaigns, including some in the heritage sector. This new workshop will introduce the concept of crowdfunding and include case studies and practical tips on how successful campaigns have been managed in the heritage sector, together with ‘lessons learnt’ from others that have been less successful.

The workshop (which is part of the Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme) will be held at Stephens House and Gardens, nearly Finchley underground station, London, and will run from 10.00 to 16.30.

Booking is open at www.givingtoheritage.org.uk

Victorian Society objects to plans for the Grade I-listed Royal Exchange, London

The Victorian Society [Alliance member] is objecting to plans for the Grade I-listed Royal Exchange to insert a new mezzanine directly onto the face of murals by artists such as Lord Leighton and Frank Brangwyn which depict scenes from London’s history. The Society considers that potential of this great building, filled with important sculpture and murals can never be achieved until the existing mezzanine is removed. The City of London should, the Victorian Society argues, reject the application and make displaying these great pieces of public art in a way befitting their importance its top heritage priority.

Christopher Costelloe, Victorian Society Director, said: ‘The City of London should have never allowed a mezzanine to be inserted into one of the City’s most important public spaces. Few of the thousands of people working nearby are likely to know that it contains these impressive works of art. Currently the murals can be viewed from above. Public access to the courtyard should be sustained by revenue generating spaces elsewhere in the building. The City should take this opportunity to set out a clear plan for the future of this nationally important building.’

The 1841 Royal Exchange was designed by Sir William Tite in a classical style with two main storeys round an arcaded courtyard. Grade I-listed in 1950, the building is considered of ‘exceptional interest’ – only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I. Nevertheless in the 1980s, the Victorian roof was replaced with two floors of offices. Revenue from this new commercial space should have supported public access to the murals. A mezzanine was inserted in the early 2000s and the arcade was filled with shops blocking the murals from ground floor view. However, a staircase continues to allow the murals to be viewed from the upper mezzanine.

The Society is urging the public to object to the application online.

Heritage Lottery Fund Kicks the Dust

Named by young people, Kick the Dust is a £10million grants programme from the HLF for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people. Applicants can apply for a grant from £500,000 to £1m as part of a consortium, which should include heritage and youth organisations.

For the first time, HLF will also be asking young people to help it decide which projects should be funded.

With application guidance being published on 23 September 2016, HLF will be holding information workshops across the UK in late September and October. These sessions will take participants through the detail of the programme and provide an opportunity to meet with others interested in working with young people.

Kick the Dust is informed by research commissioned in 2015 looking at the new landscape for youth work and the needs of the heritage sector to develop more opportunities for young people. In the consultation for the grants programme heritage organisations said that they needed more time and resource to test, develop and embed high quality, ongoing practice. They wanted longer, larger grants, of up to 5 years, to change how they engage young people. Many felt they needed to build their expertise and confidence in working with young people. They recognised the benefits of working with youth organisations, and wanted to establish stronger relationships with the youth sector to draw in expertise.

The research also found significant need for greater support with evaluation, and a new, more rigorous approach to how evidence is collected and used to inform HLF practice and wider knowledge. This ties in with current concerns and work about demonstrating the impact of youth work and services more broadly (for example, see the Centre for Youth Impact). The heritage sector also wanted HLF to advocate more for the value of youth engagement.

Workshop details can be found here: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/attend-our-kick-dust-workshops
Background on the grants programme research and consultation can be found here: https://www.hlf.org.uk/community/young-people-and-heritage-forum/why-kick-dust-research-and-consultation

Lenses on a Landscape Genius: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown Photography Exhibition – extended

As part of the Capability Brown 300th Anniversary Festival an exhibition has been launched of over 100 photographs & engaging video celebrate the originator of modern landscape thought.  Sixteen leading landscape & garden photographers capture the breadth & scale of his artistry in 46 sites and show design & technique developed by Brown which is still relevant in the creation of twenty-first century landscapes.

The exhibition, on show at the Building Centre, Store Street, London, has been extended until 27th October 2016, after which time it will move to Brussels for further display.

Further details here: http://bit.ly/2bBnMRD

More on the ‘social glue’ of culture

Matt Hancock, UK Minister for Digital and Culture, welcomed over 40 ministerial and cultural policy delegations to the third Edinburgh International Culture Summit last week. The Summit is a collaboration between the UK Government, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, British Council and Edinburgh International Festival.

He highlighted two key features of culture (which of course includes heritage):

“The first is economic. DCMS sectors, including the creative industries, here in the UK are responsible for over four million jobs, over £200 billion of value added and one of the most rapidly growing parts of our economy. They employ people of all ages and I think that at this point it is relevant to welcome the younger participants who are playing such a central role.

“This economic value is not all and perhaps it is not as important as the social and the human [values]. Britain is an outward, optimistic country, engaged and open to the world and it is within that spirit that we welcome you all here.

“And the task now is to make sure we use arts and culture to demonstrate the social glue which binds us together. Domestically to spread culture and access to culture to all parts, not just the heights of London and Edinburgh, not just for the affluent, but to all – building the strength of communities and building that social glue.

“And it is not just about culture within one country, because culture transcends borders. Globally to shape, as it has done in the past, Britain’s role in the world and identity. To bind humanity in mutual understanding and appreciation. And we celebrate that which brings us together and not concentrate on that which divides us.”

Further details of the summit can be found here: http://www.culturesummit.com/

Local science heroes

The Royal Society has launched a scheme to celebrate scientific pioneers. It is offering grants to small museums, galleries and archives to celebrate scientific pioneers within their communities.

Launched at the end of August, the Local Heroes scheme will provide grants of up to £3,000 for projects at Accredited institutions across the UK that showcase local science heroes and their discoveries.

The scheme aims to engage the public with science and shine a spotlight on the influence that scientists have had on local communities; heroes can range from historic figures to contemporary scientists.

It is hoped that successful projects will:

  • Attract audiences to engage with the life and work of scientists local to them.
  • Link local scientific heritage to contemporary science and scientists.
  • Highlight the diverse range of people that have contributed to science in the UK and how they were able to do so.

Further details available from the Royal Society website: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/local-heroes/

Changes to NCVO’s Funding Central service

Funding Central is unique providing access to thousands of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and EU funding sources, all in one place.

After seven years the Cabinet Office is no longer providing funding to run Funding Central. Funding Central has been a success helping organisations find vital funding. NCVO is committed to continuing Funding Central but needs to replace this funding.

To keep Funding Central sustainable and accessible to the voluntary sector NCVO will be introducing a small annual subscription.

Funding Central will continue to be free for smaller organisations and provide low cost access to larger organisations and individual users.

Further details of the changes can be found here: http://bit.ly/2c4Fjzf

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   ALSO THIS FORTNIGHT

House of Commons Library Report – Brexit: Impact across policy areas

A new report from the House of Commons Library looks at the current situation in a range of Government policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.

Areas relevant to heritage include (amongst others):

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Higher education
  • Culture

The report is available here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7213

Institute for Historic Building Conservation’s ‘Conservation Wiki’

The IHBC [Alliance member] has recently launched ‘Conservation Wiki‘, a knowledge-sharing platform for built and historic environment conservation that is the first of its kind. The free-to-use, open-access platform is the first expert portal to be created on Designing Buildings Wiki, the world-leading construction industry knowledge base. Conservation Wiki is a specially-designed, self-contained site led by the IHBC within Designing Buildings Wiki.

Conservation Wiki has launched with 100 articles already available on subjects ranging from the adaption of semi-detached dwellings to reduce summer overheating, to VAT Policy for historic buildings. It is also linked to the 3,500 more general articles on Designing Buildings Wiki, making it part of a truly comprehensive resource. The IHBC is now calling on conservation professionals to upload their expertise to help the site expand, making conservation knowledge freely available to everyone.

IHBC Director Dr Sean O’Reilly said: ‘Conservation Wiki is a collaborative resource that everyone can use and improve. We are calling on anyone with conservation expertise or specialist interests to add to the site to help spread best practice, promote innovation and prevent mistakes, so sign up now for regular updates. Don’t leave your knowledge gathering dust on your hard drive, add it to Conservation Wiki, improve the industry and raise your own profile at the same time.’

Caring for your Home – web resource from IHBC

The IHBC has also just launched its ‘Caring for your home’ website offering an accessible guide to anyone seeking help in looking after their home; and while there’s still work to be done on the resource – as a Beta test site – there’s lots of help on offer there already.

IHBC’s Vice Chair Kathy Davies said: ‘This is set to be a very useful new resource for home-owners and residents.  I’m delighted that the IHBC, with initiatives like this site, is making real contributions to the widest constituencies of heritage users.  It is the perfect way for the IHBC to help ‘join the dots’ between all the players that shape the future of our heritage’.

IHBC’s Technical Committee, led by Janice Gooch, helped shaped the distinctive style of this resource.  Janice said: ‘This is a modern day resource that replaces the much respected publication of ‘Stitch in Time’, which we produced with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).  This website sets out the core principles and forms a strong starting point for further development and progression, like any good conservation document.’

Whilst aimed at the general householder, it is promoted as a useful resource for anyone, professionals included.

The importance of ‘place’ in the government’s industrial strategy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark underlined the vital role of local growth and the importance of ‘place’ in developing and delivering the government’s comprehensive industrial strategy during a visit to Belfast on 11th August.

For the first time, all ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will act as local growth champions across the United Kingdom and will be tasked with building relationships with a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Ministers will also engage with businesses and local leaders in the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and will act as a first point of contact for respective LEPs in England within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Government has helped transform the business landscape by putting power back into the hands of local communities and businesses to drive economic growth. To make sure every corner of the UK benefits, I am giving ministers in my team geographic areas of responsibility so they can build on existing relationships to better connect government policy with the businesses and industries we’re working with.

“This is part of our plan to build an economy that works for all. An effective industrial strategy has to recognise and take advantage of the differences and unique strengths that exist across the country, and I will be encouraging all my ministers to get out there and meet the people who know their area best.

Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site valued at over £1 Billion

A recent report released by Edinburgh World Heritage Trust has found that residents, visitors and businesses attach an economic value of between £1.2 – £1.4 billion to Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The survey, using a Treasury-approved approach (contingent valuation), is the first time the value of the city’s heritage has been measured in this way.

The report reveals the depth of public support for the World Heritage site. The survey found that 96% of respondents feel that the city’s heritage is beneficial, and that this support is regardless of respondents’ economic or social background. Residents, visitors and businesses all strongly support the conservation of Edinburgh’s heritage, and see the World Heritage Site as a public good and long-term legacy for future generations.

The report was designed to capture the relationships that residents, businesses and visitors have with the site, and to express this through the attribution of a monetary value. Importantly, the contingent valuation established by the research is entirely separate to the commercial activities of businesses and residents within the World Heritage Site.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage commented: ‘this pioneering report shows that the World Heritage Site is deeply valued, and that its long term maintenance should be a priority for public spending. It also demonstrates a tremendous breadth of support with visitors, residents, and businesses all seeing the benefit to the city.’

The report can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/2bBxwX2

Satellite visitor centres for remote heritage sites

ALVA [Alliance member] has reported that architects are partnering with UNESCO to develop prototype ‘satellite visitor centres’ for world’s remotest heritage sites.

Two architecture studios hope to show how remote heritage sites can be served by ‘satellite’ visitor centres through their own design for a tourist hub which celebrates an uninhabited Scottish archipelago from a location on a nearby island.

Scottish studio Dualchas Architects and Norway’s Reiulf Ramstad Architects, who are working in the UK for the first time, have unveiled their masterplan for the St Kilda Visitor Centre. They propose the building, known as Iomart Hiort in Gaelic, should be built on the more accessible Isle of Lewis 50 miles away.

With the backing of UNESCO, a number of organisations in Scotland have been developing a multi-functional visitor hub that will capture the story of St Kilda and showcase the Hebridean landscape and culture, while regenerating the communities on the surrounding islands.

More on this story: http://bit.ly/2c4xbyP
Project website: http://www.ionadhiort.org/

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Future of public parks inquiry launched

The Communities and Local Government Committee launched an inquiry over the summer into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

The Committee invites submission of written evidence to its website on the following issues:

  • Who uses parks and open spaces, how often and for what
  • The contribution of parks to the health and well-being of communities
  • The impact of reductions in local authority budgets on parks
  • What the administrative status of parks should be in light of declining local authority resources for non-statutory services
  • How new and existing parks can best be supported
  • What additional or alternative funding is available and what scope is there for local authorities to generate revenue from park users
  • What the advantages and disadvantages are of other management models, such as privatisation, outsourcing or mutualisation

Further details here: http://bit.ly/2bIWQN5

The closing date for submissions is 30th September 2016.

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   EVENTS

September – November 2016

The Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the Institute for Fundraising, runs capacity building training for the sector through our HLF-funded Giving to Heritage programme. For a full schedule of events into 2017 please visit the GTH website.

4-8 September: RICS and SPAB [Alliance member] Building Conservation Summer School. Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

4-18 September: Jewish Heritage Days. B’nai B’rith UK [Alliance member]. UK-wide.

5 September: Introduction to traditional slate roofing. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester. http://bit.ly/2b452XI

5–6 September: Understanding Industrial Assets – Conservation & Management. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

7 September: Repair of Timber Framed Buildings SPAB [Alliance member] Masterclass. Sullington Manor Farm, Storrington, West Sussex. Email: education@spab.org.uk

8 September: National Heritage Science Forum [Alliance member] event: Opening up heritage science research. Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Russell Square, London

8 September: Research into the impact on museums of charging for admission. Report launch. Cardiff Email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk. AIM [Alliance member]

9 September: Britain’s Industrial Heritage: What has WHS inscription done for it? One-day Association for Industrial Archaeology [Alliance member] seminar. Wolverhampton University’s Telford campus.

9 September: Icon [Alliance member] Paintings Group Visit to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Compton, Guildford

10–14 SeptemberAnnual Conference. Association for Industrial Archaeology [Alliance member]. Wolverhampton University’s Telford campus.

12–13 September: Understanding & Creating Statements of Significance. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

14 SeptemberUnderstanding fundraising – the roles and responsibilities of trustees in heritage organisations. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. Coffin Works, Birmingham. £20.

14 SeptemberHistoric wallpaper symposium. English Heritage [Alliance member] and the Wallpaper History Society. Wrest Park, Beds. £20-£30.

15 SeptemberFundraising planning – putting your strategy into action. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. National Railway Museum, York. £20.

15 September: BRICK workshop on governance. Prince’s Regeneration Trust [Alliance member] The Florence Institute, Liverpool. £19.

16 September: Historic Finishes Masterclass, SPAB & Historic Royal Palaces [both Alliance members]. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

17 September: One-day Lime Pointing course. Heritage Craft Alliance. HCA Training Centre, Bedale. £110+VAT.

19 September: Introduction to lime pointing. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester. http://bit.ly/2b452XI

19-21 September: War Memorials Trust [Alliance member] War memorial workshops in Northern Ireland – Derry-Londonderry/Enniskillen/Belfast

20 SeptemberTheatres Trust Green Room: How Can We Help You? Theatres Trust [Alliance member] seminar. London. Free.

20–21 September: Port Development & the Historic Marine Environment. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

22-24 September: The Best in Heritage. Europa Nostra 15th anniversary conference. Dubrovnik.

27 SeptemberHow and when to apply for social investment funds. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. Stephens House & Gardens, London. £22.29.

30 September1 October: Paint on the Move. Traditional Paint Forum Conference 2016. Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. £230/£275.

1 October: The British Association of Friends of Museums [Alliance member]. One Day Conference, themed ‘Marketing for Excellence’. £65. Details from judy.mondon@ironbridge.org.uk

3 October: Repair and maintenance of traditional windows. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester http://bit.ly/2b452XI

3 October: SPAB [Alliance member] Maintenance Co-operatives Project National Conference, SPAB Friends House, London

3-7 October: SPAB [Alliance member] Repair of Old Buildings Course. St Andrew Holborn, London

4 October: Giving to Heritage: ‘Crowdfunding for Heritage’, Stephens House & Gardens, London

6 October: IHBC [Alliance member] NW conference – ‘Home is where the heart is…’. Liverpool.

4 October: Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar. London Transport Museum.

13-14 October: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects.
Heritage Trust Network National Conference. The Custard Factory, Digbeth

16 October: Paperscape: the Big Draw at the SPAB [Alliance member]. SPAB HQ, 37 Spital Square, London

19 October: Giving to Heritage ‘Measuring, Communicating and Sharing Impact of Heritage’, Kelmscott House, London

19 October: Repair of Gauged Arches, SPAB & Historic Royal Palaces [both Alliance members]. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

25 October: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage Annual Lecture: “A European Future for our Past”. Birmingham University.

26 October: Heritage & Research. The Heritage Alliance’s 8th Heritage Debate sponsored by Ecclesiastical: 6-9pm in the Adephi Suite, The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych WC2B 4DD. Booking opens shortly.

1 November: Giving to Heritage ‘How and Why to apply for Social Investment Funds’ International Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester

3 November: Giving to Heritage ‘Major Donor Fundraising for Heritage’ The Theatres Trust, London

4-5 November: Durham World Heritage Site 30th Anniversary Conference – Intangible Heritage. Durham. 

8 November: ALVA [Alliance member] Conference on Security Management at Visitor Attractions. London, Transport Museum.

10 November: Giving to Heritage ‘ Trusts & Foundations’ Coventry Transport Museum

9-11 November: “Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe”. Future for Religious Heritage FRH Biennial Conference Vicenza, Italy.

22 November: Giving to Heritage. Heritage Fundraising Planning & Strategy: Masterclass’ SS Great Britain, Bristol

Heritage Day 2016: 1 December at the Freemasons’ Hall, London, WC2B 5AZ.

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   SITUATIONS VACANT

SALARIED VACANCIES

 

Public Appointments: British Tourist Authority – Chair
& VisitEngland Advisory Board – Chair
Extended closing date

The Cabinet Office’s Centre for Public Appointments is advertising two roles at the British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland. Both recruitment campaigns have been extended to the 5th of September.

British Tourist Authority (BTA) – Chair
Remuneration: £40,000 pa
Time Requirements: An average of two days a week. There are six board meetings a year. The Chair will represent Britain at major travel industry events, associations and forums both in Britain and abroad which means commitment will fluctuate over the year.

Further details: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/british-tourist-authority-chair/

VisitEngland Advisory Board (VEAB) – Chair
Remuneration: £340 per day. Up to £16,320 per annum.
Time Requirements: There will be 4 regular advisory boards a year plus attendance at the BTA Board (six a year). We would expect Board-level commitments to take up 2 days per month with wider engagement taking the total time commitment up to a maximum of 4 days per month on average.

Further details: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/visitengland-advisory-board-chair/

Old Royal Naval College: Community & Partnerships Producer

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich is looking for a part time talented and innovative Community & Partnerships Producer who will be responsible for engaging the local community in the history and stories of the ORNC. The successful candidate will develop new ways in which people from all backgrounds and influences explore our site, frequently working with local groups, partners and experts. 

The ORNC is currently working on a transformational project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, focusing on the conservation of the Painted Hall, improved visitor routes, activities and interpretation. The project is driving new opportunities for inclusive practice and participation for a range of audiences, in collaboration with expert partners. The successful candidate will have a significant role in the delivery of the project outcomes.  

This is a three day per week post for a fixed term of two years.  Salary £26,000pa pro rata plus benefits. 

For the job description, person specification and further information about our project, please visit our website www.ornc.org

The closing date is 12 noon on Wednesday 14th September 2016.  This position is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Volunteer Development Internship

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual who will support its work with volunteers. The successful candidate will gain team work and project management skills, gaining practical hands on experience of managing a volunteer programme. 

The Painted Hall Project is one of the most ambitious conservation projects of a painted historic interior ever undertaken. The ORNC wants to recruit and train 100 more volunteers to help it achieve our goal of inviting members of the public on unique tours to explore the conservation work taking place.  The Volunteer Development Intern will work with our Volunteer Coordinator and wider ORNC team to develop volunteer opportunities, recruit and train a diverse team of people and support them as they embark on their new roles.  

This is a full time post for a fixed term of six months. Educational stipend of £17,108 pa pro rata.

For the job description, person specification and further information about our project, please visit our website www.ornc.org 

The closing date is 12 noon on Wednesday 7th September. This position is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Council for British Archaeology (CBA) – Deputy Director

The CBA is seeking a Deputy Director to work from our office in York.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to help strengthen existing partnerships, develop new ones and be part of a small team helping to influence national and regional heritage policy. The successful individual will also be helping to develop and implement new projects that help deliver the CBA’s strategic aims and objectives.

The core purpose of this role is to work with key stakeholders to raise the CBA’s profile and deliver CBA strategic aims through partnerships and projects, and to take lead responsibility for CBA’s work relating to public engagement and community participation in archaeology.

Starting salary of £35,000 p.a – with the possibility of an increase for an exceptional candidate, plus attractive pension with an additional 10% of gross salary available as an employer’s contribution to a pension scheme. A contribution to removal expenses will also be available.

The closing date for applications is: 10am on Tuesday 27th September 2016.
Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 6 October 2016.

Full details are available at http://new.archaeologyuk.org/job-vacancies

Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service –
Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership Officer

Are you a heritage specialist with a passion for World Heritage Sites and partnership working?

If so, there is an exciting opportunity to work on the management of one of the most iconic World Heritage Sites in the country.

You will be using your specialist knowledge and understanding to promote a wider appreciation of the ideals and unique identity of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site (WHS) among visitors, residents and stakeholders, working in partnerships with a wide range of organisations and individuals across the WHS to implement of the actions in the WHS Management Plan.

We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and skilled person to work alongside the WHS Partnership Manager, based in the Archaeology Service at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

The post is available full time, temporary for 2 years.
Salary: £22,434 – £24,717

Application deadline 26th September.
Interview date is 5th October

For further information and to apply see the Wiltshire Council recruitment pages: http://jobs.wiltshire.gov.uk/ 
Job Reference: CC00240

For informal enquiries contact Sarah Simmonds on 01225 718470 or Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger on 01249 705511

 

UNSALARIED VACANCIES 

 
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   NOTES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Maximise your reach: share your news, views, vacancies and courses

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Heritage Update
Issue 329 – Friday 19 August 2016     
 
The Telegraph building, Fleet Street (photo: editor)
   HEADLINES

Maiden speech of Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley: World Heritage Sites & ‘visiting places’ important

The new Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley (MP for Staffordshire Moorlands),  gave her first major speech on the value of culture from Liverpool in which she immediately noted the importance of the historic environment. ‘The waterfront is a World Heritage site. There is gorgeous architecture. World-class performing arts. Amazing museums, and galleries’.

While confirming the economic importance of DCMS sectors, she stressed that ‘everything has value that goes beyond the economic… they make us happy’.  She talked too about the place of culture in civil society and how she aimed to get culture into everyday lives taking for example the new Cultural Citizens Programme’ pilots and how to incorporate culture into the National Citizens Service. She therefore welcomed the recently announced incorporation of the Office of Civil Society into DCMS with reference to its various initiatives not least its interest in social impact bods and the affordable lending portal.

Reflecting on the value of heritage, she agreed ‘Places are not simply somewhere to build a factory. To have heart and soul, they need galleries, music centres, cherished heritage sites, libraries, and museums and sports facilities’. Going on to itemise initiatives based on place she noted the Government was working hard at rebalancing funding between London and the regions. The Great Place Scheme for example would bring together national arts and heritage Lottery funders with councils, cultural organisations and universities to ensure that culture forms a core part of local authorities’ plans and policies. Hull’s status as UK City of Culture would help bring communities together, to attract visitors, raise the profile of culture, and develop lasting partnerships while the Great Exhibition of the North in Summer 2018 will showcase the exceptional art, culture and design of the North of England.

New cultural opportunities created for hundreds of young people

The Culture Secretary has also announced that six hundred schoolchildren will be given unique access to cultural institutions as part of a new scheme to increase access to the arts.

The first pilots of the Cultural Citizens Programme will be launched in September in Liverpool and Blackpool, Birmingham, and Barking and Dagenham. The programme targets disadvantaged communities where fewer people currently visit museums, galleries or the theatre.

Young people on the programme will be offered a range of cultural activities, such as free visits to local plays, behind the scenes access to museums and galleries, and exclusive trips to world class venues, so they develop a lifelong love of the arts. Participants in some areas will build new skills, including learning to use social media accounts or being tour guides. Young people taking part in the programme will also be encouraged to work towards an Arts Award qualification.

The programme will be initially piloted in these three areas and, if successful aims to be rolled out to thousands of young people across the country. It is one of the key proposals from the Culture White Paper and will target areas where there is low cultural engagement. It will be led by Arts Council England and delivered by Curious Minds, Kids in Museums, and A New Direction with support from Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The pilots will explore how arts and cultural organisations can provide disadvantaged young people with cultural experiences and increase local engagement with the arts

New Secretary of State’s heritage roundtable

The last Heritage Update featured a call to readers for views on the opportunities and challenges ahead to be sent to DCMS in advance of the Heritage & Tourism Minister’s round table. In the event, the new Secretary of State Karen Bradley chaired the round table on 3rd August to hear from the sector. She met senior figures representing among others Historic England, The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, Historic Houses Association and The Heritage Alliance, Churches Conservation Trust, Royal Parks, the Lottery Fund and The Archaeology Forum.

Welcoming the assembled company, she said she thought she had been given the best Department in terms of delivering the new Prime Minister’s agenda which she defined in terms of productivity, economic growth, and unifying the nation. Turning to Brexit issues, she suggested the pre-negotiation period might well continue for some time but took on board the concerns raised over the future of farming subsidies and research resources. On the regulatory side, she was made aware of the importance of Environmental Impact Assessments and of maintaining mobility of heritage expertise. On the plus side, she noted too the opportunity to review the impact of VAT, a long standing issue for those working in the historic environment. She also recognised the opportunities for heritage to support the UK’s global repositioning and to support the message that Britain is open and welcoming.

National Trust: land policy

Helen Ghosh Director General of the National Trust gave a major speech at Countryfile Live on 4 August. She set out the Trust’s views on what the future of support for farming should be in a post Brexit world.

She stressed the importance of the countryside – it tops people’s list of what it means to be British. More than 80% of our countryside is in some kind of agricultural use – for the Trust that is 250000 hectares looked after by some 1700 tenant farmers. Yet over the last 70 years, the subsidy system had, she said, put the emphasis on producing food, whatever the cost to the environment.

Discussing the EU-driven Common Agricultural Policy, the Brexit vote, she argued, created an opportunity to review how public money can create the countryside we want to hand on the future generations. The Trust will argue that taxpayers should only pay public subsidy in return for what the market won’t pay but which the public needs and values. Farmers, she suggested, should get a proper return from retailers and food manufactures in return for producing great food. If they are managing their land for a different product or outcome – be that clear water, flood protection or great holiday experiences – they should get a proper return from the utilities, government agencies, insurance companies or tourism industry.

She set out the Trust’s 6 principles: Public money must only pay for public goods; It should be unacceptable to harm nature and easy to help it; Nature should be abundant everywhere; We need to drive better outcomes for nature, thinking long term and acting big; Farmers who deliver the most public benefit should get the most; and We must invest in science, new technology and new markets that help nature.

CPRE calls for an agricultural revolution

A new report released this week by the Campaign to Protect Rural England [Alliance member] argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient and publicly accessible over the coming years.

The New model farming paper argues that a more diverse sector – in demographics, farm size and production – would forge a more resilient future that offers rewards beyond food: beautiful landscapes, clean water, abundant wildlife, better flood management and improved carbon storage. It also argues that a post-Brexit settlement along these lines would make clearer the public benefits of huge public investment in farming.

The paper suggests that Government should attempt to reverse narrow trends of industrialisation and short-term efficiency that have long inflicted damage on vital natural assets – from landscapes and wildlife to soils and water. Damage to soil is estimated to cost £1.2 billion a year, while populations of farmland birds in England have more than halved in the past 40 years.

To arrest this decline in diversity across the sector, CPRE argues that Government should address the bias in policy towards larger farms through the tapering of public funding to benefit smaller farmers. It is currently thought that around 80% of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payment goes to the 20% largest businesses.

With 34,000 fewer farms in the UK than there were a decade ago, CPRE also suggests that more land should be made available to new groups of farmers and communities.

New civic funding for England – ‘Great Places’ now open for applications

A new £15 million grants scheme, Great Places, has been launched by the Arts Council England (ACE) to help civic organisations work together to help communities; with a deadline for Expressions of Interest of 6th October 2016 or full applications by 12th January 2017.

The Great Place Scheme – one of the flagship measures from the Government’s recently-published Culture White Paper – will pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together.

The aim of the scheme is that the considerable investment in culture made by organisations like Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England has maximum positive impact on jobs, economic performance, educational attainment, community cohesion and health and wellbeing; and to persuade civic organisations and local businesses to invest in and put culture at the heart of their thinking.

Using funds raised by the National Lottery, the scheme will be piloted in 12 locations across England, and is likely to include everything from a city-wide scheme to a group of rural or coastal local authority areas.  Funding comes from HLF and the Arts Council, each of which will contribute £7.5 million for projects lasting up to three years.  There will also be complementary support from other organisations where relevant, such as Historic England through its Heritage Action Zone initiative.

Applications must come from partnerships, which are likely to include: arts and heritage organisations; community/voluntary groups; social enterprises; businesses; local authorities; parish councils; local economic partnerships; and other public sector organisations.  Single organisations cannot apply.

Further information is available from a dedicated website: https://www.greatplacescheme.org.uk/

Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards

The Heritage Alliance is pleased to announce that its long-running annual award for heritage volunteers is renamed Ecclesiastical’s Award for Heritage Heroes in recognition of the insurance company’s generous sponsorship to the Alliance. The award aims to celebrate the achievements of volunteers in the independent heritage sector; to increase mutual awareness among members of The Heritage Alliance and help individuals develop heritage business skills.

This year for the first time, the winner of Ecclesiastical’s Award for Heritage Heroes will benefit from Ecclesiastical’s own skills-based volunteering approach. In addition to the opportunity to present on the project at The Heritage Alliance’s popular Heritage Day on 1 December at the Freemasons Hall, London, Ecclesiastical will offer a day’s worth of in-kind support such as business management, marketing, communications or HR. The exact nature of the in-kind support will be agreed between the two parties as appropriate.

The Award scheme was established to celebrate the outstanding contribution to society made by heritage volunteers in England. Now in its seventh year, previous recipients include volunteers associated with Howsham Mill, Preston Bus Station, Bluebell Heritage Railway, Gorton Monastery in Manchester and SS Shieldhall in Southampton. John Lambourn was awarded the 2015 Heritage Heroes Award for his outstanding restoration and adaptive reuse of the 19th century fishing boat named Ripple in Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall.

The Award scheme is open to all Alliance members and their organisational members. Entries should demonstrate a distinctive achievement in the past 12 months (up to July 2016) by a voluntary individual or team. Applying or nominating couldn’t be easier – please complete a short nomination form and send it to Alliance Trustee, Henry Cleary: jhenrycleary@gmail.com.

The deadline for applications is 16 September 2016. Please nominate your outstanding volunteers!

Short notice deadline: Local charities match fund competition launched

The Office for Civil Society is seeking to support a fundraising campaign with at least £250,000 of match funding.

The match funding should be used to encourage donations to local charities and community groups. It will help them to raise vital income, attract new donors, and raise awareness of their work. It is part of plans announced by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, for a Local Charities Day, a celebration of local charities and community groups that will take place later this year.

Rob Wilson Minister for Civil Society said: “I want to make sure that those local charities and community groups who work tirelessly to support the needs of local people remain sustainable. This match funding will help those responsive, locally engaged and committed organisations get the recognition they deserve in helping to build a bigger, stronger society.”

Applications are invited to deliver the match funding through a fundraising campaign. Applicants must have experience of delivering match-funded fundraising campaigns that benefit the whole or part of England, and the capacity to release the match funding through a campaign starting in December 2016 at the latest.

Government is also particularly interested in proposals that bring together partnerships capable of expanding the reach and impact of the match funding campaign.

Deadline for applications to deliver match funding: 21st August 

Reminder: Historic Environment Protection Reform Group summer consultation

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the high-level sectoral committee, has been concerned for many years by the continuing reduction in heritage and planning resourcing in local authorities.  In 2014 HEF set up a working group, the Historic Environment Protection Reform Group, to address these problems and devise solutions. HEF consulted key heritage stakeholders on 15 proposed reforms in October 2015. These proposals have now been worked up in more detail, and HEF is seeking further input from stakeholders in this summer 2016 consultation.

  • For background information, visit the HEF webpage
  • The Summer Consultation paper is available here.
  • The Summer Consultation closes on 19 September. 
  • Responses should be sent to The Heritage Alliance acting as the Secretariat for HEF to kate.pugh@theheritagealliance.org.uk

The Historic Environment Forum welcomes all responses to this consultation. Everyone is encouraged to answer the general question (Question 12), but HEF would particularly welcome responses on the more specific questions which precede it. 

Please do pass it on to colleagues as appropriate.

EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU guaranteed by Chancellor

Chancellor, Philip Hammond announced on 13th August that British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU.

Assurances set out by the Treasury include:

  • all structural and investment fund projects, including agri-environment schemes, signed before the Autumn Statement will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU
  • the Treasury will also put in place arrangements for assessing whether to guarantee funding for specific structural and investment fund projects that might be signed after the Autumn Statement, but while we remain a member of the EU. Further details will be provided ahead of the Autumn Statement
  • where UK organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while we are still a member of the EU, for example universities participating in Horizon 2020, the Treasury will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU

The Treasury commented that as a result, British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, has written to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, setting out the steps that the Treasury will be taking to guarantee funding streams.

Work at the very heart of the heritage sector with The Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance is seeking an exceptional person to appoint as Policy & Communications Officer. See the jobs section below of the website http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/vacancies/  for fuller description and how to apply.

Closing date Tuesday 23rd August 2016.

Prof. Ian Baxter: Update guest editor

The Alliance is very pleased to welcome Ian Baxter, Professor of Historic Environment Management, consultant and Trustee of The Heritage Alliance, who is again taking on Heritage Update as guest editor as an interim measure until our new Policy & Communications Officer is appointed.

Please send all content to ianbaxter@cantab.net for the issue on 2nd September.

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   NEWS

Special workshops organised by The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage

How to set up a Community Shares Heritage Project – special London workshop
9th December

Heritage and community projects that have raised funds via community shares have been in the news recently, including Hastings Pier, which was reopened this summer following a highly successful community shares offer. This practical Giving to Heritage workshop explains how to set up a community shares scheme including the financial and legal requirements, behavioural insights into why schemes have been successful, who is buying community shares and why a community shares offer may work for your particular heritage project. The one-day workshop at The Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London, is delivered by The Heritage Alliance and the Community Shares Co. The workshop is supported by the HLF and is available at the highly subsidised rate of £22 per person. Bookings can be made at http://bit.ly/1VYBHkS. Another workshop will be held in Manchester in April 2017 and details will follow shortly.

Raising funds with Heritage Trustees and the new Charities (Protection & Social Investment) Act 2016 – Birmingham workshop
14th September

All charities need to familiarise themselves with the new regulatory environment which came into force last month, along with the new Charities Act. This one day workshop will also demonstrate how trustees, and those who work with them, can utilise the skills, knowledge and contacts of trustees and board members to enhance the efforts of individual heritage fundraisers and fundraising teams. The workshop will explain how to create a culture of fundraising in heritage organisations, and will provide pointers on other sources of private funds. The workshop will be delivered by The Heritage Alliance and the Institute of Fundraising and will include heritage case studies and other useful practical tips. It will also be an excellent networking opportunity, as well as providing the opportunity to view the award-winning Coffin Works in central Birmingham. To book your place for just £20, go to www.givingtoheritage.org.uk

Nominations for successful heritage fundraisers, National Fundraising Awards 29th November 2016

Nominations are open for this prestigious award, hosted by the Institute of Fundraising, under a number of categories including: Best Use of Digital, Best Fundraising Newcomer, Best Volunteer Fundraiser and Best Innovative Fundraising Campaign. All entries must relate to fundraising activity or campaigns which took place between 1 January 2015 and 31 March 2016. There are a number of Giving to Heritage success stories which would make very good nominations, as well as many others in the heritage sector. Let’s see if the sector can be well represented this year!

Nominations close on 5 September and the Awards Ceremony will be at Troxy, London, on 29 November. Nominate your heritage fundraising project or individual at  http://bit.ly/1VYBHkS

National Heritage Training Group – Building Traditional Skills, Resilience and Community

The National Heritage Training Group [Alliance member] have been awarded £779,200 from the HLF’s Skills for the Future funding scheme to provide high quality, work-based training and skills development opportunities to equip people for a career in the built heritage sector or for those already working in the sector to expand and improve their knowledge and skills sets.

This project, entitled Building Traditional Skills, Resilience and Community, will be achieved by working with Construction Trade Federations, Specialist Contractors and Regional Partners in England to offer:

• 30 variable-length traditional building craft skills bursary placements
• 100 delegates (including 30 Bursary Holders) attending the 2 day course to achieve the Level 3 Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings
• 10 Heritage Specialist Apprenticeships
• 20 Level 3 NVQ Diplomas in Heritage Skills
• 10 Mentors to train and undertake a scheme to pass on their skills and knowledge to develop the abilities  of less experienced trades people

Training and live site-based work experience is the largest element of this Project and will be available for new entrants, career changers and those looking to up-skill from mainstream construction. This therefore provides a spectrum of learning and training covering beginners to the pinnacle of higher crafts status, as well as helping those who wish to progress to site supervision and management roles within this sector. The placements are intended to be stimulating and rewarding opportunities, both for the Bursary Holder and the Placement Provider.

The NHTG Project Management Board (PMB) will oversee strategy and delivery and continually review progress and monitor quality. It will also promote the project at every opportunity as well as liaise closely in supporting and advising the National Project Manager.

For more information please contact National Project Manager: Graham Lee. Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk

Further details of the Bursary Placements available are listed in the Salaried Vacancies section below.

2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The Honours Team at DCMS is looking to identify potential candidates within the heritage sector for the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

It is hoped that the lists reflect the diversity of today’s society, tackle under-representation, and fully reward and celebrate the efforts of extraordinary people working within the sector.

You are encouraged to nominate candidates by completing the form available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/honours-nomination-form-department-for-culture-media-and-sport-sectors?a

Heritage Lottery Fund’s new Resilient Heritage Programme

On the 28th July, the HLF launched a new £8 million annual investment programme to help organisations and partnerships build their resilience.

You can apply for grants between £3,000 and £250,000 to help fund a range of tailored activity specifically designed to help your organisation improve the way they manage heritage for the long term. This could include acquiring new skills or knowledge to help build fundraising capacity, opening up new income streams, exploring new approaches to governance and leadership, identifying opportunities to reduce negative environmental impacts and make efficiency savings or creating new partnerships.

Press release https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/heritage-lottery-fund-launches-new-%C2%A38million-resilience

Details on how to apply: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/resilient-heritage

Places of Worship: Security Funding Scheme

The Home Office has announced bidding for grants under the Places of worship: security funding scheme, to provide protective security measures for places of worship in England and Wales. Bids for funding can be made for the next 8 weeks until 5pm on 20th September. A second round of bids will open in spring 2017.
For details see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme

Bids are invited from places of worship in England and Wales: however,

  • schools and educational institutions are not eligible to apply; and
  • Jewish places of worship are ineligible because there is already a scheme in place to fund security measures at Jewish community sites through grants administered by the Community Security Trust.

Bids may be made for the capital cost of security equipment but not for the cost of recruiting security personnel. Places of worship need to contribute 20 per cent of the total costs. The non-exhaustive list of examples includes: CCTV; perimeter fencing; access control gates; bollards; door locks; window locks; intruder alarm; external lighting; security doors. The funding would also include the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment, but not contributions towards: annual service charges, maintenance charges, or one-off fees such as connection or monitoring charges.

Bidding closes at 5pm on 20 September; outcomes will be communicated by 9 November.
Contact details: securityfundingCED@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

There is more safety and security advice is available at the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website: www.gov.uk/nactso and specifically here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/375136/Places_of_Worship_Reviewed.pdf

Ecclesiastical Insurance’s website (the Alliance’s core sponsor) has a very helpful checklist: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/images/places-of-worship-terrorism-checklist.pdf

Gardens, farms and theme parks see greatest increase in visitors in England in 2015

England’s gardens, farms and leisure and theme parks experienced the most significant growth in visitor numbers in VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey published this week.

Out of the 1,500 English attractions in the survey, outdoor attractions performed particularly well in 2015. Gardens, farms and leisure/theme parks reported the biggest increase in visitors, each up 7%, with wildlife attractions and country parks also seeing visitor numbers grow by 4%. Visits to England’s attractions rose by 2% in 2015 overall with revenue up 5%.

Visits to rural and coastal attractions grew by 5% and 4% respectively, echoing VisitEngland research that shows an increase in domestic holidays to the seaside (up 7%) and countryside (up 12%) in 2015.

Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Year after year, our world-class tourist attractions continue to draw millions of visitors not just into London, but to the country as a whole. It is fantastic to see such strong growth across the regions, particularly in rural and coastal communities.”

The Tower of London remained the most visited ‘paid for’ attraction with 2.8 million visits followed by Westminster Abbey and Kew Gardens which saw 1.6 million visitors each. Topping the list of free attractions for the eighth year was the British Museum with more than 6.8 million visitors followed by the National Gallery (6 million visitors) and the Natural History Museum (5.3 million visitors).

Report and statistics available from VisitEngland research and insights website.

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   ALSO THIS FORTNIGHT

Heritage Index Update for 2016: more data sets please

The Royal Society for Arts (RSA) is asking for help to update last year’s Heritage Index. This unprecedented data exercise brought together over 100 ways to measure the richness of heritage assets and activities across every local area in England, Scotland and Wales, from the number of protected local cheeses to the size of local nature reserves. The Heritage Index is designed to help heritage organisations and local partners attract publicity and profile, to plan and fundraise and to inspire volunteers and campaigns.

It showed for example how Worcester ranks alongside Oxford and Cambridge in the Heritage Index. Inspired by this, Worcester City Council designed a poster to highlight that it came in England’s top 10, which was then promoted around the City. Barrow in Furness, better known for high levels of deprivation, came top of all 325 English boroughs for the quality of its landscapes and natural heritage in the Heritage Index. Inspired by press coverage, local community leaders have been able to expand their network of partners to develop a green infrastructure plan.

The update relies on organisations which have a nationwide presence to share data which could be all UK, or any of the four home nations individually. RSA asks organisations have a look at the full range of data and sources used in last year’s 2015 Heritage Index, and to suggest what could be added from your organisation or from your knowledge of other sources.

The consultation runs until September 7th. For further information see here:
https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2016/08/help-us-develop-the-heritage-index-for-2016

Archaeology Matters pledge

As part of the ongoing Power of Archaeology campaign, the Council for British Archaeology has produced pledge cards for supporters to use and distribute. The cards are designed to be filled in by you with a personal message relating to why you care about archaeology and heritage, and then invite your MP/Councillor to respond to ‘sign the pledge’.

Filling in the card is an easy way to share a personalised message to your government or council representative. It can be about anything relevant to heritage or archaeology which you want to add, but the Local Heritage Engagement Network has some tips here and on their website.

Anyone can fill these cards in: Professionals who work in heritage or archaeology, local group members, or interested individuals. You can mention a specific site or simply express a general care for the past – all that matters is that you show them people care.

If you would like to obtain some cards, email: lhen@archaeologyuk.org

UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts relaunches as Heritage Trust Network

The Heritage Trust Network is the new name for UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts (UKAPT), originally established in 1989 as a grass roots umbrella organisation offering guidance and support to building preservation trusts. The new organisation is the result of a recent and significant period of transition, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will take forward the best of the last 27 years of UKAPT but with a broader remit, supporting all forms of not-for-profit groups who are breathing life and enterprise into the UK’s threatened historic places.

Sarah McLeod, Chair of Heritage Trust Network, who has been leading the transition process said: “The change to Heritage Trust Network is more than just a name change; it’s an exciting new chapter in our organisation’s history which will bring greater benefits to everyone involved in tackling historic buildings and heritage assets at risk.”

New features of Heritage Trust Network include:

• A specific membership package for individuals working in the heritage sector as well as a new Corporate Supporters offer,  meaning that more people are now able to benefit from the expertise of the network
• A new Start Up Membership for fledgling groups. This package, which includes visits to live projects, is designed for new unconstituted groups who are considering starting a project.  
• An interactive Toolkit with new and improved guidance notes
• A Talent Bank on the website where Corporate Supporters and Full Members can advertise their services and expertise, providing a useful go-to list of heritage professionals. 

The new website www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk will go ‘live’ from the end of August, and Heritage Trust Network will be launched officially at HTN’s inaugural national conference in Birmingham in October – Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects.

DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2016

DCMS has released new statistics this week estimating the contribution of DCMS Sectors to the UK economy, measured by gross value added (GVA) at basic prices, imports and exports of services, employment and the number of enterprises.

This release supersedes figures from September 2015. It is the first time it has been possible to look at the changes over time for all DCMS sectors in a consistent way, and the first official estimates for the range of additional measures presented in this report.

These statistics cover the contributions of the following DCMS sectors to the UK economy;

  • Creative Industries
  • Cultural Sector
  • Digital Sector
  • Gambling
  • Sport
  • Telecoms
  • Tourism

They do not currently cover the contribution of the sectors the Office for Civil Society has responsibility for (responsibility for the Office for Civil Society was transferred from Cabinet Office to DCMS on 21 July 2016).

A definition for each sector is available in the associated methodology note along with details of methods and data limitations.

New guidance from Historic England: “Drawing for Understanding: creating Interpretive Drawings of Historic Buildings”

This guidance describes a method of recording historic buildings for the purpose of historical understanding using analytical site drawing and measuring by hand.

The techniques described here have a long tradition of being used to aid understanding by observation and close contact with building fabric. They can be used by all involved in making records of buildings of all types and ages, but are particularly useful for vernacular buildings and architectural details which are crucial to the history of a building or site.

Record drawings are best used alongside other recording techniques such as written reports and photography (as described in Understanding Historic Buildings or to supplement digital survey data (see also Traversing the Past: The total station theodolite in archaeological landscape survey. They can also be used as a basis for illustrations that disseminate understanding to wider audiences.

Guidance available here: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/drawing-for-understanding/

Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park officially extended

It was announced by DEFRA on 1st August that the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks have extended their boundaries by 24% and 3% respectively. The extensions cover around 188 square miles. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom commented that the extensions were, “a bid to protect our precious countryside and boost rural tourism.”

The extension of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks will play a role in delivering the National Parks Plan, which launched earlier this year to help young people better connect with their local environment through a programme of visits, apprenticeships and volunteering.

Taking Part survey – Year 11 Technical Report published

DCMS has published a technical report on Year 11 of the Taking Part survey. This report outlines the methods used for the Taking Part survey, 2015 to 2016, and includes annexes detailing the operation of the survey deployment.

Details here: http://bit.ly/2b0Dd40

Plastic bag “tax” data

DEFRA has now published data for the first reporting period of the 5p single-use plastic bag charge. At least £29.2 million has been donated to good causes – environment, education, health, arts, charity or voluntary organisations, heritage and sports as well as local causes chosen by customers or staff. Further information is available here: http://bit.ly/2bmxbNh

Shortlist to host Great Exhibition of the North

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, recently announced the four cities that have been shortlisted to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018: Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield.

The exhibition, which will run for at least two months, will showcase the great creative, cultural and design sectors across the whole of the North, and boost investment and tourism in the region.

The shortlist will now be assessed by the Great Exhibition board before a final selection is made by Ministers. The chosen venue will be announced in the autumn.

The Government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition and a further £15 million to a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the North.

House of Lords Library Briefing: Lobbying and Political Campaigning: Charities and Trade Unions

This House of Lords Library briefing sets out the legislation that regulates the statutory register of lobbyists, and outlines the rules governing the ability of charities and trade unions to engage in political activity and to campaign in relation to elections. This briefing has been written in preparation for the debate in the House of Lords on 8 September 2016 on the role that charities, trade unions and civil society groupings play in a democracy and the case for regulating lobbying activities.

Briefing available here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/LLN-2016-0041

National Historic Ships UK: Marsh Volunteer Awards 2016

Do you have a family member, friend, or colleague, who is making a contribution towards the conservation or operation of an historic vessel? Would you like their time, work and effort to be rewarded?

If you believe someone you know deserves recognition for their hard work and dedication then nominate them for the National Historic Ships UK’s Marsh Volunteer Award, an award that will be presented to a volunteer, or group of volunteers, to recognise and thank them for their outstanding work.

A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to a group of volunteers, £500 will be awarded for an individual volunteer and £500 for the Young Volunteer award, available to nominees who are aged 25 or under.  All prizes are generously supported by the Marsh Christian Trust.                                                                                                                                      

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2016. 
To enter, simply complete our online entry form at: http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/pages/online-application-form.html

Society for Museum Archaeology survey to map impact of budget cuts

The Museums Association has reported that a crisis in the archaeological sector caused by budget cuts, loss of staff and lack of storage is to be investigated by the Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA).

The SMA has secured £23,000 from Historic England to run a three-year project to survey museums holding archaeology collections to assess the impact of austerity on the sector and to inform discussions about the future of archaeological provision in England.

“I have been receiving unprecedented numbers of requests for letters in support of individuals and museum services that are on the brink of closure due to cuts in funding but conversely very few where posts have been added,” said Gail Boyle, the chairwoman of the SMA and the senior curator of archaeology at Bristol Museums.

“This makes our survey all the more important because we need to get an accurate picture of the potential impact that these losses have on public access to and engagement with archaeological collections.”

The first SMA report will be completed by November 2016 and the survey will be repeated in 2017 and 2018.

A 2012 SMA report outlined the growing crisis facing the archaeological sector, with 9,000 un-deposited archives in England alone.

The SMA said an increasing number of museums are no longer collecting archaeological archives from commercial, community and research projects, mainly due to pressure on storage space.

New scheme to record underwater finds and protect the UK’s marine heritage

A scheme to help protect the nation’s marine heritage by encouraging the recording of archaeological and historical objects found by marine users in English and Welsh waters has been launched.

Called the Marine Antiquities Scheme (MAS), it is a joint initiative funded by The Crown Estate, modelled on The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme for onshore finds and managed by Wessex Archaeology.

The scheme evolved from the realisation that each year divers, fishermen, recreational boat users and other coastal visitors discover many interesting objects and sites while at sea but until now had no way to centrally record them for the wider public benefit.  As part of the scheme, a support team comprised of archaeological experts will research each of the finds submitted to find out more about its origins and history. The information will be published on a public database that is available for all to access.

This database provides opportunities for wider research and awareness as it is openly accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the history hidden under the waves.

Central to the Marine Antiquities Scheme is a simple-to-use app that makes recording finds an easy process and gives finders immediate feedback as well as instructions on their statutory obligations, including the need to report any wreck to Receiver of Wreck. The app is now available to download from relevant app stores for iOS and Android phones and tablets.

Further information: http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/our-business/stewardship-programme/stewardship-projects/marine-antiquities-scheme/

Great British Food 2016

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss recently announced a new grant, which has been set up by DEFRA’s Great British Food Unit, will allow local partnerships – which could include community groups, trade bodies and National Parks – to group together and bid for up to £25,000 each. The money will then be used to champion regional food and drink, growing local businesses and potentially creating more jobs.

According to VisitBritain, food is a major factor in deciding where to visit for a third of all visitors. New research published also shows the importance of food and drink in attracting tourists to rural areas with £5.7 billion spent by visitors to rural areas in 2013.

The new fund will help communities strengthen their food and drink identity and significantly boost tourism. The ‘Rural Tourism and Local Food and Drink’ report also reveals how an attractive food and drink offer can extend the tourist season, further boosting local economies and embedding food at the heart of the British tourism experience.

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   HAVE YOUR SAY

Last chance deadline: Historic England survey of Local Authority service models

Historic England has commissioned a survey to get a better picture of the number, type and location of Local Authorities (LAs) that have taken the decision to outsource historic environment advice provision and is seeking responses to an online survey with a closing date of 19 August (today!).

In 2014 the IHBC [Alliance member] was commissioned to carry out research into the impacts of sharing local conservation services and we see this current work as complementary to our understanding of the changing profiles of local government services.

Historic England has commissioned this survey to get a better picture of the number, type and location of local authorities that have taken the decision to outsource historic environment advice provision. It is particularly keen for local authority colleagues to take the time to fill this survey in to help us improve the support it can provide.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HE_Outsourcing_2

Reminder: Crowd-sourcing Ideas to Secure the Future of Historic Religious Buildings

A few weeks ago, the Chair of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Trevor Cooper, sent out a request for ideas. The question: What new ways are there to spend grant money to help secure the future of historic religious buildings?

Have you had any thoughts? All types of ideas are welcome and we promise to take every one seriously, and think how each one might be taken forward, using our network of contacts. We’ll also keep you updated about what ideas have been flowing in.

So please get in touch with us at hrbchair@theheritagealliance.org.uk and share your thoughts (ideally within the next few days). We look forward to hearing from you.

Heritage Index Update for 2016: more data sets please

As noted above in the news section, the Royal Society for Arts (RSA) is asking for help to update last year’s Heritage Index.

The consultation runs until September 7th. For further information see here:
https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2016/08/help-us-develop-the-heritage-index-for-2016

Historic England Advice Note 8: Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Historic Environment

Historic England is inviting comments on all aspects of a draft Historic England Advice Note 8:Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Historic Environment. When finalised, this document will supersede the previous document on the subject, published by English Heritage in 2013.

The requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment derive from EU legislation. Please note that the text in this document reflects the current situation – following the result of the referendum on UK membership of the EU its contents will be kept under review, and as and when the legislative context changes they will be updated.

This consultation closes on 26th September.

CADW consultation on best practice guidance documents

Although the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 makes important legislative changes, it cannot alone provide Wales with up-to-date and responsive systems for the positive management of change in the historic environment.  

Cadw is, therefore, preparing new draft policy, advice and guidance documents in line with the modern conservation philosophy set out in our Conservation Principles. These will help local planning authorities, third sector groups, owners and developers to manage change in the historic environment.

A wide range of best-practice guidance documents are in preparation to augment the provisions of the Act and new planning policy and advice. The first group of these documents has now been released for a full, twelve-week public consultation, which will close on 3 October 2016.

Views are sought on the following titles in the current consultation:

  • Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales
  • Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales
  • Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales
  • Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales
  • Managing Conservation Areas in Wales
  • Setting of Historic Assets in Wales

Details of the consultation can be found here: http://cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/policy/historicenvironmentbill/guidancedocuments/?lang=en

Welsh Government / CADW consultation on new Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment

CADW is also working with colleagues from the Welsh Government Planning Division and a small group of external stakeholder representatives to revise chapter 6, ‘The Historic Environment’, of Planning Policy Wales, and prepare the new Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment.

A consultation on the revised chapter of Planning Policy Wales closed on 13 June 2016 and the 75 responses received are now being analysed. A report and final version of the chapter will be published later this year.

A Planning Division consultation on Technical Advice Note 24 opened on 11 July and will run concurrently with the consultation on the guidance documents to close on 3rd October 2016. Technical Advice Note 24, which is included amongst the Planning consultation documents, can profitably be read alongside the guidance listed above.

Details on the CADW website here: http://bit.ly/2bmmjyN

Welsh Government Planning Division Consultation website here: http://bit.ly/2bG9uzO

CIOB call for evidence – National Housing Taskforce skills, materials and new technology work-stream

The National Housing Taskforce is a sectoral and political coalition convened by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning. It was established to develop clear, workable proposals for both Government and industry to address the UK’s chronic shortage of housing.

The National Housing Taskforce is operating across 12 distinct areas of work, covering everything from planning reform to housing associations, and construction skills to mortgage finance.

The CIOB is leading on the skills, materials and new technology work-stream, which is charged with addressing the main issues in the construction labour market, including availability, productivity and diversity. Additionally, it will look at materials and new technology, primarily off-site manufacture and modern methods of construction (MMC), including how they link to skills issues. Ultimately, the work-stream will develop ideas for action for both government and industry, aimed at ensuring we have the capacity to deliver the homes we need.

To help inform the work-stream, the CIOB is launching a call for evidence to gather views, data and substantiation. This will remain open for 6 weeks, closing on 9th September.

More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2b08SPW

Tailored Review of Arts Council England

DCMS has issued an online call for evidence seeking feedback on the Arts Council’s functions, efficiency and effectiveness to inform a Tailored Review.

Tailored Reviews are central to the Government’s Public Body Reform Programme. Their purpose is to challenge and seek assurance of the continuing need, efficiency and good governance of public bodies. Every public body is required to undergo a Tailored Review once during the lifetime of a Parliament.

The first part of the review will consider:

  • Whether the functions performed by the Arts Council remain appropriate for a  NDPB
  • How the Arts Council’s performance and effectiveness is assessed
  • The Arts Council’s standing; its engagement and its influence with stakeholders

The second part of the review will look at Effiiciency & Effectiveness and Governance.

To help inform this review, DCMS would welcome feedback on the Arts Council through our online survey, which is open until 20th September.

The full Terms of Reference for the review can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tailored-review-of-arts-council-england

DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates: Request for user feedback

DCMS is requesting feedback on the methodology used to produce the Economic Estimates for DCMS Sectors.

DCMS aims to continuously improve the quality of estimates and better meet user needs. DCMS is requesting for user feedback on the methodology used to produce the Economic Estimates for DCMS Sectors, and on the definition of the Cultural Sector.

Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bcgkuO

Feedback on this experimental release and responses to the consultation are particularly welcome, and should be sent via email to evidence@culture.gov.uk

This consultation closes on 14th October 2016.

Women and Equalities Committee – Disability and the built environment inquiry launched

The House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee have launched an inquiry into the accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces.

The accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces is an issue not just for those of us with a permanent physical disability. With an ageing population, it is likely that more and more of us will experience reduced mobility in our lifetime. There are also other needs to consider, such as mental health. In this inquiry the Committee will explore the extent to which those needs are considered and accommodated in our built environment, and ask whether more could be done to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of both new and existing properties and spaces.

The Committee is seeking evidence on the following issues:

  • Government policy on and current provision of accessible properties (including homes and commercial premises)
  • The effectiveness of UK legislation, policies and standards on accessibility in the built environment
  • Design and management of the public realm
  • The role of designers, architects and built environment specialists in ensuring accessibility and inclusivity
  • Local involvement in decision-making

The terms of reference can be found here and submissions can be made here. The deadline is 12th October.

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   EVENTS

August–October 2016

The Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the Institute for Fundraising, runs capacity building training for the sector through our HLF-funded Giving to Heritage programme. For a full schedule of events into 2017 please visit the GTH website.

20 AugustOne-day Lime Plastering course. Heritage Craft Alliance. HCA Training Centre, Bedale. £110+VAT.

2126 AugustSummer School. Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust. Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. £100/£200.

1-3 SeptemberIcon Stained Glass Group AGM and Conference 2016. Icon [Alliance member]. Canterbury. 

4-8 September: RICS and SPAB [Alliance member] Building Conservation Summer School. Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

4-18 September: Jewish Heritage Days. B’nai B’rith UK [Alliance member]. UK-wide.

5 September: Introduction to traditional slate roofing. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester. http://bit.ly/2b452XI

5–6 September: Understanding Industrial Assets – Conservation & Management. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

7 September: Repair of Timber Framed Buildings SPAB [Alliance member] Masterclass. Sullington Manor Farm, Storrington, West Sussex. Email: education@spab.org.uk

8 September: National Heritage Science Forum [Alliance member] event: Opening up heritage science research. Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Russell Square, London

8 September: Research into the impact on museums of charging for admission. Report launch. Cardiff Email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk. AIM [Alliance member]

9 September: Britain’s Industrial Heritage: What has WHS inscription done for it? One-day Association for Industrial Archaeology [Alliance member] seminar. Wolverhampton University’s Telford campus.

9 Septmber: Icon [Alliance member] Paintings Group Visit to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Compton, Guildford

10–14 SeptemberAnnual Conference. Association for Industrial Archaeology [Alliance member]. Wolverhampton University’s Telford campus.

12–13 September: Understanding & Creating Statements of Significance. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

14 SeptemberUnderstanding fundraising – the roles and responsibilities of trustees in heritage organisations. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. Coffin Works, Birmingham. £20.

14 SeptemberHistoric wallpaper symposium. English Heritage [Alliance member] and the Wallpaper History Society. Wrest Park, Beds. £20-£30.

15 SeptemberFundraising planning – putting your strategy into action. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. National Railway Museum, York. £20.

15 September: BRICK workshop on governance. Prince’s Regeneration Trust [Alliance member] The Florence Institute, Liverpool. £19.

16 September: Historic Finishes Masterclass, SPAB & Historic Royal Palaces [both Alliance members]. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

17 September: One-day Lime Pointing course. Heritage Craft Alliance. HCA Training Centre, Bedale. £110+VAT.

19 September: Introduction to lime pointing. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester. http://bit.ly/2b452XI

20 SeptemberTheatres Trust Green Room: How Can We Help You? Theatres Trust [Alliance member] seminar. London. Free.

20–21 September: Port Development & the Historic Marine Environment. University of Leicester Heritage Practice Training Course. Early Bird Discount £275; once the first 8 places have been sold the price will revert to the standard price of £375.

22-24 September: The Best in Heritage. Europa Nostra 15th anniversary conference. Dubrovnik.

27 SeptemberHow and when to apply for social investment funds. The Heritage Alliance’s Giving to Heritage programme. Stephens House & Gardens, London. £22.29.

30 September1 October: Paint on the Move. Traditional Paint Forum Conference 2016. Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. £230/£275.

1 October: The British Association of Friends of Museums [Alliance member]. One Day Conference, themed ‘Marketing for Excellence’. £65. Details from judy.mondon@ironbridge.org.uk

3 October: Repair and maintenance of traditional windows. Greyfriars THI training day, Leicester http://bit.ly/2b452XI

3-7 October: SPAB [Alliance member] Repair of Old Buildings Course. St Andrew Holborn, London

4 October: Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar. London Transport Museum.

13-14 October: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects.
Heritage Trust Network National Conference. The Custard Factory, Digbeth

16 October: Paperscape: the Big Draw at the SPAB [Alliance member]. SPAB HQ, 37 Spital Square, London

19 October: Repair of Gauged Arches, SPAB & Historic Royal Palaces [both Alliance members]. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Heritage Day 2016: 1 December at the Freemasons’ Hall, London, WC2B 5AZ.

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   SITUATIONS VACANT

SALARIED VACANCIES

 

The Heritage Alliance: Policy & Communications Officer

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Contract: full time, permanent
Location: Westminster
Salary: c. £30,000

Do you want to work at the heart of heritage policy? The Heritage Alliance is seeking an outstanding person to take up the key role of Policy & Communications Officer. The successful candidate will join the Alliance’s small, busy team based in offices in Westminster.

This is a dynamic role requiring a proactive, reliable self-starter. Reporting to the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees, the role incorporates a wide range of communications, public affairs and policy tasks. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong writing and editorial skills with excellent communication skills. Good administrative skills, including technical website competence, are essential. 

The Heritage Alliance is the largest coalition of heritage interests in England, representing over 100 independent heritage organisations in England. Together its members own, manage and care for the vast majority of England’s historic environment.

For further details and to download an application form, please visit the Alliance’s website: http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/vacancies/

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 23 August 2016. Interviews expected on Tuesday 30 August (tbc).

Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust – Director

The Trustees of Hartlebury Castle, the home of the Bishops of Worcester for more than a thousand years and also the unique collections of the Hurd Library, are looking for a dynamic and commercially-minded Director for a fixed two year appointment with the possibility to extend this.

The successful applicant will be joining as the Trust starts to implement an exciting £5m project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This is set to transform this precious heritage asset into a unique visitor experience and commercial hire venue, with physical works due for completion in summer 2017. They will lead on the delivery of the project and subsequently the day to day operation of the House and Grounds, in partnership with Museums Worcestershire, and also make a significant contribution to the long term sustainability of the site to meet the Trustees ambitious vision.  If you have experience of balancing conservation and restoration priorities in a heritage context whilst driving commercial opportunities and working with a range of partners, we want to hear from you!

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/HartleburyJob to download a copy of the Job Description and find out how to apply. 
The closing date for applications is 5th September 2016.
Interviews are scheduled for week commencing 19th September. The post is funded with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Contract: 2 years, with possible option to extend
Location: Worcestershire
Salary: up to £36,000

National Trust: Head of Visitor Experiences, London and South East region

The National Trust is looking to appoint a Head of Visitor Experiences, to lead our work in Experiences across the London & South East region, based in one of our five hub offices near High Wycombe, Micheldever, Wisley or Scotney Castle, or Victoria, Central London, but working across the entire region.

As Head of Visitor Experiences for the region, you’ll lead, direct and develop a team of Visitor Experience and Gardens Consultants working across the London and South East region. You’ll help to transform our visitor offer and deliver our strategic aim of creating exciting and relevant experiences that ‘move, teach and inspire’ our increasingly diverse audience. To succeed, you will need to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team across multiple sites to deliver a unified approach.

For more information and to apply for this vacancy please visit https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/a/#/vacancy-detail/38548

Closing Date: 5th September 2016.
Interview date 19th September 2016.

Projects Manager: Curating the Visual Arts in Churches and Cathedral

This is a post shared by Art and Christian Enquiry (ACE) and the Churchcare Team at the Church of England. It is funded by the Jerusalem Trust and the Hedley Trust and is a part-time post and the salary is negotiable depending on experience.

The aim of the job is to take forward and initiative that promotes and enables visual arts projects across churches and cathedrals in England. It would include both assessing and documenting successful case studies as well as initiating innovating and high quality works of art within church contexts.

Closing date is 9th September 2016. Interviews to take place in last week of September 2016.
Details: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/about-us/campaigns/news/993-visual-arts-in-churches

Building Traditional Skills Resilience Community in England Bursary Scheme

The National Heritage Training Group have been awarded £779,200 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide high quality, work-based training and skills development opportunities to equip people for a career in the built heritage sector.

The following opportunities are available:

  • Trainee Heritage Lead worker placement opportunity – Norfolk
  • Trainee Heritage Plasterer placement opportunity – Oxfordshire
  • Trainee Heritage Brick-worker placement opportunity – London Area
  • Trainee Heritage Flint & Brick-worker placement opportunity – Suffolk / East Anglia Region
  • Trainee Heritage Carpenter placement opportunity – South of England
  • Trainee Heritage Slating and Tiling placement opportunity – Sussex
  • Trainee Heritage Hard Metal Roofing placement opportunity – Surrey
  • Trainee Heritage Stone Mason Opportunity – Lincoln Cathedral [deadline Application Closing Date: 12 noon on 5th September]

For further details please refer to the website: http://www.the-nhtg.org.uk/bursary-scheme/

Some late applications will be considered.

Chief Executive Officer, Sulgrave Manor Trust

Sulgrave Manor was built by the forbears of America’s first President, George Washington. Purchased in 1914 with international support in commemoration of the centenary of the Treaty of Ghent, Sulgrave Manor was refurbished and opened to the public as “a centre from which sentiments of friendship and goodwill between the British and American peoples will forever radiate”.

Today the Manor is a vibrant education centre, visitor attraction, wedding and events venue that continues to foster the Anglo-American relations so central to its foundation. As an independent charity without public funding, the staff and Trustees at Sulgrave must generate the income required to run the site. This brings creative autonomy as well as challenges. Given an ambitious programme of development on the horizon, this is an exciting time to join the Sulgrave Manor Trust.

The Trust seeks an experienced heritage manager to fill the role of Chief Executive Officer who will lead the Manor following its receipt of HLF Transition Funding. You will collaborate with Trustees to refresh the charity’s operations. You will thrive on working with a small team and be able to inspire and motivate staff and volunteers to achieve excellence. With outstanding project management skills and a head for commercial success, you provide strong leadership, and help develop the museum and site for a sustainable future. Expect to be challenged and rewarded!

Part time (3-4 days per week).
3 year contract with possibility of extension
Salary: £46,000 FTE
Application deadline: 26th August 2016

Please download the full application pack before applying from: www.KateStreeter.com

Project Manager for Crofton Beam Engines

Grade 1 listed Crofton Beam Engines requires a Development Project Manager to assist with the development of our Heritage Lottery Fund Round 2 application.

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, the owners of Crofton Beam Engines, have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of capital works to secure the future integrity of the site and a programme of interpretation and activities to improve its attraction. The estimated total project costs are over £800,000.

The Project Manager will be responsible for commissioning and managing surveys, design work, budget and programmes, co-ordinating and assisting with the preparation of the main HLF application. The part-time post will commence in September this year for a period of around 15 months.

You will have experience in heritage building projects, organizational and communication skills, involving HLF funding. For full details please contact Jean Cook at office.manager@katrust.org.uk

Applications must be received by 4:00pm on 26th August with your daily fee schedule, CV and supporting letter.

Education Officer (Maternity Cover) – Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

SPAB wishes to recruit a temporary Education Officer (maternity cover) for up to one year, to run its courses and other educational activities for a range of audiences.

This is a three-days/week post based within the SPAB’s Education & Training team. The Education Officer will develop, plan, deliver and evaluate courses, events and other activities for the SPAB’s younger and non-specialist audiences, and work closely with the Training Officer to co-ordinate activities with the SPAB’s parallel programme for building and conservation professionals.

Education, skills-sharing and enjoyment of old buildings is at the heart of the SPAB’s practical approach to conservation and this post offers an opportunity to engage people with their heritage, and to contribute directly to the formation of the next generation of historic building and conservation specialists and enthusiasts.

The postholder will be based at the SPAB’s offices at 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY, with travel to other venues around the country as required to deliver the course and events programme effectively.

You can find full details of the role on the SPAB’s website:  https://www.spab.org.uk/noticeboard/jobs/

To apply, please submit your CV and a statement describing your suitability for the role in writing to the Education & Training Manager, SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY or by email with attachments to: maggie@spab.org.uk

Please include contact details for two referees and an indication of your notice period (if applicable).

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Education & Training Manager, Maggie Goodall on T: 0207 456 0911 E: maggie@spab.org.uk

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 9th September 2016
Interviews:  Thursday 22nd September 2016

Director – The Theatres Trust

The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, seeks a dynamic, energetic and proactive individual as its new Director to lead and champion the work of the organisation and deliver its ambitious plans for the future.

The candidate will be leading the development and delivery of the Trust’s strategy to ensure that the Trust fulfils its potential. The Trust’s principal activities are: campaigning, expert advice and planning, grants and funding, and discovery.

Candidates will have the ability to work through influence and persuasion, enabling the Trust’s external voice to be expressed loudly and clearly, and will have a background in any one of the following sectors: theatre, cultural/arts, architecture/building, planning and heritage, with a demonstrable knowledge/experience of at least two of the other sectors.

Salary: negotiable, dependent on experience.
Applications close 9.00 am Monday 12th September 2016

For a full job pack and to apply: www.theatrestrust.org.uk/about/jobs
or email: rebecca.morland@theatrestrust.org.uk

For an informal discussion before application, please contact Rebecca Morland, Interim Director, rebecca.morland@theatrestrust.org.uk

The Piece Hall – Retail Manager

In 2017, one of the most extraordinary buildings in Britain – The Piece Hall in Halifax – will reopen following a £19million restoration. It will herald the most dynamic new era for Halifax in generations. A long-held dream is about to be realised: join us in making it happen.

We are looking to recruit a Retail Manager to manage all aspects of The Piece Hall Shop.  From buying and product development to ensuring excellent customer service, you will lead on a major commercial element of the organisation’s business.

This would be an ideal role for a highly motivated individual who has a background in retail and product development, with some knowledge of working with artists to create bespoke ranges.  This is a dynamic role working closely with the events and heritage teams to develop commercial activity to support The Piece Hall’s visual arts, events, and learning programming.

Applications will be considered from those from a retail management background with experience of bespoke product development, commercial licensing and working with artists.

Salary: £25 – £28k (depending upon experience), 37 hours a week.
Permanent. To start October 2016.

To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role please email: amy.leader@thepiecehall.co.uk including a contact number.

For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/the-piece-hall-trust/working-with-us/current-vacancies/
Post reference: PH16

Closing Date:   Wednesday 24 August at 10am
Shortlist:  Shortlisted candidates notified by Friday 26th 2016
Assessment Day:  Friday 2nd September 2016

The Piece Hall – Premises Manager

The Piece Hall is also looking to recruit an exceptional Premises Manager to lead on the daily operations of the building and ensuring the facilities are maintained in line with heritage standards.  You will ensure that The Piece Hall building and public realm lives up to the visitors’ expectations of a world class destination.

By finding creative solutions to overcoming problems you can make a significant contribution to the realisation of the organisation’s goal of becoming a world class heritage, retail, food and events destination.

Applications will be considered from those who can demonstrate recent and substantial experience of managing public buildings, preferably in a similar environment, as well as dealing with business tenants on a regular basis.

Salary: £30 – £33k (depending upon experience), 37 hours a week.
Permanent. To start October 2016.

To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role please email: amy.leader@thepiecehall.co.uk with a contact number.

For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/the-piece-hall-trust/working-with-us/current-vacancies/

Closing Date:   Wednesday 24 August at 10am
Shortlist:  Shortlisted candidates notified by Friday 26th August
Assessment Day:  Thursday 1st September 2016

Historic England – Principal Adviser, Heritage at Risk (HAR)

Historic England is seeking a Principal Adviser, Heritage at Risk (HAR), in the East of England. This role leads the local HAR Team and is central to our programme to secure the future of endangered historic sites, buildings and places in the region.

As Principal Adviser, the successful candidate will drive the delivery of the local Heritage at Risk strategy. This will include identifying sites at risk, negotiating with third parties to devise effective means of securing their future, and assisting in finding the resources to implement these. The role will also include management of some grants. As a member of the Local Leadership Team you will have a central role in the delivery of the East of England`s performance targets, and in ensuring that the HAR Team`s work complements that of the larger regional team.

To be successful in this role you will have a sound knowledge of England`s historic environment and be committed to its conservation. You will have a creative approach to the management, repair and use of historic sites, buildings and places. You will demonstrate both the ability to manage a large, multi-disciplinary team, who have responsibility for a heavy caseload of sites on the HAR register, and substantial experience of project management in a relevant context.

The HAR team have achieved and exceeded their most recent targets, and we are now looking for someone to lead the team in building upon their success.

Location: 24 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BU
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £ 41,481 p.a.
Reference No: 7847

If you have any queries with regards to the particulars of this role, please contact John Ette, Principal Adviser, HAR – South West via email: John.Ette@HistoricEngland.org.uk

To apply, please visit: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/job/?ref=7847

Closing date: 23rd August 2016.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in the Cambridge Office.

Public Appointments: British Tourist Authority – Chair

& VisitEngland Advisory Board – Chair

The Cabinet Office’s Centre for Public Appointments is advertising two roles at the British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland. Both recruitment campaigns have been extended to midnight on the 26th of August.

British Tourist Authority (BTA) – Chair
Remuneration: £40,000 pa
Time Requirements: An average of two days a week. There are six board meetings a year. The Chair will represent Britain at major travel industry events, associations and forums both in Britain and abroad which means commitment will fluctuate over the year.

Further details: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/british-tourist-authority-chair/

VisitEngland Advisory Board (VEAB) – Chair
Remuneration: £340 per day. Up to £16,320 per annum.
Time Requirements: There will be 4 regular advisory boards a year plus attendance at the BTA Board (six a year). We would expect Board-level commitments to take up 2 days per month with wider engagement taking the total time commitment up to a maximum of 4 days per month on average.

Further details: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/visitengland-advisory-board-chair/

 

UNSALARIED VACANCIES 

 

Trustees: The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

The AHF is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. It is currently seeking to appoint three new trustees to join its Board and help lead the charity to develop its exciting new strategy for the next three to six years. This is a unique opportunity to join an ambitious, innovative and successful values-driven organisation and help make a positive impact on the lives of people across the UK.

The three posts are being recruited in parallel, and the AHF is open to applications from candidates who can offer expertise in three specific key areas:

  • Loan finance / Social investment
  • PR & Marketing
  • Public Sector/Fundraising

In accordance with the AHF’s commitment to promote equality of opportunity and diversity across all of its areas of work, applications are particularly welcome from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and younger individuals.

Visit the AHF website for more information on these vacancies and on the work of the AHF more generally, at http://ahfund.org.uk/vacancies, or phone Ian Morrison, AHF Chief Executive, on 020 7925 0199.

Closing date for applications: 16th September 2016

National Trust Building Design Guide Interns

The Buildings team at the National Trust is currently recruiting for two Building Design Guide Interns to join the team two days per week at Heelis (Swindon) from October; one internship will focus on researching and writing wildlife adaptation and landscape case studies, the other sustainable technology case studies.

More information about the role and application details can be seen here (sustainable technology) and here (wildlife & landscape). 

Anticipated length of internship: 6 months
Application closing date: 12 September 2016

For any queries, please contact: buildingdesignguide@nationaltrust.org.uk

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