Heritage Alliance News

Morning Subscriber Issue 239 – Friday 21 September 2012
The Heritage Alliance’s Heritage Day 6th December 2012: keep the date!
The Alliance’s annual Heritage Day, the must-be-there event of the season, will take place in Kent House, Knightsbridge on 6th December. As usual, Alliance members will get together for their AGM before the sector-wide lunchtime reception opens to all, followed in the afternoon by the Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, Loyd Grossman, and by the Minister for Culture giving a first major address on heritage issues. The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey, Minister for the 3C’s, Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, will take the opportunity to tell us how heritage features in Government thinking and in his wide-ranging DCMS portfolio.

Registration details will follow shortly in Heritage Update.

Reshuffle reactions
Campaign to Protect Rural England  (an Alliance member) reacted to key moves in the Government reshuffle. Chief Executive Shaun Spiers said ‘the appointment of Nick Boles as Planning Minister will raise eyebrows, particularly as he has previously said he does not think planning can work. There are real concerns that he has been placed in CLG as the ‘anti-planning Minister’.

CPRE was however pleased that Eric Pickles had kept his job. ‘He has made his own personal commitment to the countryside clear. The new Housing Minister Mark Prisk should also understand the value of the Green Belt given that his constituency lies within it’.

The Council for British Archaeology (another Alliance member) however, was ‘very disappointed that the  post of Tourism and Heritage Minister has been dropped’. CBA Director Mike Heyworth said ‘We are very grateful for John Penrose’s support for the heritage sector whilst in office and it is a huge disappointment that his Ministerial post has been axed. We need a high profile champion for heritage within Government to ensure that commercial business interests do not ride roughshod over our precious historic environment, both on land and under water’.

DEFRA Rural Statement
The Rural Statement sets out government support for rural areas underlining its commitment through a broad range of policies from across different Government Departments. New DEFRA Secretary of State Owen Paterson set out a new agenda for Rural England, a contract with rural areas so they can hold DEFRA to account on its promise to grow the rural economy and support thriving rural communities.

Rural areas are home to one fifth of the English population, nearly 10 million people, and make up 86% of the country with more than 505,000 businesses, that is 28% of England’s total. The Statement is based around three key priorities: Economic Growth, Rural Engagement and Quality of Life.

CPRE (an Alliance member) welcomed the publication ‘It is encouraging to see the Statement makes clear that all of Government and not just the ‘rural department’ have responsibility for the countryside’ but also commented ‘as with much of current Government thinking, the statement is limited by its assumption that economic development is unrelated to the natural environment’. For more click here

More planning reform
Controversy still rages over whether the planning system inhibits good economic growth. The Planning Officers Society and others maintain that with 400,000 homes with planning permission outstanding and permissions up since the new planning framework was introduced earlier this year, there is no case for wholesale  reform of the planning system.

The Government has recognised the National Planning Policy Framework as the guiding framework giving the historic environment welcome parity with the natural environment. Eric Pickles confirmed that Green Belt policy has not changed which is welcome as is the focus on brownfield land.

The package of further reforms of the planning system announced on 6 September has however created some alarm. Civic Voice (an Alliance member) reflects the unease at continuing misconceptions: ‘the notion that good planning is a brake on the economy. On the contrary the best designed places are also the most economically successful. The barrier to house building arises from borrowing restrictions and economic uncertainty, not planning. Investors need certainty and introducing uncertainty through sudden changes to planning has negative consequences’.

Similarly the Local Government Association’s new Briefing Note Planning for Growth, published on 4th September, states that ‘To get Britain building again we need to address the lack of liquidity in the finance market and tackle the shortage of mortgages for struggling first time buyers and those who want to increase their house size to match their growing families. The planning system has been massively reformed under this government and it is clear that unlocking frustrated demand, not increasing supply (which is happening), is now the most urgent problem in the housing market today’.

Broadband street furniture: no exemption yet for Conservation Areas
Superfast broadband is key to boosting economic growth and creating jobs. The Government however alleges that the delivery of this vital business infrastructure is being held up by unnecessary bureaucracy in the planning system, jeopardising the country’s economic recovery. New DCMS Secretary of State Maria Miller has announced new plans to clear away a swathe of red tape.

Under the new plans, broadband street cabinets and other infrastructure can be installed without the need for prior approval from the local council. The only exception is Sites of Special Scientific Interest. No other designated sites, such as Conservation Areas or settings of listed buildings are mentioned. Broadband cables and cabinets can be installed on or under private land with ‘the burden of bureaucratic burden of long-running negotiations’.

The announcement on 7 September indicates the Government will legislate immediately following ‘consultation where necessary’. And while overhead broadband lines providers are encouraged to engage with the local community as a  matter of good practice there is no similar encouragement over the siting of broadband cabinets.

If you are considering writing to your MP about this, see Civic Voice’s campaign page Beautiful Broadband Britain

SAVE Britain’s Heritage wins judicial review over Pathfinder
SAVE (an Alliance member) has won two major high court rulings in its decade-long campaign to end housing destruction in the north of England, both of which will potentially save thousands of homes from the bulldozer and bring in a new era of neighbourhood refurbishment.

In both cases High Court Judges ruled that SAVE has a strong enough claim to take the Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles to full Judicial Review; SAVE’s costs are to be protected in the public interest.

The heritage charity advocates refurbishment and re-use of empty homes as alternatives to clearance. SAVE has supported resident groups in battles to protect up to 400,000 mainly Victorian homes and local landmarks from local authority bulldozers, unleashed in 2003 under John Prescott’s controversial £2.2bn ‘Pathfinder’ demolition programme.

On 6th September SAVE also received permission from Mr Justice Walker to challenge Eric Pickles’ refusal to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in the case of an historic Welsh Presbyterian Chapel in Bootle on Merseyside. An EIA necessitates considering alternatives to demolition. More information here.

Displaced Apprentices Scheme
The HLF has awarded £760,000 to a partnership between English Heritage, the National Trust, Cadw, ConstructionSkills and the National Heritage Training Group to deliver an £800,000 Displaced Apprenticeship scheme throughout England and Wales until 2015.

The programme is aimed at ‘displaced apprentices’ – individuals whose apprenticeship has been terminated part-way through its duration, due to the placement provider going out of business. With the aid of a Heritage Lottery Grant, it aims to help enthusiastic apprentices, committed to developing their skills, complete their apprenticeship and achieve a vocational qualification.

For more information or if you are a Displaced Apprentice and would like to apply emailelizabeth.long@nationaltrust.org.uk

Historic Religious Buildings Group: the Big Update
The Alliance’s Historic Religious Buildings Group (HRBA) hosted its major annual event at the New West End Synagogue on 12th September.

The day started with an update on the proposed new grant programmes from the Heritage Lottery Fund and was followed by presentations describing the challenges of sustaining our historic religious buildings heritage from the Catholic Church, the Churches Trust for Cumbria and from an English Heritage project finding sustainable futures for historic chapels in Cornwall. The audience also heard about the future of church seating, Gutterclear (a scheme to help congregations maintain their buildings) and the use of a range of new technologies to engage and inform visitors to historic places of worship. Especially interesting was a talk from the organisation Islam in British Stone, describing the history of muslim presence in the UK and how mosques are being encouraged to record their own histories.

Presentations will be uploaded to the HRBA website shortly

Protect our Place: Civic Voice nationwide survey
Civic Voice (an Alliance member) has just launched a new research project Protect our Place funded by English Heritage whose overall aim is to understand better the range and types of community action across England that protect and promote the historic environment.

The project features a nationwide survey and will engage with a wide spectrum of groups from civic societies and heritage organisations to resident associations and development groups. Individuals or community groups who volunteer to protect or promote their local heritage are invited to use the interactive website to discover projects across the country, as well as, literally, put their own ‘on the map’.

Civic Voice wants to hear from as many and as wide a range of community groups as possible to ensure the research truly reflects the great work under way. For further information please visitProtect our Place or email the project manager, Sarah.spurrier@civicvoice.org.uk

Doors Open Days in Scotland: throughout September
Doors Open Days, with Scottish Archaeology Month, form Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.  Historic Scotland funds and supports the national coordination of these two events.

Over 20 million people now go to European Heritage Days, which operates under the motto ‘Europe: a common heritage’.  Each year events offer the chance to explore monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public.  Through widening opportunities and access, it aims to encourage care for architectural and environmental heritage and support understanding and respect among communities. More here.

Open Doors in Wales: throughout September
Throughout September buildings old and new across Wales will be opening their doors to the public as part of Wales’s largest celebration of architecture and heritage. Open Doors, part of European Heritage Days, which takes place annually in 50 countries across Europe, is organised by the Civic Trust for Wales and supported by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

The Open Doors programme provides free access to a wide range of buildings and events, including walks, talks and musical performances, linked to heritage and the built environment. Many of the buildings are not normally open to the public and include a range of houses in private ownership, religious buildings, industrial heritage sites and interesting modern buildings. For the full Open Doors programme click here.

New Trafficking Culture website
Trafficking Culture is a research project based at the University of Glasgow, currently funded by the European Research Council up to 2016, which aims to produce an evidence-based picture of contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.

The Trafficking Culture website includes links to project team members, publications and an ever-growing encyclopedia of terminology, methodology, theory and a variety of case studies from around the world. The content will be regularly updated.

CLG Advice on squatters
New guidance updates the version published on 21 March 2011 advising home-owners on how to deal with squatters. From 1 September 2012, a person squatting in a residential building is committing a crime. This guidance is jointly produced by the Ministry of Justice and is aimed at informing property owners about the new offence and the procedures for regaining possession of their properties from squatters.
Training in fundraising? Please help us to help you!
The Heritage Alliance has received 25 responses to its fundraising questionnaire to date. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to share your views.

We would like to hear from more of you!  Please do send this link –http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FZAQRTPPD – on to your members and encourage them to fill in the short questionnaire.

The Alliance will use the results to inform the development of an exciting new training, support and information programme to increase fundraising capacity in the heritage movement, delivered jointly by The Heritage Alliance and the Institute of Fundraising.

If you need any help with filling out the questionnaire please contact Alexandra Warr.

Renegotiation of Section 106 planning obligations: a DCLG consultation Deadline: 8 October.

Consultation on the Future Constitution of the English Tourist Board (known as the VisitEngland Board) A DCMS consultation. Deadline: 12 October.

Defra: New sustainable development indicators – A consultation. Deadline: 15 October.

Museums 2020 consultation. A Museums Association consultation seeking views on the future of the museums sector. Deadline: 31 October.

Natural England: Review of the Coastal Access Scheme. Comment invited on the creation of the England Coast Path. Deadline 31 October.

21 September: Raising the Roof: A Thousand Years of Timber Roofs, Weald and Downland Museum

21 & 22 September: Conference on Archaeology and Economic Development, University College London

22 & 23 September: Open House London

22 & 23 September: Raising the Frame: the conservation of timber and the use of timber over the centuries, Weald and Downland Museum

24 September: Practical Localism, Historic Towns Forum Event, London

27 September: CCRI 2012 Rural Policy Conference: Pastoral or Past-Caring? New Directions in Rural Policy, Gloucester

27 & 28 September: Nobler imaginings and mightier struggles: Octavia Hill and the remaking of British society, Sutton House, London

28 September: Traditional Paint Forum 2012 Conference: From an Art to a Science 1850 – 1950, London

2 October: Institute of Historic Building Conservation Annual Conference: The Inside Story, dealing with historic interiors, London

2 – 27 October: Crossrail’s ‘Bison to Bedlam’ Archaeology Exhibition & seminars, Tottenham Court Road Visitor Centre, London

11 October: Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) Autumn Conference Collaboration between building conservation accredited architects, surveyors and engineers Bristol

17 October: IHBC North West branch, Heritage and the High Street, Liverpool

17 – 19 October: Association for Heritage Interpretation Annual Conference, Shropshire

17 – 19 October: UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts Annual Conference: ‘Your Skills, Our Future’, Great Yarmouth

18 – 19 October: Maritime Heritage and Economic Development in the 21st Century, Cardiff

22 October: English Heritage Angels Awards, Palace Theatre, London W1D 5AY. Starts 9.15 for 10.00-11am. Apply for tickets

23 October: Regeneration & Renewal, Northern Growth Summit, Leeds

23 October: Celebrating May Morris – Textile Artist and Editor of William Morris, Society of Antiquaries of London

26 – 28 October: European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage – 6th European contact weekend for industrial heritage volunteers and associations, London

30 October: Old Building Energy Efficiency Research, SPAB Technical Day, Birmingham (book by 1 September for early bird offer)

31 October: New Work in Church Buildings Lambeth Palace, London

1 November: National Churches Trust 2012 Winter Reception, London

7 November: Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC) conference 2012, Watford

9 – 10 November: Peace History Conference From Local to Global the north’s role in peace & co-operation, Manchester

13 November: The Historic Parks and Gardens Event & Exhibition, London

14 – 16 November: Culture Matters 2012 – International Cultural Heritage Conference, Norwich

15 November: Heritage Research: Defining a New Era in Science – A Science and Heritage Programme Post-Doctoral Fellows’ Symposium, London

14 – 17 November: Extended Use of Religious Heritage Buildings, Venice

19-21 November: Up and Running – Churches Tourism Convention 2012, Swanwick, Derbyshire

23 November: Takeover Day: Kids in Museums, nationwide

29 November: ICON Scotland Group The Plenderleith Memorial Lecture, Glasgow

5/6th March: Fortifications at Risk2 : Fortress Study Group, National Army Museum, London
“We were delighted with the response to our recruitment advertising in the Heritage Alliance ‘Update’.  We had many enquiries and more than enough applications of a very high quality, and we would certainly use ‘Update’ again as the first place to advertise.”

Ian Lush, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund

To advertise your vacancies in Heritage Update, email Kate Pugh.

Montagu Evans: Senior Heritage Advisors
Montagu Evans LLP is recruiting full time positions in its heritage team based in London’s West End up to Senior Associate level. The successful applicants  will have appropriate qualifications, including IHBC and ideally, RTPI and/or RICS and a minimum of five years postgraduate experience, including environmental impact assessment, all aspects of heritage planning and enforcement and experience of designations. An historical, archaeological, architectural or urban design qualification is desirable.

Montagu Evans will expect a solid track record of client advice and service, a strong command of all relevant legislation, policy and procedures. Good written and verbal skills are essential. In return Montagu Evans offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Applicants shoud respond by letter with a current cv and a personal statement (750 words max) explaining their suitability for the position. Email job.applicant@montagu-evans.co.uk

Somerset County Council: Historic Environment Officer (Archaeology)
This post is offered for an initial two-year fixed term contract with the potential for extension: based at Somerset Heritage Centre, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton; fixed term contract for two years; 37 hours per week (part-time considered); salary £22,958-£26,276.

Apply on line at www.somerset.gov.uk/jobs or call 01823 356862 (24 hours) quoting reference number. Job Ref No: 5683/JLB/HAL. Closing date 24 September 2012 at 5.00pm.

War Memorials Trust Administrator
War Memorials Trust (an Alliance member) works to protect and conserve all war memorials within the UK. The charity seeks an Administrator with initiative, enthusiasm and experience to join its small team.

The Administrator will help the charity fulfil its role as a focal point for war memorial issues by acting as the first point of contact for the organisation and supporting colleagues deliver the Trust’s services. The post will suit a graduate (or equivalent experience) with an interest in the charity or heritage sector and some administrative experience. The post is full time and London based. The salary is £18,000 per annum.

To apply visit www.warmemorials.org/vacancies/ for the job description and person specification. if you have any problems call 020 7823 0200 or emailinfo@warmemorials.org quoting ref Admin2012/HA. Closing date 10am on Tuesday 25th September. Interviews are likely to be held on Monday 8th October.

Historic Houses Association: Administrative Assistant
The HHA (an Alliance member) works on behalf of Britain’s privately owned historic houses, castles and gardens. An efficient well-organised individual with good communication and IT skills is sought for the role of  Assistant to the Assistant Director (Operations) who will also give general administrative support in the Association’s busy office in London SW1.

The role is varied and involves daily procedural tasks, dealing with telephone and written enquiries from members, Regional Friends’ Organisers and the general public as well as assisting with the production of the HHA’s quarterly magazine and events supplements and other publications and the processing of Members’ seminars and AGMs.

In the first instance please email your cv with a covering note saying something about what you can bring to the post to Peter Sinclair by 5 October. Interviews will be held during the week beginning 15 October.

Paid placement: Traditional Heavy Timber Framework
The purpose of this placement is to develop skills and gain first hand experience of working with heavy timber framework with a small Sheffield based company, Handspring Designs Ltd, that prides itself on high quality design, installation and workmanship. The site-based work is sometimes located outside the area and the bursary holder will be expected to wrok and stay away from Sheffield as and when required. There may be opportunities to gain experience from other companies.

This placement is supported by the National Heritage Training Group, the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, ConstructionSkills and the National Trust.

For further information click here

Paid Placement; Trainee stone fixer and conservator
The purpose of this placement is to carry out stone fixing, conservation and cleaning on site at York Minster under the supervision of the Head Fixer. The Trainee will learn about and use a variety of techniques and materials including lime mortars to conserve the building, and work alongside and learn from other stone cutters in the York Minster Cathedral workshop.

This placement is supported by the National Heritage Training Group, the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage ConstructionSkills and the National Trust.

For further information click here

National Trust: voluntary positions
The Trustee is recruiting for a number of voluntary positions. The first is for new members of the Architectural Panel. Here the National Trust is seeking individuals with specific professional skills: an Architect, a Landscape Architect, a Building Services Engineer and an Architectural Historian each with in-depth knowledge and appropriate experience.

The second is for a new Chairman for the Rural Enterprises Panel. For more information click here

HLF Committee members
HLF is currently seeking to recruit up to 10 committee members to join four committees across England: East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and South West.

HLF is keen to receive applications from people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who can demonstrate an affinity with a region’s diverse heritage. Applications are welcome from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled poeple and individuals across all age groups.

Committees make decisions on individual grants between £100,000 and £2 million and provide a crucial local perspective to the UK wide Board on larger grants, on the funding priorities for the region/country and on applications submitted within targeted programmes. They also maintain a strategic oversight of the small grants portfolio. Committee members have a role to play as representatives of and ambassadors for HLF in their region/country. Outgoing members offer an insight into the role.

The closing date for applications  is 22 October. Terms of appointment commence on 1 April 2013. For further information click here or email decisionmakers@hlf.org.uk

London Parks and Gardens Research: Research Co-ordinator(s)
The Trust’s primary research project to date has been the creation of an Inventory of over 2,500 parks, gardens, squares, churchyards, cemeteries and other sites of historic interest across the whole of London. For the past eight years a group of volunteers have researched material to contribute to the Inventory. The Trust is now seeking to appoint one or two volunteer research co-ordinators to lead the research group in furthering these objectives. The person(s) appointed will be members of  the Research and Publications Subgroup, working closely with other members to develop and implement the Trust’s research strategy.

This is a voluntary post but agreed expenses will be paid. Applications should be submitted by way of a covering letter demonstrating suitability for the post together with a brief cv. Closing date is Monday 1 October with interviews late that month with a view to the successful candidate(s) taking up the post by the end of the year. Please email applications to Dr Barbara Sims.

Open Gardens Squares Weekend
New volunteers are invited to join the existing OGSW team for the next Open Garden Squares Weekend on 8-9 June 2013.

OGSW is seeking Area Co-ordinators responsible for liaising with gardens and their representatives to help them plan their participation and sourcing new garden spaces; a Marketing and Event Co-ordinator to look after the activities that go on during the weekend; and an Image Archivist to catalogue digital images of the Weekend.

Send for further information and a role description stating which roles you are interested in or visitOGSW

Battlefields Trust Public Relations Internship
The Battlefields Trust is a UK charity with the aim of preserving interpreting and developing battlefields for heritage purposes. It is a small but expanding organisation and seeking to appoint a Public Relations Intern.

This is an unsalaried post designed to provide experience in the heritage and charitable part of the public affairs sector for two months.  It would suit a graduate at the start of their career with a degree in a subject that enables them to engage readily with this sector. The role will be based at the offices of Cratus Communications Unit 5 Park Works, 16-18 Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 6BG.

The appointment will last for two calendar months and will start in November.  Short-listed candidates will be interviewed. Please send your CV tonational.coordinator@battlefieldstrust.com For further information call the Battlefields Trust’s National Co-ordinator Dr. Peter Burley on 07969 861 256.

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