Heritage Alliance Update


    Morning Subscriber Issue 248 – Friday 8 February 2013

‘Heroes and Heroines’ for history

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has outlined reforms to the way in which history is taught in Britain’s schools.

Speaking in the Commons yesterday morning, Mr Gove outlined sweeping changes to the way in which GCSEs and A-levels would be structured – with a greater emphasis on assessments at the end of courses. Exams would also contain more tests of extended writing in subjects like history or English. In terms of content, history would have “a clear narrative of British progress with a proper emphasis on heroes and heroines from our past.”

This comes after Mr Gove was forced to abandon his plans for scrapping GCSEs and replacing them with an ‘English Baccaleureate’. These new reformed subjects are expected to be in place by 2015.

Watch this space for further developments. For a full text of the statement, please click here.


From Green Deal…

The Government has launched its long-awaited ‘Green Deal’, a long-term loan scheme aimed at making houses more energy-efficient and battling fuel poverty.

The Deal would allow householders to take out 10-25-year loans to pay for projects like insulation, new boilers or double-glazing. The so-called ‘Golden Rule’ – which states that the energy savings a property makes in a 25 year period must be equal to or more than the cost of implementing the changes in the first place – protects the homeowner from larger energy payments as a result of taking up the deal.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change with The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, an Alliance member, has held a series of workshops with historic environment specialists including The Heritage Alliance to examine the challenges this raises for older properties.

Critics have also pointed to low takeup and the inclusion of early repayment penalties as a sign that the Deal is flawed. Organisations as diverse as Friends of the Earth and Npower (a Green Deal provider) have warned that the 7% rate of interest on loans will put off cash-strapped houses.

For more information on the Green Deal, please click here.

…to ‘Red Tape Challenge’

Meanwhile, Planning Minister Nick Boles has put in motion the latest phase of the Government-wide ‘Red Tape Challenge’ – this time aimed at planning regulations.

The Challenge aims to encourage members of the public and relevant organisations to help trim unnecessary regulations across all Government departments. Everyone can comment on live discussion pages, which are then collated and analysed. Views are invited on around 180 planning administration regulations over the next five weeks

CLG are proposing a particular focus on regulations around planning procedures, major infrastructure major projects, planning authorities and local plans – but the Minister has promised that countryside and environmental protection measures would not be affected.

Planners and members of the public have been asked to contact the government over the next five weeks with their views, with consultant Roger Hepher, Savills’ head of planning, and Mike Kiely, the London Borough of Croydon’s head of planning, appointed as the initiative’s two ‘sector champions’.

For more information, please click here.

Full steam ahead for HS2
Two new lines servicing the north of England will become the next phase of the country’s high-speed rail service, the Government announced last week.The initial HS2 line from London to Birmingham will carry trains travelling at 250 miles an hour, shrinking journey times and hopefully boosting business investment outside the capital.

The network will then branch north from Birmingham, with one line bound for Leeds via Toton and Sheffield and the other travelling to Manchester via Manchester Airport.

But the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, an Alliance member, has raised concerns about the impact of HS2 on the countryside and called for local communities to have a say on the route.

The specific route has not yet been established, but if successful this will be the first railway built north of London in 120 years. Details of consultations on the routes will be published later in the year. For more information, please click here.

‘A Hundred Years of Heritage’
A series of exhibitions, a book launch and a TV documentary series are just some of the exciting ways in which English Heritage will be celebrating the centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act.The Act, signed into law by the government of Herbert Asquith, put in place many of the powers used to this day to protect the nation’s heritage – prompted by the proposed sale of Tattersall Castle and other historic assets to wealthy American collectors intent on transporting them across the Atlantic.

This Spring, Heritage! The Battle for Britain’s Past will appear on BBC4, following the movement to protect the nation’s historic environment from the 19th Century to today and a new book from EH Chief Executive Dr Simon Thurley, The Men From The Ministry, will be launched in May.

Moreover, Kenwood House in north London will be reopened to the public in November after extensive restoration and Stonehenge will receive visitors via its brand-new facilities.

For more information and updates about what might be happening in your area, checking theEnglish Heritage website.


Ancient Monuments Act 1913 – a triumph for independent heritage movement

The 1913 Ancient Monuments Consolidation and Amendments Act was indeed a landmark moment for England’s heritage and not least a magnificent achievement by the early campaigners including the heritage bodies of the day. Sir Robert Hunter, one of the founders of the National Trust, was in the vanguard of those pushing for new legislation on monuments protection in 1900 and 1913. He died in November 1913, but not before having a significant impact on the debates around the 1913 Act.Until 1882 and lagging behind European countries, England had no legal protection for monuments of historic buildings. SPAB, founded in 1877 and the National Trust set up in 1895, (both Alliance members), campaigned strongly for the weak Acts of 1882 and 1900 to be consolidated by the 1913 Act. This Act introduced the scheduling of ancient monuments and introduced a compulsory ‘purchase order’ which formed the first steps towards today’s statutory protection for our heritage. Just as significant, the Act demonstrated government commitment and justified state interventions on private ownership for national benefit.

This new Act also established two fundamental principles. Firstly there should be public access to ancient monuments held under state guardianship. Secondly, it established the Ancient Monument Board to advise the Office of Works. The first members were members of the learned societies, thus recognising the role of non government heritage organisations with the immense knowledge and expertise they continue contribute, often freely and on a voluntary basis. The anniversary of 1913 Act is a moment for all heritage bodies to celebrate our achievements.

The Alliance continues to respond to the Taylor Review
The Heritage Alliance has continued its monitoring of the ongoing Taylor Review of Planning Practice Guidance by responding to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee call for written evidence. Over a quarter of the responses to the Committee were from heritage organisations – an excellent example of the sector mobilising its resources.Though broadly supportive of the streamlining measures proposed by Lord Taylor and his group of experts, concerns were raised over the issue of timetabling and the practicalities of running the recommended ‘online resource’ of planning regulations.

The Alliance will also respond to a Department of Communities and Local Government consultation, which closes on 15 February.

Heritage Works relaunched
If you’re planning on refurbishing a heritage asset in your community then look no further thanHeritage Works, the comprehensive toolkit the use of historic buildings in regeneration.Written by the British Property FederationEnglish HeritageThe Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Deloitte Real Estate, the guide aims to be a ‘first-stop’ reference document, containing practical step-by-step advice for developers, owners, local authorities and advisers as well as ways of overcoming common pitfalls.

Today’s guide is an updated publication from the 2006 first edition that takes into account new national planning policy guidance and provides new case study evidence to show how heritage-based regeneration can work in practice.

To access the document, please click here.

‘The Seven Most Endangered’ Launched
Europe’s endangered monuments and historic sites will receive new support as Europa Nostra, Europe’s leading heritage organisation, launches it’s ‘7 Most Endangered’ project in conjunction with the European Investment Bank.Inspired by a successful project by the US National Trust for Historic Preservation, ‘7 Most Endangered’ will mobilise public and private partners to support and protect vulnerable heritage through technical advice, capacity and funding assistance and wide-scale publicity.

The first list of the ‘7 Most Endangered’ will be announced during Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary Congress in Athens on 16 June. Nominations of most endangered sites can be made by Europa Nostra member or associate organisations or Europa Nostra’s country representations. Deadline for the submission of nominations is 15 March 2013.

‘Neighbourhood factory blight’ a danger
Changes to planning law could see councils and neighbourhoods powerless to prevent factories, industrial complexes and warehouses being built in their communities, according to the Local Government Association.The Government has proposed that developers of facilities larger than 4,000 square feet could decide to have their planning applications assessed by quangoes and ministers, rather than local planning authorities, in an effort to ‘fast-track’ large-scale commercial projects.

Councillor Mike Jones, Chairman of the LGA’s Environment and Housing Board, said that “taking the final decision on the building of new [facilities] away from the local people who will be most affected by it will increase opposition to new development and cut across council’s plans for growth.”

HLF money for mansions and modernism
A ‘heritage quartet’ of significant buildings, from the second-oldest cathedral in England to the 20th-Century icon that is the National Theatre, will benefit from the latest round of Heritage Lottery Fund funding it was announced last week.£11million will go towards upkeep, restoration and development of these important sites – from a new visitor’s centre in Scotland’s Royal Dunfermline to exhibition space for the ‘hidden treasures’ of Rochester Cathedral. HLF has also awarded development funding for three projects in Surrey, Dorset and Derry-Londonderry respectively and one that spans a number of regions.

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the HLF, said “From the medieval to the modernist, these places are all in need of a metaphorical ‘wash and brush up’ and that’s where the Heritage Lottery Fund is stepping in and playing a crucial role.”

Half of charities are planning cuts
The latest quarterly poll from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has shown that half the respondents plan to cut spending this year and a quarter expect to reduce the number of paid staff.The poll also showed that 92 per cent of respondents believed economic conditions in the sector would be negative over the next year.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the NCVO, said that “Charities are immensely resourceful when it comes to dealing with tight budgets, but further cuts could undermine the ability of many to support the most vulnerable people in society.”

Ships and Boats: 1840-1950
English Heritage have released the final instalment of their Ships and Boats studies. Together, they provide a history of England’s watercraft from prehistory to the development of nuclear submarines.The study covers the rise of the steam engine and the development of the warship as we know it today – leading to the Britannia that truly ruled the waves.

This is the latest in English Heritage’s ongoing ‘Introduction to Heritage Assets’ series, covering everything from ‘banjo enclosures’ to shrines.

Heritage Open Days Training!
After a stellar year in 2012, the Heritage Open Days team will be bringing their expertise to volunteers across the country with a series of free training forums, helping local people consider creative ways to bring their activities to life.Sessions will run from 11am-4pm and will provide practical guidance on making your events more inclusive on a budget, interactive, hands-on activities with an expert accessibility practitioner and the opportunity to share ideas, questions and best practice. And there is a lunch!

For more information, click here or contact nicola.graham@heritageopendays.org.uk.

Welcome to the Royal Archaeological Institute!
The Alliance is delighted to welcome the Royal Archaeological Institute as our latest member organisation.Founded in 1844, the Institute’s interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. Membership is open to all with an interest in these areas. The Institute also runs a series of monthly lectures, held in Burlington House, Piccadilly, on developments in the field of archaeology.

Professor David Hinton, President of the Institute, said that “The Royal Archaeological Institute was founded in 1845 to ‘examine, preserve and illustrate all Ancient Monuments … of our forefathers’, and membership of the Heritage Alliance will further our involvement in the second of these goals.”

Heritage Counts 2012 – Evaluation
‘Heritage Counts’ is an annual survey of the state of England’s historic environment, produced by English Heritage on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum (HEF).Each year ‘Heritage Counts’ explores the social and economic role of the historic environment and focuses on a different theme. The theme of ‘Heritage Counts 2012’ is heritage and resilience – for instance, how heritage can contribute to the resilience of the economy and where, in a challenging economic environment, new opportunities can be found for income generation.

English Heritage would be grateful if those working in the historic environment sector could fill out their short survey evaluating Heritage Counts 2012. Deadline for responses is TODAY – 8 February 2012.

Sandford Heritage Awards 2013 – Nominations open now!
The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections.  Owners and managers of sites where special provision has been made for visits for formal and/or informal education visitors are invited to apply for The Sandford Award for Heritage Education.The Awards are made annually and are non competitive, recognising quality and excellence in the educational services and facilities at a site, as specified in the criteria laid down by the Heritage Education Trust.

For the criteria and to nominate a site, please click here.

Joint Pilot Transnational Call for Proposals: Funding of Research Projects in Cultural Heritage
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is participating in the Joint Programming Initiative on “Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new Challenge for Europe” on behalf of the UK. The aim of the JPI is to define a common vision between the 17 participating countries and to address the strong relationships that link cultural heritage, technological innovation and economic development within the dynamic framework of the challenges and competitiveness of an enlarged European Union.The participating Member States and Associated Countries have joined forces in order to launch a Joint Pilot Call for proposals for transnational research and networking projects in the field of cultural heritage. Viable topics include the use and re-use of historic buildings and increasing understanding of cultural values, valuation, interpretation, ethics and identity around all forms of cultural heritage (tangible, intangible and digital heritage).

Deadline for applications is 5 April 2013. For more information and for a full list of criteria, please click here.

Open Garden Squares Weekend – Call for Volunteers
Preparations are already beginning for this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend (Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2013), but although many previous volunteers have signed up again, more are needed.

The volunteers’ main duties are to welcome the visitors, check and sell tickets and ensure that the garden is treated with respect. No one will have to be on duty for more than half a day and every volunteer will receive a free ticket to the whole two-day event. If you or any of your friends would like to be involved, please contact Jock Blakey by email at vol@opensquares.org or by telephone on 07707 066 765.

NHTG Building Traditional Building Skills in
England Bursary Scheme – Placement Opportunities
The National Heritage Training Group’s bursary scheme is all about finding passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated people to be trained to work on England’s traditional buildings.
Overall, there will be 60 variable-length educational bursaries offered, working on live heritage sites across England. The bursaries are being organised across the country by regional heritage coordinators.The opportunity has arisen for two three-month placements (with possibility of extension) for a trainee heritage stonemason and a trainee heritage brickmaker with a specialist conservation company Owlsworth IJP based on a historic site in Hampshire. Closing date for applications is the 2 February 2012.

For more information, contact Graham Lee, London & South East Regional Heritage Coordinator.

Arts & Business Awards 2013 – Nominations open
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Arts and Business Awards in association with Jaguar Land Rover.For 33 years the Awards have shone a light on the best examples of how business and the arts have come together to transform communities for the better. Celebrating excellence in the field of arts and business partnerships and sponsorships, Arts & Business are thrilled to be working alongside Jaguar Land Rover to showcase these collaborations to encourage and inspire future arts and business partnerships.

For the guidelines and to nominate, please click here.

DCLG Review of Planning Practice Guidance. Deadline 15 February
DCLG Streamlining the planning application process. Deadline 4 March.DCMS Proposed changes to siting requirements for broadband cabinets and overhead lines to facilitate the deployment of superfast broadband networks. Deadline 13 March.
11 February: West Ham Park: From Celebrated Botanic Garden to Public Amenity, a lecture by Geraldine King for the London Parks and Gardens Trust at the Garden Museum, London.21 February: Managing Major Buildings Projects in Places of Worship, run by Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, All Saints Church, Daresbury, Cheshire

22-23 February: Yorkshire Country Houses Partnership Fifth Annual Seminar, the King’s Manor, University of York. Click for the seminar timetable and booking form.

27 February: Heritage Restoration Conference, Deane Road Cemetery, Liverpool.

28 Feb-1 MarchMaking and Using Traditional Mortars, run by the Scottish Lime Trust at the Merryhill Training Centre, Fife.

1 March: Knowing the Need: optimising the preservation of library and archive collectionsheld at The British Library, London

4 March: Fundraising for Arts, Culture and Heritage Causes Conference, convened by the Institute of Fundraising at the Brunei Gallery, London.

5/6th March: Fortifications at Risk2 : Fortress Study Group, National Army Museum, London

6 March: Church and Schools Sustainability Exhibition, held by the Diocese of Manchester, Kings House Conference Centre, Manchester

7 March – Reviewing the New Geography and History Curriculum, Westminster Education Forum, London

23 March: Manifesto for Making – conference run by The Heritage Crafts Association at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with audience participation and well known speakers.

16/24th March: English Tourism Week

5/9th AprilTourism and the Shifting Value of Culture Conference, Taipei, Taiwan.

21 April: Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs, Drive It Day

13/17th May: An Introduction to the SPAB conservation approach: Repair of Old Buildings course. SPAB, 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 Sam Bradley.

EH – Senior Architect, Building Surveyor or Architectural Technologist
English Heritage is looking for an experienced individual to join their Conservation Architecture Team at their head office in Swindon.As a member of the Conservation Architecture Team, the role will require expert technical skills to develop, maintain and promote standards and guidance for the conservation, repair and maintenance of the historic built environment through writing and managing the production of online and hard copy publications. Responsibilities include programming and procuring a share of the team’s technical publication programme undertaking personal research and co-ordinating the contribution of others both in-house and external.

Candidates should be architects, chartered building surveyors or chartered architectural technologists with recognised conservation accreditation or the capability to achieve accreditation within a year of appointment. As well as extensive, appropriate and wide-ranging post-professional qualification experience in the repair of historic buildings, candidates should have an excellent knowledge of their construction, current conservation practice and a wide range of repair methods.

The job is full-time and based in Swindon. Salary is between £31,000 – £35,000. Closing date for applications is the 17 February 2013. For more information and to apply, please click here.

The Landmark Trust – Head of the Historic Estate
The Landmark Trust are looking for an experienced manager of budgets and people, with a track record of managing sensitive historic buildings and repair projects, to join them as Head of the Historic Estate.The role has responsibility for the conservation and presentation of our historic buildings, both the maintenance of existing buildings and the management of new projects and the research and engagement activities which both underpin and express our buildings’ value.

In addition to this substantial operational responsibility, acting as a member of the Management Board the successful candidate will help to develop the forward strategy of the organisation and manage its administration as well as engaging proactively with sector leaders and conservation professionals on the historical significance of the Trust’s estate and conservation philosophy.

The role is permanent and will be based at the Trust’s Shottesbrooke offices near Maidenhead in Berkshire. Salary will be between £57,000-£60,000. Closing date for applications is 13 February 2013. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Oxford Archaeology – Chief Executive
Oxford Archaeology Ltd invites applications for the post of Chief Executive Officer. OA is one of the leading charitable archaeological practices in the UK, employing over 200 staff nationally in three offices (Oxford, Cambridge and Lancaster). OA excels in undertaking nationally and internationally significant archaeological projects and with its broad disciplinary base provides wide consultancy and conservation advice to many public and private bodies.The role of the CEO is to lead and develop this established archaeological practice with enthusiasm, drive and vision to ensure its continued success in the dynamic and challenging environment of professional archaeology.

Reporting to a Board of Trustees, the successful applicant will be able to show a track record of success in managing organisations and to demonstrate an understanding of the academic, charitable and commercial issues within the sector.

The role is permanent and will be based in Oxford, with a salary between £55,000-£70,000. Closing date for applications is 7 March 2013. For more information and to apply, please clickhere.

The Victorian Society – Media and Campaigns Officer
The Victorian Society is looking for an experienced and talented communicator to join their team as Media and Campaigns Officer three days a week.The Media and Campaigns Officer is responsible for publicising the work and role of the Victorian Society in a wide variety of media, and also for engaging communities in campaigns to save Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes threatened by demolition or insensitive development.

Candidates will need excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to present complex information in a concise, accurate and understandable way so as to get people enthused about campaigns. A knowledge of Victorian and Edwardian architecture would be an advantage. Travel throughout England and Wales may occasionally be involved. Three year contract subject to performance and funding.

The job is based in London and the salary is £21,240 pro rata (£12,600). For more information and a job description please click here. Deadline for applications is 4 March 2013.

The Victorian Society – Finance Trustee
The Victorian Society needs a volunteer to join the Board of Trustees as Finance Trustee.Serving as a trustee is an interesting, enjoyable and very helpful way of demonstrating your interest and commitment to the Society acting with like-minded colleagues who value the Victorian built heritage. The Society has nine trustees and they meet six times a year. The day-to-day running of the Society is delegated to the Director and the other members of the Society’s staff. The responsibility of the trustees is to determine the direction of the Society and to monitor how it is doing. Trustees also offer advice and guidance as appropriate based on their experience. Trustees are appointed for a three year term of office and can be re-appointed.

The Finance Trustee needs to have had experience in the management of finances in the private, public or charitable sector or a background in accountancy. There is scope to tailor the role to the applicant’s experience. For more information, please click here and to apply, please contact Victorian Society Chief Executive Chris Costelloe. Closing date for applications is 31 March 2013.

Architectural Heritage Fund – Trustees
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), one of the UK’s longest-established heritage funding bodies, seeks two new Trustees to join its Council of Management from April 2013.  The AHF offers small grants and large, low-interest loans to not-for-profit organisations which are restoring and finding new uses for historic buildings throughout the UK.We are looking for one Trustee based in England and one based in Scotland, one of whom will be an architect with conservation experience and the other someone with experience of the voluntary sector and engagement in charitable/historic building projects – both need to have an interest in the historic built environment and regeneration.

This is a voluntary position, but full expenses are paid; there are five Council meetings per annum in central London.  For an informal discussion about this position, please call or email the AHF Chief Executive, Ian Lush, on 020 7925 0199 or ian.lush@ahfund.org.uk  To apply, please send a c.v. and brief covering letter to the same email by the end of Tuesday 26 February 2013.

Got some news?
If you would like to propose an item for inclusion in Update, please email details to the Editorsam.bradley@theheritagealliance.org.uk no later than midday on the Tuesday prior to publication (Update is published on alternate Fridays).1. 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

2. For our subscription policy, please click here.

3. If you would like to be included in the circulation list for Heritage Update please email the Editor, sam.bradley@theheritagealliance.org.uk

4. 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.

Heritage Alliance, The Heritage Alliance

Your Opinion Matters - please leave a comment

Name and Email are required but your email address will not be published.