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Heritage Link Update 159 Heritage Link Update is sent to members and supporters of Heritage Link as a way of sharing information of relevance to the historic environment sector. Please feel free to circulate copies within your organisation and to forward copies to anyone else who might be interested. 3 April 2009 Contents POWlink Annual Meeting, 5 May Andy Burnham encourages Local Authorities to value culture during downturn Conservative Party’s Lottery Freedom Day Tourism industry looks to ‘greener’ future New requirement for Local Authorities on World Heritage Sites Changes to rural planning policy in England signalled Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential Pastoral (Amendment) Measure: cases of church leasing arrangements requested Arts and Business: Private Investment in Culture 2007-8 Archaeology redundancies EH - Guidance on Temporary Structures consultation, deadline 26 June Heat and Energy Saving Strategy Consultation, deadline 8 May First National Survey of Conservation Areas at Risk CBA responds to Natural England’s `Future Landscapes Draft Policy´ consultation ACEVO Special Interest Group Arts Culture and Heritage; Minister; mergers; recession EH Missing Out Conference: Report National Trust and National Trust for Scotland rule out merger Museums lack long-term strategy for sustainability Lottery millions put fresh heart into village life in England Culture injection for nine more resorts Green space skills strategy launched – with £1 million apprentice fund The Churches Conservation Trust: 40 years on ‘Our Sporting Life’ – a celebration of British Sport It's true: volunteering boosts job prospects A quarter of the UK take time out to volunteer Costs and benefits of involving volunteers from under-represented groups: Questionnaire Networking Support Grants from NAVCA Funding the architectural heritage: A guide to policies and examples: published MSc in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes Georgian Group launches 2009 Awards Bursaries for Social Media Exchange for the Cultural and Heritage Sectors event PEOPLE 2010 New Year Honours List EVENTS SITUATIONS VACANT Notes and subscriptions Please note the next issue of Heritage Link Update will appear on 24 April. POWlink Annual Meeting, 5 May Places of Worship at Heritage Link will hold its second Annual Meeting at St Paul's Church, Bow, in east London. Come to learn what POWlink has achieved so far, and to see a really inspiring building where brave architectural decisions have transformed the life of the church and its surrounding community. The theme of the meeting will be ‘Where's the Evidence?' The event will look at the vital role of information gathering and evaluation at all stages of change for places of worship - defining need, creating a vision for the future, applying for funding and celebrating achievement. Speakers will include the Reverend Philippa Boardman, vicar of the church; two architects who worked on the building; the Reverend Maggie Durran; and Emma Tutton, project manager from The Building Exploratory. The 1 closing date for registration for the meeting is 27 April. For more information and registration visit http://www.heritagelink.org.uk/powlink-annual-meeting/ Back Andy Burnham encourages Local Authorities to value culture during downturn The Secretary of State’s speech to the Local Government Association's Culture Tourism and Sport conference on 17 March recognised the impact of the economic downturn of culture, leisure sport and tourism. He wanted to avoid Local Authorities’ usual cost saving measures - cutting non statutory services – but to bolster confidence and vigour for making the argument for culture, leisure, sport and tourism as a bigger priority in facing up to the challenges ahead. ‘I see it as a core part of my job to empower you to make the case at local level.’ Comparing this recession with that of the early 90s, he said it had been hard to make the case for our sector which was then seen as a luxury. ‘Now there is a body of experience and evidence… to demonstrate how sport and culture can regenerate communities, improve quality of life, given a sense of local identity and pride and build aspiration and hope’. He cited the success of Liverpool as Capital of Culture not only in terms of regional economy and visitor numbers but also for the change in the way the country thinks about Liverpool and how the people of Liverpool feel about the city and themselves. For the high streets, as in Leigh, his own constituency, with retail space lying empty, he asked ‘Can we use the space creatively to showcase the sorts of things that give us a sense of local identity and pride – characters, the culture, the historic events for which the local area is famous?’ In future Local Authority Agreement (LAA) rounds, ‘I want to see even more authorities prioritising sport – but I also want to see many authorities prioritising culture indicators’. ‘We will be there side by side with you giving you the confidence and the evidence to win the case to fight for investment in the future’. For the full text see www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/minister_speeches/5980 Back Conservative Party’s Lottery Freedom Day The Daily Telegraph featured the Conservatives’ new day of celebration Lottery Freedom Day on 23 March. This was the first day in 2009, they claimed, ‘that good causes would benefit from any lottery money with the revenue generated so far this year by ticket sales spent on bureaucracy and the Olympics’, see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5039126/Lottery-funding-for-good-causes-slumps-more-than- half.html Whatever the truth of these calculations the article also reminds readers that Heritage Link, Voluntary Arts Network and the Central Council for Physical Recreation had protested at the Government ‘diversion’ of Lottery funds for the 2012 Olympics budget in 2007. Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Olympics, assured Heritage Link in November 2007 that ‘we have absolutely no plans to seek further funding from the Lottery’. Voluntary and community organisations up and down the country are now working their hardest to respond to the demand for their services and activities. As the 2012 Olympics approaches and as the recession bites harder, the independence and additionality of Lottery funds is all the more precious. This year the Heritage Lottery Fund celebrates its 15th anniversary giving us the opportunity to illustrate the huge impact it has had on safeguarding our national heritage - and to defend its future. Back Tourism industry looks to ‘greener’ future The tourism industry needs to adopt more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways of working in order to secure its long term future and to combat climate change, Tourism Minister Barbara Follett has stated. As part of British Tourism Week Follett launched the DCMS’s new ‘sustainable tourism framework for England’ which sets out six key challenges for the tourism sector and honours the commitment made in the Government’s tourism strategy for 2012. The six key challenges that have been identified not only look at ways to help the environment but also focus on measures to secure the long term future of the industry. Businesses will be encouraged to take advantage of technological improvements in buildings and equipment as well as trying to address the impact of tourism transport by increasing awareness and using more targeted forms of advertising. But the challenges also look at sustaining the industry with more businesses encouraged to sign up to the quality assessment schemes and provide better access for all, and to improve perceptions of jobs in the sector with a drive to attract a more diverse range of people. The Government will be working with the industry to address all these issues and will be monitoring progress regularly; a formal review will be 2 undertaken in three years time. For more information visit http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/6007.aspx Back New requirement for Local Authorities on World Heritage Sites A new government Circular (02/09) requires local planning authorities to refer applications affecting World Heritage Sites to the Secretary of State. This should now occur where a local authority is minded to grant planning permission but English Heritage has objected on grounds that the proposed development could have an adverse impact on the outstanding universal value, integrity, authenticity and significance of a World Heritage Site or its setting, including any buffer zone or its equivalent. For Circular 02/09: The Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009, go to http://www.info4local.gov.uk/documents/publications/1189768 Back Changes to rural planning policy in England signalled The Government has signalled changes to rural policy with the intention of making the provision of affordable housing in small villages easier; fine-tuning planning controls for rural businesses; and encouraging medium-sized rural towns to develop sustainable new neighbourhoods. These initiatives were highlighted by ministers in the Government's detailed response to Matthew Taylor MP's 2008 review of issues facing rural communities. The Campaign to Protect Rural England has sounded a note of caution over the Government's stance. CPRE senior planner Kate Gordon said the use of ‘exceptions sites’ could lead to ‘development in the wrong place’. For more information visit http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1184425, http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/news/?1115316665036 and www.cpre.org.uk Back Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential The Government and the Church of England have published guidelines to help all religious groups overcome the ‘squeamishness’ they can encounter from funding providers. Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential identifies funding and support for faith groups that will enable them to adapt their buildings for community use and build on their capacity to engage at local and regional level. Crispin Truman, the Chair of Places of Worship @ Heritage Link, said: ‘The Group strongly supports the statements in this report. Historic faith buildings are a vital tool in strengthening communities in today’s increasingly individualised society and provide landmarks for economic and social regeneration. Helping Government and funding bodies maximise the benefits from these wonderful, public, historic buildings and making sure we get the right support to the volunteers on whom they rely, is now more important than ever’. The report can be viewed at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/about/cathandchurchbuild/ Back Pastoral (Amendment) Measure: cases of church leasing arrangements requested This Measure which came into force on 1 January 2007 allows fora lease to be granted on part of a Church of England church provided the church continues primarily to be used as a place of worship. It enables longer term occupancy by outside groups and helps meet some funding conditions. The Measure is intended to help churches share their spaces where an operation such as a community shop or café needs longer term security of tenure. It should be seen as another tool/mechanism that can be employed by a church when considering sharing space with another organisation, but careful thought should be given to ensure that the most appropriate mechanism is used for the circumstances involved. Guidelines can be found at: www.cofe.anglican.org/about/churchlawlegis/measures/pamguide.rtf Further cases are requested by the Church of England to monitor take up, to gather evidence on the impact of the Measure and to share experiences with others considering this option. If you can contribute, contact Becky Payne at email@example.com Back Arts and Business: Private Investment in Culture 2007-8 Arts & Business published its report on Private Investment in Culture 2007-8 on 27 March capturing the first impacts of the recession on private investment in the arts. Arts & Business figures for 2008 showed a 25% increase in individual giving, a 7% decline in corporate giving and an overall year on year increase of 13% to £687million. Heritage organisations in 2007/08 received the majority (30.3%) of private investment (business, individuals and trusts and foundations) in the cultural sector, reaching £207.3 million. This is followed by museums and visual arts accounting for 18.2% and 8.5% of total private investment, respectively, though the latter experienced a 10% decrease of private investment from the year before. 3 Chief Executive Colin Tweedy believes that recession increases rather than diminishes the case for investment. ‘Arts and culture’ he says ‘make the UK distinctive. They are a vital aspect of our economy – encouraging tourism, powering the creative industries and inspiring growth and creativity across the board’. Looking forward, however, he says 2010 will pose the greatest challenge as businesses are least confident about their power to invest during this financial year.’ From 2011 onwards, fewer respondents to the survey expected their company’s investment in the arts to decrease, complemented by a growing number of respondents who anticipate their investment to increase or remain unaltered. Once past 2011, more people will expect investment in the arts to increase or stay the same. The full report is available at http://www.aandb.org.uk/render.aspx?siteID=1&navIDs=1,150,1654 Back Archaeology redundancies The unemployment crisis amongst field archaeologists was highlighted in a letter to The Times from Geoffrey Wainwright, President of The Society of Antiquaries of London and Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, President of the British Academy. With the current dearth of building starts, demand from developers has dried up and nearly every such practice is experiencing acute financial difficulty. ‘Unless steps are taken immediately, the specialised skills in these practices (archaeologists, illustrators, ceramic and bone specialists, conservators, etc) could be lost, which would be disastrous in itself, and will in turn delay eventual recovery in the construction sector’. ‘The security of excavation archives — documents, computer-held data and objects — in the care and possession of these practices is also at serious risk’, the letter continued and ‘Urgent action is needed to safeguard this material for the future and to avert the risk of significant loss to the UK’s cultural heritage.’ The correspondence and readers’ comments are at http://www.timesonline.co.uk:80/tol/comment/letters/article5982560.ece The Lords had already pitched in on 7 March with the Earl of Glasgow stating that of the 6,500 professional archaeologists in work last year approximately one-fifth had lost their jobs in the past six months. Lord Howarth asked for confirmation that the new Planning Policy Statement on heritage and archaeology would not diminish existing protections for archaeology, particularly in respect of the duties that local planning authorities may lay upon developers, and that the Government would look to local authorities not to reduce the capacity of their historic environment services’. Lord Davies of Oldham replied ‘This is clearly a difficult time, but it is clear right across government, industry and the economy that if we lose skilled people at this time and set them at naught, the progress of recovery will be that much slower and that Britain will have greater difficulties in competing with the wider world unless we enhance the skills base.’ The full text is at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90309-0001.htm Back EH - Guidance on Temporary Structures consultation, deadline 26 June English Heritage has published guidance for public consultation on the use of temporary structures in historic locations. Increasingly, temporary structures are being proposed in areas of historic significance and within the curtilage of Listed Buildings to meet a variety of needs. Temporary uses are becoming particularly common within Central London, which is likely to increase in the run-up to the Olympics. However, this guidance is intended to be relevant to sites nationwide. The guidance acknowledges the conflict between the economic benefits associated with these structures and their potential impact upon the historic setting and buildings. The draft document is published for public consultation for a period of 12 weeks. The deadline for representation is 26 June. For more information visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19987 Back Heat and Energy Saving Strategy Consultation, deadline 8 May The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) have jointly published a consultation on 'Heat and Energy Saving Strategy'. This document sets out the Government's vision up to 2020 and beyond, and seeks views on a range of policies which could help to decarbonise the way we heat our homes and businesses, helping us to reduce the UK's CO2 emissions and to contribute to the target of obtaining 20% of all EU energy from renewables by 2020. For more information about this consultation visit http://hes.decc.gov.uk/ Back First National Survey of Conservation Areas at Risk England has some 9,300 Conservation Areas, historic parts of cities, towns, suburbs and villages designated by local authorities to protect their special character. Conservation Areas vary enormously. English Heritage has asked every Local Authority in the country to fill in a questionnaire for each of their Conservation Areas as part of the first nationwide census of the condition of this important element of 4 our heritage. The results will be announced and a campaign to help councils, communities and individual residents to care for these special places. Conservation Areas identified as at risk will be added to the Heritage at Risk register, published annually by English Heritage. Each year new categories are added to the register in an attempt to create a Domesday Book of every aspect of England’s threatened heritage. The register aims to help everyone to prioritise action, direct resources to areas of need and focus attention on saving the best of the past for the future. To receive information and get involved in the campaign, please visit www.english- heritage.org.uk/conservationareas Back CBA responds to Natural England’s `Future Landscapes Draft Policy´ consultation The CBA responded to Natural England’s ‘Future Landscapes Draft Policy’ consultation, which seeks to develop a vision for future landscapes. This policy seeks to take into account forces for change such as climate change, ecosystem goods and services and biodiversity conservation at the landscape scale. The CBA has commented on the six policies of the consultation and has welcomed Natural England’s approach in ‘acknowledging the dynamic character of landscapes and the continuous processes of natural and human-led change that contribute to their evolution’ as well as recognition of English Heritage’s Historic Landscape Characterisation Programme as an important evidence-base for managing landscape change. To read the full response visit http://www.britarch.ac.uk/news/090327- futurelandscapes Back ACEVO Special Interest Group Arts Culture and Heritage; Minister; mergers; recession The special interest group for Arts Heritage and Culture set up within the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) is looking to expand its membership. Over the last year, the group, now chaired by Robin Simpson of Voluntary Arts Network with Ian Lush of the Architectural Heritage Fund as Vice Chair, has held peer support sessions, discussed joint advocacy with Minister Margaret Hodge and plans a meeting with Barbara Follett, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries & Tourism later in the early summer. If you are interested in joining ACEVO and/or the Special Interest Group, contact the ACEVO Staff Champion for this Group Richard McKelvey firstname.lastname@example.org. With enough support there could be a northern Special Interest Group too so if this is of interest, please contact Richard. ACEVO is looking into the pros and cons of charities merging, as encouraged by the recent Office of the Third Sector Recession Action Plan (see Update 156) through the £16.5m modernisation fund. If you have experience of mergers, Richard would like to hear from you. ACEVO has also launched a recession website to gather information on the impact on third sector organisations and to share practical advice, see http://www.recessionsupport.org.uk/main/ Back EH Missing Out Conference: Report English Heritage hosted a conference on 23 March to examine how to broaden the appeal of the heritage offer, particularly to family groups. The conference brought together a wide range of heritage organisations, commentators, researchers and community groups to discuss issues of socio-economic status, and the different ways that people choose to engage with the past. Speakers included Robert Hewison, Ben Cowell, Laurajane Smith, Maria Adebowale, Judith Garfield, Samuel Jones and Jonathan Douglas. Speakers addressed questions such as: How do we broaden audiences to existing heritage sites? What can we learn from outside the sector? And Do we need better representation of working people's history, or a more engaging general offer? Questions of the role of industrial/working class history, the interrelation of ethnicity and class and methods for introducing family friendly activities in the arts, sports and museums sector were discussed in breakout groups. New qualitative research looking at the preconceptions and experiences of lower socio-economic families at English Heritage sites were launched, with real relevance for the heritage sector and the wider sports and culture sectors. Presentations from the day are available on the conference website at www.english-heritage.org.uk/missingout as well as the new research findings. EH are also welcoming feedback on your experiences and opinions about these issues. To do this email email@example.com Back National Trust and National Trust for Scotland rule out merger The National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland have ruled out a merger after a trade union revealed the two had discussed the matter. Prospect, which represents staff at the conservation 5 charities, said it had seen a letter from the National Trust for Scotland that showed ‘the board had given serious consideration to a merger with the National Trust.’ A spokesman for the National Trust said: ‘It is one of those things that people discuss every now and then, but there have never been any serious talks about a merger and there are certainly no plans for that conversation to go forward.’ In a statement, the National Trust for Scotland said it had ‘considered many options, including a closer partnership with other organisations in the sector" to secure its finances.’ It added: ‘No formal proposals are currently on the table and there is no plan to involve the National Trust in England.’ To view the article in full visit: http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Channels/Management/Article/894309/National-Trust-National-Trust- Scotland-rule-merger/ Back Museums lack long-term strategy for sustainability The first director's forum for museum directors and senior managers revealed the lack of a long-term strategy for dealing with sustainability issues, said MA deputy director Maurice Davies. There was a general sense at the fora that museums have too many sites, and that collections need to get smaller rather than larger, said Davies, but also that museums are overly constrained by their buildings. Partnerships with other museums and exhibitions programming beyond the walls of the museum were seen as one way of progressing towards a more sustainable future. For more information visit http://www.museumsassociation.org/18117&_IXPOS_=manews1.1 Back Lottery millions put fresh heart into village life in England The Big Lottery Fund is helping village life in England to weather the economic downturn announcing close to £19 million to revive village halls and centres at the heart of communities across England. Fifty- five villages up and down the country will be strengthened as their village halls begin much-needed makeovers or build new ones from scratch. Among the groups receiving grants is a remote Teesdale farming community located in one of the most sparsely populated areas of England. The ‘Strengthening Community Life in Lunedale’ project will breathe new life into the isolated parish’s Carlbeck Centre. The £152,094 grant will help transform the former schoolhouse building, located 11 miles outside of Barnard Castle, into an attractive and functional hub meeting the needs of local people. To view all projects receiving funding visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk Back Culture injection for nine more resorts A new maritime and heritage centre in Newbiggin, on the North East coast, is one of nine projects set to receive cash from the latest wave of Sea Change funding. A total of nine seaside resorts will benefit from the CABE-led programme, which is reinvigorating England’s coastal resorts through investment in culture and heritage. From the northern borders to the south coast, more than £2.6 million will be handed out across four different regions. Resorts are determined to recapture the flair they once had. These nine resorts will all be using culture and high-quality design to encourage people to live and work there, as well as to visit. A range of smaller grants have been made to fund feasibility studies for major projects. Sea Change is £45 million programme, being funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport. So far 28 resorts have benefitted from more than £29 million. For more information visit http://www.cabe.org.uk/news/sea- change-wave-three Back Green space skills strategy launched – with £1 million apprentice fund Skills to grow, the national strategy led by CABE to tackle the serious skills crisis facing the green space sector has been launched by Housing and Planning Minister Margaret Beckett. Margaret Beckett launched Skills to grow with an announcement of a £1 million fund to recruit a new generation of apprentices to nurture England’s parks and green spaces. The funding for the apprentice scheme, to be run by 44 local authorities, responds to the urgent need for a highly skilled and motivated workforce to drive up the standards of parks and green spaces and sustain improvement into the future. It follows CABE’s call in February 2009 for local authority parks departments to provide more apprenticeships to tackle the skills shortage, and is a significant first step in implementing the strategy. Skills to grow sets out seven priorities for reversing the decline in green space skills, from increasing awareness of opportunities, improving entry routes and career paths, strengthening the quality of support including management training, to increasing the sector’s investments in skills. Skills to grow 6 was developed by CABE with the Association for Public Service Excellence, BTCV, the Civic Trust, Communities and Local Government, English Heritage, Encams, GreenSpace, the Homes and Communities Academy, IDeA, ISPAL, Landscape Institute, Landex, Lantra, Local Government Association, Natural England, and the Royal Horticultural Society. For more information visit http://www.cabe.org.uk/news/green-space-skills-strategy-launched Back The Churches Conservation Trust: 40 years on Marcus Binney, President of SAVE, speaking at the launch of the Trust’s anniversary celebrations reminded the audience of the dire forecasts 40 years ago. In 1971 there was a real threat that at least 6000 churches would be demolished or lost by the end of the century. That this didn’t materialise was due partly to the founding of The Churches Conservation Trust and to the sea change in attitude that brought, within three weeks of the opening of the 1997 V&A Exhibition Change and Decay, English Heritage’s new Grants for Historic Churches scheme. Loyd Grossman Chairman of the Trust spoke of their intrinsic value, ‘Churches are an incredible asset, a source of beauty, an inspiration, and a place for people to gather. They were he said symbols of hope and aspiration demonstrating the very best we can do for society. Chief Executive Crispin Truman more practically outlined the shift in TCCT thinking from preserving churches from dereliction and wanton destruction to actively sharing the buildings with this and future generations as well as promoting successful solutions that have a wider application. Supporting the celebrations is the artist Gerard Stamp whose watercolours and signed prints celebrating outstanding historic churches in the care of the Trust can be seen on line at http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/content.php?nID=115&newsID=27 A proportion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Trust. Back ‘Our Sporting Life’ – a celebration of British Sport Our Sporting Life, a programme that blends sport, culture and education, is set to deliver the biggest exhibition of Britain’s sporting heritage in 2012.‘Our Sporting Life’ will run up to the London Olympics in 2012 and aims to engage the nation in a celebration of Britain’s remarkable sporting history. 2010 will see a series of over 100 local exhibitions, a National Tour will take place the following year and in 2012 a major London exhibition and a series of events will form part of London’s Olympic festivities. ‘Our Sporting Life’ is one of the ‘Inspire Mark’ projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The unique initiative is the brainchild of the Sports Heritage Network. Over 20 sports are signed up as heritage partners with the objective of securing the participation of virtually every sports association or body. For further information or photography from the event, contact: Cookie Scottorn Special Projects Sports Heritage Network Tel: 01491 415608 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Back It's true: volunteering boosts job prospects Almost 90 per cent of volunteers believe volunteering has helped to boost their job prospects, according to a Community Service Volunteers (CSV) survey. Eighty-nine per cent of people who had volunteered with CSV between 2000 and 2009 said their employment prospects had improved as a result. CSV asked 261 participants whether volunteering had improved their employability or helped them develop skills, and whether volunteering could help unemployed people during the recession and distinguish them from other jobseekers. Jason Jones, volunteer national manager at CSV, said: ‘In the current economic climate, volunteering is more important than ever as a route back to work. The experiences of former volunteers have shown us how giving up time to make a difference to the lives of others can help a person's CV stand out from the crowd and improve their chances of landing a dream job.’ For more information visit http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Channels/Volunteering/Article/892866/Its-true-volunteering-boosts-job- prospects/ Back A quarter of the UK take time out to volunteer More than a quarter of the UK (28%) is taking time out to volunteer at least once a month according to the first annual Volunteering Index, a report uncovering the nation’s voluntary habits from the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Youth, the community and the elderly are the focus of most voluntary activities. While a quarter of people across the UK (25%) spend time volunteering with young people and children, a fifth (21%) get involved in projects to benefit the local area and a further 15% work with older people. 7 Most in the UK volunteer for the sense of achievement it offers (47%), although most in Wales do it because of their life philosophy (46%). There was a general feeling among respondents that the economic situation will have an impact on volunteering in the UK. Many young people actually see volunteer work as a means of improving employment prospects, with 42% of 18-24 year-olds and more than half of students (57%) using it as an opportunity to develop skills. The majority of the UK (57%) believes voluntary groups aren’t acknowledged enough publicly for the outstanding work they do, with around two-thirds in Northern Ireland (64%), Scotland (62%) and the West Midlands (62%) claiming greater acknowledgment is needed. For more information visit http://www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk/ Back Costs and benefits of involving volunteers from under-represented groups: Questionnaire CSV Consulting in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University have developed a survey on the costs and benefits of involving volunteers from under-represented groups for a research project commissioned by the Commission for the Compact. The survey went out in the last week of February to services that involve volunteers across the public and third sector. Ten local authorities have been selected to take part: Barking and Dagenham, Cornwall, Durham, Medway, Newham, Nottingham, Medway, Oldham, Solihull, and Suffolk. The results of the research project will be of benefit for future funding of volunteers from groups that you work with, as well as across the voluntary sector more widely. As a major involver of volunteers, your input is particularly valued. The deadline was originally 11 March but this has been extended and we will continue to receive returns over the next couple of weeks. Those managing volunteers in any of these areas are asked to respond. To view the survey visit: http://www.hlss.mmu.ac.uk/idea/questionaire/questionaire_start Back Networking Support Grants from NAVCA Groups of local and sub-regional consortia are invited to make joint applications for grants up to £2,000. These are intended to support training and networking to build knowledge, skills and confidence in helping local third sector organisations respond to the downturn. The grants are being made available through funding received from Capacitybuilders, supported by NAVCA. The training and networking activities should enable people from more than one area to come together for a shared learning or networking activity. NAVCA expects to fund around 15 projects, which will be assessed and approved on a first-come basis. The final date for applications is noon on 9 April. For more information visit http://www.navca.org.uk/ Back Funding the architectural heritage: A guide to policies and examples: published Robert Pickard’s new guide aims to provide authoritative information on different funding mechanisms, financial resources and management systems utilised in Europe and in North America as a means to assist the development of good and efficient practice. Consideration is given to examples relating to three principal forms of financial measures: subsidies (grant aid), loans and tax incentives, as well as specific measures to promote sponsorship through donations by individuals and corporate organisations. Other revenue-raising methods are investigated, including easement donations and endowment funds, lotteries, concession agreements, monument annuities, the transfer of development rights and enabling development, and through the support of international organisations such as the World Monument Fund, the World Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank and the European Union. Further consideration is given to the role of non-profit and other organisations operating for the benefit of the architectural heritage such as revolving fund organisations, charitable trusts, heritage foundations and limited liability companies. To buy a copy of this publication visit http://book.coe.int/sysmodules/RBS_page/admin/redirect.php?id=36&lang=EN&produit_aliasid=2392 Back MSc in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes This is a unique Masters programme being the only one in the UK to take students from a range of backgrounds and provide them with analytical and practical skills and grounding in the theory and practice of garden and cultural landscape conservation and management. The many historic designed and cultural landscapes of unparalleled significance in the vicinity of Bath make the World Heritage city an ideal location for the Master of Science degree programme in the Conservation of Historic Gardens 8 and Cultural Landscapes. For more information visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/ace/MSc-Conservation-Gdns/ Back Georgian Group launches 2009 Awards Entries are invited for the 2009 Georgian Group Architectural Awards. These awards, covering the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, recognise excellence in the restoration of Georgian buildings. Awards are also given to the best new Classical building and to the best new building in a Georgian setting. The deadline for entries is 31 July. The Awards will be presented at Christie’s, London SW1 in November 2009. Entry forms are available from the Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX or can be downloaded from www.georgiangroup.org.uk Back Bursaries for Social Media Exchange for the Cultural and Heritage Sectors event Social networking, blogging, podcasting and the plethora of social media applications create great opportunities within the Heritage sector. They're cost-effective, quick to get going and have the potential to reach and engage new audiences. But how can you apply them in your own organisations? The Social Media Exchange is an exciting one day practical training event on the 1 June, specifically aimed at staff working in museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites. The day includes bitesize peer-led masterclasses, practical social media surgeries and collaboration and networking opportunities to enhance your social media knowhow. English Heritage is providing 20 subsidised places of £50 (+VAT) each for historic environment organisations with under 5 members of staff. These spaces will be offered to staff or volunteers on a first come first served basis with one bursary space per organisation. To book a place go to www.socialmediaexchange. Please enter the code EH/HL Subsidy. Due to expected demand only those who have secured a place will be contacted. This event in sponsored by English Heritage and supported by Heritage Link. Back PEOPLE 2010 New Year Honours List Nominations from the heritage sector are sought by 30 April for the 2010 New Year’s Honours List, particularly but not exclusively from underrepresented groups, especially women and black and ethnic minorities. Women accounted for 40% of the candidates DCMS submitted for the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with black and ethnic minority candidates making up 9% of the list. Of this 9% however, only 0.5% were trawl nominations. To discuss any aspect of the nominations process Pat Le Bruin, Honours Secretary on 0207211 2313 or email email@example.com. For more information visit http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/honours/default.aspx Back EVENTS Area Assessments of the Historic Environment, 8 April Area assessments aim to ensure that historical understanding informs the management of change in the built environment not just at the level of individual buildings but across the small and medium-scale historic landscapes that constitute 'places', particularly when these are faced by rapid change or steady incremental loss. They aim to provide an overview of the historical development and architectural character of towns, suburbs and rural settlements and an assessment of their current state and future value. This course, which includes a substantial practical element, will introduce the principles and methods of area assessments and provide guidance on their implementation - it will be particularly relevant to those engaged with Housing Market Renewal Initiatives, Master Plans and Conservation Area Appraisals. Course Director: Dr Adam Menuge, English Heritage. For more information visit: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/X7268 Back Scottish Church Heritage Research Conference, 25 April This year's Conference ‘A Heritage Ignored?’ to be held in Edinburgh will focus on such items as pews or chairs, pulpits and other wooden furniture and their carvings, Arts and Crafts Churches, Memorials, in particular stained glass memorial windows. Key speakers will include: Professor John Hume and 9 Professor, Richard Fawcett. Tickets are available from the Conference Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org Back Swash Channel Wreck Site Experience, 2 May The Maritime Archaeological Day (MAD) about the Swash Channel Wreck site is a public day where activities aim to fascinate visitors with the most important artefacts coming from the site. The Swash Channel Wreck, off Poole Harbour, has constituted in the last couple of years a fundamental element in the national and international archaeological maritime landscape, due to the impressive collection of artefacts revealed from the seabed. The Swash Channel Wreck lies in approximately 7m of water on a flat sand and shingle seabed immediately adjacent to the eastern edge of the dredged section of the Swash Channel in the approaches to Poole Harbour in Dorset (UK). Finds from the site include iron cannons, wooden barrels, rigging elements, copper, pewter, bones, ceramic domestic material, leather shoes, musket shots, apothecary jars and outstanding carvings – one of which had full publicity when raised during the Summer 2008. For info please contact Paola Palma at email@example.com Back An Historic Environment Network for Wales: next steps, 7 May At last year's Treftadaeth conferences held in Cardiff and Llandudno, there was a call for the establishment of a new organisation which would build partnerships and promote networks across the heritage sector in Wales. The principle has won strong support from the Welsh Assembly Government's Historic Environment Group. Now, with Cadw's support, a one day seminar will be held at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on 7 May to look closely at how this could take shape. The event offers organisations and individuals across Wales an opportunity to contribute to the detailed design of a new Welsh Heritage Network which can effectively engage and support the sector. The seminar is free and places are limited. Booking can be made by contacting The Civic Trust for Wales, c/o 21 Greenwich Road, Cardiff CF% 1EU (conference bookings only) or through the website www.civictrustwales.org Back Historic Churches Committees Annual Conference, 7 May This year’s Historic Churches Committees’ Conference will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The theme of the morning session is building partnerships. In order to protect and conserve the heritage of church buildings and their contents it is increasingly necessary to work with other organisations in the sector who can offer help and support. It is also helpful to understand how others are grappling with similar issues. Speakers will include Diana Evans Head of Places of Worship Policy at English Heritage and Stephen Morgan, Financial Secretary of Portsmouth Diocese and Chairman of the Conference of Financial Secretaries. In the afternoon, the focus will be on St. Paul’s Cathedral itself. Martin Stancliffe, the Surveyor to the Fabric, will offer an illustrated talk outlining some of the key areas where new work and new design have been introduced into the Cathedral in recent years to make the Cathedral function better. There will also be an opportunity to look at specific areas of work within the Cathedral. For more information visit http://www.catholicchurch.org.uk/index.php/ccb/catholic_church/catholic_bishops_conference_of_englan d_and_wales/departments/christian_life_and_worship/patrimony_committee/historic_churches_committ ees Back World Heritage and Science Workshop, 7 May Many scientific achievements such as agriculture and industrialisation have been recognised on the World Heritage List, while other areas relating to scientific knowledge are under-represented, particularly the natural sciences (physical sciences including astronomy, chemistry, and geology, and biological sciences). A distinguished panel of speakers will explore these issues and highlight the wealth of associations between milestones in scientific thought and World Heritage and Tentative list sites in the UK. This event is organised in collaboration with The Museum of the Order of St John. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org Back Past Forward – Celebrating and Promoting Our Historic Environment, 20 May The Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS) will hold its 2009 national conference, Past Forward in May. This will be a day to review the work of HEACS, celebrate and promote Scotland’s rich historic environment, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. 10 Speakers will include: Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Culture, External Affairs & the Constitution; Liz Burns CMG OBE, Chair of HEACS and Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman, National Trust for Scotland. An open forum will be chaired by Dr Stephen Carter, President, Archaeology Scotland. All welcome – attendance is free (prior booking essential). For more information contact Pat Stables: email@example.com. For more information about HEACS visit www.heacs.org.uk Back Experiencing Theatres, 9 June This year the one day conference considers how different approaches to theatre architecture attract and influence audiences in different ways. It will look at how the scale, style, and sensitivity associated with auditoria design, way-finding, facilities, and building management make a difference to the atmosphere and energy of a theatre – and how they help make audiences feel welcomed and receptive to the live, shared theatre experience. The conference will also include a focus on opportunities within Building Schools for the Future to engage young audiences in theatres design. For further information including a full programme and registration details are available on www.theatrestrust.org.uk. For further details contact: Suzanne McDougal: firstname.lastname@example.org Back Our Heritage, Our Future, 20 June This event has been organised by the East of England Association of Civic Trust Societies in conjunction with the Civic Trust, English Heritage, RSA and Shape East. Discussion will focus on the heritage and character of towns and how this can be preserved and adapted during a time of rapid expansion. Speakers will include: John Preston of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation, Greg Luton, Regional Director, of English Heritage and Barry Shaw of Essex County Council. For more information visit http://www.civicsocieties.org.uk/civic-trust-conference/eastern-england/ Back Europa Nostra UK Annual Meeting and Conference, 5-8 September 2009 This conference on cultural landscape and cultural identity is being organised in conjunction with the School of Geography, Archaeology and Paleoecology of Queens University Belfast and the keynote speaker will be Professor Michael Dower CBE, formerly Director of the Countryside Commission, and an Adviser to the Council of Europe on the development of the European Landscape Convention. All those with an interest in the topic and wishing to receive more information about the conference should contact Dr Lester Borley: e-mail: email@example.com Back SITUATIONS VACANT We expect all organisations whose posts are advertised below to offer equal opportunity to all and to welcome applications from all sections of the community. Back Churches Conservation Trust (CCT): European Policy Officer (voluntary) With CCT, Europa Nostra and senior executives from across relevant sectors the post holder will devise and implement a European event to bring together historic church bodies and share experience and good practice. Reporting to and with the support of the Chief Executive of the CCT, the volunteer will work with sector policy groups Europa Nostra and 'placesofworship@ Heritage Link to build relations between UK and European bodies concerned with the future of historic places of worship. This role will require a 1-2 day a week commitment for 18-24 months. Most of the work will be during the day. The post holder will need to be able to get to central London locations but could work from home. This is a voluntary post, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. For more information contact Crispin Truman on 020 7213 0660. Back English Heritage: Senior Architects/Building Surveyors Working within English Heritage’s Conservation Architecture Team, the successful candidates will be develop and promote technical standards and guidance in support of English Heritage’s grant programmes and the care of its estate. They will also work with professional institutions and craft skills bodies to improve conservation standards and best practice. Candidates will need to be ARB registered or hold RICS membership and have a solid background of working in the field of historic building repair. Based in Swindon 11 the salary for these roles is c. £32,000 per annum (12 month contract). The deadline for applications is 26 April. For more information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/jobs Back The Development Trusts Association: London Region Projects Officer The Development Trusts Association (DTA) is the network of community enterprise practitioners, and is aiming for a successful development trust in every community. Development trusts are community organisations using self-help, enterprise, and asset ownership, to find local solutions and transform their community for good. The DTA helps people set up development trusts and helps existing trusts to learn from each other and work effectively. The DTA also influences government and others at national and local level, to build support and investment for the movement. This post is designed to support the project management work of the London Regional team. The post holder will project manage various projects and complete their respective administrative requirements/systems. The salary for this role is £17,320 to £19,355 including London weighting for a 21 hour week. The closing date for applications is 20 April. For more information visit: www.dta.org.uk. Back HLF: Senior Press Officer The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) seeks an experienced Senior Press Officer with solid public affairs experience to join their Corporate Press team based in London. The post holder will work within the corporate media team, proactively identify and create ‘added value’ opportunities for enhanced news and feature coverage of HLF and NHMF across a wide range of national and specialist media. They will manage media relations to provide maximum support for announcements, openings and events as appropriate including writing press releases and selling-in to key media. The successful candidate will research and monitor key themes/case studies for potential media use To be considered for the role candidates will have significant previous media relations experience, preferably in a busy press office or PR agency, regularly dealing with national journalists. The will also have demonstrable experience of working within the political environment, such as an MP’s office, public affairs work in agency or with a political party. The salary for this role is £29,486 - £39,148 pro rata 3 days per week. The closing date for applications is 6 April. For more information visit www.hlf.org.uk Back LOCOG: Cultural Project Coordinator The Cultural Olympiad will comprise three main strands of activity: a series of major UK-wide projects, a UK-wide festival of projects inspired by London 2012 and the Open Weekend, an annual mass participation event. Reporting to the Senior Cultural Adviser, the Project Coordinator will be at the centre of the team, providing high-level coordination and administration of the key programmes within the Cultural Olympiad. Key responsibilities will include coordination of Creative Programmer network and being the first point of contact for operational issues, meeting organisation and the coordination of Creative Programmer national and monthly reports. A competitive salary is offered for this role. The closing date for applications is 6 April. For more information visit http://www.london2012.com/get- involved/work-for-2012/jobs-at-locog/cultural-project-coordinator.php Back English Heritage: Historic Environment Traineeship Scheme English Heritage’s Traineeship Scheme offers two-year professional work placements within their planning and development teams allowing trainees the opportunity to gain professional conservation management skills. Trainees will receive training in historic environment management and work units may include secondment or work shadowing to relevant organisations. In the second year they will undertake a project, on a subject of value to you and the sector. Ideally, candidates will hold a degree in a relevant subject (eg archaeology, architecture, conservation, environmental sciences, history, planning, surveying or urban design) and may have practical experience in a heritage discipline (e.g. archaeology, buildings’ history, conservation or planning). Non- graduates with substantial practical work experience in a heritage discipline are also welcome. Appointments will be made on a two-year fixed term basis. The salary for these roles is c. £18,500 p.a. The closing date for applications is 1 May. For more information visit http://www.english- heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.20479 Back Old Royal Naval College: Education Officer The Greenwich Foundation is a charity responsible for maintaining the magnificent Wren designed Baroque buildings of the former Royal Naval College at Greenwich. The Foundation is due to open its 12 new education and interpretation centre, Discover Greenwich, in early 2010. The Education Officer will be responsible for delivering workshops to primary schools and will also be involved in the development and delivery of new primary Discover Greenwich workshops. This is an excellent opportunity for graduates with museum or heritage education experience or teachers wishing to enter this field. The salary for this role is £18,000 pa. The closing date for applications is 20 April. For more information visit http://www.oldroyalnavalcollege.org/the-greenwich- foundation/vacancies-at-the-ornc,63,AT.html Back Oglander Roman Trust: Project Officer (Archaeology documentation) Brading Roman Villa is an award winning facility currently working towards museum Accreditation. With a degree or equivalent in archaeology candidates will have proven knowledge and experience in the documentation and management of archaeological collections to museum standards, including the use of museum database systems (ideally using MODES). The job entails work at two sites in close proximity. The salary for this part-time role is £21,412 pro-rata. The closing date for applications is 20 April. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org Back University of Birmingham: Oral History Project Officer The University of Birmingham is looking for a dynamic individual with experience of working with community groups for a new HLF funded project. Ideally a graduate in a relevant subject, the post holder will develop a team of volunteers and collect, document, and interpret oral histories related to our local history project. The salary for this role is £24,152 - £26,391pa. The closing date for applications is 24 April. For more information visit www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs Back Notes and subscription 1. It is estimated that Heritage Link Update reaches about 9000 mailboxes in the UK and beyond. 2. 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