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Heritage Update 213

Friday 29 july 2011

The Heritage Alliance is the largest alliance of heritage interests in the UK, representing 91 member organisations, with the aim of promoting the central role of the non-Government movement in the heritage sector. Heritage Update is our voice; to, and for, the sector. It is estimated that Update reaches approximately 12,000 mailboxes in the UK and internationally; with readers as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Istanbul and California. For more information visit www.theheritagealliance.org.uk



CONTENTS
HEADLINES
Much-anticipated National Planning Policy Framework published for consultation

The NPPF: reaction so far

The Localism Bill: latest
HAVE YOUR SAY: CONSULTATION ROUND UP
NEWS
The CLA: “reform is urgently needed to protect England’s heritage”

The Theatres Trust: “theatres at risk need more than guardian angels”

MA reveals impact of cuts on museums across the country

Government announces renewed focus on cities


Government launches Coastal Communities Fund

Start planning your Heritage Open Days outing

Heritage Open Days launches team blog
ALSO THIS FORTNIGHT…
Rise in number of buildings at risk in Scotland

NHMF awards grants for the St Cuthbert Gospel and The Watsons manuscript

16 tube stations become listed buildings

Penrose on future of London’s Royal Parks

Europa Nostra calls for more support for heritage volunteers


VisitEngland launches QR Code pilot scheme

The Georgian Group 2011 Architectural Awards: closes on 12 August

The Georgian Group Raffle 2011: closes on 31 August

English Heritage publishes its Annual Report and Accounts 2010/11

Re-imagining Garden Cities in the 21st Century: new guidance

HLF guidance on fundraising for heritage projects

The IfA 2012 Conference: call for abstracts
EVENTS
SITUATIONS VACANT
NOTES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS


HEADLINES

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Much-anticipated National Planning Policy Framework published for consultation

On Monday (25 July), the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the much-anticipated draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), for consultation until 17 October. The NPPF is the result of a radical streamlining of existing Planning Policy Statements (including PPS5), Planning Policy Guidance Notes and some circulars - condensing over 1,000 pages of national planning policies into around 52 pages.


The Heritage Alliance is alarmed that the strong bias in favour of granting permission throughout the document would result in decisions being made without sufficient weight being given to environmental, cultural and social considerations. The Alliance believes strongly that the NPPF should indeed channel economic growth, but should not be led by it.

The Alliance is also concerned to ensure that the excellent principles of PPS5 are incorporated into the final NPPF. The widely accepted policy principles embedded in PPS5 should be carried through to the final text without any diminution of their standing, to provide a workable tool for practitioners, owners and applicants. It was hoped that there would be a more overt statement in favour of conservation than that which appears in the Historic Environment section of the current NPPF draft, and definitions such as ‘substantial harm’ will certainly need to be explored in more detail.

Alliance member organisations are encouraged to respond individually to the consultation, and to attend the members’ forum that the Alliance will be holding in September. This event will enable members to feed in to the Alliance’s formal response to the consultation. Look out for a members’ email about this, and keep an eye on our website. Back
The NPPF: reaction so far

Several Alliance members have come out strongly to call for the Government to re-think its approach in the NPPF. The National Trust launched a campaign and online petition, kicked off by a hard-hitting speech from its Chairman Sir Simon Jenkins (in which he referred to the NPPF as “sloppy language and sloppy legislating”); followed by its Director General Dame Fiona Reynolds’s appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, where she went head-to-head with Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost. On Tuesday a rattled Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a statement in response to the Trust, to which the Trust replied here.


CPRE’s Chief Executive Shaun Spiers also issued a forceful statement through the organisation’s Planning Under Attack campaign, and robust analyses have been put forward from organisations such as the RTPI and IHBC.
At the time of going to press the debate was ongoing and lively. Planning Magazine rounded-up much of the initial commentary here. Back
The Localism Bill: latest

Prior to the start of Parliament’s summer recess the House of Lords continued its committee consideration of the Localism Bill, with discussion of the planning provisions.

Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville moved The Heritage Alliance’s amendments, which were supported by Lord Clement-Jones and Lord Stevenson, thus giving them all-party support in the House. In Amendment 148AZZA, Lord Brooke proposed that the word ‘cultural’ should be added to the usual three parts of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental. He received support from other peers, but did not elicit a direct response from Baroness Hanham, the Communities and Local Government Minister in the Lords.

 

The same Amendment also sought to strike a balance between public and private interests – the interests of businesses in community forums (this issue was also raised in other Amendments, such as that put forward by Alliance member Civic Voice with the RTPI). Baroness Hanham responded by saying that the Government considered there was sufficient protection in other parts of the Bill where local authorities could exercise control when designating forums. She also referred to heritage interests: “In a conservation area, you would probably want to see members of conservation societies involved; in an area where there is heritage, you would certainly want to see heritage societies involved; and in a specific business area, you probably want to see somebody from that.”


 

The Alliance’s second Amendment (152D) proposed that the neighbourhood planning process should be in general conformity with national planning policies – not merely have regard to them. This was supported by Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage. The Alliance is encouraged that Baroness Hanham has agreed to have further discussions on this issue.   

 

Other Amendments were proposed by Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, to protect heritage assets covered by neighbourhood development orders and the status of historic environment records.


Now that Parliament is in recess we wait to see the Bill as it is revised for the Lords Report Stage, set for 5 September. The Alliance’s Parliamentary Liaison Team will continue to liaise with Parliament and Government – keep an eye on our website for updates. Back

HAVE YOUR SAY: CONSULTATION ROUND UP

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July
Independent Panel on Forestry: Call for Views. A DEFRA consultation. Deadline: 31 July.
August
A new incentive for charitable legacies: A lower rate of inheritance tax when leaving 10% of an estate to charity. An HMRC consultation. Deadline: 31 August.
September
Reform of the taxation of non-domiciled individuals. An HMT consultation. Deadline: 9 September.

Statutory definition of tax residence. An HMT consultation. Deadline: 9 September.

Gifts of pre-eminent objects and works of art to the nation. An HMT consultation. Deadline: 21 September.

October
Local Planning Regulations: consultation. In response to reforms in the Localism Bill, the Government is revising the regulations which govern the process by which local councils prepare their development plans. This consultation seeks views on whether the revised regulations are fit for purpose. Deadline: 7 October.
The registration of new town or village greens. A DEFRA consultation seeking views on proposals to reform the system for registering new town or village greens under section 15 of the Commons Act 2006. Deadline: 17 October.
Draft National Planning Policy Framework. A DCLG consultation – see Headlines for more information. See Events for details of ‘planning reform events’. Deadline: 17 October.
NEWS

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The CLA: “reform is urgently needed to protect England’s heritage”

On 14 July the Country Land and Business Association (the CLA – a member of the Alliance) published a hard-hitting report proposing numerous reforms to what it sees as a dysfunctional system of heritage protection.

Averting Crisis in Heritage supports the widespread concern that local authorities lack the skilled conservation staff needed to run the existing system, and that 20 per cent VAT on repairs is “hugely off-putting” to those wanting to protect heritage. And it goes much further. Writing in Country Life on 13 July CLA President William Worsley said that heritage is being either damaged or frozen from change: “We say the system is too resource-hungry, heritage is too hard to change, and that English Heritage and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are in denial about the problems”.

CLA’s report sets out what it sees as the problems, its vision for a reformed system and 30 detailed recommendations, ranging from discouraging Local Authorities from cutting conservation resourcing even further, to defining better what needs Listed Building Consent.
The IHBC (a member of the Alliance) welcomed the report. But English Heritage’s statement reads: “English Heritage doesn’t think that there is a crisis in the heritage system and nor that the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) report bears out that suggestion; however we do agree that the heritage system can be modernised.” See the full EH commentary here. Back
The Theatres Trust: “theatres at risk need more than guardian angels”

Alliance member The Theatres Trust’s 2011 Theatre Buildings At Risk register (TBAR) has revealed that the number of theatres at risk in the UK has risen to 58 since last year, due to “a desperate need for funding and public backing”.


Covering the whole of the UK, TBAR highlights theatres that face threats from demolition, neglect, local development, funding cuts and closure. Many of those in private ownership remain closed or in a poor condition, whilst groups who want to rescue and reopen them try to gain public support and raise funding. The Trust warns that over half of the theatres on TBAR have yet to find the financial and political support needed to secure a viable future.
Last week the Earl of Clancarty wrote for epolitix.com warning that the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s focus on a philanthropic model of funding would be “a disaster for British theatre”, as philanthropy was not attracted to the experimental, the regional, or the small. Back

MA reveals impact of cuts on museums across the country

On 20 July the Museums Association released new research showing that a fifth of all UK Museums have shouldered cuts of over 25 per cent. The Impact of Cuts on UK Museums also revealed that of those museums over 60 per cent have cut back on their events, half have reduced their opening hours, and over 85 per cent have cut staff. More here.

Museums Association Director, Mark Taylor, said: "Local authorities that have made cuts to their museums of over 25% impoverish their communities. Services have been cut and opening hours restricted - there’s a risk, in some cases, the doors will be slammed shut forever. Many local authorities haven’t yet made a final decision so still have a chance to do the right thing for present and future generations by not cutting so ferociously. The survey shows it’s a myth that you can cut funding without affecting front-line services. People across the UK have less access to the learning, inspiration and enjoyment that museums bring." Back
Government announces renewed focus on cities

On 19 July the Cabinet Office announced that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister had appointed Greg Clark (Planning Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government) to the new post of Minister for Cities (to sit in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), in addition to his existing responsibilities.


This announcement came as part of a Government commitment to “new support for cities in order to harness their potential to drive growth and prosperity”, where “Government can maintain its crucial role in setting infrastructure and national policies, whilst cities can be free to work in ways that suit them.”
In his new role Mr Clark will be attending a Ministerial Group chaired by Nick Clegg, which will seek to develop new ideas for cities and consider the impact of existing policies. Lord John Shipley will act as an adviser on cities policy, drawing on his experience as the Leader of Newcastle City Council.

The Government’s intention is to “combine a cross-cutting approach with work to look at cities on an individual basis.” This will start initially by focusing on the Core Cities and their surrounding areas, with a view to expanding to a broader group and identifying issues relevant to a wide range of cities. The ‘Core Cities’ are the eight largest cities outside of London: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. More here. Back

Government launches Coastal Communities Fund

Last week the Treasury announced details of a new Coastal Communities Fund, designed to boost the economic development of seaside communities across the UK.


The Fund will support projects including those that support charities, the environment, education and health. It will be financed by the Government through the allocation of funding equivalent to 50 per cent of the revenues from the Crown Estate’s marine activities. For example, the Treasury says that in April 2012 there will be £23.7 million available through the Coastal Communities Fund - based on a 50 per cent share of the £47.4 million revenue raised by the Crown Estate’s marine activities in 2010-11. For each country of the UK, the funds available will be directly linked to the revenues raised by the Crown Estate’s marine activities from that area, with separate funding for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Highlands and Islands and the rest of Scotland.
The Fund will be available on a bid basis. The Government is in discussion with the Big Fund, part of the Big Lottery Fund, about the detailed terms on which they could deliver the funds to communities. The Fund will open for business in April 2012. Further details on how to apply to the Fund will be published on the Treasury website. More here. Back


Start planning your Heritage Open Days outing

The 2011 Heritage Open Days (HODs) event directory has gone live! Details of some 3,000 sites and events are already listed, with new entries being added daily. From farms to follies, town halls to temples, pubs to parks, mansions to Masonic lodges - buildings and places of every age, shape and function throw open their doors from 8-11 September, alongside a vast range of events that bring to life local history and culture.

Many of these places are not normally open, and due to limited capacity require pre-booking. Spaces are filling up fast, so to avoid disappointment check out what’s on in your region now here. And for daily highlights and news bites, follow the HODs team on Twitter here. Back

Heritage Open Days launches team blog

What do social media and Heritage Open Days (HODs) have in common? They both thrive on the generosity of people keen to share their passion, knowledge and experience with others. True to the event’s grassroots ethos HODs has launched a collaborative blog giving a platform to twelve volunteers from across the country, who will contribute their unique voices and special expertise through regular posts.


Every week throughout the year, blog posts from the volunteers will cover a wide variety of topics - ranging from themed programme previews in the run-up to the event, to tips on marketing, identifying period features or recruiting volunteers. Whether you're interested in opening up a site to the public or you'd like more in-depth information about the heritage featured in HODs, you will find a mine of first-hand information and advice on the blog, here – including a ‘behind the scenes’ account of the filming of the HODs video that features our Chairman Loyd Grossman, here. Back
ALSO THIS FORTNIGHT…

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Rise in number of buildings at risk in Scotland

In the last six months more than 100 buildings have been added to the Scottish Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) - a list compiled by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

The register currently contains 2,395 properties, and in the past six months a further 143 buildings have been added - 25 in June alone. In the past five years 557 historic buildings have been saved and removed from the register. More here. Back

NHMF awards grants for the St Cuthbert Gospel and The Watsons manuscript

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has awarded £4.5m to the British Library, to boost its ambitious fundraising campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel for the nation. Created in the 7th century and intimately associated with one of Britain’s foremost saints, the Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book, and arguably one of the world’s most significant books.

In the same week the NHMF also awarded £894,700 to the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford to enable it to acquire at auction the autograph draft manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel The Watsons, which went for over £1m. The last major Austen manuscript to have been in private hands, The Watsons is the most significant Austen item to have come to the market in over twenty years. Back

16 tube stations become listed buildings

On Tuesday (26 July) Heritage Minister John Penrose listed 16 London Underground stations, on the advice of English Heritage. All the stations have historic and architectural significance illustrating the development of the capital’s Underground system.


Alliance member The Twentieth Century Society welcomed these positive decisions and the enthusiasm of English and the Minister, but said it remains disappointed that the post war stations it had put forward were turned down (including White City, which won a Festival of Britain Design Award).
The stations given Grade II status were: Aldwych, Belsize Park, Brent Cross, Caledonian Road, Chalk Farm, Chesham, Covent Garden, Hendon Central, Oxford Circus - originally two separate stations (on the north-west corner of Argyll St and Oxford Street, and the north-east corner of Argyll St and Oxford Street including the office above), Perivale, Redbridge, Russell Square, St John’s Wood, West Acton, and Wood Green. They include several of the tube stations designed by Leslie Green, whose ‘ox-blood’ red tile facades pioneered the use of a corporate image that is recognised around the world. Three stations had their listing upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*: Arnos Grove, Oakwood, and Sudbury Town - all designed by the distinguished modernist architect Charles Holden, for the Piccadilly Line extension in the 1930s. Back

Penrose on future of London’s Royal Parks

On 18 July Heritage Minister John Penrose published a Written Ministerial Statement outlining his plans for the future governance of the eight Royal Parks and the Royal Parks Agency. Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park (including Primrose Hill), Richmond Park and St. James’s Park cover around 5,000 acres in London, and celebrate their 160th anniversary of free public access this year.

The Royal Parks will remain in Crown ownership, under the overall responsibility of the Culture Secretary. In his statement to Parliament, Mr Penrose said he intended to create a new Royal Parks Board to “give the Mayor and the people of London a voice in the parks’ management”; direct the Board to develop new processes for giving local communities and park users a role in decision making; and give the Mayor power to appoint the Chair and other members of the Board, including represntatives of the London Boroughs and the Royal Household.

                                     

John Penrose said his proposals would not require primary legislation, and that he would shortly be announcing more detail on the arrangements. Back
Europa Nostra calls for more support for heritage volunteers

Europa Nostra members adopted the “Amsterdam Declaration on Volunteers as added-value for Europe’s cultural and natural heritage” during their 2011 General Assembly (11 June, Hermitage Amsterdam).
The Declaration states that EU institutions - and national, regional and local governments – should recognise the central value of volunteers for Europe’s heritage through a range of initiatives, such as investing in more comprehensive studies on volunteering (including an economic and social study of the impact of volunteering for cultural and natural heritage in Europe), and creating more funding opportunities for the education, engagement and management of volunteers and professionals working with them in the heritage field.

2011 is the EU Year of Volunteering, celebrated by Europa Nostra via a Forum on volunteering. More than 200 participants attended the Forum, which included keynote speakers who gave an overview of the ‘state of the art’ regarding valuing and managing volunteers in the heritage sector. Back

 VisitEngland launches QR Code pilot scheme

VisitEngland has unveiled a new initiative using 2D bar code technology in the form of QR codes, to modernise visitor information. The codes can be scanned by most smart phones (such as iphones and Windows 7 phones) using a QR reader. Scanning transfers information to the phone, providing visitors with short video clips and sound-bites describing what they’re seeing, where there is little or no information or guide available.


The scheme will run in Shrewsbury, Leicester, Chester, Rochester and Rutland as a pilot for six months, with the aim of inspiring visitors to spend more time in the area they are visiting and stay longer.
James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland, said: “To remain competitive on the world stage we must ensure the quality of our visitor information online, via mobile technology, and in-destination is the best it can be. Modernising our visitor information is a key to England’s national tourism strategy and was highlighted as an area to address in the Government’s Tourism Policy.” More here. Back
The Georgian Group 2011 Architectural Awards: closes on 12 August

Entries are invited for the 2011 Georgian Group Architectural Awards, sponsored by Savills.

The awards, covering the UK, 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 categories for the 2011 Awards are: restoration of a Georgian country house, restoration of a Georgian building in an urban setting, reuse of a Georgian building, restoration of a Georgian church, restoration of a Georgian garden or landscape (including garden buildings such as monuments and follies), new building in the Classical tradition, and The Giles Worsley Award for a new building in a Georgian context.

 

The closing date for entries is 12 August. Click here for more information and an entry form. Back

The Georgian Group Raffle 2011: closes on 31 August

Alliance member The Georgian Group’s annual raffle helps to raise funds for the Group’s charitable work protecting Georgian buildings and gardens.


The raffle offers entrants the chance to win a week’s high-quality holiday accommodation in Venice, California, Lazio, the Swiss Alps, Chelsea or the Scottish Highlands, whilst also supporting Georgian heritage. Tickets are £25 each or £200 for ten, and you can enter as many times as you like, for yourself or someone else.
The closing date for entries is 31 August. Click here for more information and to enter the raffle. Back
English Heritage publishes its Annual Report and Accounts 2010/11

On 14 July English Heritage laid before Parliament its Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11. The document contains the audited accounts and a review of the year, including progress against Funding Agreement targets. It also contains a summary of key facts. In addition, the document includes the Chief Executive's report on the year, charts showing the year in numbers, and details of English Heritage's performance against various sustainability indicators. Back

Re-imagining Garden Cities in the 21st Century: new guidance

This new guidance from the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) aims to bring together the pragmatic lessons of the Garden Cities and New Towns in taking forward new, large-scale communities. It seeks to examine these lessons in the context of the Government's planning reform agenda, and in the context of the tough financial circumstances faced by both the public and private sectors. More on the document here. Back

HLF guidance on fundraising for heritage projects

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has published its latest Heritage Focus feature. The topic is ‘Fundraising for heritage projects’, and the publication aims to help HLF grantees and applicants raise extra funds for their projects more effectively. It includes ideas on applying to other grant-giving bodies (in addition to HLF), approaching individual donors, and tips from projects of various types and sizes. More here. Back


The IfA 2012 Conference: call for abstracts

The Institute for Archaeologists’ (IfA - an Alliance member) 2012 Conference will be held in Oxford from 18 to 20 April 2012. The theme for the conference will be Partnership Working – creating effective networks throughout the historic, natural and built environments to maximise resources, increase public benefit and build a stronger sector. The Institute would welcome proposals for sessions, CPD workshops and excursions based around this theme. If you are interested in proposing a paper for this Conference please submit a short abstract identifying two - three potential speakers to alex.llewellyn@archaeologists.net by 31 August. Back


EVENTS

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The Heritage Alliance: Rural Heritage: Delivering Public Goods, 6 September, Oxfordshire

The rural historic environment delivers a wide range of public goods, from quality of life, recreation and wellbeing, to regeneration and economic benefits. On 6 September 2011 at Blenheim Palace, the Heritage Alliance’s Rural Advocacy Group (RAG) will hold its summer policy event, Rural Heritage: Delivering Public Goods. Speakers will raise awareness of the social, economic, regulatory and financial context within which the rural historic environment exists; identify the major issues facing the rural heritage; and explore solutions.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness amongst Alliance members and colleagues from across the sector of the wide range of public goods delivered by the rural historic environment, the opportunities available, and the challenges.

The event will be co-chaired by John Sell (Co-Chair of the RAG and Executive VP of Europa Nostra) and Jonathan Thompson (Co-Chair of the RAG and Heritage Adviser at the CLA).  Steve Trow of English Heritage will deliver the keynote speech, and fellow speakers include Peter Hughes, Resident Land Agent at the Madresfield Estate, and Corrina Woodall, North Wessex Downs Leader Programme Manager. Click here to download the full agenda. 

Places at this event are strictly limited, and early booking is advised. Places are £15 per person, including lunch and refreshments. Click here to download a booking form, which includes details of where to send your cheque. More information here.

Essex County Council: Traditional Building Skills courses, August - November

Essex County Council is running a programme of traditional building skills and building conservation courses and lectures from August to November. Full details of all courses here.

There are a number of free or subsidised places available. Places funded by the City & Country Group bursary scheme are available to trainees, self-employed workers and anyone who is embarking on a career in traditional building skills. For details and application criteria contact traditional.buildingskills@essex.gov.uk. To qualify for LandSkills East funding, which covers about half the cost of the course, you must be from a rural area, involved in a tourism business, farm diversification, food business or micro enterprise. For details and application criteria contact: traditional.buildingskills@essex.gov.uk.

DCLG: Planning Reform Events – September in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will be holding four planning reform events during September - in London on 7 September, in Leeds on 8 September, in Birmingham on 13 September, and in Bristol on 15 September. These events will cover the National Planning Policy Framework along with other key elements of the Government’s planning reforms, such as Neighbourhood Planning. To register an interest in attending one of these workshops email alan.scott@communities.gsi.gov.uk


SAVE Britain’s Heritage: Promenade, Celebrating Sheppey, 9 – 11 September

SAVE Britain’s Heritage (a member of the Alliance) is supporting Promenade - a celebration of heritage and architecture on the Isle of Sheppey, the perennially popular seaside resort and once significant naval port in Kent.

Presenting talks, events and performances by leading architectural historians, writers, broadcasters and an acclaimed dance company - and with a Fringe programme of community activities - Promenade will commemorate the past and its shaping of place, and reflect on Sheppey’s importance in contemporary community life. The line-up from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September includes Michael Palin, Dan Cruickshank, Ptolemy Dean, Christopher Woodward and Edwin Heathcote. More information here.

2011 Funding Roadshow: September in London, Leeds and Birmingham

The 2011 Funding Roadshow conferences bring together representatives from the statutory, lottery and trust funders, with an audience of a thousand third sector leaders and fundraisers. The annual event is run by Action Planning with ACEVO, CFDG, CAF, Big Lottery Fund and Blackbaud.

This year the roadshow will take place at Central Hall in Westminster on 13 September, the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds on 15 September, and the Birmingham Hippodrome on 27 September. Click here to download the full conference brochure, and here to book online.   
Heritage Skills Fair: Cathedral Close, Winchester, 17 September

The Heritage Skills Fair offers the public an opportunity to meet skilled traditional crafts people, contractors and heritage organisations. Visitors can watch specialist demonstrations, and then have a go themselves. For more information contact Alison Letts on alison.letts@ijp.co.uk


The SPAB: Repair of Old Buildings course, 26 September – 1 October

The SPAB (a member of the Alliance) classic week-long programme of lectures and visits, The Repair of Old Buildings course, provides a mixture of expert seminars and presentations on subjects including conservation philosophy, stonework, lime, historic structures and timber repairs. The aim is to illustrate by lectures and practical examples the manner in which the conservative repair of old buildings can be achieved.


The fee of £710 for the Repair Course includes lectures and relevant papers, morning coffee, afternoon tea and coach travel for sites. It also covers the two-day tour, including overnight accommodation, transport, insurance and meals when travelling (accommodation in London is not provided). 

The autumn 2011 course will take place from 26 September to 1 October at the SPAB’s offices at 37 Spital Square, London E1 (a short walk from Liverpool Street station). Bookings are being taken now. For more information about the course click here, or to make a booking contact SPAB assistant education officer Skye Dillon on 0207 456 0915 / skye@spab.org.uk

SITUATIONS VACANT

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HONORARY / VOLUNTARY POSITIONS
Heritage Lottery Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund: Trustee for Wales

A new Trustee for Wales is sought to join the Board of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) in January 2012


The Trustee for Wales is an important member of the UK-wide Board, representing NHMF/HLF in Wales and representing the interests of Wales in Board discussions.  The successful appointee will actively engage with stakeholders in the heritage and cultural sectors in Wales and with the Welsh Government.  The Trustee for Wales also chairs the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales and is a deputy Chair of the UK Board, along with the Trustees for Scotland and for Northern Ireland. 
Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have the skills and experience to meet the challenges of this role. For further details and to apply go to click here or for queries ring 029 2082 5454 / email hr-helpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk. Closing date is 15 August.
SALARIED POSITIONS
Cadw: Properties in Care, various posts

Cadw is recruiting for a number of staff members in its Properties in Care branch.


An Assistant Director (professionally qualified architect or surveyor), based at Cadw’s offices in Nantgarw near Cardiff - salary band £54,500 rising to £66,800 per annum.
Two senior conservation architects / surveyors, one to be based in Nantgarw and one in north Wales (salary band £34,000 rising to £42,000 per annum).

The closing date for applications is 31 August. To find out more and apply click here or email hr-helpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk For more information about Cadw and these vacancies, click here.


NOTES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

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