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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

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Annual Report Celebrates Successful Year

Harriet Roberts

Successful historic building restoration projects across the UK are celebrated in the AHF’s annual report which is published today (1 December) coinciding with The Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day.  

The report comes as heritage organisations gather in London’s spectacular Grade II listed Freemasons Hall to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

As well as showcasing award winning buildings and completed regeneration projects, the AHF’s first impact measurement survey reveals the indirect outcomes for local communities and highlights a number of issues relating to the health of the sector. 

Click here to view the report

RELEASE: NEW DATA REVEALS SURGE IN HERITAGE INTEREST

Harriet Roberts

New Data Uncovers Surge in Heritage Interest in England

  • Participation in heritage is rising fastest among adults from lower socio-economic groups and Black and Minority Ethnic groups

  • Dramatic decrease in the participation gap between least and most deprived communities

  • Historic sites are attracting more visitors and membership of heritage organisations is increasing

  • Three quarters of the adult population participated in heritage activity last year

  • Heritage is being used to help shape both national and local identity in “place branding” which helps maximise the value of a place for residents and visitors

  • “Our heritage is a key national asset, underpinning Britain’s image and brand throughout the world. As we move towards leaving the EU, its economic dynamism will only become more important.”

  • Images and infographics here: https://goo.gl/photos/rSBXhTkkMQ581srR6

 

Visits to historic sites are growing, membership of heritage organisations is increasing and participation in heritage is becoming more inclusive, according to this year’s Heritage Counts reports. The reports have been published today (1 December) by Historic England on behalf of England’s leading heritage organisations which make up the Historic Environment Forum.

Heritage for everyone

New evidence has shown that participation in heritage(1) is becoming more inclusive and appealing to people from all walks of life. In the last 10 years heritage participation has grown fastest among adults from Black and Minority Ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups (C2DE). The gap in heritage participation between people living in the most deprived areas and those in the least deprived areas decreased dramatically in the past six years - from a gap of 44 per cent in 2009/10 to 24 per cent in 2015/16.

More visits and increasing membership

The report, published today (1 December) at Heritage Day, an annual event run by the Heritage Alliance- England’s biggest coalition of heritage interests’, has also shown that nearly three quarters of the adult population, or 40 million people, participated in heritage during the past year. There has been a growth in membership of heritage organisations in the last year, with English Heritage, the National Trust and the Historic Houses Association all reporting an increase in membership: 10%, 8% and 11% respectively.

These results suggest that heritage is strongly valued by the public. Historic England believes our shared heritage and history are a source of identity and stability in an uncertain world.

Heritage shapes identity

One of the Heritage Counts reports demonstrates that the nation is using its historic environment to project or communicate both national and local identities. The research shows that historic buildings and places are increasingly being used in “place branding”- a concept that identifies the perception and reputation of a place. The UK’s national branding campaign, the GREAT campaign, has identified heritage as one of the UK’s 12 unique selling points.

Trends toward devolution and localism mean that local place-making is increasingly important for local economies and communities. Currently local organisations, such as Business Improvement Districts, are shaping the image and identity of their local communities and using heritage to do this. The research shows that heritage is being used to enhance local pride, provide places with a unique selling point and to attract visitors but also strengthen the quality of life for residents and businesses.

As part of the Heritage Counts research, a survey of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) was carried out. 89% of surveyed BIDs felt that heritage played an important role in the image and identity of the BID.  Half of BIDs (51%) rated heritage as being important to achieving their objectives.

 

The Newcastle NE1 Business Improvement District Company said: “Today’s consumer is very market savvy and if a brand is constructed from scratch they are suspicious; using heritage brings credibility and authenticity to the offer.”

 

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England said: “This new research clearly shows that more and more people, from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic groups, appreciate England’s historic sites. It is excellent news. Our historic environment plays a crucial role in shaping the places where we live, work and visit. It provides people with a physical link to the past, permanence, stability and a sense of belonging. Places with strong, distinctive identities are more likely to prosper than those without them. Our heritage is a key national asset, underpinning Britain’s image and brand throughout the world. As we move towards leaving the EU, its economic dynamism will only become more important.”

 

John Sell, Chair of the Historic Environment Forum, said: "It is wonderful that more and more people from a variety of backgrounds are enjoying and caring for heritage and that more places are recognising the value of heritage as part of what makes them unique. However there is still work to do so that, in encouraging growth and managing change, we do not lose sight of what makes places special. Local council and BID leaders now need to work together to make sure that heritage is at the heart of the vision for their towns, cities and neighbourhoods.”

 

ENDS

  1. Participating in heritage includes visiting a city or town with historic character; a historic building open to the public (non-religious); a historic park or garden open to the public; a place connected with industrial history (e.g. an old factory, dockyard or mine) or historic transport system (e.g. an old ship or railway); a historic place of worship attended as a visitor (not to worship); a monument such as a castle, fort or ruin; a site of archaeological interest (i.e. Roman villa, ancient burial site); a site connected with sports heritage (e.g. Wimbledon) (not visited for the purposes of watching sport)

Read more about Heritage Counts here

For further press information contact Rosie Ryder, rosie.ryder@HistoricEngland.org.uk, 02079733388 or Joe O’Donnell, policy@theheritagealliance.org.uk, 0207 2330 500

For images and infographics click here: https://goo.gl/photos/rSBXhTkkMQ581srR6

Other useful publications recently released:

Heritage Index- https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2016/11/heritage-index-2016

The Impact of Heritage Tourism for the UK Economy 2016- https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/uk-plc-new-figures-reveal-overseas-visitors-heritage-are

Notes to Editors

Heritage Counts is an annual survey of the state of England's historic environment produced by Historic England (previously known as English Heritage) on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum, which represents the major heritage organisations in England. The reports summarise policy changes from the year and reports on a wide range of information and data that helps the sector make decisions and influence policy.

The Historic Environment Forum members are:

ALGAO

Architectural Heritage Fund

British Property Federation

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Church of England Cathedrals & Church Buildings Division

Council for British Archaeology

Country Land and Business Association

Heritage Lottery Fund

Historic England

Historic Houses Association

Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

Institute of Historic Building Conservation

Joint Committee of the National Amenities Societies

National Trust

Natural England

Royal Institute of British Architects

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Royal Town Planning Institute

The Churches Conservation Trust

The Heritage Alliance

RELEASE: WHAT'S YOUR HERITAGE?

Harriet Roberts

Historic Environment Scotland Asks - What’s Your Heritage?

People across Scotland invited to help change the course of heritage

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced an ambitious national campaign to find out what heritage really means to the people of Scotland as part of the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

‘What’s Your Heritage?’ is a multi-channel project that asks members of the public to reveal which of Scotland’s places, buildings and monuments they want to see recognised and celebrated.

HES hopes to uncover some hidden gems and, perhaps, some unusual examples of heritage for future generations to enjoy. From theatres to pubs, and castles to schools, what are the buildings that have made us who we are?

The organisation is calling on everyone in Scotland to get involved with the conversation. An online survey will run for the duration of the campaign, meaning people can contribute at a time and place that suits them. HES will also run a series of informal workshops across the country to give people a chance to participate in conversations in their area. HES has also created a digital toolkit which is available to organisations or groups that would like to run their own workshop. A social media campaign #MyHeritageIs adds another digital dimension to the project, inviting people to share their pictures and thoughts.

The feedback captured in the project will be used to help shape new policies that will assist the organisation in protecting and celebrating historic sites now and in the future. 

Elizabeth McCrone, Historic Environment Scotland’s Head of Designations, visited Glasgow to launch the campaign, and to meet local members of the community in the Gorbals to find out their answers to the question ‘What’s Your Heritage?’

She explained, “This is the first time that we have undertaken such a comprehensive review with the public about the criteria we use to decide whether to designate sites and structures. We receive hundreds of requests every year to assess buildings and sites for listing or one of the other designations and we really want to know what the people of Scotland think should be recognised and protected.

“We know that people are increasingly interested in different aspects of our history that designation hasn’t traditionally focussed on, such as the stories and experiences associated with different places. Through the ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ campaign, we’re hoping to reach out to people across the country to find out whether we’re right about that and, if so, how we can take a fresh look at our work.”

Scotland is a land rich with stories and history. Some aspects are already well-known, for instance the B-listed Citizens Theatre contains an important early auditorium of 1878 as well as rare machinery which survives under the stage. ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ will delve into the stories of such buildings to ensure that what HES is recording, celebrating and protecting for the benefit of current and future generations has Scotland’s support.

Stephen Smart is a member of the Citizens Community Collective, a group made up of around thirty members aged from 22 to 80, from all walks of life. He recently appeared on stage at the Citz in The Gorbals Vampire, the culmination of a 10-month project run by the theatre involving local people, school children and the general public in workshops, exhibitions and creative writing competitions inspired by true events which took place in the Southern Necropolis in 1954. When asked what heritage means to him, Stephen said: “Heritage can mean your roots. Anytime I think of heritage I think of the past – it's not usually something you think of today. It’s very important culturally and positions you in the world – it’s your personality. Heritage is a cultural thing and your culture defines you.”

Nearby pub, The Laurieston is a category C-listed building. Stepping through the door, visitors are taken back in time to the 1960s where the original decorative scheme is still intact.

John Clancy, proprietor, said: “There’s not many people that own their own pubs anymore, most people lease – but we own this, and we like to keep it the same as it’s always been. Our family has always been in the pub trade and it has changed a lot over the years. You'll go into places now and they'll have lots of tellies, music blasting, and huge menus. In here you’ll get conversation, and a pie and peas from the same pie warmer we had at our old premises in Maryhill forty years ago. We’ve got regulars who followed us from there, young lads whose fathers used to come in to see us, and on the walls you'll see photos and newspaper clippings we've collected over the years that we know will be interesting to our regulars. It's like a big extended family, where everyone is welcome.”

HES is also seeking opportunities to collaborate with and empower others to have the conversation. They are not just asking about things that are already deemed ‘historic’, but things people will look back on as shaping the history of Scotland’s communities. Records of places that seem part of everyday life in 2016 could offer a real sense of place and cultural identity for future generations. 

In addition, the organisation is encouraging people to consider how change to designated sites and places should be managed, since the historic environment can and should form the focus for regeneration and business development. By having these conversations, HES will be able to enhance its protection and regulation of the historic environment, and to increase knowledge and understanding of what matters most to the people of Scotland.

What’s Your Heritage?  How to get involved:

·         Share your ideas and thoughts through this quick survey: www.historicenvironment.scot/whatsyourheritage  

·         Join the conversation at one of our ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ workshops or on Twitter with #MyHeritageIs

·         Organise a workshop in your area– request a toolkit by emailing communications@hes.scot

 

Twitter: @HistEnvScot

Facebook: HistoricEnvScotland

 

Ends

 

Free to use supporting images are available from communications@hes.scot

 
Notes for editors:

About The Citizens Theatre

The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945. Fondly known as the Citz, it is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, and Executive Director, Judith Kilvington. For the fastest information on all Citizens Theatre shows, learning and participation activity, and the forthcoming £20.8 million building redevelopment project, visit citz.co.uk.

About Historic Environment Scotland

1.      As of the 1st October 2015, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.

·         Historic Scotland is a sub brand of Scotland’s new public heritage body, Historic Environment Scotland

 

2.    Historic Environment Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC045925

3.    You can keep up to date with news from Historic Environment Scotland and register for media release email alerts here. If you wish to unsubscribe, please contact us.

 

4.    2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Running from 1 January to 31 December, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a celebration of Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions, icons, as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories.

 

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland's fascinating past. Discover how this past has shaped the thriving Scotland we know today and its future, with its proud and welcoming spirit.


Enjoy the splendour of some of Scotland’s most famous and dramatic castles, visit your clan’s homeland, experience the breathtaking sounds of a hundred pipers skirling or stare in wonder at the ever-changing natural landscapes that have played a key part in Scotland’s history. 

 

Discover tales of legendary kings and queens, Jacobite battles, stories handed down from one generation to the next, all set against Scotland’s unique panoramic landscapes and enriching culture.

 

From the Scottish Borders to Orkney, and from Fife to the Isle of Skye - every area of Scotland has its own story to share. Relive Scotland’s past to the present day through a range of exciting events, attractions and activities during 2017 and come make history with us! 

 

#HHA2017

Conference: Heritage for the Next Generation - who pays? 9 Nov 2016

Harriet Roberts

Leading local and national heritage sector organisations are coming together at the historic Larchfield Estate, Lisburn to talk about securing the future of the sector in a fast moving world.

The heritage sector in Northern Ireland is a potential powerhouse for the local economy, but is underperforming compared to other parts of the UK. Our question is: ‘How do we create a more sustainable future for the heritage sector in Northern Ireland, and find the money to pay for it?' 

The conference which takes place on Wednesday 9 November, gathers together three key heritage organisations in Northern Ireland and the UK - The Lagan Navigation Trust, the Heritage Trust Network and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Together they work to make our heritage more vibrant and accessible for as many people as possible, both visitors and local communities.  

In a very varied programme delegates will hear from, amongst others: Paul Givan, MLA, Minister for Communities on the social & economic value of heritage, keynote speaker, John Sergeant, Joe Mahon, and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE.

The event is sponsored by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Belfast City Council, Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Kriterion Architects, Blue Horizon, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, Lagan Navigation Trust, the Heritage Trust Network, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.  

http://ihbconline.co.uk/newsachive/?p=13839

CONTACTS

Lagan Navigation Trust, Chief Officer Brenda Turnbull – brenda@lagannavigationtrust.org

Heritage Trust Network UK Chair, Sarah Mcleaod -   sarah.mcleod@ukapt.org.uk

IHBC NI Chairman, Andrew McClelland - McClelland-A5@email.ulster.ac.uk

 

 

John Sergeant

John Sergeant

Romsey Restoration Completed

Harriet Roberts

We're delighted to announce the completion of another successfully completed building restoration project funded solely by AHF loan finance.

The Romsey and District BPT has completed the restoration of a shop unit and two-bedroom flat above, whilst creating a new dwelling behind on what was previously a storage area.

5 Latimer Street was built in the mid-18th century and had lain empty when the Trust acquired it. It has undertaken a number of schemes since its formation in the 1970s to provide accommodation within the town, recycling any surplus funds into new restoration projects. This has improved the streetscape by the installation of a more sympathetic shop front, provided much-needed accommodation, and encouraged other neighbouring property owners to explore the re-use of other unused over-the-shop dwelling space. The AHF provided a loan of £325,000, which has been repaid in full and within term. 

View the property on You Tube: https://youtu.be/K-llnF7kATw

HLF splashes out £5 million for Templemore Baths, Belfast

Harriet Roberts

The Architectural Heritage Fund is delighted to receive news that Belfast City Council has been granted £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is one step closer to revitalising the last surviving Victorian public baths in Ireland.

This latest funding allows Belfast City Council to fully develop its ambitious plans to restore, extend and fully reopen Templemore Baths in east Belfast for use as a leisure and fitness facility as part of a £105 million regeneration vision linked to the Leisure Transformation programme. This seeks to improve the health and well-being of the community by creating welcoming, quality facilities across the city.

Templemore Baths was the last in a series of public baths opened throughout Belfast in the late 19th century.  It provided washing and sanitary facilities for the families who came to live in the area, attracted by the development of Harland and Wolff shipyard and other engineering enterprises in the east of the city.

The Architectural Heritage Fund supported the early stage of the project with an Options Appraisal Grant of £7500 in 2012.

SPAB Scholarships & Fellowships

Harriet Roberts

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is searching for SPAB Scholars and Fellows for 2017. Apply for the Scholarship programme and the Fellowship programme by 1 December.

Fellowship applications are welcomed from craftspeople employed in the repair of historic buildings on site or in workshops and studios. Candidates must have completed their apprenticeship and demonstrate a high degree of competence, as well as an enthusiasm to engage with other trades and disciplines. Past Fellows have been stonemasons, stained glass conservators, blacksmiths, carpenters/joiners, bricklayers, leadworker and plasterers.

SPAB scholars are architects, surveyors and engineers who have completed their college-based training (e.g. RIBA Parts I & II for architects), ideally with a few years experience in their field. Applicants must be enthusiastic about old buildings and willing to travel the country for this nine-month countrywide conservation tour.

More details: https://spabscholarsandfellows.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/could-you-be-a-spab-scholar-or-fellow/

 

Clevedon Pier - Heritage Angels Winners!

Harriet Roberts

Congratulations to Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust on winning the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Historic England Heritage Angels event. Described by Sir John Betjeman as ‘the most beautiful pier in England’, this award was in recognition of the stunning new Visitor Centre facilities and interpretation display area in the original refurbished toll house. This was set up to provide high quality visitor facilities and generate additional income to maintain this outstanding community asset on past its 150th year. In addition, the pier management team has been strengthened and a Heritage and Outreach Officer and a Community Engagement Officer are now employed.

Many sources of funding were used for the Visitor Centre project. Securing funding required immense efforts from several of the Trustees (working alongside a heritage consultant for some of the time) in producing applications and submissions.

In parallel with the construction, the Trust decided to embark upon a Community Share Offer which required that it should convert to a Community Benefit Society. The Share Offer ran between August 2015 and January 2016 and raised over £250,000 from over 1,100 local members plus an investment of £80,000 from ourselves, the Architectural Heritage Fund.  We were also delighted to help the project with a loan of £140,000, just as we were back in 1990 when a loan of £110,000 helped meet the costs of the original restoration work that brought the pier back from the brink of collapse.

The Heritage Angel Awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Since 2011 these annual awards have celebrated the efforts of local people who have saved historic buildings and places.

Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the AHF said, “I am so thrilled Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust has deservedly won the People’s Choice Heritage Angel Award, the only award voted for by the public. Historic piers are such an important but fragile part of our heritage, and their future can often only be saved by the extraordinary dedication of local volunteers. I am so pleased the Trust has been recognised in this way – an outstanding effort over a very long time. The Community Share issue has been a triumph, raising not only money but also the long-term commitment of local people through their collective ownership of the Pier. I do hope other heritage organisations will take inspiration from the Trust’s remarkable endeavours”

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Chapel Wins HLF Support

Harriet Roberts

The Architectural Heritage Fund is delighted to learn that the Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust (TOCT) has received development funding of £63,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its renovation project in Tolpuddle. The project aims to renovate the two hundred year old Grade II* former Methodist chapel in Tolpuddle.

This former Methodist Chapel, built in 1818, is important because of its associations with the Tolpuddle Martyrs, at least four of whom used it as a place of worship.  It is believed that one of the Martyrs, George Loveless, was a lay preacher in the chapel.

The project aims to renovate and extend the former chapel to provide the potential for the appropriate re-use of the building as a 'quiet place in the heart of this historic Dorset village', for visitors, and to provide the location for activities, exhibitions and community use.

The Architectural Heritage Fund played an instrumental role in the setting up of the Building Preservation Trust which helped to secure the future of this long-standing Heritage At Risk site and has granted 3 rounds of funding since 2014 totalling £24,000.

This new round-one funding from HLF together with in-principle support for the delivery stage of £329,300 allows the Trust to produce detailed plans for the renovation and repair of the former chapel, as well as creating interpretation and community engagement activities to tell the history of the building and its connection to the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Come work with us at the AHF! We're hiring a Business Administrator...

Architectural Heritage Fund

As our work expands, we are currently seeking to appoint a permanent, full time Business Administrator to help ensure the smooth running of the AHF.

You will ideally have some proficiency in accounting and financial administration to support the work of the AHF’s Investment and Operation teams and to provide day-to-day assistance to the Chief Executive. You will apply excellent organisational and customer support skills to help ensure the office runs smoothly and to meet the requirements of our clients and funders.

You will also possess some particular experience in financial administration, ideally having previously worked in a grant-giving, bank and/or investment organisation, as well as more general office administration experience. In return, you will enjoy undertaking a pivotal supporting role within an organisation that strives to impact small organisations in the voluntary sector.

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