IHBC Context’s Hong Kong articles now on Conservation Wiki: and let us know if we can add yours!

IHBC wikiThe IHBC’s ongoing programme to extend awareness of our valued membership journal, Context, through our Conservation Wiki public service, is continuing with the posting of recent articles on Hong Kong’s Renaissance Architecture and its Shophouses.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The IHBC is very focused on extending awareness of our work, and many will already know of our free trial membership for members of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (CIfA).  Populating our Conservation Wiki with content from Context also adds substantially to our reach and profile in another critical constituency: the construction and development sector.’

‘So this week our Conservation Wiki features the recently added articles by Ho-Yin Lee and Lynne D Distefano on two distinct aspects of Hong Kong architecture –  its renaissance history and its ‘shophouses’.  Carrying our Context content on our Conservation Wiki platform ensures a truly global reach for the IHBC’s conservation work’.

[No 119 Lai Chi Kok Road, a third-generation shophouse]

No 119 Lai Chi Kok Road, a third-generation shophouse (Photo: Ho-Yin Lee)

‘And if you have already articles in Context with content that would work on Wiki, and would like us to extend their reach through our Conservation Wiki, just let me know at: director@ihbc.org.uk’.

‘And don’t forget too that anyone can add their own specialist conservation knowledge and experience to IHBC’s Conservation Wiki: it is an open and public service, so simply log in and add your information’!

See the article on the renaissance history of Hong Kong and on ‘shophouses

See IHBC’s Conservation Wiki

For more on this issue of Context, No 145, see the press release

Read issue 145 and all others online now

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New IHBC-recognised subsidised CPD training: Leicester THI, includes lessons with the SPAB!

Heritage_skills_LeicesterThe IHBC is delighted to announce the launch of a new series of Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) linked subsidised training, recognised by the IHBC for CPD purposes, on offer in Leicester, delivered by the Heritage Skills Centre from Lincoln Castle and with contributions from SPAB, which includes:

  • Introduction to traditional slate roofing
  • Introduction to lime pointing
  • Repair and maintenance of traditional windows
  • Living with your old building: An introduction for building owners and users
  • Maintenance Matters – The routine care of old buildings: a guide for owners and users.

Leicester City Council writes:

We are now taking bookings for this year’s practical training sessions delivered by the Heritage Skills Centre from Lincoln Castle and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). All courses are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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IHBC’s core social media network passes 14,000

social_networksThe IHBC thanks its active social media volunteeIHBC logors
who have helped membership numbers on its core networks to pass 14000 with, as of 22 August, the following membership spread: Linkedin: 5707; Twitter: 6651, and Facebook, with 1723 likes. 

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘This is a great achievement both for the institute for our many volunteers and members who have helped so much in extending our digital networks’.

‘Only 2 years ago numbers stood at less than 8500, so passing 14,000 now confirms both a more substantial recognition of our brand, as well as the wider constituency of interested players relying on our work.  Of course such numbers offer a simplistic measure, but they do also correlate to increased success with our business operations, including our very popular IHBC Jobs etc service, so these developments are significant to all our members and supporters’.

‘It is interesting too that numbers have increased fairly consistently across all the main platforms we use, as we are seeing lots of interests from a wide sector of social media users.  This is a good sign of our positive engagement with future generations of conservation practitioners, though that’s not to say there isn’t lots more work to be done in these areas’.

To join any of the IHBC’s free social media platforms simply follow the links from our Home Page at www.ihbc.org.uk

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Spot Listing by Cadw for Grove School, Wrexham

A former grammar school in Wrexham has been granted listed building status by the Welsh Government, following a spot listing request to Cadw.

The Welsh Government writes:

A former Girls’ Grammar School in Wrexham, known locally as Grove Park School, has been awarded listed status for its special architectural interest on the grounds of its quality and character, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates has announced today.

The decision to list the site was taken by the Cabinet Secretary after fresh and careful consideration of all submitted representations following a spot listing request made to Cadw earlier this year and a subsequent consultation with the owner, local planning authority and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

By law, under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, a listed building must be of special architectural or historic interest.

The legislation is supported by guidance (Wales Office Circulars 61/96 and 1/98) which explains the criteria against which candidate buildings will be assessed. The listing criteria explains the principal factors to be taken into account when considering a listing request. For example, a building might be considered for an Architectural interest listing if it is deemed as being nationally important for its architectural design, decoration, and craftsmanship.

Ken Skates considered the range of information submitted to Cadw by both supporters and challengers of the listing request. This included written and visual evidence and specialist advice, as well as the peer review and the advice that Wrexham County Borough Council commissioned.  In making his decision, the Cabinet Secretary acknowledged arguments on both sides but overall, considered there are sufficient grounds to approve the spot listing request for the former Grove Park School.

Ken Skates said: ‘On the balance of the evidence presented to me, considering the merits of listing the building against the published criteria and in light of all the representations and all of the advice that has been submitted, I have agreed to the listing for the building’s special architectural interest as a building of definite quality and character as a key example of an interwar girl’s grammar school in the neo-classical tradition (in a 1930s interpretation) surviving largely intact.’

The Cabinet Secretary added: ‘I believe the building is a key example of its type, with a number of features exhibiting stylistic flair. These include its handsome red brick exterior, the decoration between ground floor and first floor windows with herringbone brickwork and internal quality features such as an impressive elegant double sweep staircase being flooded with natural daylight by roof lanterns. There is also its parquet and terrazzo flooring, the sleek timber mouldings and the main hall being well proportioned and well lit.’

The decision to list the building has immediate effect and introduces a requirement for listed building consent to demolish the building or alter, or extend it in a way which affects it character as one of special architectural or historic interest.

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RSA Heritage Index Update: Thoughts on criteria and datasets sought now

The Royal Society for Arts (RSA) is asking for help to update last year’s Heritage Index, including both thoughts on criteria (survey closing 7 September) and suggestions for new data.

The RSA writes:

In September 2015, we launched the first iteration of the RSA’s Heritage Index. This was an unprecedented data exercise, bringing together over 100 ways to measure the richness of heritage assets and activities across every local area in England, Scotland and Wales.

We are now in the midst of work to refine the previous index, and to expand on the range of data included. To make sure we don’t miss anything, we are asking you to consider submitting data, and to suggest improvements to the way in which we combine the many sources of data to produce a single Heritage Index score. We are also building a Northern Ireland index…

Now we’re looking to make the Heritage Index bigger and better for 2016.

If you think you have or can recommend data that could meet our criteria email jonathan.schifferes@rsa.org.uk

We’d also like you to tell us what you thought of the way in which we combined the many indicators of heritage. Have a look at how we balanced the indicators to produce a single Heritage Index score – for example, we ‘weighted’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites more heavily than Grade II listed buildings.

Fill out the survey now 

Links to Wales and Scotland are available through the survey.

Links to the Index 

Read more ….

See the call for more data

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Civic Voice & Reading Civic Society urge action on future of parks

Civic Voice have stressed the need for all civic societies to respond to the parliamentary inquiry on parks (by 30 September), also highlighting the work of Reading Civic Society in lobbying on this area.

Civic Voice writes:

Reading Civic Society are particularly seized by the contents of an article found in The Times on 5th August, by Richard Morrison, which highlighted that, in the noise which followed the Brexit vote, a group of MPs have established a Parliamentary Inquiry to look at the future of parks; how they should be supported now and in the future including ‘alternative management and funding models’.

Reading Civic Society has started to lobby its own members, and those of other voluntary groups in Reading, to either complete the online survey or to make a written submission of their views. Civic Voice is encouraging all of its members to do the same.

Whilst it notes the intent to engage with schools ‘…through the 75 Schools Ambassadors’ Reading Civic Society feels this is an aspiration which is hardly transparent in its implementation, unless you are on the inside track, and that we should ask schools to engage independently of such intent.  Reading Civic Society also has concerns that the attempt to engage schools will be undertaken at a time when schools will be focusing on orientating students at the start of the new terms, so this will not instantly be at the top of their priority list, unless the huge risks are highlighted to them. The society has therefore asked those with contacts in local schools to request that they also take part. It next plans to approach the local media and the town MPs.

The society asks that all civic societies do what they can to ensure as many people across the UK are aware of this Inquiry and to encourage them to make a submission of their views. 

All views have to be received by 30 September 2016.

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Wandsworth Council – most ‘pub friendly’?

Wandsworth Council in London is potentially the most ‘pub friendly’ Local Authority, as it has introduced Article 4 Directions to restrict changes of use to public houses.

Wandsworth Council writes:

Wandsworth has cemented its reputation as the ‘most pub-friendly council’ in the country by removing permitted development rights from 120 of the boroughs best loved bars and taverns.  It means these valued local venues can no longer be converted into mini-supermarkets, estate agents, homes or shops without the need for planning permission.

Wandsworth is the first local authority in the country to publish ‘Article 4 Directions’ on this scale and the pioneering move could be copied up and down the country to help defend the nation’s vulnerable pub trade.

In recent years an alarming number of local inns and taverns, including many viable and thriving businesses, have been quietly converted into other uses. Councils have been powerless to stop them, as owners have ‘permitted development rights’ allowing them to make the change without the need for planning permission.

The fast spread of mini-supermarkets has exacerbated the problem, with the major chains competing all over the country to find new premises and often choosing to convert pubs rather than taking over existing retail units.   But following Wandsworth Council’s ground breaking move all 120 pub owners affected will have to seek approval from the town hall before changing the building use or knocking it down.

In preparation for the Article 4 Directions, the council has already approved new planning guidance which specifically recognises the historic, architectural and community value of Wandsworth’s pubs.

This new policy, which  prompted The Publican Morning Advertiser to ask if Wandsworth is officially ‘the country’s most pub-friendly council’, now gives councillors valid grounds to refuse applications to convert any of these 120 venues into another use.

Deputy council leader Jonathan Cook said: ‘Wandsworth’s pubs are now the best protected in the entire country and have a genuine defence against the relentless spread of mini-supermarkets and estate agents.  We know how much our residents love their locals and in many cases they really are the epicenter of community life. I’m proud and delighted we’ve found a way to protect them.  I very much hope that other councils will follow our lead by adopting pub-friendly planning policies and then stripping away permitted development rights from their local inns, bars and taverns. This could be a real turning point for our nation’s superb but vulnerable pub trade and Wandsworth is more than ready to share its approach with other authorities.’

Geoff Strawbridge, Greater London CAMRA Regional Director, said: ‘I would like to see every planning authority in the country follow Wandsworth’s exemplary initiative in protecting its pubs and bars by removing permitted development rights.’

The 120 bars and pubs were chosen due to their historic or architectural value or because they make a positive contribution to their community.

They include The Alma, The Ship and The Cat’s Back in Wandsworth, The Bricklayers Arms, Arab Boy and Railway in Putney, The Plough , Falcon and The Beehive in Battersea and The Selkirk, Trafalgar Arms and Wheatsheaf in Tooting and the Bedford, Regent and Prince of Wales in Balham.  Some pubs that are currently closed have also been given protection, including the White Lion in Putney High Street and The Brewery Tap in Wandsworth High Street. It’s hoped this will give an added incentive to the owners to bring them back into use.

The Article 4 Directions were published on 12 August 2016 and pub owners have all been notified. Following consultation the Directions will need to be confirmed by the council enabling them to come into force in August 2017.

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Masonry company seeks help on bail out from cash flow problems

The Stone Specialist reports that conservation contractor William Anelay, which recently featured on the BBC2 Hairy Builders programme, has announced it is having cash-flow problems in its masonry company and is asking creditors to help bail it out by accepting just a proportion of their debts under a company voluntary arrangement.

The Stone Specialist writes:

William Anelay, headed by an eighth generation member of the Anelay family (Charles), has always laid claim to being the oldest, continuously trading stonemasonry business in the country, with a provenance dating back to 1747.

But its masonry company is now a separate legal entity from William Anelay, having become a limited liability partnership involving Jonathan Hunter of Traditional Masonry in Yorkshire and moved away from William Anelay’s York premises. It is now at a one-acre site in Crigglestone, West Yorkshire, where it trades as Anelay Traditional Masonry.

Charles Anelay says: ‘While only a few projects outside our usual sphere have been involved, the values were significant and this has harmed our business performance and cash flow. They are now finished, save one, where completion is imminent, and another, which has been brought under control. But unfortunately we are now unable to pay suppliers.’

‘We have a fresh approach, have returned to our core operations and have a strong order book for the next 12 months and beyond.’

‘We appreciate that the need for a CVA will be a great disappointment to sub contractors and suppliers who have supported us for many years but this is the best way to make a maximum and prompt return to creditors and we are totally committed to making it a success. Of course, it can work only if our customers are prepared to support the proposal as well.’

‘With our bank’s support and a successful completion of the proposed debt restructuring, we aim to continue in our current form and are committed to completing schemes under contract.’ 

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Seven projects receive HES funding – including ‘Outlander Castle’

A castle in the Highlands of Scotland, believed to be the inspiration for ‘Castle Leoch’ in Outlander, is one of the recipients of the latest round of heritage repair grant funding from Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

HES writes:

Castle Leod in Strathpeffer, Easter Ross widely thought to be the inspiration/basis for the fictional ‘Castle Leoch’ in the successful Outlander novels, is one of seven recipients of building repair grants across Scotland. Other projects to benefit from the scheme include the creation of affordable housing in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas, and the creation of a health and wellbeing centre in Paisley.

The projects share a total of £576,460 awarded through Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Building Repair Grant Scheme, with priority being given to those applicants who demonstrated that investment in their projects would result in community benefit.

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at HES, said:  The purpose of Building Repair Grants is primarily to assist with the repair and reuse of important historic buildings and sites, but also to ensure that the end use is something which the wider community benefits from.  Amongst the beneficiaries of the latest round of funding there is a former school in North Glasgow, disused since 2013, which is going to be converted into affordable houses. We also have a former Sunday school in Paisley which will eventually become a health centre, helping people to stop smoking, offering health checks, as well as dietary, alcohol and drugs advice. And we are able to fund vital repairs to a community centre which has served the people of Aberfeldy for nearly 30 years.’

The Category B listed former Greenview School (originally Balmore Public School), in Parkhouse, North Glasgow is set to receive £109,250 funding to convert the building into 28 housing units to be set at affordable rents to those in housing need. This is part of a wider £3 million project from the North Glasgow Community Planning Partnership in the area which will create jobs and training opportunities.

The Category A Listed Castle Leod in Strathpeffer, Easter Ross is set to receive a grant of £13,680 as part of the third phase of a project to open up the 16th century building to the public. The castle is recognised as being of national and international importance due to its architectural quality and the survival of 16th and 17th century fabrics featured. The surrounding gardens and landscape are included on the national inventory for landscapes. The funding will be used to carry out essential repairs to parts of the castle, in order to facilitate the creation of a visitor centre, study room, and refurbished disabled toilet facility. The new visitor centre will allow the castle to increase its opening hours and days.

The Category C listed Memorial Hall in Paisley is located in an area recognised as one of Scotland’s most deprived. Built by successful local architect Thomas G. Abercrombie in 1900, it is a rare example of a building purpose-built as a Sunday school. Paisley Seventh Advent Church have been awarded a £104,280 grant to assist with the conversion of the building to a church and health centre.

The Category A Listed James Watt Library in Inverclyde, dates back to the early 19th century and has been one of Greenock’s most important civic buildings for a long time. Thanks to a grant of £297,000 it’s long term future will be secured, parts of the building which have been unable to be used for years will be reopened, and the buildings capacity to provide high quality library, exhibition, and archiving facilities will be significantly improved.

View the press release and full list of grant recipients

Find out more about Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants Scheme

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Crowdsourcing to put heritage of burial grounds on the map

A project which started in Shropshire, led by the charity Caring for God’s Acre, is aiming to go nationwide through a crowdsourced heritage map of burial grounds, helping to improve understanding of the importance of the heritage and biodiversity of the spaces.

Shropshire-based charity Caring for God’s Acre has been awarded support for the Beautiful Burial Ground project, thanks to National Lottery players.

The project aims to put burial grounds literally on the heritage map by creating a database and interactive map where individual sites can be mapped and linked to records of its wildlife, architecture and stories.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said: ‘From nesting spots in ancient trees to hiding places in undisturbed walls, burial grounds are incredibly important for wildlife and biodiversity.’  Volunteers of all ages are vital to the project and will have the opportunity to build research and recording skills, thanks to workshops and a series of special events.’

Vanessa added: ‘Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will put citizen scientists at the heart of creating a lasting and accessible record of the natural, built and social heritage of some of the UK’s thousands of burial grounds.’

The charity has been awarded £17,700 to develop the plans and apply for a full grant of £586,700.

Sue Cooper, Caring for God’s Acre, said: ‘The Beautiful Burial Ground Project will enable us to literally put burial sites on the map, and it’s great to know that we are a big step closer to conserving these amazing sites for the generations to come.’

The four-year project is expected to begin next autumn.

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IHBC London launches ‘Character Building’ conference: Heritage at the heart of planning and placemaking – 4 Oct

character_building_cover_smlThe renowned IHBC London Branch Conferences continue their remarkable run on Tuesday 4 October when they explore ‘character building’ in place management, reaching across place-related practices to look at how we might set heritage more productively within planning and placemaking.

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘The IHBC is once again delighted to be able to offer to members and colleagues a remarkable opportunity to explore the outer boundaries of conservation in ‘character building’, both good and bad, as our London Branch promises a special day of learning, challenge and cross-disciplinary networking.  This event is not to be missed by anyone serious about looking beyond their comfort zones in conservation: and as ever that should mean anyone in, or interested in, the IHBC!’

‘And of course we are also delighted to welcome as sponsors a private practice with particular relevance to the title, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, and as Chair, IHBC President David McDonald.’

IHBC London Branch writes:

Our historic environment provides not only a rich architectural and cultural resource, but also a wealth of models of sustainable and healthy living. However, within the planning system, heritage appears to be increasingly confined to an assessment of significance rather than a catalyst for positive change. In this, the eleventh of our London conferences, we intend to redress the balance. We will look at ways in which heritage, urban design and planning professionals can work together to make successful places.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues, from estate management to public realm improvements and will include advice on the contribution that archaeology can make to placemaking.

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and archaeologists and as usual, we intend the presentations to be of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.

To find out more and to book see characterbuilding.ihbc.org.uk

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Disability and the built environment inquiry

The Women and Equalities Committee have launched an inquiry into the accessibility of homes, buildings and public spaces.

The Women and Equalities Committee writes:

The accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces is an issue not just for those of us with a permanent physical disability. With an ageing population, it is likely that more and more of us will experience reduced mobility in our lifetime. There are also other needs to consider, such as mental health. In this inquiry we explore the extent to which those needs are considered and accommodated in our built environment, and ask whether more could be done to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of both new and existing properties and spaces.

Committee Chair Maria Miller said: ‘This area raises some interesting questions, and there is a great deal of scope for innovation. For example: how can building information modelling and modern methods of construction, contribute to making environments more accessible and inclusive? How can we deliver greater accessibility and inclusivity alongside more age-friendly towns and cities, including liaison with the NHS? To what extent do shared space schemes in roads and highways cause barriers for disabled people and how can these be resolved? We need to ensure that buildings and public spaces are as accessible and inclusive as possible, and that communities can fully engage with the process of decision making that shapes the accessibility of the built environment.’

View the news release and further details of the questions to be raised in the Disability and Built Environment Inquiry at Parliament UK

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High Court challenge to Sheffield City Region plans claims loss of local control

Derbyshire County Council is to launch a judicial review challenge over a consultation on proposals to put a Sheffield City Region Mayor in charge of some council services in Chesterfield, after claiming the largest town in the county would no longer have local control over key services like strategic planning. 

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HE calls for call in of London tower

Historic England has called on the Communities Secretary to call-in proposals for a 25-storey residential tower at Somers Town near St Pancras Railway Station – a scheme already approved by Camden Council and the London mayor – which the heritage advisor claimed would blight views of Chester Terrace, a Grade 1 Listed row of neo-classical homes in nearby Regent’s Park. 

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CBI responds to apprenticeships: ‘concern over timescales’

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has suggested that the timescale for implementation of the new apprenticeship levy should be reconsidered.

The CBI writes:

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: ‘We welcome the Government’s focus on growing investment in apprenticeships, and business stands ready to step up and increase its own commitment. However, the Apprenticeship Levy in its current form risks turning the clock back on recent progress through poor design and rushed timescales.  Without a radical rethink it could damage not raise training quality. This really matters because of the crucial importance of closing the skills gap to improving the UK’s lagging productivity. The Government must take time to get this right, and listen properly to the concerns and ideas of the businesses who will be doing their best to make it work. 

‘The Government’s announcement provides business with much needed information which shows some progress, including support for smaller firms, but fundamental problems remain. The Levy is too narrowly defined. It covers only one type of training and employers can only reclaim off-the-job costs. As a result, valuable forms of training risk being cut back, with quantity put ahead of quality.  The April 2017 start date will not give firms sufficient time to prepare, so we urge the Government to delay implementation. Though business understands the fiscal challenges, it would be a great mistake to rush ahead before a viable scheme is ready.’

‘We urge the new Secretary of State to take a step back from the political timetable and consider what is best for building the skills of our young people, to enable the UK to become a high-skilled, high-productivity economy. Business stands ready to work with Government to build a system that delivers for the future and from the outset.’

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£55 million of HLF funding revealed

The latest recipients of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funding have been revealed, they include UK’s only surviving gas-lit cinema and Kelmscott Manor.

HLF writes:

The investment is set to secure a bright future for some much-loved heritage, boost tourism and create jobs and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages.

Opening days and visitor numbers will double at Kelmscott Manor, the inspiration of many of Morris’ works and his passion for conservation.  Two rooms in the manor and a number of historic buildings in the grounds will be restored and reopened. This will give visitors unprecedented access to the site’s heritage and ease pressure on existing facilities and the small village of Kelmscott.  Virtual visitors will also benefit from the £4.7m project. New digital interpretation will feature online tours of historic buildings dating back to the 16th century and people will be able to study objects up close from Kelmscott’s incredible collection of furniture, pictures and textiles – many created by Morris himself. 

Open for film lovers in Leeds for over a century, the UK’s only surviving gas-lit cinema will be saved for future generations to enjoy thanks to £2.4m made possible by National Lottery players.  Hyde Park Picture House, thought to be one of the oldest small picture houses, was opened just after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. During the war, the cinema played a key role in broadcasting news bulletins, war footage and morale-boosting patriotic dramas. It took the advent of the ‘talkies’ in its stride and remains popular today – showing historic films and modern blockbusters.  The project will open up archive material including film programmes dating back to the cinema’s opening night, restore original features and ensure its future as a working historic cinema for another century to come.

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch MP welcomed the news, saying: ‘Our heritage provides us with a sense of identity and helps boost tourism, local economies and people’s wellbeing.  These grants will have a huge impact on a range of projects across England. I am delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we are able to help preserve important parts of our heritage for the public to enjoy.’ 

Gardens and galleries, historic halls and hotels, and stories of Shackleton and saints: the sites receiving funding are:

  • St Albans Cathedral – £3.9m
  • Endeavour Galleries at the National Maritime Museum – £4.7m
  • Plymouth History Centre – £14.8m
  • St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington – £3.6m
  • Acquisition of Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I – £7.4m
  • Hall for Cornwall – £2.8m
  • Otterburn Hall, Northumberland – £2m
  • RHS Garden Wisley – £4.8m
  • St Marylebone Parish Church, Westminster – £3.6m
  • The Beautiful Burial Ground project – £604,400

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