Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

England’s £20 million government boost for culture and creative industries

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has launched a £20 million fund for culture, heritage and the creative industries to benefit towns and cities across England. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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2017 Sir John Betjeman Award goes to Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross, Stratford upon Avon: Wall painting conservation

The Death Reawakened Project to research and conserve wall paintings at the Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross in Stratford upon Avon is the winner of the SPAB’s 2017 Sir John Betjeman Award. image SPAB website  

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Pier restored with £14m of charity money sold to businessman for £50,000

Hastings pier which was restored with more than £14m of charitable funding has been sold to a local businessman and hotelier Sheikh Abid Gulzar for £50,000, after the charity went into administration.

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ £200m Manchester tower scheme gets green light after revisions

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ £200m development in Manchester has been given the green light investors say, as the scheme – centred around a new tower in Jackson’s Row and including a five-star hotel with 216 bedrooms and a 39-storey … Continue reading

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Oxford Street pedestrianisation not proceeding due to lack of local support but new plan to be developed

A statement from the Leader of Westminster Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, regarding the future of Oxford Street confirms full scale pedestrianisation will not go ahead because of lack of local support but new proposals will be developed to be announced … Continue reading

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Ten Places that tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture in HE campaign

Ten places that tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture have been selected by BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz in Historic England’s (HE) campaign and podcast series ‘Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places’. image: Historic England … Continue reading

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‘Nighthawk’ metal detectorists damage Hadrian’s Wall

Illegal treasure hunters, or so-called nighthawk metal detectorists, are blamed for more than 50 holes found around the 1,900-year-old Brunton Turret section of Hadrian’s Wall near Hexham, Northumberland according to experts.

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Shipwreck divers jailed for failing to disclose artefacts

Shipwreck divers who looted a Royal Navy vessel at the bottom of the English Channel have been jailed for failing to disclose the items they took.

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Spaghetti Junction on a plate! Award-winning chef celebrates iconic structure with ‘Truffled A38’ & more

It’s a feat of engineering for some, a source of frustration for others…but for an award-winning chef Spaghetti Junction is a veritable feast on a plate, observes the UK Government, in an initiative linked to the Year of Engineering! Contains … Continue reading

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Glasgow CC: School of Art building to be ‘dismantled’

Glasgow City Council (CC) has said that parts of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building will be dismantled after it was ravaged by fire earlier this month.

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Locality: Community spaces sold off ‘on a massive scale’ for private use, finds report

More than 4,000 public spaces are being sold off every year and being ‘lost to the community forever’, according to a report published by Locality, England’s representative body for community organisations, which has now launched a campaign, Save our Spaces, … Continue reading

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£22m fund launched to boost construction skills etc.

A multi-million pound fund to help tackle the construction skills shortage has been launched by England’s Skills Minister Anne Milton, with 20 on-site training hubs to upskill more people to help Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government … Continue reading

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DCMS seeks three new board members for the Charity Commission

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has advertised for three new board members for the Charity Commission, in what appears to be an expansion of the regulator’s board.

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CoE recommendations for England’s Cathedrals meet with support

With more than 300 submissions received in response to the consultation exercise carried out by the Cathedrals Working Group – which published its draft report in January 2018, and its final report on 14 June – widespread support has been … Continue reading

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Application return for Countryside Stewardship extended to 31 August

The deadline for Countryside Stewardship application packs to be received by Natural England has been extended by one month to 31 August. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

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Film record of underground London hut built for track workers’ tea breaks

  Network Rail engineers allowed filming access to an underground site hut used by track workers, situated deep in the tunnels under Liverpool Lime Street station and built more than 100 years ago by track workers to take their tea … Continue reading

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Launch of Scotland’s National Performance Framework 

Scotland’s new National Performance Framework has been launched, with the indicator for the historic environment remains the condition of pre1919 dwellings.

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GI Listed Gwrych Castle saved for the nation: a fairytale Welsh castle once destined for royalty 

After 50 years of uncertainty and having fallen into a perilous state-of-disrepair, the future of Grade I (GI) listed Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales – one of Wales’s most important and fairytale-like country houses, that was set to become … Continue reading

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Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City to remain on World Heritage in Danger list, but retain World Heritage Status 

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) has retained Liverpool on the List of World Heritage in Danger but it is to retain its World Heritage Status subject to production of a revised Draft State of Conservation Report (DSOCR) and a report … Continue reading

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41 new marine protections under consultation in third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones, closing 20 July 

Environment secretary Michael Gove has set out plans to create 41 new Marine Conservation Zones across the UK, totalling nearly 12,000 square kilometres of marine habitats, in a consultation on the Third Tranche of Marine Conservation Zones, which closes 20 … Continue reading

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Baroness Brown of Cambridge appointed as chair of the Carbon Trust

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, has been appointed Chair of the Carbon Trust from July 2018, when she will take on the role from James Smith, former Chair of Shell UK, who has served in the post since 2011.

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Historic Photographer of the Year 2018 opens for entries

The second Historic Photographer of the Year Awards launched for entries on 12 June 2018 and is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world.

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HE consults on ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisor’ Apprenticeship Standard – call for comment by 8 July

Historic England seeks responses on the development of a new standard for apprentices working as ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisors’, closing 8 July.

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Heritage 2020 – Expressions of Interest sought for pro bono update on statutory England’s heritage-related duties of England’s local authorities, closing 5 July

Heritage 2020 a sector-wide initiative to sustain and promote the historic environment of England, is seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ in a pro bono update on statutory England’s heritage-related duties of England’s local authorities, closing 5 July. 

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Groundbreaking scheme places new generation of planners in local government

The first intake of innovative new social enterprise Public Practice meet the Mayor of London.17 outstanding Associates selected from over 200 applicants begin year-long placements across London and the wider South East to deliver affordable homes and inclusive places.

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