Heritage Online Debate
In the latest issue of Heritage Online Debate we asked for views from across the heritage sector on the impact of Covid-19 and the associated restrictions.
In such challenging and uncertain times for everyone, we are working hard to protect and champion heritage which is a source of well-being and collective identity. We are collaborating with a number of heritage organisations to:
Work is currently focused across five key areas:
Historic England has launched two funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:
The two funds run alongside new funding announced by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as other measures introduced by the Government and heritage and cultural sector partners.
If you are one of our existing grant recipients, please read our updated guidance.
This group of national heritage organisations has come together to assess the impact on heritage, to share information and to co-ordinate support and action.
The attendees are drawn from across the national Historic Environment Forum and include, amongst others:
The group is at present focussing on immediate responses but will refocus on longer term considerations as soon as possible.
We are in daily contact with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and have regular contact with the Heritage Minister to discuss heritage issues, including initial responses and for longer-term planning.
The Heritage Alliance is also gathering concerns and questions from its members and sharing these with both Historic England and the DCMS so that the immediate challenges to the independent heritage sector can be understood.
Please feed immediate questions and concerns to The Heritage Alliance on [email protected]
We are working closely with the heritage sector to collate comprehensive and consistent information on the impact of Coronavirus. We need to make sure that we have reliable data and evidence on how all parts of the sector have been affected, so that we can respond quickly and effectively.
As well as the considerable impact on tourist sites, we will collect data on the impact on small businesses, craft skills specialists and heritage crime so that we can best plan for the recovery phase.
If you would like to contribute ideas on the data that should be collected or send us evidence of how you have been impacted, please email [email protected]
The Government has produced guidance aimed to help charities to continue to run during the coronavirus outbreak. Charities are able to retain Gift Aid on some payments that have been received for cancelled events.
The Social Investment Business announced a £25m Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to help social enterprises and charities.
The Heritage Alliance is providing up-to-the-minute advice and information for its members and all those heritage organisations affected by the virus. The Heritage Alliance is the umbrella body that unites over 130 independent heritage organisations in England. Their information is regularly updated so do keep an eye on it.
Our advice on reopening heritage locations will help you find guidance and think through considerations for reopening or returning to work at historic sites, including retail and visitor attractions.
If you run a business based in or on a historic building we have specific advice on how to look after and make changes to it.
Our grant assistance to owners of historic commercial buildings is focused through our Heritage Action Zone programme. Unfortunately we cannot offer grants to support local businesses outside that scheme but there are a number of other external sources that may be able to help.
Power to Change has announced an emergency support fund to provide both immediate and medium term support for community businesses across England.
The government has published advice on how to keep the public safe in green spaces and urban centres. It has also published advice on accessing green spaces safely.
The British Association of Landscape Industries provides on operating procedures to keep workforces safe and there is other advice available on their web site. The sector magazine, Horticulture Week, published guidance on control measures (7 April 2020).
Advice on managing public access to parks and social-distancing is offered by various local authorities such as the Greater London Authority. The Royal Parks has shared its ‘Keep Your Parks Open' campaign materials online.
New guidance has been published and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Local Government Association. It aims to help those managing public parks to understand published government guidance and bring together good practice to help re-open public parks and urban green spaces.
The Ordnance Survey, along with many other organisations in the outdoor recreation sector, has published the Get Outside hub. This provides information on the government guidance as well as activities to get people safely out into natural environments.
Several organisations have produced advice, particularly on risk assessments and staying safe on site, including:
The government has released guidance for working safely in construction and other outdoor work. The government has published guidance for members of the public (including metal-detectorists) searching for archaeological finds. It includes advice on searching safely, protecting archaeology and reporting finds.
CIfA and ALGAO have released a joint statement on archaeology and Covid-19.
We outline updates to the planning response to the pandemic in our monthly Planning Bulletin. However, given the fast-moving nature of responses to the pandemic we would recommend checking websites including gov.uk, the Local Government Association and the Planning Advisory Service.
Latest coronavirus related planning developments and announcements include:
Historic England produces a very wide range of guidance and training. If you’re taking some time to catch up on your professional development, you could:
There are many other heritage organisations that are providing support in a number of ways:
Many other organisations in the sector provide targeted grants and support for particular types of heritage or organisation. Some of these are new schemes to provide support during Covid-19, while others are part of a continuing programme of grants.
This page provides links to some of the schemes available nationally, but it may not be comprehensive. Other, regional, schemes may also be available, for example through your local Community Foundation.
The Heritage Alliance Funding Hub may also be a useful source of information.
Our other advice pages cover:
This page will be updated regularly and is correct at the time of publication.
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