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Heritage Update
Issue 429 - Friday 16 October 2020     

Culture Recovery Fund

This week, DCMS announced the award of two tranches of the Culture Recovery Fund:

  • £103m for 445 heritage organisations across England. The full list of recipients is available here.
  • £257m for 1,385 theatres, arts venues, museums, and cultural organisations across England. The full list of recipients is available here.

The Heritage Alliance has extended congratulations to our members who have been successful in receiving this funding. This includes members of umbrella bodies within the Alliance's membership, such as AIM (the Association of Independent Museums), Theatres Trust and Historic Houses.

We are keen to gather feedback from our members who applied to the scheme to gain a better understanding of the impact on different organisations, both for those who were successful or unsuccessful, and those who didn’t apply and why. Please do contact us and share.

Updates on Our Policy Work

Backing the Bedrock

Recently, we submitted our representation to HMT’s Comprehensive Spending Review, informed by evidence from our Funding and Investment Advocacy Group (FIAG). We also published this year's version of Backing the Bedrock, detailing our five heritage fiscal & funding priorities for 2020.

From Monday 26 October, we'll be unpacking these priorities on our Twitter account @Heritage_NGOs. Organisations and individuals can join in the discussion using the hashtag: #BackingTheBedrock.

Please utilise 'Backing the Bedrock' when advocating on funding and fiscal priorities and get in touch with Delphine if you would like to join the Alliance's 'Funding and Investment' Advocacy Group.


This fortnight, we are responding to two consultations: on the Planning White Paper 'Planning for the Future' and a Fundamental Review of Business Rates.

We are encouraging heritage organisations to complete this survey, created by AIM [Alliance member] and partners to inform a collective response to the current Treasury review of Business Rates. To contribute to our response to the Planning White Paper, contact Delphine about becoming a member and joining our Spacial Planning Advocacy Group.

Covid-19 resource hubs

The Heritage Alliance's Covid-19 Guidance Hub was created as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded, compiling the support available to heritage organisations. We will continue to make this an informative and lasting resource for the sector.

Funding Guidance and Support

We co-manage the Heritage Funding Directory with the Architectural Heritage Fund [Alliance member]. The directory lists sources of funding available to the sector and the website offers a free, easy-to-use guide to financial support for anyone undertaking UK-related heritage projects. 

Resources also continue to exist from our past project Giving to Heritage, which was a training programme for fundraisers in the heritage sector.

Adrian Olivier appointed as Chair of the Historic Environment Forum

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF) has announced that Dr Adrian Olivier has been appointed as its new Chair, taking over with immediate effect.

Adrian has worked at a senior level across a wide range of historic environment activities, crossing traditional professional and subject-based boundaries, and has a broad operational perspective alongside a strong understanding of the wider historic environment. He had a long-term involvement as a lead expert for the Council of Europe, and he continues to work closely with European and international organisations, alongside national bodies devoted to the protection and promotion of the historic environment. “The essential purpose of the Historic Environment Forum is to foster collaboration and coordination between its members – Adrian commented – and I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to contribute to the work of the Forum and to help the sector work collectively to develop and pursue its common objectives”.

Adrian succeeds the present interim Chair, Dr Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses, who commented: “The Historic Environment Forum brings together all of the leading organisations with an interest in the historic environment in England. It has been an honour for me to serve as interim HEF Chair while the search was on to find a replacement for the outgoing chair, John Sell. With his substantial experience in the sector Adrian Olivier is an inspired choice as the new HEF chair, and I look forward to working with him in this role.”

The Heritage Alliance Upcoming Events

New Webinar Series

The Heritage Alliance, sponsored by Oxford University Humanities Division, are excited to announce the launch of a new series of webinars, entitled ‘Heritage Dialogues’. These webinars will feature presentations and discussions around important, complex and engaging heritage topics, with the aim of condensing the debates into useful advice for heritage professionals. We want to engage the audience as much as possible, so that all voices are heard and included.

The first webinar, ‘Heritage Interpretation: Widening Engagement or Excluding Perspectives?’, will take place 4-5pm on October 22nd. It will explore how heritage interpretation can most effectively engage new and diverse voices in heritage, asking questions like ‘How can we find new stories for old spaces?’ and ‘What does inclusive heritage interpretation look like?’.

Watch our Twitter page - @Heritage_NGOs – for more information and sign up for the event here.

Heritage Debate 2020 - Booking Open

This year’s debate will take place virtually on 23 November, 4-6 pm and will be centred around the challenge of transforming young people into lifelong heritage advocates.

At a time when 16-24 year-olds are the least likely age group to visit a heritage venue, the heritage sector must reflect on its methods of engaging young people as audiences and collaborators. The Alliance is very grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance Group for sponsoring this event. Please sign up to book a free ticket here; as this is a free event please also consider supporting the Alliance with a donation.

Rebuilding Heritage: Free 121 and Group Support

This November and December our new Rebuilding Heritage programme is offering free 121 and group support for the heritage sector in leadership with Clore Leadership, business planning with Creative United, fundraising with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, and marketing and communications with Media Trust.

The support is open to both organisations and individuals, and we welcome applications from across the heritage sector. Applications can be submitted through the Rebuilding Heritage website and the closing date for applications is Tuesday 20 October.

More details are available on the website, where you can also sign up for the Rebuilding Heritage mailing list.

Heritage Digital

Read on to find the latest updates from our National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Heritage Digital project, run in partnership with Charity Digital, Media Trust and Naomi Korn Associates. Sign up to the project mailing list via its dedicated website here to keep up with the latest news.

• New guide on copyright & suppliers

Coming next week, our next guide will be a complementary resource to last month’s webinar on Copyright and Working With Suppliers. The guide will delve deeper into the topic, giving practical advice and next steps for those thinking of, or responsible for, commissioning digital content.

• Essential Skill Masterclasses – booking soon

In November the project will be running 3 essential skill masterclasses covering themes from the digital comms, digital tech and digital rights strands. The application form will be released next week on the Heritage Digital website.

• Event Recordings – watch on our project website

Access recordings of previous webinars on the project website via the ‘past events’ section. Each event will have a ‘Watch Here’ option, and a section for the slides and resources from the session. #HeritageDigitalNow recordings will be coming in the next few weeks.

• Get involved – share your case study

We are always looking for case studies of digital skill use, or successful digital projects from the heritage sector that we can spotlight on the Heritage Digital portal to inspire others. These can take the form of written blogs (see the project website for examples) or we’d love to receive video presentations too. Get in touch to discuss this on


The topic of September’s Heritage Chat – ‘Ways out of crisis’, was proposed by the team of the new Rebuilding Heritage. Participants shared thoughts and ideas to help the heritage sector, focusing on different elements connected to the present situation, like challenges for the future, training needs, possible partnerships and working better together in future. You can read a full summary of the chat here.

The next Heritage Chat will take place on Tuesday 20th October (1-2pm) and the theme is Diversity and Inclusion. Follow @HeritageChat to take part!

If you want to suggest a topic and/or to run a chat, please get in touch with Francesca Benetti (

Welcome to the Alliance!

We are delighted to announce that Professor David Gill has joined the Heritage Alliance as an individual supporter.

Professor David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Academic Associate in the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture at the University of East Anglia. He is a regional lead for the RSA Heritage Network.

David is a former Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, and was a Sir James Knott Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was previously a member of the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, and Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at Swansea University. He was awarded his chair in Archaeological Heritage through UEA, and served as Director of the Heritage Futures Research Unit at the University of Suffolk. David is a recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Outstanding Public Service Award (2012).

Be Heard - Join The Heritage Alliance

We understand the challenging times heritage organisations are facing at the moment. If you are not yet an Alliance member, this might be the right time for you to join, as alongside a range of free support, we would:

  • Represent your asks, needs and concerns with DCMS and at ministerial meetings;
  • Connect you to other organisations across the sector through our advocacy groups and networks;
  • Promote your events/jobs/content through Heritage Update for free- reaching over 14k inboxes in the sector, to give you visibility at this critical time.

To find out more, please contact the Heritage Alliance's Development & Membership Manager, Delphine, at

Header Image: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

This week’s header image is from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. It shows one of their young volunteers repairing and repointing a historic wall. This image is particularly apt this week as we announce our Heritage Debate will be focusing on young people and their connection to heritage!

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Government COVID-19 News

Guidance is now available on:

New Local Covid Alert Levels

The Prime Minister announced this week a new three-level alert system for England that came into effect on Wednesday. Local restrictions will be reviewed every four weeks and more detailed guidance is available on what these levels mean. 

Job Retention Bonus Details Announced

The Government has published detailed guidance on the Job Retention Bonus. As announced previously, the Job Retention Bonus is one-off £1,000 taxable payment for each eligible employee furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021. The bonus itself can be claimed between 15 February 2021 and 31 March 2021.

Updates to the Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor also announced on Monday that the Government's Job Support Scheme has been expanded to support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work. 

£40m Package for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses

With the announcement of the Merseyside Lockdown area, the Metro Mayor and the Mayor and Leaders of the region’s six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) have announced that they will divert money from other projects to establish a £40m emergency fund to help hospitality and leisure businesses in the region. The details for eligibility are still being developed. Allocations will be distributed through the local authorities.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in-person to customers from their business premises, but which are required to close for at least 3 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government. Grants are worth up to £3,000 for each 4-week period of closure.

Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

The Government has published guidance on the Test and Trace Payment Support Scheme. People contacted through the Test and Trace system in England and told that they need to self-isolate are eligible for a £500 payment if they meet certain criteria.

ONS Data: Latest Indicators for the UK Economy

The ONS has published results from Wave 14 of its ongoing research into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK economy. This data relates to the period 7 to 20 September 2020. Key findings include that the percentage of businesses currently trading has gone up by 20% since Wave 7, with fewer businesses reporting a decrease in turnover and far fewer staff on furlough leave.

However, it is also clear from the data that higher percentages of business from tourism and heritage-related industries have reported a decrease in profits. These sectors have also reported lower reserves and represent higher than average numbers of businesses that are temporarily closed or have paused trading.


National Travel Attitudes

The Department for Transport has published Wave 4 of its National Travel Attitudes survey, conducted online and over the phone with people across England. Among the key findings are that 20% of respondents said they would plan more holidays in the UK, whilst 15% said they would plan fewer holidays.

VisitBritain Coronavirus sentiment tracker

VisitBritain [Alliance member] has published tracking data for Week 16 of its research into consumer sentiments related to the coronavirus pandemic. Results from this period (28 September to 2 October) show that the national mood is slightly up from the last wave, but that overall confidence has fallen around travelling within and outside of the UK.

DCMS data

The latest DCMS Sponsored Museums Daily Visitor Figures show that for the period 28 September - 4 October 2020, visits were at 20.3% of the daily average in September over the three previous years

ACE Research into the Impacts of the Culture Recovery Fund

New research commissioned by Arts Council England (ACE) has suggested that the Government's Culture Recovery Fund will help the cultural sector to recover from the economic impacts of Covid-19 faster than expected.

In the report, the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) has predicted that the sector’s Gross Value Added (GVA) will return to its pre-lockdown level of £13.5bn by 2022. This would be a year earlier than was previously anticipated without government intervention.

Historic England updates its Heritage at Risk Register

Historic England has published it's 2020 Heritage at Risk Register, which outlines the listed buildings and places in England that need the most help urgently. From the previous register, 181 places have been saved, but 216 places have been added.

Other Government News

Heritage Council

Yesterday, The Alliance's CEO Lizzie Glithero-West attended the first Heritage Council this year. Topics for discussion included the Government's Planning White Paper and energy efficiency, with the Alliance making a case for the equalisation of VAT with new build to support repair, maintenance and retrofit of existing buildings.

Sustainability of Historic Places of Worship in England

DCMS has published the final evaluation from the Taylor Review Pilot, examining the sustainability of historic places of worship in England. This report builds on the interim report published in January 2020.


Updated Border Operating Model

The Government has published guidance that provides further detail for businesses and passengers on how the GB-EU border will operate after the end of the transition period

Findings from National Retraining Scheme

These findings are being used to inform the National Careers Service and the design and delivery of The Skills Toolkit. This 
follows an announcement of the Government’s new Lifetime Skills Guarantee, designed to help the country "build back better" from the coronavirus pandemic.

Green Energy, Green Homes and Nature's Recovery

As part of the Government's commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050, it has announced new plans to make the UK world leader in green energy and support 60,000 jobs in the process.

The Government's £3bn Green Homes Grant has also been put in place to upgrade buildings in an effort to help homes, schools and hospitals across England become "greener and cheaper".

And Natural England has published its fresh vision for the natural environment: Building Partnerships for Nature’s Recovery.

Parliamentary News

Secretary of State Questioned on Support For Culture

Yesterday, Oliver Dowden was questioned by the DCMS Select Committee on a range of pressing issues covered by the Department, including the effectiveness of the Treasury’s Winter Economy Plan in supporting hard-hit creative industries. The recording is now available here.

Backbench Debate on DCMS Covid-19 Expenditure

A backbench debate was held in the Commons on the spending of the Department for Digital, Culture and Media and Sport (DCMS) on support measures for their sectors during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This was led by Julian Knight MP (Chair of the DCMS Select Committee) and Kevin Brannan MP (former Shadow Tourism Minister and current member of the DCMS Select Committee). The full transcript is available here.

Cultural Attractions: Contribution to Local Economy

Last week, MPs debated the ‘Contribution of theatres, live music venues and other cultural attractions to the local economy’ in Westminster Hall. Nickie Aiken (MP for Cities of London and Westminster) secured the debate and welcomed the package of Government measures but stressed the continuing plight of the creative and cultural sector, particularly theatres, live events and the freelance workforce.

APPG on Museums Launched

A new All Party Parliamentary Group has been launched "to highlight and promote the interests of museums across the UK".  The group will be chaired by Chris Skidmore, Conservative MP for Kingswood and a former Minister of State for Universities, along with a group of 5 Vice Chairs. Over 60 Parliamentarians from across all parties have expressed interest in joining the Group.

Contested Heritage

The DCMS Select Committee held a session on Physical Heritage and in particular, contested heritage. The transcript has been published here and a recording is available here.

The Chair of Historic England, Sir Laurie Magnus, stated that contested heritage should be left standing but "recontexualised".

Planning Reform

On 8 October, MPs also debated planning reform and house building targets. Rachael Maskell (Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector and Charities) advocated for supporting archaeology in the planning system, arguing that “all archaeological interest, perhaps, as yet, unrecorded, undesignated and currently undiscovered, must have time for a full desk and field evaluation”. You can watch a recording of the debate or read the transcript here.


The House of Lords has published the 13th report from the European Union Committee on The Future UK-EU Relationship on Professional and Business Services. The report includes sections on potential barriers to cross-border supply and on the significance of retained access to EU public procurement markets on a cross-border basis.

Funding for Arts and Heritage Organisations - Opportunities and Announcements

Applications are now open to the Weston Loan Programme, until 6 November 2020. In partnership with Art Fund, this programme provides funding for museums and galleries to borrow works from national collections, encouraging the sharing of works more widely across the UK.

The Clore Duffield Foundation is giving £2.5m to the 66 cultural organisations that house Clore education centres in an effort to relaunch learning and community programming. 

Ecclesiastical [Alliance sponsor] has announced the 10 organisations that have received a share of £50,000 as part of its Movement for Good awards.

Heritage Professionals Recognised in the 2020 Honours List

The Queen's Birthday Honours Lists for 2020 were announced on 9 October. Among those 1495 people who received honours this year were:

  • Ros Kerslake - Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund [Alliance member]. For services to Heritage
  • Henry Owen-John - Head of International Advice, Historic England. For services to Heritage
  • Georgina Nayler -  Deputy Chair, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery Trust and former Director of The Pilgrim Trust [Alliance member]. For services to Heritage
  • Carole Milner - Instigator and Volunteer Convenor, Heritage & Crafts Funders Network. For services to Heritage and Crafts during Covid-19
  • Denise Gaye Blake-Roberts - Director and Curator, Wedgwood Museum Trust. For services to Heritage
  • Hemantkumar Kiritbhai Patel - Lately Trustee and Interim Chair, Royal Armouries. For services to Museums and Heritage
  • David Brown - General Duties Co-ordinator, RAF High Wycombe. For services to the Royal
  • Aviation Air Force and to Aviation Heritage
  • John Rodney McGullough -  For services to Maritime and Industrial Heritage in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast
  • Irene Edith McKee - Founder and Secretary, Friends of Armagh County Museum. For services to History and Heritage in County Armagh

The full collection of honours lists is available to read here.

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Call for Stronger Protection of Liverpool’s Beatles Birthplaces and Tourist Landmarks

SAVE Britain's Heritage [Alliance member] is widening its call to the Government to encompass a review of listing protection and potential investment strategies for all Liverpool’s Beatles landmarks.

The organisation is concerned over ongoing threats to Beatles heritage and the collapse in the city’s international tourism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This follows a ten-year campaign run by SAVE to argue for the protection of the Beatles' childhood homes and birthplaces.

RSA launches new Heritage Index

The RSA, in collaboration with the National Lottery Heritage Fund [Alliance Member] have launched their 2020 Heritage Index. The Index includes data on heritage across the UK for over 120 measures, and provides rankings and insights into the key trends of the sector.

Council for British Archaeology and Antiquity Trust Announce New Print Partnership

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) [Alliance member] has announced that, in a new partnership with the Antiquity Trust, a selection of content from the prestigious academic journal Antiquity will now be featured in the pages of the CBA's British Archaeology magazine.

The Antiquity Trust is supporting the charity in bringing the magazine back to its former size (after a reduction since the summer of 2020), to highlight archaeology research from around the world to new audiences.

The FBHVC Announce New Support for Transport Museums

The FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs) [Alliance member] has announced that the current Director for Archives, Andy Bye will expand his role to encompass a liaison role supporting Museums into the future. The organisation is looking for opportunities to bring the vehicle club and Museum sectors closer together for the aim of mutual support.

As a first step, an interactive map and directory of Transport Museums nationwide has been launched via the FBHVC website.

Museums wishing to join the FBHVC support network can contact Andy Bye to register their interest via Emma Balaam at

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Open Consultations 

Consultations and Surveys which are currently open include:

HCLG Committee Consultation - The Future of the Planning System in England

HCLG have launched a new enquiry on 'The Future of the Planning System in England'. They are now calling for evidence as to how the Government's 'Planning for the Future' White Paper proposals will support the Government’s wider building strategy, while protecting existing buildings or localities and involving local communities in the planning process.

You can view the Inquiry here. The deadline for submissions is the Friday 30th October 2020.

Supporting DCMS Sectors in Making EU Exit Preparations

DCMS has commissioned a survey to understand the impact of the end of the Transition Period on organisations in the digital, culture, media, sport, gambling, telecoms, tourism and charitable sectors and their engagement with the available government interventions.

Responses will be used to build an accurate picture of the current level of preparations from DCMS sectors for the end of the Transition Period.

Responses are being collected here and the survey is live until 22 October.

Law Commission - Getting Married

The Law Commission is holding a consultation on weddings law. Responses to the Consultation Paper Getting Married are being collected online through the Government website until 3 December 2020.

virtual Q&A on the potential impact of the provisional proposals for reforming weddings and other businesses involved in wedding ceremonies will be taking place on 6 Nov at 10am.

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Upcoming Events in Heritage


Please note that owing to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been postponed. Please check individual websites for more information.  


‘Gothic Month’ at Chawton House

Chawton House have, this October, have launched 'Gothic Month'. They will be offering a special programme of events 'to frighten and thrill audiences of all ages'.

Check out their website to find out what's on offer.

World Monuments Fund - Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments

On Wednesday 21st October at 6pm (BST) the World Monuments Fund will be hosting an online book launch, featuring World Monument Fund Britain’s Executive Director John Darlington’s 'Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments', an inside look at questions of historical authenticity and the ethics behind cultural heritage.

Find out more and book on their website.

AHRC: Inclusive Thinking, Policy and Practice in Planning and Heritage for Communities

AHRC Heritage is hosting a half day event, thinking about inclusivity and community within policy and practice, with a focus on heritage and planning.

The areas we are focusing on specifically are:

  • How does the understanding, design and governance of placemaking affect wellbeing and social sustainability?
  • What does it mean to put resources into the hands of communities, and how can understanding nature, culture or heritage studies provide people with opportunities for choice and control?
  •  What can heritage research and practice offer this new politics of identity, rootedness and belongingness.

The event will take place 10-13.30 on 22nd October. Find out more here.

Victorian Society Lecture - The New Vauxhall, Southwark and Lambeth Bridges

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries eight of central London’s bridges were rebuilt to accommodate the expansion of traffic, movement, and commerce in Europe’s largest city. This talk tells the story of three of these new bridges built in the first decades of the 20th century. Pressure from the public & architectural community, and a determination not to be outdone by Paris ensured that three of Britain’s leading Edwardian architects, Richard Norman Shaw, Sir Ernest George and Sir Reginald Blomfield were commissioned to help design these structures.

This event will take place on October 20th, 7pm. You can book here.

National Churches Trust - The House of Good: The economic and social value of church buildings to the UK

The NCT is hosting a virtual launch of their new report 'The House of Good'. The report is the first ever economic valuation of community services provided in UK churches, chapels and meeting houses including food banks, mental health services, addiction support services and youth services

The report launch will take place on the 19th October, 11-12am. You can book your ticket here.

Napoleon 200 - Virtual Tour of Saint Helena

On October 29th at 6pm, The British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust will be giving a virtual tour of the historic sites of St Helena.

You can join the stream here.

The London Gardens Trust and The Gardens Trust's Winter Lectures Series

The London Gardens Trust, in collaboration with The Gardens Trust have launched a winter lecture series for 2020-2021.

The first lecture will be at 6pm on Monday 19th October, entitled 'George London and the Brompton Park Nursery, 1681-1714'.

To book this event or to find out more about the lecture series and to book the first event, click here.

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MOLA - Project Officers (Northampton)

Pay range: £27,470 to £29,469 (Salary dependent on experience)
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Locations: Northampton based, but travel to sites across the UK will be required
Duration: Varied; Permanent and fixed term contracts available

MOLA is looking for Project Officers to join their expanding team in Northampton. The Project Officer will be responsible for medium to large projects primarily involving excavation and post-fieldwork analysis, reporting and publication but could also include evaluation, survey work and building recording.

To find out more visit the MOLA website.

MOLA - Engagement Project Manager

Location: London
Salary: Starting from £35,363 to £40,416
Hours and contract: 37.5, full time, Mon-Fri
Closing date: 1/11/20 at 23:59

MOLA is seeking an Engagement Project Manager. On a day-to-day basis the successful candidate will be developing creative ideas for Engagement in collaboration with MOLA's sector-leading expert team and working on a diverse range of projects from the City of London’s rich Roman archaeology to studies of contemporary issues such as migration and climate change. Clients will range from major national infrastructure bodies to local community development organisations.

For more information and to apply, please download the full job description and application form here quoting reference EPM1020.

Applications should be submitted electronically to

Kennet and Avon Canal Trust

Location: Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3DW
Salary: £25K plus accommodation (or more for an exceptional candidate)
Hours and contract: Full time, permanent
Closing date: 30 October 2020

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, Crofton Branch is looking for a General Manager. The Crofton General Manager will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the operation and development of Crofton Beam Engines, a Grade 1 listed site open to visitors from Easter to October. The role is to ensure that Crofton Beam Engines is a thriving heritage business, which remains sustainable and relevant in the 21st century to visitors and to the local and canal community.

If you are interested in this role, please contact The Secretary, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, Crofton Pumping Station, via email at for further information.

Society of Antiquaries SALON Editor

The Society for Antiquities is seeking an experienced Editor to produce their fortnightly e-newsletter. This role would suit an independent contractor with an interest in heritage journalism. They encourage applications from journalists, writers and editors, particularly those working within the heritage sector. In the past SALON Editors have also been Fellows of the Society but this is not a prerequisite.

The closing date to apply is Wednesday October 21st and all the details are available on their website.

The Mills Archive Trust - Development Manager

Location: Reading
Salary: £25,000 - £27,500 depending on experience
Hours and contract:  Full time (37.5 hours), permanent
Closing date: Midnight 31st October 2020

The Mills Archive is the world’s only archive responsible for preserving, protecting and promoting the history of milling, from its ancient origins and up to the present day. It is an Accredited Archive Service and holder of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Development Manager will be responsible for creating, reviewing and delivering the development strategy, in order to raise the necessary income to cover our core costs. The Mills Archive Trust [Alliance member] is looking for a strategic thinker with the skills and experience of raising funds from multiple sources, with a passion for heritage and building relationships.

To find out more about the role, and the skills and experience the Trust is looking for in candidates, visit

UK National Commission for UNESCO - Non Executive Director for Culture

Location: Participation normally via videoconference during the Covid-19 pandemic. Presence otherwise required at UKNC Board meetings (normally in London) and certain UNESCO meetings throughout the UK and at UNESCO headquarters Paris.
Salary: Voluntary
Hours and contract: 20 days per year
Closing date: 5th November 2020

Could you provide expert, independent, pro bono advice for the UK’s National Commission for UNESCO on national and international culture policy? Would you like to work with the UK’s UNESCO designations, with the UK government, with UNESCO and its member states?

The UK National Commission for UNESCO is inviting applications for a Non-Executive Director (NED) with expertise and experience in the field of Culture. To apply see

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