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posted 15 Oct 2014, 14:29 by Paul Brayford

From: Communication Team <>
Date: 14 October 2014 15:20:53 BST


I am pleased to let you know that, after a period of wide consultation, Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has today announced final Government approval for the separation of English Heritage into two organisations.


A new charity, retaining the name English Heritage, will run the National Heritage Collection of historic properties.  A newly-named non-departmental public body, Historic England, will be dedicated to offering expert advice, championing the wider historic environment and providing support for stakeholders in the heritage sector.  The changes will come into effect on 1 April 2015.  The Minister confirmed that the Government will provide additional funding of £88.5m to invest in the National Heritage Collection. You can find the full details of the announcement here.


The English Heritage Charity will be responsible, under an operating licence from Historic England, for the care of the National Heritage Collection.  Whilst all of its properties will remain in public ownership, it will be able to make the most of commercial and philanthropic opportunities. The additional Government investment will deal with urgent conservation defects and enable the upgrading of visitor facilities including the renewal of outdated displays.  This will provide a better experience for visitors which will increase visitor numbers and grow membership. A summary of the business plan for the English Heritage Charity, which anticipates financial break even in 2022/23, has been agreed by Government and published today.  We will shortly publish further details of where we plan to invest the additional funding from Government.


It was clear from the responses to the Government’s consultation on the New Model that there is a great deal of support for Historic England and a clear desire that it should continue to champion England’s heritage, providing expert advice, promoting constructive conservation and providing support with research, guidance and grants.  No changes are proposed to our current duties and powers in planning and heritage protection. We are today publishing a draft of Historic England’s first Corporate Plan and we would welcome your views.


I am very pleased that Government has recognised that we need a level of security to give English Heritage and Historic England firm foundations for success. I therefore welcome the commitment in the Secretary of State’sletter to the success of the New Model and that this will be reflected in future Spending Reviews. I also welcome the guarantee that our grant from Government for 2014/15 and 2015/16 will be protected from any further cuts. This will enable us to concentrate all our efforts on giving English Heritage and Historic England the best possible start. 


I shall remain Chairman of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, which will lead the work of Historic England and retain residual responsibility for the National Heritage Collection and for holding the Charity to account.  The Charity will have a Board of Trustees, including myself, Sir Tim Laurence and various other Commissioners, but it will have a majority of independent members. We will advertise soon to recruit independent trustees.  I am delighted that Sir Tim has been nominated as transitional Chairman elect of the Charity.  His appointment is subject to ratification by the new Board of Trustees of the charity once appointed, at which point he will step down as a Commissioner.


Simon Thurley will continue to lead the process of establishing the New Model as English Heritage Chief Executive. However we will soon start the process of recruiting new Chief Executives for Historic England and the charity and, once these individuals have taken up their posts, Simon will stand down.


Simon has led a remarkable transformation of English Heritage over the last 12 years, culminating in the delivery of the New Model.  He can justly be acclaimed as a major contributor, not only to our organisational development,  but also to the heritage cause throughout England.  We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.  In the first half of next year Simon will be taking up a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research to write his book on the architecture of the Tudor and Stuart Court.


Mark Pemberton, our Director of National Collections, has decided, after 14 years of outstanding service, that this would be a good moment for him to step down following an appropriate period of transition. I am immensely grateful to him for all the work he has done to develop and execute the New Model.


Please let Simon or me know if you have any queries.  We shall of course keep you informed of developments over the coming months.  In the meantime, I hope that we can count upon your continuing support for the vital work we all do to ensure that England’s heritage is understood, protected and loved.


Yours sincerely


Sir Laurie Magnus


English Heritage


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Yorkshire Dales Archaeology Day School - 26 April 2014

posted 24 Mar 2014, 11:51 by CBA Yorkshire

Archaeology and the Historic Environment
Saturday 26 April 2014
Grassington Town Hall

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is holding its annual day school,Archaeology and the Historic Environment in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on Saturday 26 April 2014. It will take place at Grassington Town Hall.

The 2014 day school will have book stalls and poster displays. Speakers at this year's day school will discuss the results of recent archaeological and historical survey and research. The programme will include talks on:

  • Recent work on the Wharfedale henges
    Alex Gibson

  • Quality of life at Marrick Priory
    Ashley Tallyn

  • Barden Tower: in the eye of the beholder
    Andrew Frame

  • New light on Anglo-Saxon settlement in North Craven
    David Johnson

  • Community archaeology: fact or fiction
    Diarmaid Walshe

  • Discoveries in Craven: 40 years of vernacular buildings studies
    Alison Armstrong

  • Prison of conscience: Richmond Castle during the Great War
    Stephen Erskine

The fee for the day school is £15 (£12.50 for full-time students/full Yorkshire Archaeological Society members). This includes refreshments but not lunch.

For details and booking form, download the Archaeology day school brochure. You can contact us for more information by emailing or calling 01969 652353.


posted 24 Mar 2014, 11:28 by CBA Yorkshire

Professor Carl Heron invites CBA Yorkshire members to attend



All lectures at 17.15 in Phoenix SW, SA0.08. (University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AZ)

Map at


Tuesday 25th March   Paul Pettitt (University of Durham)

From face-to-face to Place: an archaeologist's perspective on the origin of human mortuary activity.


Tuesday 1st April                   Rupert Till (University of Huddersfield)

The European Music Archaeology Project: Exploring a Common Musical Heritage in Antiquity


Further information from Alex Gibson (

Huddersfield: HDAS & YAS: The Stanbury Hill Project - Archaeological Investigation of a Rock Art Landscape 7 Mar

posted 16 Feb 2014, 08:15 by Paul Brayford

Joint Lecture for Huddersfield and District Archaeological Society and Yorkshire Archaeological Society

The Stanbury Hill Project - Archaeological Investigation of a Rock Art Landscape
Dr Keith JS Boughey - Project Director

Fri 7 Mar 2014, 19:45
Huddersfield Town Hall

Easingwold: YPS Lecture Wed 30 April 2014 Medieval Wall Paintings

posted 16 Feb 2014, 07:35 by Paul Brayford

Seeing and believing: antiquarian attitudes to mediaval wall paintings
Dr Kate Giles, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Wednesday 30 April 7:30 pm
Galtres Community Centre, Market St, Easingwold

More info

Research Frameworks - survey of current non-users and users

posted 7 Feb 2014, 12:50 by Paul Brayford

English Heritage has commissioned an evaluation of the role, impact and value of Research Frameworks for the historic environment sector in England (including, but not limited to, archaeology and the built environment).

To inform this research it is vital we obtain the views of current non-users, as well as users, of Research Frameworks.

We would therefore like to invite your feedback in response to an online questionnaire - available via the link below:

The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete for non-users and no more than 20 minutes to complete for current users of Research Frameworks.

Your views will be treated confidentially and reported anonymously by Pye Tait Consulting under the Data Protection Act 1988 and the Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct.

Further details about the research are provided via the survey link.

Thank you very much for your time.

Kind regards,

Pye Tait Consulting (on behalf of English Heritage)

Free campaigning and influencing training for local organisations

posted 7 Feb 2014, 12:49 by Paul Brayford

Date: 18-Mar-2014

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), in partnership with Involve Yorkshire & Humber, is offering free training and support to local voluntary and community organisations to build their campaigning and influencing skills. 

Deadline to register your interest is 7 February 2014.

Over the course of four weeks, and through a mix of online activities, tailored one-to-one support and a full-day workshop in Leeds, organisations will learn more about the changes in policy at the local level and how to engage with local decision-makers and public bodies. 

A full-day workshop in Leeds will be held on Tuesday 18 March 2014.

This training is free and offers elements of NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning course worth up to £2058. 

What’s in it for you:

·         You’ll gain a better understanding of what’s happening in your local area

·         You’ll learn how to better engage with and influence local decision makers

·         You’ll improve your skills in campaigning and influencing

·         You’ll learn about other support networks in your local area

·         You’ll receive pre and post-workshop support to help put your learning into practice

How to apply 
To apply for this training, please email Neena Bhati ( to register your interest before 7 February.  We will confirm your place on the training after this date. 

Spaces are limited so register your interest soon. 

Please note places are free and limited so a penalty fee of £50 will apply for cancellations or drop-outs after being accepted on the course.  Activities will take place over the course of four weeks and will require completion.

For more information about the programme, visit the Know How Non Profit website

For further information and how to register go to V-hive, the information portal for the voluntary sector, businesses and individuals which is managed by the Forum.

Leeds: YAS & YVBSG: Beyond the Building Day School: Sat 15 March

posted 9 Jan 2014, 14:09 by Paul Brayford

Annual day school of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group
with the Yorkshire Archaeological Society
Beyond the Building
Further sources for interpretation and understanding Saturday 15th March 2014 10.00 a m to 4.30 p m
Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley (Beckett’s Park) Campus, Leeds
How we can use other information to increase our knowledge and understanding of the buildings surveyed. The venue is the Headingley campus of Leeds Metropolitan University. It is a few miles to the north west of the city centre, easily accessible from the Leeds outer ring road. See map overleaf. There is plenty of parking on the campus. Tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, a buffet-style sandwich lunch with refreshments, and other refreshments at intervals through the day are all included. There will be a bookstall. The talks start at 10:30 after registration. The Day School will be followed at 5 pm by the AGM of the YVBSG. 
Book using the attached booking form.

Driffield: Southburn Archaeological Museum Historic Craft Skills Open Day 16 March

posted 3 Mar 2013, 15:10 by Paul Brayford

Basket weavingSouthburn Archaeological Museum Historic Craft Skills Open Day - Saturday 16th March 2013 10am to 4pm
Live demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Pole lathe wood turning, willow basket weaving, hand spinning and textile weaving. Admission is free (donations always welcome). For more info see:

Pontefract: Lecture: The Staffordshire Hoard 19 April #anglosaxon #archaeology

posted 28 Feb 2013, 15:29 by Paul Brayford

Pontefract and District Archaeological Society


In 2009 the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork was discovered. It consists of over 3500 items of gold, and silver, nearly all martial in character. The quality of the gold is amazing, and more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate. This was the very best that Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could forge – and they were good. The artefacts have been dated to the Seventh and Eighth centuries, to the time of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. The hoard has been valued at £3.3 million, and has now been acquired for the nation. 

The meeting will be addressed by Dr Kevin Leahy FSA, MIFA, the British Museum’s National Finds Adviser for Anglo-Saxon metalwork. Following excavation Kevin and his wife were the first people to examine the hoard. Their reaction was that this was England’s Tutankhamun! 

The meeting will be held in the Central Methodist Church, WF8 1NB, off Jubilee Way, Pontefract, on 19th April 2013 beginning at 7-15pm. Illustrated. 

The meeting is open to all interested parties but there is an entrance charge. To members of the Pontefract & District Archaeological Society it will be £2, and to non members it will be £5. 

To obtain tickets, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: 

Robert Evison, 55 Hardwick Road, Carleton, PONTEFRACT, West Riding of Yorkshire, WF8 3QY, with the requisite remission, cheques payable to the Pontefract & District Archaeological Society. 

Contact telephone: 01977 798264, or email 

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