On the 23rd October 2019, the government announced new measures to be undertaken as part of what the Communities, Housing and Local Government Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, called the “most ambitious heritage preservation campaign for 40 years”. He said that with the historic environment singled out as a “key function of the planning system” the government is taking action to encourage greater listings and has provided additional funding (£700k) to kick-start an initiative whereby local people will be “empowered to nominate heritage assets which are important to them” to add to a new or augmented local lists drawn up […]
RESCUE Members will no doubt be unsurprised to learn that there are zero provisions made for heritage, archaeology or the historic environment in general, within the terms of the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement. This may not be as unsurprising as you might think however, as few, if any, of the major international structures that underpin the UK’s heritage legislative infrastructure stem from our membership (or otherwise) of the European Union. Most – such as the 1992 European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (“Valletta Convention”) or the 2001 European Landscape Convention (“Florence Convention”) – originate from our membership of the Council of Europe, […]
Rescue have recently responded to an Environment Agency consultation on a National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management strategy –
Our full response can be found below:
Rescue have responded to the recent DCMS consultation “on proposals which would update the Treasure Act 1996 Codes of Practice, revise the Act’s definition of treasure and commence relevant provisions in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009”. See the consultation here.
Our full responses can be seen in the text below.
Rescue have recently had the following letter published in The Times, on Wednesday April 17th, 2019.
Notre Dame and the risk to ancient buildings
Sir, The terrible scenes are a sobering reminder of the peril faced by historic buildings during renovation works. Tinder-dry and filled with the dust of centuries, such structures are especially at risk as the events in Paris, Windsor Castle and the Cutty Sark attest. Yet at Notre Dame, hope for restoration is already high. A full survey of the structure exists, which will enable any elements of the fabric now lost to be recreated and replaced.
Here in the […]
Open Meeting: Metal Detecting, Practice and Policy
Would an INSTITUTE FOR DETECTORISTS aid revision of THE TREASURE ACT & implementation of THE VALETTA CONVENTION?
A Talk by Keith Westcott (Institute of Detectorists) and Panel Discussion with
- Tony Howe (Surrey County Council),
- Michael Lewis (Portable Antiquities Scheme),
- Tim Pestell (Norwich Castle Museum),
- Jude Plouviez (Rescue),
- Sarah Poppy (Historic England)
The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust organised a one day conference on ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts’ on Saturday the 27th October at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. This was one of a series of activities undertaken to draw together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies. The aim was to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern.
The event […]
The long anticipated new review of the Treasure Act is out for consultation until the end of April 2019. It covers various aspects of the procedure in the Treasure Act Code of Practice (last updated 2007) to improve delivery speeds. It removes the overlap between Church of England and Treasure laws (in favour of the CoE, not necessarily the best solution although maybe the simplest) in relation to burials in consecrated ground, an anomaly noted for resolution in discussions about the bill in 1996.
As before (in 2002) it suggests extensions to the original Treasure definition, this time to include:
Stonehenge latest: Have your say by registering on the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate by the 11th January 2019
Highways England’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate. All 300+ of the application documents are up on the Inspectorate’s website (at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-west/a303-stonehenge/) which also explains the DCO Examination process. Click on a button on their Home page for email updates on the scheme’s progress.
The road widening project includes a short (c.3km) twin-bored tunnel south of the henge, to each side of which there would be new 4-lane highways, largely in deep cuttings and well within the World Heritage Site (WHS). A massive flyover is proposed […]