Year: 2011

Stonehenge Update

An Inquiry has been announced into proposed Stopping Up Orders for the A344, from its dangerous junction with the A303 at Stonehenge Bottom, and for part of the B3086 so that it might be diverted slightly to the west at Airman’s Corner where it is intended to construct a new roundabout to improve road safety …

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Localism Bill Marches On

Bound for scrutiny in the Lords andpossibly due for Royal Assent this year, one of the coalition’s flagship policies, the Localism Bill, is on its way to giving Eric Pickles andGreg Clark at Whitehall an important policy victory. The Bill’s central themes of power devolution to local councils and local community empowerment are intended to …

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Rescue remain concerned over long-term funding plan for arts and heritage

“Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo is to chair a scheme to help arts and heritage organisations build long-term funding. A new £55m Endowment Fund will award public grants to match funds raised from private donations. The fund is being set up with money from the Lottery and the Arts Council, as part of a wider government scheme …

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Rescue respond to comments from Fenland District Council leader

RESCUE was extremely concerned to read the comments recently made by Cllr. Alan Melton, the Leader of Fenland District Council. In a speech on the 21st June at the 4th Annual Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard/Fenland Council Building and Design Awards Final, Cllr Melton apparently sought to call time on the requirement for archaeological investagation at the …

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Rescue respond to IfA’s Southport Group Draft Report

The Institute for Archaeologists have recently released “a ground-breaking draft report that outlines recommendations and products for improving historic environment practice to ensure delivery of consistent excellence in public benefit.” This report, written by the Southport Group, drawn from across the sector aims to consider “key areas of planning-led investigation of the historic environment, identifies obstacles …

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Government’s response to the Select Committee Report on Funding of Arts and Heritage

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recently issued a response to the conclusions and recommendations of a Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report on funding of the arts and heritage. They stated that “the DCMS remains wholly committed to the arts and heritage, especially during dificult economic circumstances”. http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/Govtreponse_ArtsHeritagefunding-CM8071.pdf However, in response to the committee’s comment …

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Rescue sign open letter against cuts

Rescue are a signatory of an open letter which has highlighted the disproportionate nature of the cuts that the heritage sector is currently facing. The letter lists three simple steps that the Government must take “to safeguard the economic, cultural and social value of our past.” Statutory protection of historic landscapes and monuments MUST remain …

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Cuts at Southampton Museums

The Museums Association website recently reported that the City Council plans to tender for an external commercial company to run a number of it’s Museums. “Southampton City Council has put the management of its City Art Gallery, Tudor House Museum, and the new Sea City Museum, due to open in 2012, out to tender.” http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/10052011-private-firms-bid-for-contract-to-run-southamptons-museums …

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Upcoming seminar: Of Process and Practice: Exploring developer funded archaeology and London’s more recent past, 1800 to the present day

Joint seminar of the Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology and IfA London. Monday 6th of June 2011, 10am – 4.45pm At the Wilberforce Theatre, Museum of London Docklands West India Quay, London E14 4AL How does PPS5 change the way we view the archaeology of the last 200 years? London is largely a 19th and 20th-century …

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