Year: 2016

Rescue respond to DCMS’ Museums Review

Rescue have submitted a response to the Government’s “Review of Museums in England”((https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-museums-in-england)), described thus: The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums. Rescue have highlighted …

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Improving the use of planning conditions: Rescue respond

As part of consultation on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, the Dept for Communities and Local Government recently consulted on measures to address what they termed “the inappropriate use of pre-commencement planning conditions”((https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-use-of-planning-conditions)). Rescue believes that these proposals should be completely reconsidered, as they might well lead to conflicts with national and international environmental policies. The …

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Rescue respond to the “Historic Environment Forum” heritage reform proposals

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF) ((http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/historic-environment-forum/)), convened by the Heritage Alliance describe themselves as …the top level cross-sectoral committee, bringing together chief executives and policy officers from public and non-government heritage bodies to … strengthen advocacy work and communications. Over Summer 2016 they have issued a set of consultations on heritage reform and resourcing in local authorities, an …

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Challenges and opportunities for the Heritage Sector: Rescue write to Tracey Crouch MP

Recently, The Minister for Heritage, Tracey Crouch MP wrote to readers of Heritage Update: “I’m thrilled to be back at DCMS after my maternity leave and am looking forward to resuming my engagement with you all to continue promoting heritage and tourism. David Evennett, who covered my period of leave, has done a brilliant job and I’d …

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Rescue respond to threat to Kirklees Museums

Rescue were concerned to hear news that Kirklees Council is proposing closing Tolson Museum, Dewsbury Museum and Red House Museum (as reported on 4 July)((http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/revealed-museums-kirklees-councils-firing-11559743)). We have written to Councillor Graham Turner and the Rt Hon John Whitingdale. Rescue have reminded DCMS of the recent emphasis of the Culture White Paper on the wide-ranging benefits of culture …

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Rescue says: Brexit

Rescue Says: The decision to take the UK out of the European Union has significant implications across the entire range of the political spectrum, and Heritage and Archaeological concerns are not immune from these. There are a number of heritage protection principles, policies and practices that are in common usage and that the heritage sector …

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RESCUE Says: Government response to “Stop Destruction of British Archaeology. Neighbourhood and Infrastructure Bill”

The Government has answered the concerns of the archaeological community that were expressed in the signing of a petition against the suggestion of a reduction in archaeological and heritage planning protection commitments outlined in the recent Queen’s Speech. Reacting to the petition and its 17,700+ signatures, the Government has indicated that it “actively supports the use of …

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