Morning, Tuesday, 28th April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will consider key issues for England’s Heritage Sector - museums, galleries, historic places, and the partners and communities they work with.
Discussion will focus on key developments in funding and innovation, as well as the role of the sector in supporting the regeneration and local economic growth strategies being rolled out in areas across the UK.
It will be an opportunity to assess priorities for the delivery and distribution of the Government’s £250m Cultural Investment Fund - which aims to drive growth, tourism, and engagement with heritage in local communities throughout the country by revitalising existing heritage assets and supporting new cultural development.
We expect those attending to discuss the economic impact of social restrictions and prolonged closures on the sector, as well as what further support might be required to help organisations adapt and respond to the current climate.
Areas for discussion:
- What is needed from the Cultural Investment Fund - what a fair distribution of the investment would look like and criteria for assessing funding applications;
- Funding channelling - including for smaller organisations and to projects that most need it, and increasing openness and transparency in application processes;
- Dynamism - supporting organisations to be more entrepreneurial and develop new business models that will help maximise engagement and income;
- Alternative models of investment - including loans and social investment;
- Widening engagement, diversifying revenue streams, and attracting investment - including latest thinking around maximising the opportunities presented by emerging technologies;
- Accessibility and inclusiveness - how heritage destinations can be made more open to a diverse range of backgrounds, including factors such as age, ethnicity, socio-economic class, and disability;
- Local-level economic impact - maximising job creation and skills development, driving tourism, and strategies for facilitating further growth; and
- Heritage and net zero - priorities for the sector’s contribution to reducing the UK’s carbon footprint.
We also expect discussion on what approaches the sector will need to take to recover from the impact of the restrictions on movement resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the support that might be required, as well as the measures that the sector may have to take going forward as rules are lifted.
- Support for England’s Heritage Sector - next steps for policy;
- Widening audiences - digital engagement, maximising opportunities presented by emerging technologies, and developing immersive and interactive experiences;
- Where next for funding? Evaluating capital projects, new models of investment, and supporting organisations to become more financially sustainable;
- Realising the social and economic value of heritage:
- Restoration and revitalisation of heritage buildings and sites - maximising opportunities for commercial and community use;
- Driving local economic growth;
- Increasing community engagement with heritage assets, strengthening local identity, and next steps for High Street Heritage Action Zones;
- Promoting inclusion, accessibility, and cultural and natural heritage conservation; and
- Developing talent, knowledge, and capacity for engagement with the creative industries.
- Case study: maximising heritage assets and developing visitor experiences.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
It takes place with:
- political and economic uncertainty putting pressure on funding organisations to prioritise support in areas that are more likely to generate revenue,
- the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s funding strategy with plans to help heritage organisations become more financially resilient - beyond grants to mechanisms such as loans and social investment,
- the Tourism Sector Deal setting out targets to make the UK the most accessible tourism destination in Europe by 2025;
- £95m government funding to redevelop high streets across the country by repurposing empty and underused buildings into creative and cultural spaces, offices, retail outlets, and housing, and
- the new heritage preservation campaign to promote the reuse of existing buildings - with a view to reducing the country’s carbon footprint, foster sustainability, and meeting net-zero targets.
Policy officials attending
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.
Especially with this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament and officials from the DCMS; Defra; Department for International Trade; Historic Environment Division and the Historic Environment Scotland.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
- opportunities for delegate questions and comments
- a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference