2013 news articles

2013 news articles

Publications and Toolkits

Heritage at Risk 2013

English Heritage (EH) has published its latest survey of listed buildings and important historic sites which it deems to be at risk. The number of entries on the register, 5,700, is less than in 2012 (5831) but the cost of repairs needed has increased. The average difference between the estimated cost of repair and end use value is now £450,000. In 2012/2013 EH offered over £10m in grants to help repair buildings which were on the register. Read more

Beyond the High Street report

The Centre for Cities has published a report –Beyond the High Street- which says that the focus on High Street shops has resulted in a lack of action to help wider city centres to attract and retain a wide range of jobs and to adapt to a changing economy. Read more

Loss of local authority conservation staffing

A new report by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), supported by English Heritage, shows a continued decline in local authority conservation staffing with a reduction in 4% in 2012, part of a “devastating 33% cut since 2006”. Read more

Responses Scotland’s HES and HS-RCAHMS merger

The Scottish Government has published the responses to its Historic Environment Strategy and the proposed merger of Historic Scotland (HS) and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). The consultation period ended on 31st July.
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Health and participation in culture linked

A new report from the Scottish Government says that cultural activities such as dancing, reading or visiting historic sites and museums can have health benefits. The report is based on the results of household surveys and adds to evidence from other research that people who participate in sporting and cultural activities are more likely to report that they are in good health and are satisfied with their life than those who do not. This remains true when factors such as age, economic status, income, education, area of deprivation and long term illness are taken into account. Read more

Regional cities outperform the largest

A report by management consultancy PwC in conjunction with think tank Demos shows that medium sized regional cities throughout the U.K. are outperforming the largest (London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester) for economic success factors which the general public value, and quality of life. The highest ranking cities are Reading and Bracknell, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Southampton and Cambridge.
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Coastal Communities Fund

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will encourage economic development of UK coastal communities by giving them funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

The Government has committed £27.8 million to support the CCF in 2013/14 with money generated by the Crown Estate’s marine assets. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of the Government. Funding awards of over £50,000 are available and are open to a wide range of organisations including local authorities, charities and private sector companies. Read more

HLF funding for First World War cultural programme

The Heritage lottery Fund (HLF) has committed £5m to help deliver a U.K. wide cultural programme marking the centenary of the First World War. The programme “14-18 NOW” will be a series of commissions from artists from Britain and across the world that will explore the heritage and resonance of the war today.

Arts Council England has also committed £5m to the programme making the total lottery funding £10m. Read more

Partner Events

10-12 January Milton Keynes
New Towns Heritage Festival, Bradwell Abbey

This free event is a joint project between the University of Hertfordshire, the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre and Milton Keynes Council, sponsored by the AHRC. The event hopes to celebrate the New Towns of the United Kingdom and act as a catalyst for future joint working and sharing of best practice.

The programme will centre around an arts day (Friday 10th), a day of talks (Saturday 11th) and a day of visits (Sunday 12th). You are welcome to attend one, two or all of the days.
For more information and to register

London 01 April

National Planning Summit

The inaugural National Planning Summit will be held on 1st April at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. The summit is intended to address the latest, most pertinent issues facing the planning system today. Read more

Edinburgh June 2014

IHBC Annual School

The Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC) annual school will be held in Edinburgh in June 2014. Professor Jukka Jokhileto will speak on the theme of “the philosophy and conservation theory, exploring the relationship with culture and science”. Read more

Other HTF events

What events would you like us to put on?

We are now planning the rest of yearly programme. What events would you like us to cover? Some ideas so far include Coastal Communities, revisiting the LEP issues, transport infrastructure and further events on accommodating growth. And where would you like us to hold them? We’ve had several requests for events in the north of England, later in the year. Places we are considering are Scarborough, Liverpool and Manchester. Let us know what you think!

London May 01 2014

Annual Heritage Legislation Update

On May 01 we will be holding our annual heritage legislation update at HTF partners’ office Bircham Dyson Bell , 50 Broadway, London, on 24 February 2014. With so much still changing in both the planning and heritage sectors, this event, hosted by legal advisors to English Heritage, is not to be missed. Register here

Poundbury April 03 2014

Heritage Tourism, Ruralism, Communications and Business in a Broadband Age
England Tourism Week

The Historic Towns Forum in conjunction with ASHTAV will be holding its second National Tourism Conference during England Tourism week on April 3 2014. This will focus on rural heritage and tourism issues and how Broadband provision affects this, among other topical issues such as communications, transport infrastructure and economic growth in rural historic settlements. The event will be VisitEngland supported and will include tours around Poundbury, the often controversial and fascinating housing development instigated by HTF Patron, HRH Prince Charles. It is rumoured we may have some important guests! Book here

Historic Built Environment Seminars Oxford 2014

The New Towns Agenda – Masterplanning for new towns, garden cities and urban extensions in the historic environment – theory, practice and examples

The Historic Towns Forum, the Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages, and Kellogg College are pleased to announce the inaugural series of Historic Built Environment Seminars. Beginning in 2014, these seminars will address current and contentious topics within the historic built environment, fostering academic dialogue, professional practice, and providing an arena in which the public, private, civic and academic sectors can engage in heated and healthy debate about all aspects of the topic in hand. The seminar series will be accompanied by published proceedings each following year. Do join us!

  • 25 February David Lock, David Lock Associates, on New Towns and Masterplanning tbc
  • 3 June Steven Bee, Steven Bee Urban Counsel, on Urban extensions and ‘Poundbury-Lite’
  • 14 October Peter Larkham, Birmingham City University, on Conserving the post-Second World War reconstruction: a contentious idea

These are free events.  Book here

New Member Focus - Trowbridge Museum writes for e-news on one of their latest projects

Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire. It is situated on the River Biss in the west of the county, approximately 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Bath, Somerset. Trowbridge has ancient roots, its earliest known written record can been found in the Domesday Book.
The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon words treow-brycg meaning tree and bridge.
Henry de Bohun, the Magna Carta enforcer, did much to shape the town, including building a castle sometime in the early twelfth century and the fine church of St James. King John also awarded him one of the earliest recorded market charters in 1200 and a market has been now been regularly held in the town for over 800 years.

Weaving fine West of England cloth is what helped Trowbridge to develop and expand beyond its modest beginnings. Evidence from Anglo-Saxon excavations has uncovered loom weights which indicate that weaving has taken place in the town for over 1,000 years. The town centre has been a focal point for producing woollen cloth from the 14th century.

The Jenny Factory, which dates from 1830A weaver’s cottage, which dates from the 18th century

Three hundred years later Trowbridge was producing medley or Spanish cloth which according to the author Daniel Defoe (was) “the finest medley Spanish cloths, not in England but in the whole world...”.Defoe’s testimony to the quality of the Trowbridge cloth was born out by a request received by local clothier John Clark on the 4th May 1747 from an agent for Elizabeth, Empress of Russia for “plump cloths and good full colours.”

This industry generated great wealth which resulted in the building of fine clothier’s houses many of which can still be seen in the town and which the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described as a ‘stretch of palaces’and a building currently operated by Lloyds Bank as to be ‘so stately as to recall Genoa’ and the finest building in Wiltshire. In the nineteenth century industrialisation and the embracing of new technology within the West of England cloth mills had a major impact on the town resulting in it being described as ‘The Manchester of the West’. The woollen cloth industry has left a rich and notable architectural legacy, ranging from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, which according to English Heritage ‘is a quite exceptional chronological range for industrial buildings in a town centre’.

Trowbridge was producing high quality cloth well into the twentieth century and supplying members of the Royal family including Queen Mary, Edward the VIII and the current Queen Elizabeth II who came to Trowbridge Mill, Palmer and Mackay to obtain Culloden tartan for the Trooping of the colour. Trowbridge mills also supplied top sixties designer Mary Quant.

Trowbridge Museum is the focal point for this fascinating heritage and contains unique working machinery relating to West of England woollen cloth production including an extremely rare Spinning Jenny. To discover more check out our website at www.trowbridgemuseum.co.uk