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Liz Forgan departure from Arts Council met with dismay

23rd March 2012

News that chair of Arts Council England has been asked by culture secretary to step down has been described as political writes Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian.


Reducing carbon emissions from heritage assets: new guidance

23rd March 2012

The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Change Partnership has commissioned a study into reducing carbon emissions from heritage buildings. Written by the consulting engineers Arup, the study comprises two documents. The first contains general guidance on the processes and techniques that can be used to reduce emissions and concentrates on the aspects that require special consideration when dealing with important historic assets. The second contains a series of case studies showing how these techniques can be applied to local buildings.

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Budget 2012: Listed buildings VAT relief scrapped

23rd March 2012

The government has scrapped VAT relief on alterations to listed buildings as part of its 2012 budget. From October 2012, alterations to statutorily listed buildings will be taxed – in line with repairs to listed buildings which are already taxed. VAT will also be levied on self-storage. Historic organisations umbrella group The Heritage Alliance described it as a ‘shock decision’ which jeopardised the future of heritage buildings.

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Sita Trust - Enhancing Communities Programme (England, Scotland & Wales)

23rd March 2012

Under the Sita Trust’s Enhancing Communities Programme Core Fund, grants of up to £60,000 are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities and historic buildings / structures.

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Young Roots fund for young people to explore their heritage

23rd March 2012

Young Roots offers grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 to projects which allow 11 – 25 year-olds to find out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement. Projects need to be related to the heritage of the UK and could involve young people researching a local archive or doing practical casework on a nature reserve.

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Blog: Bradford Odeon - Can we have our happy ending now please?

22nd March 2012

There’s a huge elephant in the room, looming over the new £25million mirror pool and fountains that now sit in Centenary Square, in the centre of Bradford. Right in the heart of the world’s first UNESCO City of Film sits a huge art deco supercinema; the last remaining ’30s supercinema; the largest outside London when she was built, entirely from local materials and with an all-local workforce. Visible for miles around, she is arguably the most distinctive landmark in the city, making Bradford’s skyline unmistakable blogs Kate Wellham for Louder Than War.

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Details of Worthing Council’s theatres business plan released

22nd March 2012

Aheadof a council meeting to discuss the future of Worthing’s theatres, details of what the business proposal includes have been released. Worthing Borough Council’s senior theatres management team has produced a business plan to reduce the net operating cost of the theatres service by at least 25 per cent “whilst producing a sustainable and viable theatre offer for the future”.

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Council offers six-month lifeline to Hornsea Floral Hall

22nd March 2012

Hornsea Floral Hall in Yorkshire may be saved from demolition, if proposals for the local council to hand over the freehold of the building to community groups can be agreed in the next six months. The council had planned to demolish the venue to make way for a car park, but this met with opposition from the local community. Many groups use the space, including Hornsea Amateur Theatre Society, which stages its productions there.

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London's Hampstead Theatre hit as council drops support and charges rates

21st March 2012

Hampstead Theatre has lost council support for the first time in its half century history and will have to pay business rates of up to £10,000, which had previously been waived.

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Elizabethan fork excavated at Rose Theatre to feature on Radio 4

21st March 2012

A fork discovered during excavations at the Rose Theatre on Bankside will be the subject of a programme presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor on BBC Radio 4 this spring.

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