The Theatres Trust

Statement: Theatres Trust and ABTT reminder about suspended fibrous plaster ceilings in theatres

8th August 2016

The 1 September marks the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe. The new guidance follows the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in 2013. Details of survey requirements can be found on the ABTT website: www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-publish-new-guidance-for-the-inspection-of-suspended-fibrous-plaster-ceilings/.

Mr Melvin Sandell, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Entertainments, made the following statement to theatre owners:

I will be writing to all local authorities shortly after 1 September to explain that theatres with suspended plaster ceilings should be able to provide evidence that their ceiling has been completely inspected by a competent person and explain how that competence was determined. If by the 1st September you will not yet be able to do this I recommend you contact your local authority as soon as possible to explain what you are doing to ensure the safety of your ceiling and agree the date by which you will have completed an appropriate inspection.

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Theatres Trust at PLASA London 2016
18 - 20 September 2016
London Olympia

8th August 2016

PLASA Show London 2016

Meet us at PLASA Show where we can help you with advice on planning and development, and expain more about our resources to make theatres sustainable, and the financial assistance we can offer through grants.

Visit us on Stand W14 to discover more about the challenges facing theatres on our 2016 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, published on 12 September, continue our Conference 16: Protecting Theatres discussions, and pick up a copy of our Autumn Theatres Magazine.

We’ll also be presenting Theatres Trust Green Room: How Can We Help You? on Tuesday 20 September at 2.15pm.

As a supporter of the Theatres Trust we’d love to chat with you about making sure your theatre is the best it can be.

Register to attend free

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Meet the Open up! Interns

8th August 2016

Open up! Interns 2016 Open up! is officially underway. Most of our first day has been spent familiarising ourselves with architectural plans, and learning how to describe them. Tomorrow, we’ll be going on a visit to a theatre archive, and then will start cataloguing in the afternoon. Five interns are joining us to work on the project. In this post, they share why they wanted to get involved with the Open up! Project.

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Campaigners hoping to bring Hulme Hippodrome back into use say they won't give up their fight

8th August 2016

Read more in Manchester Evening News
Campaigners hoping to bring Hulme Hippodrome back into use say they won’t give up their fight
Published 4 August 2016


Culture White Paper recommended Great Places scheme launches

5th August 2016

One of the key actions from the recent culture white paper was the Great Places initiative, putting culture and heritage at the heart of communities (and local plans). Yesterday the Great Places Scheme was launched. Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have each put £7.5m of Lottery funds into a three-year pilot of the new scheme, which is expected to be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later in 2016-17.

Communities are asked to submit an Expression of interest until 6 October and the deadline for applications is 12 January 2017. The 12 successful places are expected to be announced by the end of March 2017.

Find out more about Great Places and also from project parrtner Arts Council England


New HLF Fund Resilient Heritage launched

5th August 2016

The HLF has launched a new funding scheme called “Resilient Heritage” which awards funds from £3,000 to £250,000. This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage.

Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

Find out more about Resilient Heritage

This is part of the HLF’s recently launched Future-proofing heritage investment programme


Cultural sector tops the economic growth league

5th August 2016

New analysis of official statistics reveals good progress made by the cultural sector in comparison with other creative sectors under the DCMS. The contribution of the cultural sector to the UK economy grew by £3.5bn in 2014/15 to reach £27.5m gross value added (GVA). The 15% growth rate was the highest of all the sectors within the DCMS portfolio.

The figures have been released in a new DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates report that takes a new approach to evaluating the contribution to the UK economy made by seven sectors within the DCMS portfolio.

Source: Arts Professional


Derelict theatre in Aberdeen transformed into new business offices

3rd August 2016

Read the full story in UK Construction Media
Derelict theatre in Aberdeen transformed into new business offices
Publshed 28 April 2016


Ringwood Regal supporters put forward plans

3rd August 2016

Read the full story in Blackmorevale
Ringwood Regal supporters put forward plans
Published 30 July 2016


Theatre one option for Guisborough Town Hall

3rd August 2016

Read more in The Norther Echo
Theatre one option for Guisborough Town Hall
Published 28 June 2016


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Rear Elevation of the former Operetta House, Clacton-on-Sea, 1988
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