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2,000-year-old Roman house to reopen as part of £235k scheme


The Roman Painted House in Dover, built in 200AD, is set to reopen this summer after a period of repairs.

Officers recommend refusal of Birmingham skyscraper plans


Plans for a 42-storey skyscraper in Birmingham city centre have been recommended for refusal over heritage concerns.

Seven heritage projects allocated nearly £15m


Seven heritage projects across the UK have been allocated £14.8m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to ‘reimagine and protect’ historic sites.

Crooked House owners appeal against rebuild order


The owners of ‘Britain’s wonkiest inn’ have lodged an appeal against an order to rebuild the popular lopsided pub.

Crooked House owners ordered to rebuild pub


‘Britain’s wonkiest inn’ must be rebuilt to the condition it was in before a suspected arson attack last year, the local authority has said.

Liverpool hands over Eurovision key


Liverpool has officially handed over the symbolic key to Eurovision during a ceremony in Sweden.

Council saves Manchester’s ‘earliest surviving’ document


What is believed to be the earliest surviving written document in Greater Manchester has been preserved for posterity by the city council.

Dorset awards half a million to local culture


Cultural services across Dorset are set to benefit from £486,000 over the next three years.

High Court approves M&S judicial review


The High Court has approved an application for a judicial review from M&S after Michael Gove blocked plans to redevelop the retailers Oxford Street store.

Historic courthouse collapses


The Old Courthouse in Cockermouth, Cumbria has partially collapsed into a river.

£200m heritage uplift for more deprived areas


The National Lottery Heritage Fund has pledged £200m to support the heritage assets of 20 UK towns and cities.

Where’s Wally? Stolen statue spotted and returned to council


A piece of art stolen in a heist 16 years ago has been returned to Ealing Council.

Why the planning system is failing our pubs


Greg Mulholland and James Watson, Campaign for Pubs, argue that the case of the Crooked House Pub should prompt a rethink of the planning system.

Derby council approves £500,000 regeneration loan


Derby CC has approved a £500,000 loan to London and Continental Railways (LCR), which is seeking to purchase the original headquarters of Midland Railway.

New app brings historic tales to life in Leicester


A new app to bring historic stories connected with Leicester Market to life has been launched.

Why so many heritage and grant-led projects are stalling


Andy Rumfitt discusses how local authorities can prepare for and handle stalled projects.

Calls for a national tall buildings policy


A charity has called for a new tall buildings policy to stop high-rises undermining the form and character of cities.

Heritage Development Trusts: Helping create distinctive futures for our towns and cities


Matthew Mckeague explains how in Coventry a pioneering new model – known as a Heritage Development Trust – is helping revive historic buildings in the city and take community ownership and asset transfer in an ambitious direction.

233 heritage sites saved from 'at risk' register this year


Over 200 historic buildings and sites have been saved from neglect, decay or inappropriate development in the past year, according to Historic England.

Six seaside sites granted Grade II listed status


Skegness Town Hall is one of six seaside heritage sites that have been awarded Grade II listed status.

Liverpool stripped of World Heritage status


UNESCO has made ‘the wrong call’ by stripping Liverpool City Council of its World Heritage status, mayor Joanne Anderson has argued.

Five heritage projects secure £50m funding


Five projects across the UK have secured over £50m funding to champion environmental, community and cultural heritage.

New research to show value of heritage and culture


The culture and heritage sectors will be able to make a stronger case for investment following a new approach by the Government.

Latest round of funding for heritage sites announced


The major share of a £1.57bn fund dedicated to supporting the recovery of cultural assets has been awarded outside of London, according to the Government.

Over 200 more heritage sites now 'at risk'


More heritage sites have been added to the 'at risk' register than the number that have been saved this year, an annual register has warned.

Heritage organisations get £103m recovery fund


The first round of funding from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund has been awarded to 445 heritage organisations.

Liverpool launches UK's first heritage-led development plan


Liverpool is seeking to retain its World Heritage Status through the launch of the UK’s first heritage-led development plan

Black Country awarded Geopark status


The Black Country has achieved official UNESCO Global Geopark status.

Government unveils £1.57bn rescue package for arts and culture


The Government has announced a £1.57bn funding package to help cultural and heritage organisations survive the coronavirus crisis.

Securing the future of heritage buildings and places


When can heritage buildings and sites open to the public again and what measures will they need to take to do so?

Launch of £50m heritage emergency fund


A new £50m fund to support heritage organisations at risk due to the coronavirus crisis has been launched.

Walkers urged to find 'missing' paths before 2026 deadline


There are around 10,000 miles of historic paths missing from the map in England and Wales, according to a walking charity.

Give councils greater powers to protect local heritage buildings


Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, explains why he is leading calls for the Government to give local authorities greater powers to protect local heritage buildings and assets of community value.

Whitehall urges councils to list local heritage sites


The Government has called on councils to draw up lists of historical and cultural buildings in their area as part of a drive to preserve local assets.

Councils urged to celebrate historic counties


New guidance to help local authorities celebrate historic counties and boost community pride has been launched by the Government.

£15 fund to make ‘creative’ use of historic buildings launched


A multi-million pound fund has been launched to help transform high streets through the ‘creative’ use of underused historic buildings.

Heritage projects given £100m funding boost


The National Lottery has announced plans to hand out funding to big projects over the next three years totalling £100m.

Worthing’s Art Deco pier named best in the UK


Worthing’s Grade II Listed Art Deco pier has been voted the best in the UK for 2019.

Council receives funding to preserve 1910 election posters


Wigan Council has secured funding to protect 141 posters from the 1910 election.

Council ‘disposed’ of ancient Roman artefact


Colchester Borough Council disposed of a Roman water feature after it proved ‘too expensive' to maintain.

Liverpool will keep its World Heritage Status


Liverpool City Council has welcomed the announcement that it will retain its World Heritage Status (WHS).

Eight new historic sites join Heritage Action Zone scheme


The heritage minister has announced the latest historic places that are set to be revived — and the sites are mostly concentrated in the North and Midlands.

Driving regeneration, conserving heritage


Rachel Campbell and Emily Gee discuss the implications for historic buildings as the disposal of surplus public assets climbs the national agenda.

Blackpool's piers placed on heritage watch list


Blackpool’s three piers have been put on a heritage ‘at risk’ list due to the threats from the effects of climate change and changing tourism needs.

Poll reveals widespread support for Conservation Areas


A new poll has revealed there is widespread public support for council powers designed to protect the appearance of Conservation Areas.

Over £16bn generated in heritage tourism, report finds


Heritage tourism has generated over £16bn in spending by domestic and international visitors so far this year.

Hull heritage sites listed


The Government has identified nine historical sites in Hull as ‘significant’ to the UK’s heritage.

Councils urged to apply for funding to restore historic buildings


Councils and other local groups are being invited to apply for Heritage Action Zone status - which could mean funds and expert help in restoring historic buildings and sites.

Heritage body announces £6m investment in historic sites


A multi-million pound investment in English heritage sites will support councils in reviving local economies, public body says.

Welsh council urges organisations to take over heritage sites


Anglesey County Council has warned that three of its heritage sites are at risk of closure unless someone takes them over.

Cuts to heritage planning services ‘harmful’


A decade’s worth of cuts to local authority heritage and planning services ‘harms’ the historic environment, campaigners say.

High Court gives approval for Lime Street regeneration plan


The High Court has rejected a bid to overturn the £35m regeneration of Lime Street in Liverpool.

Liverpool to invest in at-risk historic buildings


More than £50m could be invested in Liverpool’s most at-risk historic buildings.

Concord airfield to become air museum


The Mayor of Bristol has been asked back a £16m project for a new aviation museum on the site made famous by its connection with Concorde.

Broxbourne to seek Royal Borough status


Broxbourne Council is to petition for ‘Royal Borough’ status, in a bid to become the fifth borough to be awarded the title.

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