September 2010 Newsletter

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter

Street clutter


“Signs, lines, humps and bumps – we need them to control traffic, but they often spoil the appearance of our most treasured town centres and historic places”

Not a quote from Eric Pickles but from the Foreword of the 1999 EHTF publication ‘The Historic Core Zones Project’ report!...

...HTF is now delighted that after 16 years of campaigning it is recognised as a major issue which is being tackled at the highest level. Read more  

September 2010

Government consultations

The summer seems to be a busy time for Government consultations and there are a number of these which will impact on our sector. As well as working closely with The Heritage Alliance, an influential collective of heritage organisations, HTF responds robustly on behalf of its Members to bring its point of view to the attention policy makers.  View recent responses here

Partnership working

Partnership working forms an important part of the work of HTF, ensuring that we represent the collective views of our Members to a wide audience in order to influence decision making, and to bring together good practice information which in turn feeds into our work for Members.

HTF has recently been represented at... read more

HEREC news

The HTF is a member of the Historic Environment Review Executive Committee (HEREC).  HEREC provides a good opportunity to keep up to date on heritage matters and to meet with other representatives from organisations as diverse as the ... read more

Climate change and the historic environment

HEREC has established a Group to look at the challenges climate change pose for the historic environment.  The National Trust coordinates the Group... read more

Sad goodbye to BURA

I was very sad to receive an email sent to all members of BURA recently announcing its intention to initiate voluntary liquidation.... read more

The National Heritage Ironwork Group

Paul Allen demonstrating repousse

The National Heritage Ironwork Group launched the Heritage Lottery Fund Blacksmith Bursary Project ‘Skills for the Future’ on 20 July 2010 at Hampton Court Palace. The event was attended ... Read more

Heritage awareness

Developing heritage awareness for the professionals of the future is the purpose of a project in partnership with English Heritage and a number of Universities. Initially we researched  ... read more

Featured Member:
Listed Property Owners Club

Listed owners property club

Listed buildings are the cornerstones of our heritage. Their fabric is both a part of our landscape and - through its connection with the events, innovations and individuals that have shaped our history - a tangible legacy of our past.

Whatever the grade of your building. read more

HTF Member's review of Cardiff Conference

“Why are you here?” I was asked within minutes of arriving at the HTF conference in Cardiff...  ...I went with 4 hats on. I am a physiotherapist by profession and have always been interested in how places work and interact with the public... Read more

The Big Society and Climate Change

Two important issues – the Big Society and Climate Change – will be addressed in conferences this autumn:

Achieving added value through community engagement’ –  Chester on 23 September will explore the value of empowering communities and how to make this work in practice, with examples of good practice.

Climate change: mitigation and adaptation in historic towns’  –  Annual Conference in Oxford 20-22 October will present a wide range of important information for those managing everything from single buildings to whole cities and the growing pressures to save energy and adapt for the future.

The Conference Dinner will be a special one this year and the Annual General Meeting will take place in Oxford on 20 October read more

Past 2010 HTF conferences and seminars

This summer has been a busy one for HTF conferences and seminars; we have brought together experts and practitioners to share experiences and information on a range of current issues.

Connecting people with place

The Future of Heritage Protection

A Historic Core Zone - the solution to traffic management in a Historic Town?

The role of retail development in economic regeneration and its impact on historic city centres

 Read more

Photo competition

The closing date has now passed and the entries – a great range of images of historic towns – will be judged soon and those chosen to feature in the HTF 2011 calendar will be notified, together with the overall winner. Presentations will be made at the Annual Conference Dinner on 20 October.

New Director Appointed

Following my decision to step down in the autumn a new Director has been appointed. More information will be posted very soon and I hope I will be able to make introductions at the Annual Conference, when I will be saying ‘fare well’ to friends and colleagues I have had the great pleasure of working with for over a decade. Chris Winter, Director, HTF

New Members

For further details visit the Directory of Members.
James Ritson
Cheshire West and Chester Council
John Holland
British Parking Association
The Listed Owners Property Club
Andrew Carnegie
Wood Window Alliance
Jonathon Roberts Consulting Ltd
Blue Sail
Gerald Milward-Oliver
Hitchin Forum