Culture Secretary Maria Miller recently announced a further £5 million funding – on top of the £80 million already committed – to create a new charity arm of English Heritage to manage England’s precious historic sites. Details of the proposed changes to English Heritage were unveiled in a public consultation paper.
The record government investment in the heritage sector will see a new charitable arm, retaining the name English Heritage, able to manage all of the historic sites, which will remain in public ownership.
The new charitable status will give English Heritage the freedom to raise funds – with a target of finding a further £83 million from third parties. This will allow them to undertake a huge programme of conservation for the properties and works to improve the visitor experience. English Heritage properties currently receive more than six million visits every year.
English Heritage’s current duties and responsibilities for advising on and helping to conserve England’s wider historic environment would remain unchanged. These will be delivered under the new name of ‘Historic England.’
The new funding underlines the government’s commitment to the heritage sector and will further protect the statutory functions of Historic England in these difficult economic times.
Culture Secretary, Maria Miller said: “It is vital to champion and protect our precious history for this and future generations. Thanks to the record £80 million investment from the government and the extra £5 million, the new English Heritage charity will be able to raise third party funding more easily so that, within ten years, it will be self-financing and no longer depend upon support from the taxpayer.”
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