England, Midlands & East: Committee minutes November 2022
- Julian Glover (Chair)
- Heather Broughton
- John Everitt
- Harr-Joht Kaur
- Glyn Morgan
- Chris Starkie
- Helen Wilson (via Teams)
- Jo Smith
Welcomes, Introduction and Chair’s Report
Julian Glover, Chair, welcomed everyone to the third meeting of the Committee for England, Midlands & East this financial year. The chair welcomed guests and presenters and gave a brief outline of the meeting. He thanked the team and the committee for their attendance at recent visits and events, and particularly thanked the staff for their work in preparing for the committee meeting.
Minutes of the meeting held on 15 September 2022 and matters arising
The minutes were approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. There were no matters arising.
Declarations of interest
The following conflicting interests were declared and as such members were not present in discussions for those applications or any subsequent voting and prioritisation:
Item 8: Saving the Iron Duke (Heritage Enterprise)
Chris Starkie, Chief Executive the New Anglia LEP, had a conflict of interest with NL-22-00017 Saving the Iron Duke (Heritage Enterprise) as the LEP had sent a letter of support for the application.
There were no additional declarations of interest declared during the meeting.
Midlands and East Area Director’s Overview
The Director for England, Midlands & East, presented the report along with the Head of Engagement, the Public Affairs Manager and the Head of Investment with the following comments:
- Arts Council NPO decisions had been announced and affected organisations were in dialogue with the team.
- Slides were presented highlighting stakeholder engagement work in the Midlands and East during the last quarter.
Area of Focus Presentation
The Head of Engagement presented an outline of the Areas of Focus work for the UK.
Slides were presented on the engagement work and its impact in the Area of Focus, Walsall.
SFF Grant increases for discussion and decision
History at the Heart of Community; OL-18-06883
Grantee: Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archives
Project: History at the Heart of the Community would bring three significant collections of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, County Museum, and William Salt Library together through the Staffordshire History Centre. The current Staffordshire Records Office would be extended and modified and the adjacent Grade II* William Salt Library repurposed to create 550m² of fully accessible public space. A programme of themed exhibitions, activities and learning would be delivered to engage wider audiences.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East awarded a grant of £3,964,000 (55% of total costs) in June 2021.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East AWARDED a grant increase of £894,699 to make a total grant of £4,858,699 (55% of total costs).
St Peter and the Old Black Lion, Northampton (Heritage Enterprise); HE-13-00951
Grantee: Churches Conservation Trust
Project: In partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, proposals would focus on two historic assets in Northampton’s Castle ward; the Old Black Lion pub and its outbuildings, St Peter’s Church and its churchyard. The pub was currently run down, at risk of loss and the historically important church suffered from falling visitor numbers. The project would acquire, repair and refurbish the Old Black Lion as a hospitality venue and heritage destination. Income would contribute to the sustainability of St Peter’s Church.
The Committee for East Midlands awarded a grant of £1,841,800 (74% of total costs) in June 2016.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East AWARDED a Grant increase of £794,400 to make a total grant of £2,636,200 (75% of total costs).
SFF Development Round applications for discussion and decision
Chris Starkie left the meeting.
Saving the Iron Duke (Heritage Enterprise); NL-22-00017
Applicant: Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust
Project: This Heritage Enterprise project restored the Grade II Listed Iron Duke public house in Great Yarmouth, and would return it to commercial use, serving food and drink. The building was an Art Deco style interwar pub. The original layout and many internal fixtures would be retained. The pub was a community hub for over 50 years.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development grant of £169,604 (63% of eligible development costs) and potential delivery grant of £1,885,396 (77% of total costs).
Chris Starkie returned to the meeting.
Forncett: A Village of Stories - The Restoration of St Peter's Church; NL-21-00219
Applicant: The Upper Tas Valley All Saints Parochial Church Council
Project: This project was to undertake urgent repairs to the fabric of St Peter's Forncett and establish the church as a 'heritage hub' delivering heritage-inspired activities and interpretation. The church was listed as Grade I and was of exceptional national significance. The Saxo-Norman round tower indicated the origins of the church and the nave and aisles date to the 14th and 15th centuries.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development grant of £33,274 (70% of eligible development costs) and potential delivery grant of £526,040 (79% of total costs).
Inspiring Everyone: RAF Museum Midlands Development Programme; NL-22-00006
Applicant: Royal Air Force Museum
Project: The RAF Midlands Museum planned an ambitious transformation of its RAF Cosford site in Shropshire to address long-standing collections storage needs. It was to refresh the existing museum interpretation and repair aging infrastructure, provide appropriate and accessible collections storage, as well as become more inclusive and increase audiences to become an ‘Anchor Institution’, serving local, regional and national communities.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development grant of £713,222 (41% of eligible development costs) and potential delivery grant of £4,286,778 (20% of total costs).
Your Forest: growing connections, skills and climate action in the Heart of England Forest; NL-21-00242
Applicant: The Heart of England Forest
Project: The seven-year project aimed to engage a wider range of people in natural heritage, in particular, those who were currently underrepresented in the applicant’s visitors, volunteers and staff. The setting was The Heart of England Forest: an ever-expanding 7,000 acre range of natural habitats and woodlands in the West Midlands, which also included grassland, heathland, farmland and wetland.
The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.
Prioritisation of Development round applications
The committee awarded three applications at high priority and rejected one.
Reflection of the day
The committee reviewed the impact of the Area of Focus work in Walsall. The Committee again thanked the team for arranging the tour of Walsall, the stakeholders lunch and the panel discussion.
Commercial in confidence.
The committee noted the report.
Board Strategy Refresh Update
Commercial in confidence.
The committee noted the report and presentation.
There were no papers for information at this meeting.
Any other business
There was no other business to discuss.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 01 March 2023, Museum of Making, Derby.