Scotland: committee meeting minutes December 2022

Scotland: committee meeting minutes December 2022

Minutes of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Committee for Scotland meeting, held on 1 December 2022 at 9.30am at The National Teachers Union Scotland (NASUWT) in Edinburgh.

Members

  • Fiona McLean (in person)
  • Liz Davidson (in person)
  • Martyn Wade (in person)
  • Ray Macfarlane (chair) (in person)  
  • Sam Anderson (in person)
  • Stuart Housden (in person)

Apologies

  • Alice Mayne
  • Anne Jenkins
  • Harnish Hadani
  • Isabel Hunt

Committee Business

1. Welcomes and apologies

The chair welcomed everyone to the committee meeting, held in person at the National Teachers Union in Edinburgh. 

The chair confirmed that Anne Jenkins has sent her apologies for the meeting, noting that Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive for the Heritage Fund is the Executive member attending today.

She also confirmed that apologies have been received from Alice Mayne, Committee for Scotland member on this occasion.

2. Minutes from the last meeting held on 7 September 2022 and matters arising

Committee agreed the minutes and signed as an accurate record of the meeting.

3. Declarations of interest

The following declaration was noted:

  • Ray Macfarlane (chair) declared an interest in item 9, The Heritage Leader Traineeship Programme, NL-21-00249 as Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) are a partner in the project. As the Chair of MGS it was agreed that this did present a conflict of interest and Ray would therefore be absent for both the discussion and decision. It was noted that Sam Anderson would take over the chairing of the meeting for item 9 and item 11.
  • Fiona McLean noted an interest in items 9, 10 and 12 as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have an involvement in these projects and Fiona is on the Board at HES. It was agreed that this was for noting and is not a conflict of interest as she has no direct involvement with the projects and would therefore be present for both the discussion and decision.

4. Chair’s Report

The chair updated the committee on the following areas:

  • The chair noted the sad passing of her Majesty since the last meeting highlighting that she has been fortunate to of met with his Majesty the King on two separate occasions recently: one being at the Burrell project which received Heritage Fund support and the other in her capacity as chair of Museums Galleries Scotland.
  • The Board visited Edinburgh for their September meeting noting the successful visits and stakeholder dinner and thanked those who attended for their participation.
  • The chair extended her thanks to the team for organising the successful parliamentary event which highlighted inclusion and community heritage, noting that it was well attended by projects, MSP’s and key stakeholders.
  • The chair thanked members of the committee for representing the Heritage Fund at key meetings and events over the last quarter, in particular Liz Davidson for attending the round 2 site visit to Glencoe Museum and Martyn Wade for the closing event at the Book of Deer. Martyn highlighted the local enthusiasm for the project and the wide range of activities being run.
  • The chair updated that committee recruitment in Scotland has now completed and she confirmed that four members have been appointed and will commence their term in April 2023. She noted that they are diverse in knowledge, experience and skill sets.

5. Corporate Update

Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund provided an update on corporate activity.

  • Eilish highlighted the ongoing issues with the cost of living crisis and the impact that it is having on the construction sector and projects supported by the Heritage Fund.
  • Committee recruitment is not only taking place in Scotland but is underway across the Heritage Fund.
  • The 4th Lottery Licence is changing form Camelot to Allwyn Entertainment UK; the committee will be kept updated on progress.

6. Business Innovation and Insight: Update on Strategy Refresh and Place

A presentation was given by Araba Webber, Head of Strategy providing the committee members with an update on the strategy refresh and Place.

Eilish and Araba left the meeting.

7. Scotland Overview Report

The paper was presented by Caroline Clark, Director at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scotland and she invited the Head of Engagement, Diane Gray and Head of Investment, Tom Ingrey-Counter to detail areas directly relating to Engagement and Investment.

Parliamentary Event

  • Caroline thanked the members of the committee who attended the Parliamentary Event following the September committee meeting, noting that the reception was successful in showcasing community heritage projects which we have supported. She noted that we were joined at the event by the sponsoring MSP Monica Lennon (Scottish Labour) and Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with special responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, Neil Gray MSP.

Board Meeting

  • Scotland hosted the September Board meeting in Edinburgh where the Board were taken to some of the outstanding nationally significant heritage projects supported over the years, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. It provided an opportunity to introduce Board to key senior stakeholders in the heritage sector in Scotland and was well attended. Caroline extended her thanks the members of the committee who attended.

Museums Association Conference

  • Many members of the team attended and Caroline chaired a session on the role of museums in climate change adaptation. Noting that it was a very timely and interesting discussion and many of projects were there highlighting our work in this area.

Engagement Work

  • Diane Gray, Head of Engagement updated members of the work of the Engagement team which have been using new approaches and techniques to capture and engage with a wider and more diverse audiences including work in our areas of focus, Inverclyde and North Lanarkshire. 

Budget

  • The budget for the Scotland Committee is £17.2m for the financial year 2022/23 with an indicative budget for this meeting at £4,641,246. Tom highlighted that the total request for this meeting is £6,840,894 which includes delivery, development and grant increase applications.

SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision

8. TCV Green Skills John Muir Way, NL-22-00007

Applicant: The Conservation Volunteers Scotland

Project: The TCV Green Skills John Muir Way project will employ 72 local economically inactive young people aged 16-24 in 3 tranches of 10-month environmental traineeships in partnership with 4 Local Authorities (LA) based in Edinburgh, Falkirk, East Lothian and East Dunbartonshire.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £59,471 (77% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £187,339 (70% of total costs).

Ray Macfarlane left the room for item 9 due to a conflict of interest and Sam Anderson took over the chairing of the meeting.

9. The Heritage Leader Traineeship Programme, NL-21-00249

Applicant: Next Step Initiative

Project: This project seeks to promote a more diverse heritage sector, more reflective of the population at large. Building on a previous project delivered during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 12 trainee leadership posts within museum or built environment organisations will be created for individuals from diverse ethnic communities. Equality, diversity and inclusion training will support boards and senior managers and leadership training offered to volunteers.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of 24,680 (48% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £691,713 (84% of total costs).

Ray Macfarlane was invited to return to the meeting and recommenced chairing.

10. Refiring The Pipe Factory, NL-22-00024

Applicant: Friends of the Pipe Factory CIC

Project: This project seeks to redevelop the B-listed former pipe factory building on the edge of the Barras market in Calton in the east end of Glasgow. When completed the building will provide flexible and accessible spaces for community, creative and heritage focussed uses, serving young people from marginalised communities, creative individuals and local community groups.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £177,929 (87% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £849,762 (29% of total costs).

Ray Macfarlane left the room for item 11 due to a conflict of interest with item 9 and Sam Anderson took over the chairing of the meeting and the prioritization and decision for the Development Round Applications.

11. Prioritisation and Decision

During the case by case discussions, the committee considered that:

  • TCV Green Skills John Muir Way, NL-22-00007 (item 8); The Heritage Leader Traineeship Programme, NL-21-00249 (item 9) and Refiring The Pipe Factory, NL-22-00024 (item 10) represented a HIGH priority for support.

Ray Macfarlane was invited to return to the meeting and recommenced chairing.

SFF Second round applications for discussion and decision

12. Museum and Activities Redevelopment and Expansion Project, OL-20-05861

Applicant: Glencoe Folk Museum

Project: This is a four year project that seeks to restore the listed buildings that make up Glencoe Folk Museum (GFM) to create a much improved visitor experience.

The Committee for Scotland awarded a first round pass of £677,900 (70% of total costs) including a development grant of £74,100 (45% of total costs) in June 2021.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,400,000 (65% of total costs).

13. Prioritisation and Decision

During the case by case discussions, the committee considered that:

  • Museum and Activities Redevelopment and Expansion Project, OL-20-05861 (item 12) represented a HIGH priority for support.

Grant increases for discussion and decision

14. Everyone's Theatre Telling the Story, OL-18-06823

Applicant: Capital Theatres

Project: The project seeks to revitalise the A-listed King's Theatre in Edinburgh to create a fully accessible, fit for purpose theatre and community hub. Built in 1905, the King’s is one of only six operational A-listed theatres in Scotland. The applicant is seeking a grant increase to help with increased tender costs.

The Committee for Scotland agreed to AWARD a Grant Increase of £1,750,000 to make a total grant of £3,476,000.

Papers for Information

15. Communications Report

Andrew Thompson, Communications and Marketing Manager, Scotland updated the committee with a presentation highlighting the communications activity in Scotland during the quarter following the last meeting in September 2022.

16. Any other business

There was no other business raised.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2023.