England, London & South: Committee decisions June 2019

Schedule of Decisions

Summary minutes of the meeting of the Committee for England, London and South on 12 June 10.00 a.m. at SS Great Britain, Bristol BS1 6TY

 

Members:    

  • Blondel Cluff (Chair)
  • Stephen Boyce (Deputy Chair)
  • Lydia Lee
  • Peter Neal
  • Perdita Hunt (Trustee)
  • Claire Madge
  • Neena Sohal
  • Evelyn Stacey
  • Tamsin Daniel

 

Apologies:

  • Bill Ferris (Deputy Chair)

 

Committee Business

  1. Welcomes and Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair welcomed all members to the first London and South Committee meeting. Members and staff present introduced themselves.

Blondel Cluff encouraged the new committee to speak with one voice in the new area. The committee congratulated staff for the high standard of case papers during what has been a very complex time within the organisation.

The Chair updated the Committee on her activities since the last local committee meetings. The Committee noted;

  • Attendance at the Area Chairs meeting, also attended by Stephen Boyce .
  • Stephen Boyce fed back positively about the meeting and hoped that it would continue to allow for more dialogue in this transitional year.
  1. Minutes of the meetings held in March 2019

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These were approved as an accurate record of the meeting and signed by the chair.

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

Oral

There were none.

  1. Declarations of Interest

Oral

Perdita Hunt declared a conflict of interest with Salisbury Museum for Future Generations (item 23) as she was a co-trustee with Anne Beckwith Smith (Trustee of Salisbury Museum) at the Foundling Museum. The Committee were content that this did not constitute a conflict of interests and she could remain in the room for discussion  

Tamsin Daniel declared a conflict of interest with Renovation and refit of Grade II* Anchor Studio, Newlyn (item 11) as Cornwall Council was one of the match funders.

Perdita Hunt also declared that she had been contracted as coach to a serving Trustee relating to Ragged School Museum Trust. The Committee were content that this did not constitute a conflict of interests and she could remain in the room for discussion.

  1. Corporate Update

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Eilish McGuiness presented an update on the corporate activity.

  1. Governance Review

Oral

Campbell Tickell led a closed session for the members.

  1. Area Director’s Report

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The Committee noted the contents of the report and key updates, which were presented by Stuart Hobley.

  1. Grant Budget Paper

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Eight second round applications were on the agenda, none of whom requested uplifts, with a total request of £12.7m. The Committee noted the continuing need to find savings of around 20% by value on the second round projects.

The London and South Area had a budget of £66.5m for 2019-20, comprising £50.7m for Committee and £15.7m for Delegated (£3-10k and £10-£100k).

Six development round applications were on the agenda, with a total request of £14.6m. 

  1. SF4 Delivery Round and SFF application Overview Paper

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Stuart Hobley presented the paper and Committee were asked to feedback to with any comments.

 

SF4 Delivery round Board applications for discussion and recommendation

  • Parks for People

  1. Victoria Park & Watercress Field; PP-16-08463

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Applicant: Ashford Borough Council

Request: £3,039,900 (68%)         

Project: This three and a half year project would undertake much needed restoration of the main park in Ashford, Kent, located in a key area for residential and business growth, enhancing natural, built and social heritage. It would create and improve habitats along the River Stour, repair the grade II* Hubert Fountain, restore and redefine the Park’s historic layout and planting, and improve core facilities including the Community Hub, Park HQ, interpretation, play spaces, and accessibility.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Board and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People England Committee awarded a first round pass of £3,207,200 including a development grant of £167,300 ((77% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South and the National Lottery Community Fund representative recommended the project as a HIGH priority to the Parks for People Board Delegated Decision Panel.

 

SF4 Delivery round applications for discussion and decision

  1. Renovation and refit of Grade II* Anchor Studio, Newlyn; HE-16-09447

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Applicant: Borlase Smart John Wells Trust Ltd

Request: £319,700 (74%)                     

Project: The project would fully restore the Grade II* listed Anchor Studio. Undertaking the full restoration and creating a viable future for the building through a live/work residency space, designed to attract internationally important artists to Cornwall.

The Committee for South West awarded a first round pass of £338,700 including a development grant of £18,000 (49% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a grant of £319,700 (74%)

 

  1. The Spirit of the Leas - Improving access, understanding and enjoyment of Folkestone's Coastal Park; HG-14-04669

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Applicant: Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Request: £466,500 (72%)                     

Project: Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) would restore and make accessible key heritage assets and routes relating to the Lower Leas Coastal Park, the Leas Cliff Hall and Leas cliff-top promenade. Alongside new interpretation and an activity programme, this project would develop understanding and appreciation of this area of Folkestone, and its development as a coastal resort.

The Committee for South East England awarded a first round pass of £507,000 including a development grant of £40,300 (80% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

  1. St Marylebone Changing Lives; HG-15-08758

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Applicant: St Marylebone Parish Church

Request: £2,965,700 (35%)                     

Project: A four and half year project from St Marylebone Parish Church, proposing conservation and urgent repair works, together with a programme of activities and engagement relating to the history of the building and local area.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £3,644,500 including a development grant of £678,800 (65% of eligible development costs) in 2016.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a grant of £2,799,400 (48%)

 

  1. Bevis Marks: Britain’s Most Significant Synagogue; HG-16-06740

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Applicant: The S&P Sephardi Community

Request: £2,799,400 (48%)                     

Project: This 5-year project, based in the City of London, would repair, interpret and improve access and interpretation of Bevis Marks Synagogue. The project would showcase Bevis Marks  as not only a significant historic building but as custodian of the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardic Community's collections of iconic objects and intangible heritage as well as a place to explore the history of Anglo-Jewish heritage and the seat of a community celebrating and capturing the use of traditions dating back to its C17th foundation.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £3,020,500 including a development grant of £221,100 (60% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a grant of £2,799,400 (48%)

 

  1. Restoration of the Thames sailing barge Raybel; HG-16-09479

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Applicant: Raybel Charters Community Interest Company Ltd

Request: £685,800 (64%)                     

Project: Three year project to return the Thames sailing barge Raybel, an important maritime asset, to full working and sailing condition. Linked to this would be a programme of related activities, delivered in partnerships with community organisations along the Thames estuary.

The Committee for South East England awarded a first round pass of £725,100 including a development grant of £39,300 (60% of eligible development costs) in 2018.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a grant of £685,800 (64%)

 

  1. HOPE for the Future - Heritage, Outreach and Preservation of Entomology; HG-17-02173

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Applicant: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Request: £703,700 (52%)                     

Project: The project would restore, relocate and reinterpret their British Insect collection.

The project was comprised of three interconnecting strands that make up the project name, HOPE:

  • Heritage: Restore and Curate The Westwood Room and Ellen Hope Gallery
  • Outreach: Engaging with Communities
  • Preservation of Entomology: Safeguarding the British Insect Collection

The Committee for South East England awarded a first round pass of £767,400 including a development grant of £63,700 (75% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a grant of £703,700 (52%)

 

  1. Highdown Gardens - Stern's Chalk Garden (Propagation in Action); HG-17-03447

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Applicant: Worthing Borough Council

Request: £813,200 (76%)                     

Project: This is a nature project that would focus on the plant ecology of Highdown Gardens. The project aims to address the long-term threats to the plants; communicating their importance to different audiences; and involving the local community in their care and exploration. The project would be delivered by Worthing Borough Council in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority West Sussex Record Office, and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

The Committee for South East England awarded a first round pass of £909,700 including a development grant of £96,500 (64% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a grant of £813,200 (76%)

 

  1. Dynamic Dunescapes; HG-16-08643

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Applicant: Natural England

Request: £3,950,000 (50%)                     

Project: Natural England would lead a partnership to deliver a 4 year project to restore up to 7,000ha of important dune ecosystems across England and Wales, and engage a wide range of participants in conservation, training and associated activities.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £4,131,100 including a development grant of £181,100 (74% of eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for England, London and South AWARDED a Grant of £3,950,000 (50%)

 

  1.  Prioritisation of Delivery round applications

Oral

There was no need to prioritise the applications.

 

SFF Single stage applications for discussion and decision (£100K-£250k)

  1. Single Round Grants Overview

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Stuart Hobley presented the report

 

  1. Forty years of Spitalfields City Farm: Knowing our past and imagining our future; OM-18-07034

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Applicant: Spitalfields City Farm

Request: £145,200 (94%)                     

Project: Project to uncover and share the history of Spitalfields City Farm and help secure the farm's future.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision (£250K-£5M)

 

  1.  ‘Our Tower’ - Reconnecting Beckford’s Tower and Landscape for all; OL-18-06241

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Grantee: Beckford Tower Trust

Request: Development Grant of £390,900 (90%) and potential Delivery Grant of £2,197,000

Project: The project would reconnect Beckford's Tower to the remains of its lost landscape, address the building’s conservation needs, improve the existing museum and interpretation and open up the surrounding landscape to a wider public with improved access.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

  1. The Brunel Museum Reinvented; OL-18-06267

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Grantee: Brunel Museum

Request: Development Grant of £200,000 (67%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,400,000

Project: This six-year project, based in LB Southwark, would revitalise the Brunel Museum, repairing and improving access, updating displays and introducing a suite of activities to engage new and existing audiences, with a particular emphasis on the local community.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £200,000 (67%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,400,000.

 

  1. Salisbury Museum for Future Generations; OL-18-06287

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Grantee: Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Trust

Request: Development Grant of £429,400 (90%) and potential Delivery Grant of £3,220,500

Project: to restore and develop the Grade I listed Salisbury Museum through conservation of the building, creation of new gallery space, redisplay of collections, improvements to access and developing new audiences and volunteer skills.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £429,400 (90%) and potential Delivery Grant of £3,220,500.

 

  1. Diving Deeper: redevelopment of the Diving Museum OL-18-06305

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Grantee: The Historical Diving Society

Request: Development Grant of £86,800 (53%) and potential Delivery Grant of £856,700

Project: This project would enable the Historical Diving Society  to transform their current Gosport-based Arts Council England  accredited museum of commercial, military and leisure diving heritage into a national Museum of Diving. To achieve this, they would restore their Grade II* listed 19th Century Gun (No.2) Battery into an accessible and better functioning space to display the museum’s full collections and increase its current footprint from 35% to 100%.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

  1. Ragged School, Ragged Children: the struggle for free universal education; OL-18-06720

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Grantee: Ragged School Museum Trust

Request: Development Grant of £72,700 (90%) and potential Delivery Grant of £4,281,100

Project: To repair and refurbish under-developed areas bringing over 618sqm into public use. The proposals would expand exhibition space, improve interpretation and learning, and create both a café and more hireable-spaces to improve long-term sustainability. The museum sought to attract a new diverse adult audience and improve public facilities for a wide range of cultural and community activities.

  • The applicant had a strong and able team but should look at the different skill sets needed to deliver this level of project to a high standard.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £72,700 (90%) and potential Delivery Grant of £4,281,100.

 

  1. Light and Inspiration: Transforming the RWA (Royal West of England Academy); OL-18-06873

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Grantee: Royal West of England Academy

Request: Development Grant of £178,600 (89%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,373,600

Project: This project would reinvigorate the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Bristol, a regionally significant institution, through essential repairs and improvements to the Grade II* listed building, and a community engagement and wellbeing programme which would aim to increase visitor numbers and engage under-represented audiences.

The Committee for England, London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £178,600 (89%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,373,600

 

  1.  Prioritisation of Development round applications

Oral

The Committee were satisfied with prioritisation in the case by case discussions.

The Committee agreed to award Development Grants to the four high priority projects;

  • The Brunel Museum Reinvented - OL-18-06267
  • Salisbury Museum for Future Generations - OL-18-06287
  • Ragged School, Ragged Children - OL-18-06720
  • Light and Inspiration - OL-18-06873

The Committee gave feedback for the projects voted as low priority and were not awarded grants.

 

For Information

  1. Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

 

Any other business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 4 September 2019.