England, London & South: Committee decisions September 2019

Summary minutes of the meeting of the Committee for England, London & South on 4 September 2019 at Kresen Kernow Little Vauxhall, Redruth TR15 1AS

Members:            

  • Blondel Cluff (Chair)
  • Stephen Boyce (Deputy Chair)
  • Bill Ferris
  • Lydia Lee
  • Peter Neal
  • Claire Madge
  • Neena Sohal
  • Tamsin Daniel

Apologies:

  • Perdita Hunt (Trustee)
  • Evelyn Stacey

Committee Business

1. Welcome

Oral

The Chair welcomed the Committee to the second meeting of the Committee for England, London & South, including Neena Sohal who joined the meeting from London via telephone. The Chair also welcomed Sir Peter Luff and Sue Bowers to the meeting who were observing and noted apologies from Perdita Hunt and Evelyn Stacey.

2. Minutes of the meetings held in March 2019

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The minutes were agreed and signed as a true record of the meeting.

3. Declarations of interest

Oral

Several committee members raised some connections to note:

  • Tamsin Daniel reported a connection regarding Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (item 13) as IWM had received past funding from Cornwall Council.
  • Bill Ferris reported a connection with Command of the Heights (item 18) as the council is working with key sites in the area, including Chatham Historic Dockyard.
  • Blondel Cluff reported a connection with The Urban Nature Project (item 26) as she was formerly a Trustee of one of the project partners, the Prince’s Trust.
  • Stephen Boyce declared his recent appointment as chair of advisory board for the South West Museum Development programme.

4. Chairs report

Oral

The Chair reported on the successful event at Kresen Kernow on the previous evening which was attended by the Committee. She also shared some highlights from the previous quarter including a visit to Brownsea Island and the opening event for Beckenham Place Park where she spoke alongside the Mayor of London.  She finished by acknowledging the hard work and commitment of staff at this time of transition and great change.

5. Corporate update

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Sue Bowers presented the corporate update and reported on the feedback from the governance review.

Some of the key points were:

  • The Chief Executive wrote to all Committee members and shared the full report from Campbell Tickell. The Legal and Governance Team were currently working on a detailed implementation plan for the priority recommendations
  • The committee meeting dates had been set for 2010/2021
  • A summary of upcoming campaigns including digital, resilience, Heritage Horizon Awards and ‘Thanks to You’
  • An update on the office moves and the investment management process and system

Members asked about marking the 25th anniversary and how they could help. They enquired about the messaging they should be using while attending events in the region. Members were encouraged to highlight the 25th anniversary in speeches, event openings etc. and that further work, led by colleagues in BII, would be forthcoming.

6. Area Director’s Report

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Stuart Hobley presented the report and commented on the excellent venue and quality of the Kresen Kernow project, thanking Julie Cooper in particular as the monitoring officer.

The Committee noted the contents of the report and key updates as follows:

  • Key events and openings this year;
  • Waltham Forest was halfway through their programme as London Borough of Culture and GLA had announced a second LBOC competition for 2021 and 2023;
  • The fund had allocated £3m in support of the Heritage Actions Zones initiative;
  • Heritage Horizon Awards were launched in June and we are currently in discussions with potential applicants;
  • Update on topical cases;
  • The Engagement Team attended an away-day to set up priorities and streamline approaches across the region;
  • Stuart Hobley and Nerys Watts would be leaving The Fund later this year.

Lydia Lee commented that RIBA published a best practice guide and there were several National Lottery funded projects such as Chatham Historic Dockyard and Biggin Hill featured. This was seen as very encouraging and evidenced the quality of many Lottery-supported projects.

7. Area budget overview

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Michelle Roffe presented the budget paper and provided Committee with an overview of key details. 

Six second round applications were on the agenda, none of whom requested uplifts, with a total request of £6,198,500. The Committee noted the continuing need to find savings of around 20% by value on the second round projects.

The London & South Area had a budget of £66.5m for 2019-20, comprising £50.8m for Committee and £15.7m for Delegated (£3-10k and £10-£100k). Total awards to date for Delegated applications is £2.3m.

The Committee were reminded of the potential flexibility between the Committee and Delegated budgets. The budget position would be reassessed prior to the November committee meeting and the possible transfer of unused delegated funds would be considered.

This budget for the September meeting is £13,213,033. There were also two grant increase requests for a total of £335,000 and 5 single stage projects that were recommended for award, totalling £1,000,400.

There was a £20m request currently in for November but there was no view on quality at this time.

8. SF4 Delivery Round and SFF application Overview Paper

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Stuart Hobley presented the paper and explained the purpose which was to provide context for SF4 round two projects and SFF single stage and development phase applications to aid discussion and prioritisation. Committee’s previous comments about the usefulness of this paper had been fed back and staff still felt there was more work to be done to make this paper more informative.

It was noted that as a corporate priority, environmental sustainability should be taken into consideration, particularly when competition for funding was high.

SF4 Delivery round applications for discussion and decision

1. A Creative Church for a Creative Community

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Applicant: Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Walthamstow

Request: £1,456,400 (43%)                  

Project: This 3-year project which would repair, reorder and extend Grade II*-listed St

Mary’s, and implement extensive engagement activities, cementing the Church as a creative community hub.

The Committee for London awarded a first round pass of £1,674,400 including a development grant of £218,000 (86% of total eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £1,456,400 (43%).

2. Voices Through Time: The Story of Care

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Applicant: Coram

Request: £1,262,400 (74%)             

Project: This 4-year project would primarily be based in the London Borough of Camden and work in partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). Coram would use their new on-site Story Centre to provide in-depth engagement and skills development opportunities for care-experienced young people. The project would digitise, transcribe and index 25% of the archive to create a new online, fully searchable database. Volunteers would be recruited to carry out research and remote transcription and three six-month paid internship roles would be created.

The Committee for London awarded a first round pass of £1,325,700 including development grant of £49,400 (78% of total eligible development costs) in 2018.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £1,262,400 (74%).

3. Wild Brownsea - Exploring Britain's favourite nature reserve

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Applicant: Dorset Wildlife Trust

Request: £562,400 (42%)        

Project: The project would address the conservation, accessibility and sustainability needs of the Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, enhancing the visitor experience, creating new welcome and

learning facilities, making the island accessible for disabled people for the first time and developing a wide range of volunteer support systems, engaging people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Committee for South West awarded a first round pass of first round pass of £656,100, including a Development Grant of £93,700 (77% of eligible development costs) in 2018.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £562,400 (42%)

4. Discover Rye Harbour

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Applicant: Sussex Wildlife Trust

Request: £588,100 (47%)               

Project: This 3-year project aims to engage people with the natural and cultural heritage of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in East Sussex. The project, based at a new Discovery Centre (separately funded), would provide a year-round programme of capital work, interpretation, activities, education, training, and conservation, engaging the local community and regional visitors.

The Committee for South East awarded a first round pass of round pass of £635,300, including development grant of £47,200 (71% of total eligible development costs) in 2018.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £588,100 (47%)

5. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The Story of the Second World War

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Applicant: Imperial War Museum

Request: £2,079,200 (12%)                   

Project: This 3.5year project, based in the LB Southwark, would transform the Second World War and Holocaust Galleries within the museum, provide new learning spaces, and create a Second World War Partnership working with eight regional/country hubs to explore the WW2 heritage across the UK.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £2,099,900 including development grant of £20,700 (10% of total eligible development costs) in 2018.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £2,079,200 (12%)

6. Brent Borough of Culture 2020

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Applicant: Brent Council

Request: £250,000 (6%)         

Project: As London Borough of Culture for 2020, Brent would deliver a programme of events between January and December to celebrate its diverse music, cultural and social heritage.

The Committee for London awarded a first round pass of £250,000 without development grant in 2018.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £250,000 (6%)

7. Prioritisation and feedback for Delivery round items

Oral

All delivery round projects were seen to represent a high priority for funding and were given awards.

SF4 Delivery round Board applications for discussion and recommendation

1. Inspiring People: Transforming Our National Portrait Gallery

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Applicant: National Portrait Gallery

Request: £8,500,000 (25%)         

Project: This project would address the ageing and dated permanent Galleries through a complete redisplay never done before, and create a new, more prominent and welcoming main entrance relieving congestion, and a much-needed new Learning Centre.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £9,400,000, including a development grant of £900,000 (37% of total eligible development costs) in 2017.

The Committee for London and South recommended the project as a HIGH priority for the Board.

SF4 Grant increase for discussion and decision

2. Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH): Preserving and exhibiting steam locomotion for education and enhanced visitor experience

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Applicant: Bluebell Railway Plc

Request: Grant Increase of £120,000 to make a total grant of £1,220,000 (59%)

Project: To enable a move towards the completion of the final elements of the capital project and delivery of the supporting activities.

The Committee for South East awarded a grant of £1,100,000 (62%) in 2016.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant increase of £120,000.

3. Commands of Heights

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Applicant: Medway Council

Request: Grant Increase of £215,000 to make a total grant of £1,997,600

Project: The project creates a legible connection between the Chatham waterfront and the fort through a new public area and interpretation on the waterfront of the Great Barrier Ditch, indicating the southernmost boundary for the Chatham Lines. It also tackles the lack of visibility and understanding of the site through interpretation and signage that addresses arrival from the town centre, visitor welcome and wayfinding on-site, and connects with other keys sites including Great Lines Heritage Park (GLHP) and Chatham Historic Dockyard. The unexpected discovery of the three early 19th century casemates and their inclusion into the riverfront scheme would enhance the interpretation and visitor understanding of the Chatham Lines defences.

The Committee for South East awarded a grant of £1,782,600 (79%) in 2017.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant increase of £215,000.

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

1. Single Round Grants Overview

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Michelle Roffe presented the overview paper for single round grants and provided the budget implications and recommendation. 

The Committee for London and South considered the papers and agreed the applications represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED five grants for a total of £1,000,400

  • "Inspire" - transforming our church to become the heart of TQ1

£138,300

  • The Genius of the Place: Restoring Alexander Pope's Grotto at Twickenham

£247,200

  • Improving the physical and intellectual access to Dorchester Roman Town House to a wider audience

£248,900

  • The Curzon: Revealing the Past - Sustaining the Future Phase 1

£239,900

  • Commons for the Next Generation; Green Space for All

£126,100

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

1. A National Collections Centre for All

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Grantee: Science Museum

Request: Development Grant of £92,100 (34%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,029,400

Project: The project focusses on re-housing 20,000 of the large objects, currently stored on site

but in inappropriate conditions to Building ONE as a volunteer training project. It would also provide a new build visitor hub, site wide interpretation, and deliver a programme of activity to engage with visitors on/offline.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a medium priority for support and REJECTED the application.

2. The London Fire Brigade Museum Safely Home

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Grantee: London Fire Commissioner

Request: Development Grant of £200,000 (56%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,700,000

Project: To create a museum which provides a recognised historical and educational resource, inspiring pride in the city’s firefighting and rescue heritage, whilst promoting safety and wellbeing.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £200,000 (56%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,700,000

3. Our Museum Project: Rediscovering Poole's Maritime Heritage

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Grantee: Borough of Poole

Request: Development Grant of £352,300 (79%) and potential Delivery Grant of £2,240,200

Project: To repair, conserve and open up full access to the Town Cellars building (also known as Wool Hall) in Poole which is adjacent to Poole Museum. Poole History Centre would be integrated with the collections, staff and volunteers in the Museum and a new maritime display would be created. Improved facilities and lift access would be provided to meet demand from up to 200,000 visitors each year.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £352,300 (79%) and potential Delivery Grant of £2,240,200.

4. ReIgniting the Festival Church

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Grantee: St Johns Waterloo

Request: Development Grant of £98,700 (73%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,251,300.

Project: This four-year project would transform St John's at Waterloo, London (Grade II*), restoring its architectural integrity to create a fully functioning building with a financially sustainable centre for community focused activity (arts, heritage and training).                                                            

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a medium priority for support and REJECTED the application.

5. Roman Catholic Church of St. Bernadette, Bristol: Opening the Pilgrim Tent to All

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Grantee: Clifton Diocese

Request: Development Grant of £65,200 (51%) and potential Delivery Grant of £994,800

Project: This project would aim to preserve and explore the heritage of the Grade II listed Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette (located in Whitchurch, Bristol). The project would undertake capital works in order for the building to be opened up for the benefit of the wider community. Alongside the renovation works, an activities programme would be fulfilled in the delivery phase.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a medium priority for support and REJECTED the application.

6. Saving the heritage, Sustaining the community

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Grantee: St Peter and All Hallows Church West Huntspill Somerset

Request: Development Grant of £97,100 (72%) and potential Delivery Grant of £493,600

Project: A project to carry out urgent conservation repairs to this Grade I listed church and deliver a programme of community engagement.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £97,100 (72%) and potential Delivery Grant of £493,600

7. The Urban Nature Project: communities acting for local wildlife

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Grantee: Natural History Museum

Request: Development Grant of £210,900 (37%) and potential Delivery Grant of £3,231,900

Project: A project which would transform the gardens around the listed Waterhouse building, and deliver activities focused on urban nature in England, Scotland and Wales, in partnership with a number of organisations.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a medium priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £210,900 (37%) and potential Delivery Grant of £3,231,900.

8. The Changing Chalk

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Grantee: National Trust, London and South East

Request: Development Grant of £138,300 (41%) and potential Delivery Grant of £2,234,600

Project: This National Trust (NT) led partnership would help extremely rare heritage in the Sussex Downs to flourish, while measurably benefiting nearby urban wider audiences. Direct intervention to improve habitat would be delivered on partner-owned land, as well as strategic interventions across the Downs delivered with the support of local communities.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a medium priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £138,300 (41%) and potential Delivery Grant of £2,234,600

9. Prioritisation of Delivery round applications

Oral

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

  • Our Museum Project: Rediscovering Poole's Maritime Heritage (item 22), The London Fire Brigade Museum (item 21), Saving the heritage, Sustaining the Community (item 25), represented a high priority for support; and
  • The Urban Nature Project (item 26), The Changing Chalk (item 27) A National Collections Centre for All (item 20), Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette, Bristol (item 24), ReIgniting the Festival Church (item 23) represented a medium priority for support.

The Committee agreed to award Development Grants to the three high priority projects and the two highest scoring medium priority projects: The Urban Nature Project (item 26), The Changing Chalk (item 27). The remaining medium priority cases were rejected due to concerns raised and in light of the remaining budget left for the financial year.

The Committee gave feedback for the projects that were not awarded grants.

Items for Information

1. Team Operating Plan

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The Committee noted the report.

2. London and South Committee Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

3. Any other business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 27 November 2019