Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Midlands & East on 11 June 2019 at 11am in Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire.
Sue Beardsmore (Chair)
Welcome and Introductions
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The Chair welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the Committee for the Midlands & East. Introductions took place around the table.
Minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2019 (WM), 15 March 2019 (EM) and 21 March (EE) and matters arising
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The Committee agreed the minutes represented a true record of the meetings.
Declarations of Interest
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Steve Miller and Helen Wilson declared conflicts of interest with A Turner for East Anglia (item 15). Steve was Head of Norfolk Museums Service (Norfolk County Council), the applicant. Helen was a Trustee of Norfolk Museums Service.
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The Chair did not provide a report as it was the first meeting of the Committee.
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Eilish McGuinness provided an overview of corporate activity including open data, new procedures for bribery and corruption and business transformation.
Activities would take place around the upcoming 25th anniversary of the National Lottery. An associated small grant programme had originally been planned but would need to be considered further. Members were pleased to note that four out of the five shortlisted projects for the Art Fund prize had received National Lottery Heritage Fund funding.
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A consultation session on governance was led by Radojka Milijevic from Campbell Tickell.
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Anne Jenkins, Area Director, highlighted that recruitment had been underway within the team. She thanked the team for their hard work and professionalism during a time of organisational change.
She provided an update on some key issues and projects in the Midlands & East area.
Robyn Llewellyn provided a brief update on engagement work, including Expressions of Interest.
Grants Budget Paper
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The Committee noted that the Midlands & East budget for the year was 48.1m split between Committee level and delegated grants.
Four second round applications had been received for the meeting along with a fast track request for the acquisition of a painting. Members noted the requirement to save around 20% of the value of second round applications over a two year period.
Four development round applications had been received totalling just over £6m. The Committee had sufficient budget to support all applications but were reminded of the need to focus on supporting projects of good quality.
SF4 Round 2 and SFF applications Overview
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The Committee noted the paper and thanked the team for this useful new report.
SF4 Second round applications for discussion: Heritage Grants
The Leaves of Southwell: Where Medieval stone meets living nature; HG-16-02830
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Applicant: Southwell Minster
Request: £1,909,600 (69%)
Project: To repair and conserve the high Quire roof of the Grade I Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, to address damage in the Chapter House and conserve important 13th Century stone carvings. A programme of activities and interpretation focusing on heritage learning was also planned.
The project would rescue the internationally significant Leaves and make them fully accessible for the first time.
The Committee for the Midlands & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,909,600 (69% of eligible costs).
@Play – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; HG-16-05022
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Applicant: Wicksteed Charitable Trust
Request: £1,787,100 (65%)
Project: To complete the vision to restore the historic heart of Wicksteed Park, a 12 hectare Grade II Registered Park founded in 1916 by the pioneering industrialist and philanthropist Charles Wicksteed, to showcase its heritage features supported by an extensive programme of heritage, learning, community and environmental activities.
The Committee for the Midlands & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,787,100 (65% of eligible costs).
The Transformation of St Wilfrid’s; HG-17-00633
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Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of St Wilfrid’s Church, Barrow upon Trent
Request: £562,700 (61%)
Project: To create a comfortable and high quality space to support sustainability, serve the needs of the community and prevent the decline of St Wilfrid’s Church and its heritage. Proposals would create a large and open space that would transform St Wilfrid's back to its original medieval purpose of being central to all aspects of community life. The scheme would raise the profile of the Church as a heritage site for the study of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller.
The Committee for the Midlands & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £562,700 (61% of eligible costs).
Spencer’s Mill- using a rare heritage survivor to stimulate sustainable economic development; HE-17-07266
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Applicant: Viva Arts and Community Group
Request: £608,200 (33%)
Project: The project would convert and extend an early 20th century derelict mill to create a cultural heritage venue, operating as a local community social enterprise. The building's commercial use was based on the successful arts and theatre business run by Viva since 1997.
The Committee for Midlands & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £608,200 (33% of eligible costs).
Prioritisation and feedback for second round items
All projects were considered a High priority and were supported.
SFF Delivery round applications for discussion and decision
A Turner for East Anglia; HG-16-02830
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Applicant: Norfolk Museums Service
Request: £2,107,000 (88%)
Project: To acquire JMW Turner's oil painting "Walton Bridges" for display at Norwich Castle Museum and partner venues. The five year proposal included a programme of activities to follow the initial purchase. The painting was currently on export stop until the end of June 2019.
The work would fill a gap in Norfolk Museums Service’s (NMS) collections and the stories able to be told in Norwich and the wider area including Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich and Colchester. The proposal would be subject to an Art Fund bid for the remaining partnership funds. The timetable for a decision was not yet known: there were indications that the export stop could be extended slightly to accommodate Art Fund processes.
The Committee for the Midlands & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £2,107,000 (88% of eligible costs).
Decisions and feedback for this item
The project was awarded a grant.
17. Single Stage £100,000 to £250,000 Overview
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Four applications had been received. Two were rejected prior to the meeting. Two awards were made by the Committee (as below).
Reviving Tong’s Golden Age: Fulfilling the Tong 2020 Vision Project; OM-18-06928
Applicant: St Bartholomew’s PCC, Tong
Award: £120,800 (73%)
Oxburgh Hall Endurance; OM-18-06600
Applicant: The National Trust, East of England
Request: £132,900 (57%)
SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision
Seven Centuries of Midlands Civic Heritage; OL-18-07025
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Applicant: Lord Leycester’s Hospital
Request: Development grant of £206,800 (71%) and potential Delivery grant of £1,305,000 (37%)
Project: The project proposals would allow the applicant to carry out comprehensive restoration and conservation works across a suite of half-timber framed Grade I and II* buildings which form the Lord Leycester’s Hospital complex in the centre of Warwick. Works would reconfigure internal spaces to create modern facilities, better accessibility, improved interpretation with artefacts and an events programme revealing 700 years of history, making the buildings more appealing and attractive to visit as well as increasing income for longer term sustainability.
The Committee for the Midland & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a Development grant of £206,800 (71%) and potential Delivery grant of £1,305,000 (37%).
Rescuing and Restoring Sudbury Gasworks; OL-18-06374
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Applicant: Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust Ltd
Request: Development grant of £22,000 (71%) and potential Delivery grant of £1,378,000 (70%)
Project: To restore Sudbury Gasworks and ensure a sustainable future. There would be a programme of events and activities to bring heritage alive for locals and visitors, alongside the development of essential income generating facilities to ensure long-term financial sustainability.
The Committee for the Midland & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a Development grant of £22,000 (71%) and potential Delivery grant of £1,378,000 (70%)
Nene Park: Peterborough’s Community Greenspace; OL-18-06363
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Applicant: Nene Park Trust
Request: Development grant of £185,000 (74%) and potential Delivery grant of £1,965,000 (70%)
Project: Nene Park Trust (NPT) would work with the multi-cultural communities of Peterborough to make Ferry Meadows an inclusive community hub, conserving nature and improving physical and mental health and wellbeing though connections with nature. The proposals would address issues of capacity and community cohesion by making Ferry Meadows a more inclusive green space. The capital works would revitalise the site and spread visitor load away from the most congested parts. Activities would be aimed towards improving well-being, combating social exclusion and loneliness for all engaged with the site.
The Committee for the Midland & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a Development grant of £185,000 (74%) and potential Delivery grant of £1,965,000 (70%).
Hatworks – a new space for creative pioneers; HE-18-06850
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Applicant: Luton Cultural Services Trust (Luton Culture)
Request: Development grant of £100,000 (32%) and potential Delivery grant of £885,000 (69%)
Project: This 18-month project would transform 47 Guildford Street, to be renamed Hatworks, into a cultural industries 'incubator' allowing individuals to develop ideas and build sustainable businesses. The building would offer 3,000 square feet of shared workspace in central Luton, aiming to provide a sustainable income for the building. It would support growth of the creative and digital communities and develop the skills and knowledge of those entering such industries. There was a large conservation deficit in order to address the repair needs and bring it back into use.
The Committee for the Midland & East agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a development grant of £100,000 (32%) and potential Delivery grant of £885,000 (69%).
Prioritisation of Development round applications
All projects were considered High priority and were supported within the available budget.
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The Committee noted the report.
Any other business
The next meeting would be held on Tuesday 3 September 2019.