BEFS Bulletin – The State of Heritage 2021-22

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2020 was a year unlike any other and as the financial year draws to a close, BEFS is hosting a webinar, The State of Heritage 2021-22, to hear about the current financial position from across the heritage sector and tentatively look at what the implications are for 2021. We will provide a brief overview of relevant details from the Scottish Government’s Budget, which will be announced later today. Organisational perspectives will be provided by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Houses Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and Napier University. Sign up here.

The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) has published its work programme for 2021. The NPC provides advice and guidance to Scottish Ministers on key strategic issues affecting culture in Scotland. The work programme for 2021 is based on initial priority areas of focus, cross-cutting principles and with the recovery and renewal of the culture sector in Scotland at its heart. BEFS has been invited to participate in the workshops and to share outputs with members to enable sector review of draft agreed priorities and proposed actions from each workshop session.

BEFS submitted a short response to the Scottish Government’s land use consultation. The submission suggests alignment between natural and heritage protections, making considerations for people and place, and considering the values of landscape scale decisions.

Recordings of Under One Roof’s Autumn and Winter 2020 Webinar Programme are now available online. Funded by the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, this series explored a range of tenement related topics from factors to debt recovery and how to have difficult conversations. The physical side of tenement repairs was also covered with webinars on how to inspect a property, how to look after the roof and structural issues. The recordings – and the associated CPD certificates – are completely free .

BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager, Ailsa Macfarlane, reflects on the potential damage of the common narrative in heritage protection, in our blog this week: Is the language of salvation helping heritage?


Inquiry – 21st century places: values and benefits
Closes 29 Jan 2021.

Strengthening Scottish Charity Law Survey
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

Draft Guidance on minimum standards for depositing archaeological assemblages in Scotland
Deadline for responses 8th Feb 2021. Consultation document.

National Planning Framework: Position Statement
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation
Closes 3 Mar 2021.

Mediation in Planning
Closes 12 Mar 2021.

Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change
Closes 17 Mar 2021.

Consultation Responses

Just Transition Commission call for evidence: analysis report (SG 18/01/21)


Plan the Scotland We Need – A Manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election (RTPI 26/01/21)

National Partnership for Culture: work programme – 2021 (SG 21/01/21)

Brexit Guidance & Useful Resources (RIAS 21/01/21)

Prospect – Updated guidance on safe working during COVID (CIfA 21/01/21)

Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011: Code of conduct for Property Factors (SG 18/01/21)

Health on the High Street (SMF 19/01/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Community projects get £25 million funding (SG 27/01/21)
More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects.

News Releases

Culture and Heritage Capital portal (DCMS 21/01/21)
This page brings together research, guidance and estimates to help government and private organisations consider the value of culture and heritage capital.

The effect of Brexit on UK construction (RICS 11/01/21)
The UK and EU’s announcement of a trade deal from 1st January 2021 imposes no direct charges on construction or construction products but there are administrative burdens that will add to cost and inhibit the functioning of the UK construction industry.

My Place Awards (SCT 01/21)
The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality.  The Awards honour projects that have excelled in terms of community involvement/impact and design. Winners of the My Place Awards benefit from the opportunity to develop a national profile and evidence impact to potential and existing funders, as well as be featured in a public exhibition. The My Place Awards 2021 are now open for entries. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm, 31st January 2021. Enter here!

Hidden meanings in Scotland’s historic places (HES 18/01/21)
Many of Scotland’s historic places contain features which may have hidden meanings. Join us as we take a look at some of our favourites.

Opinion & Comment

Thinking Local First Isn’t Just A Resolution – It’s a Lifeline (STP 21/01/21)


For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Artistry and Architecture – Sir Ninian Comper by Andrew Wright OBE
Date & time: Thu, 28 Jan 2021, 19:30.
As a leading exponent of Gothic Revival in Britain in the twentieth century, Comper is one of Aberdeen’s most illustrious architectural sons. In this illustrated lecture, seminal works located in Northeast Scotland and undertaken at various stages of Comper’s career, will be examined, building upon the lecturer’s involvement with the care of one of Comper’s finest churches; St Margaret of Scotland at Braemar.

Campaign for a National Plan that Puts People and Planet First
Date & time: 28 January, 6-8pm.
Decisions on important developments (housing etc) are guided through the Scotland’s National Planning Framework (NPF). It will decide on national developments like Dundee Waterfront, Grangemouth Investment zone, flood protection areas and new national parks. It will contain important policies on housing, renewable energy and the environment. The latest NPF4 will last until 2050 and is being drawn up NOW. Developments included in NPF4 will be untouchable once it’s been signed off by Parliament in 2022. But there is lots we can do before then.

Collective Architecture
Date & time: Mon, 1 Feb 2021, 18:15.
Online: Zoom.
Chris Stewart is an Architect-Director of the award-winning, employee-owned practice Collective Architecture, as well as a director of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA). In this talk he will tell us about the practice’s projects and its approach to sustainable design and client and user involvement.

National Planning Framework 4 – Community Discussion Workshops 
Dates & times: Tue, 2 Feb 2021 11:00-12.30; Wed, 3 Feb 2021 11:00-12.30; Tue, 9 Feb 2021 16:00-17:30.
Online via Zoom
National Planning Framework 4 is being prepared by the Scottish Government as the new “national plan” for Scotland – it will be the key document setting Scottish planning policy direction until 2031. The Position Statement sets out Scottish Government thinking based on consultation undertaken so far. PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) has been asked to run three workshops to hear the views of community group representatives about the Position Statement. We will also cover how to respond effectively and next steps in the NPF4 process. Places are limited to 20 per event.

The Landscape of Outdoor Learning – Online Webinar:  A response to the 1140h EY Expansions
Date & time: Wed, 17 February 2021 12:00 – 13:30 GMT
This webinar explores and celebrates the benefits of well-designed, nature based playgrounds in Early Years outdoor learning & child development. This talk is aimed at educators, design professionals and organisations responsible for delivering successful Early Years outdoor learning. Our guest speakers discuss their work and experience of designing and implementing Early Years playscapes since the 1140h Expansion guidelines made way in Scotland: Felicity Steers : Director – erz; Natalie Murray: Technical Director – Wardell Armstrong; Education and Property Team : West Lothian Council. Followed by a Q&A session.

Planning Law for Heritage and the Arts – A Survival Guide
Date & time: 18 February 2021, 13:00 – 15:30
Online: via Zoom
Planning is also undergoing significant reform, with emergency Covid-19 measures in place while wider reform continues apace. This session aims to identify potential planning pitfalls and how to deal with them. It will give you an understanding of the key concepts underpinning the Scottish planning system and will illustrate how an Arts and Heritage development is regulated in practice and review the consequences of breaching planning controls. Topical issues and upcoming reforms will also be covered, alongside questions and comments from delegates throughout the session.

Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
Date & time: 23 February 2021, 10:00 – 12:30
Online: via Zoom
This training session is aimed at anyone looking to improve their copywriting skills to support their fund-raising activities. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques and critical theory, the session explores the five stages of the copywriting process. While the training provides a specific focus on writing a case for support, the resulting learning can be applied to all kinds of fundraising communications.

66 The House That Viewed the World
Date & time: Monday, 1st March; Lecture starts at 6.30pm prompt.
Online via Zoom.
Author John D.O. Fulton discusses his recent book about 66 Queen Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, which tells the story of the people and events associated with the house over the course of 210 years. The diverse characters, whose lives were empowered by the Scottish Enlightenment, range from heroes to villains and from people of conscience to subjects of tabloid scandal and moral prurience.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery & renewal
Date & time: Tuesday 9 March 11:00am — 13:00pm & Tuesday 30 March 11:00am — 13:00pm
Online: via Zoom
Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, we are taking our Culture & Business Scotland (CBFS) Roadshows online. These free webinars will give attendees from across the arts, heritage, third, public and business sectors the opportunity to learn about the fund, and how we have adapted the criteria to provide more flexible support for the sectors through a period of recovery and renewal throughout 2021 and beyond.

Keeping in touch with your supporters: keeping yourself right with data protection law (GDPR)
Date & time: 23 March 2021, 13:00 – 16:00
Online: via Zoom
During this difficult time when so many venues are closed, we are keeping in touch with our audiences, supporters and followers virtually. Of course some events can take place online and as a result you may obtain more information and personal data than you usually do, but what can you do with that lawfully? The proper use of personal data is important, not only to ensure compliance with the law but also to maintain the trust of supporters. This session will provide you with an understanding of the law, using practical examples from the sector to bring the topic to life.

Legacy giving. Now is the time – if you do it right. Learn how to!
Date & time: 25 March 2021, 11:00 – 15:00
Online: via Zoom
This course is focused on how to integrate legacies into your current fundraising at little or no cost at a time when more people are making Wills than we have witnessed in decades.


Icon seeks Trustee with financial expertise
Icon is currently recruiting for a Trustee, who will also be Chair Designate for the Finance Committee.
Closing date is Wednesday 10 February 2021.