World Heritage UK wins National Lottery support

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World Heritage UK has received a National Lottery grant of £100,000 for its ‘Unlocking the Potential’ project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the funding provides essential support to achieve World Heritage UK’s Vision, where ‘the UK will have a coherent approach to World Heritage Sites, which will be better known, understood, and supported through sustainable funding so they can provide inspiration, learning and enjoyment for society’.

The UK has 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which collectively tell our island story. They include Neolithic monuments, palaces, cathedrals, castles, entire cities, stunning natural coastline and pioneering industrial heritage. Individually they can be a challenge to manage, but as an outstanding collection World Heritage UK works to raise their profile, advocate for support and resource, promote their values and facilitate networking, training and sharing of good practice. Grant funding allows World Heritage UK to become more sustainable, strengthening the organisation with costs of new staff, professional guidance for improved governance, strategy and business development, fundraising, marketing, communication and training.

Tony Crouch giving talkWorld Heritage UK Chairman Tony Crouch said, “The UK is a world leader in terms of heritage management and our UNESCO World Heritage Sites need and deserve a strong body to help protect, promote and interpret our outstanding collection. World Heritage UK, with the valuable assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, can step up and fully fulfil that role.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of National Lottery Heritage Fund West Midlands, said “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this project will help strengthen World Heritage UK and ensure that the county’s rich and fascinating heritage is better managed, protected and shared with local people and visitors.”

About World Heritage UK

cropped-newlogobeatnick-test.png     World Heritage UK (www.worldheritageuk.org) is a charitable organisation set up in 2015 to undertake networking, advocacy and promotion for the UK’s 31 outstanding World Heritage Sites, and the Tentative List Sites progressing towards UNESCO World Heritage Site status.  World Heritage UK evolved out of the Local Authority World Heritage Forum , which was established as a Local Government Association special interest group in 1995, and which did a great deal of positive action to support the UK’s sites.

World Heritage UK is the only organisation exclusively focused on World Heritage in the UK, and the only one led by the World Heritage Sites themselves, reflecting a community-driven approach that has proven effective at many sites and which is favoured by UNESCO.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund logoUsing money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund  

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Tony Crouch, World Heritage UK Chair, at  tony.crouch@worldheritageuk.org or call 07875 488803 or  Chris Mahon, World Heritage UK Development Director at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

World Heritage UK Fundraising Masterclass 29th November Central London – reminder and final call for bookings

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Dear friends of World Heritage UK,                                                                                                                         

This is by way of a reminder for the Fundraising Masterclass on the 29th November in central London. ‘An Introduction to Fundraising Targets and Techniques’ will be delivered by Valentine Morby on behalf of the Institute of Fundraising (see: www.valentinemorby.org and www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk). This is a must for all World Heritage Sites and World Heritage UK Members who wish to improve or update their fundraising skills with guidance from an expert.

There are still just a few places available, with the excellent discount for World Heritage UK members – book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-fundraising-masterclass-tickets-27820249114?aff=erelexpmlt 

The half-day’s training is delivered two fast-paced sessions – see Course Description. First we will look at what your World Heritage organization needs in place before it seeks funding from the private sector and how it can develops its strongest key messages and ‘asks’. In the second session we will take a tour of a range of income streams and offer tips and techniques to help put you ahead of your competitors.

Your Trainer: Valentine Morby BA MInstF has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector supported by 10 years commercial business experience. Valentine has worked as an independent fundraising consultant since 2008, including running a number of capital appeals and working with a number of heritage organisations, including Bath Abbey, No.1 Royal Crescent Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Cleveland Pools, Roman Baths Foundation and the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Please be advised that there are a only a limited number of tickets left for this masterclass so you are encouraged to book soon. This is a potentially great investment and a discount benefit from your membership fee if you have joined World Heritage UK (but non-member tickets available too!)

More details are on the Eventbrite page, in the attached file, or just by contacting me at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

Best wishes,

Chris

Chris Mahon

Development Director, World Heritage UK

 

World Heritage UK Fundraising Masterclass 29th November Central London- open now for booking

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Dear friends of World Heritage UK,                                                                                                                         

We are delighted to invite you to a Fundraising Masterclass on the 29th November in central London. ‘An Introduction to Fundraising Targets and Techniques’ will be delivered by Valentine Morby on behalf of the Institute of Fundraising (see: www.valentinemorby.org and www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk). This is a must for all World Heritage Sites and World Heritage UK Members who wish to improve or update their fundraising skills with guidance from the experts!

I am pleased to advise that tickets – including an excellent discount for World Heritage UK members – are now available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-heritage-uk-fundraising-masterclass-tickets-27820249114?aff=erelexpmlt 

The half-day’s training is delivered two fast-paced sessions. First we will look at what your World Heritage organization needs in place before it seeks funding from the private sector and how it can develops its strongest key messages and ‘asks’. In the second session we will take a tour of a range of income streams and offer tips and techniques to help put you ahead of your competitors.

Your Trainer: Valentine Morby BA MInstF has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector supported by 10 years commercial business experience. Valentine has worked as an independent fundraising consultant since 2008, including running a number of capital appeals and working with a number of heritage organisations, including Bath Abbey, No.1 Royal Crescent Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Cleveland Pools, Roman Baths Foundation and the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Please be advised that there are a limited number of tickets available for this masterclass so you are encouraged to book early to ensure your place. This is a potentially great investment and a discount benefit from your membership fee if you have joined World Heritage UK (but non-member tickets available too!)

More details are on the Eventbrite page, or just contact me at chris.mahon@worldheritageuk.org

Best wishes,

Chris

Chris Mahon

Development Director, World Heritage UK

Last lego

The Last Leg(o)! Durham Cathedral’s genius fundraising approach for their Open Treasure exhibition

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Last week saw the final brick added to Durham Cathedral in LEGO, marking the end of a successful three-year fundraising campaign.

Pearl Richardson (7) from Newcastle-upon-Tyne was the lucky brick-layer, having won a competition organised by the Cathedral which gave people the opportunity to  be in with a chance of laying the final brick.

Pearl has been a frequent visitor to the Cathedral over the last few years, with her twin brother Murray, because their dad Scott is a stonemason with the Cathedral’s Works Yard Team.

Mum Anne said: “Both children have placed several bricks on the model before and wanted to enter the prize draw to be in with the chance of winning the luck last brick placer’s role.  We were delighted when we heard that Pearl’s name had been drawn out and it is particularly lovely because her daddy has put his mark in history in stone on the Cathedral tower works and now Pearl has placed her own mark in history on the LEGO model.”

Durham Cathedral in LEGO began on 11 July 2013 to raise funds for Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new state-of-the-art exhibition experience which opened  in July, and was mentioned in our previous blog.

For the last three years, visitors to Durham Cathedral have been adding bricks at a cost of £1 each to Durham Cathedral in LEGO, generating an incredible £300,000 towards the £10.9 million Open Treasure project.

With 300,000 bricks and 1,450 individual modules, Durham Cathedral in LEGO is the largest LEGO model ever built by the general public measuring 3.84 metres long, 1.53 metres wide and 1.7 metres high.

The model has been designed by Bright Bricks, a UK-based company licensed by LEGO to design large-scale LEGO models, who have also worked with museums on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Durham Cathedral’s Head of Development, Gaye Kirby, said: “Durham Cathedral in LEGO has been a brilliant fundraising project, which has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Cathedral over the last three years. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our visitors and it has been wonderful to watch the model taking shape.

Durham Cathedral in LEGO has been such an important part of Cathedral life for the last three years, and we hope people continue to visit the model, which will remain on public display now it is finished.

For more information about Open Treasure, or to book tickets, please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure

MAJOR DONOR FUNDRAISING FOR HERITAGE ORGANISATIONS – MANCHESTER

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The Institute of Fundraising has a programme called Giving to Heritage.  There is a course being run by them on Tuesday 21st Jun 2016 in Manchester that could interest many World Heritage related organisations.

They say:”Having even a few committed major donors onside can make a significant impact on your heritage organisation’s income, but finding the right ones, and bringing them on board, can be a daunting and nerve-wracking task. The workshop is intended to provide an overview of major donor fundraising and provide participants with the tools to start a major donor programme in their heritage organisation.”

The course is only £20 and full details are available here.  We have not checked with them about eligibility, but because it is part of the Giving to Heritage  programme and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Catalyst initiative, all not-for-profit heritage organisations should be eligible.  Please do check with them if you are unsure, and let us know how it goes.