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07.03.2018

Icon Welcomes the Heritage Statement

Late last year, the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) launched a new strategy for the heritage sector called the Heritage Statement.

The document sets out the government’s priorities and direction for England’s heritage. Placemaking, inclusivity, international reach, and sustainability are outlined as four thematic areas in which the government can support the sector and its organisations.

Icon Chief Executive Alison Richmond welcomed the statement and its commitment to creating a stronger sector. “It is excellent to see the conservation of our cultural heritage being identified as a priority in the Heritage Statement. Icon warmly welcomes the strategy and its many proposals, which resonate with our work,” Alison outlined.

The Heritage Statement details the establishment of a new Heritage Council to “ensure greater co-ordination and a strong voice for heritage within government.” The Council will include both representatives from the heritage sector and senior figures from those government departments whose policies impact heritage.  “This is an important recognition of how policies from across government create opportunities and challenges for our sector,” Alison praised.

The report also makes commendable commitments to consider the sector’s interests in Brexit negotiations and to address skills gaps.

Icon eagerly awaits the DCMS’s action plan to address the statement’s important issues. “We look forward to collaborating with government and sector partners in taking forward its measures,” Alison concluded.

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