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1 Dr Linda Monckton Historic Environment Intelligence Analyst  To predict and respond to the impacts of cultural change and their impact on the historic.

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1 1 Dr Linda Monckton Historic Environment Intelligence Analyst  To predict and respond to the impacts of cultural change and their impact on the historic environment  Identifying & Assessing threats and opportunities arising from major social drivers  The team covers the impacts of the following topics:  Environmental  Climatic change  Development  Local Government  Resources  Social  Marine  Professional Skills

2 NHPP in outline  8 Measures Foresight Assessing Threat Identifying HE Assessing Significance Delivering Protection Managing Change Protecting our Properties Advice and Grants

3 NHPP in outline  62 Activities across the 8 Measures  Each Activity summarises a key issue Structure and terminology

4 4 NHPP Measure 2 Threat assessment Measure 2 comprises 14 strategic Activities:  2A Development Impacts  2A1 Development pressure  2A2 Impact of carbon challenge  2B Social Impacts  2B1 Neglect  2B2 Heritage crime  2B3 Recreational activities  2C Environmental Impacts  2C1 Major environmental threats  2C2 Attritional environmental threats

5 5 NHPP 2B2 Heritage Crime –Some 70,000 listed buildings % of the entire stock of listed buildings in England - were last year physically harmed by crime. For some 30,000 listed buildings - or 8% of the entire stock - the damage was substantial. –Our most precious buildings are the worst affected. 22.7% of grade I or II* buildings were subject to heritage crime last year, compared with 18.3% of grade II buildings. 15.3% of scheduled monuments were affected. –Churches and other religious buildings face the greatest threat with 37.5% (three in eight) damaged by crime last year. –Metal theft is the biggest single threat. Around 5.3% of listed buildings were affected by it, but this nearly trebles for churches, with 14.3% affected last year. –Anti-social behaviour around heritage assets are commonplace with 12.3% of heritage assets affected last year. Anti-social behaviour is the single most common heritage crime facing scheduled monuments

6 6 Foundational sites Denominational focus Geographical focus Faith group evolution and development Re-use and adaptation Values

7 Past projects Religion and Place Liverpool’s historic places of worship Religion and Place in Leeds Religion and Place on Tower Hamlets

8 NHPP Measure 4: Significance 17 activities in this Measure covering a range of topics ranging from –Historic towns and suburbs –Traditional industry, modern industry, mining and associated housing –Field systems –Pleistocene and early Holocene archaeology 2 of them relate to places of worship and cemeteries and burial grounds

9 NHPP Places of Worship 1. Assessment of significance of C20th faith buildings establishing nature of resource, types of assets and criteria 2. Developing the evidence base for non- Christian places of worship through (a) completion of a national survey of Islamic faith buildings (b) scoping and assessing current knowledge of buildings and relevant practices of minority non-Christian faith groups

10 Showcase history of Islamic faith buildings and their part in our national story Enhance understanding of the significant contribution of mosque buildings to the architectural and social identity of Britain Enable discussions about potentially nationally significant buildings Enhance the English Heritage photographic archive Update the develop our standard data terms and thesauri used to index national and local historic environment records

11 NHPP Places of Worship 3. Protection of Christian Places of Worship through informed management of change -rapid thematic assessments of Roman Catholic parish and mass centres (by Diocese) - rapid assessments of places of worship with a strong focus on Nonconformist chapels

12 12 TAKING STOCK There are 3,254 Roman Catholic churches in England, of which 625 (18% are listed). This represents 3.96% of listed Places of Worship Since 2005 the RC Dioceses in England have taken forward ‘Taking Stock’ with grant aid totally £300,000 from EH 15 out of 19 of all RC dioceses in England have either completed or are committed to Taking Stock.

13 NHPP Places of Worship 4. Assessing significance of the historic interiors of places of worship to reduce substantial and accretive loss -Church seating -Historic chapel and church interiors significance -Guidance for assessing significance - Aims to address the most threatened or least well understood areas, with a focus on understanding the holistic character of historic interiors

14 NHPP Burial Grounds 1. Significance assessments and enhanced HER records leading to publication and significance guidance 2. Toolkits for recording 3. Enhanced protection of historic non Christian (especially) Jewish cemeteries with specific aim of incorporating elements of self assessment and capture of communal values

15 NHPP Burial Grounds 4. Enhancing a specific protection of nationally significant monuments within registered cemeteries 5.Create confidence and optimism in designing re-use solutions for neglected historic cemeteries


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