HCA CHAIRS REPORT
Progress since meeting 18th September 2010
Recruiting administrator Recruiting subcommittee have advertised the post and a good number of applications received. Closing date 10th Nov shortlist 12th interviews 19th Nov.
Strategic Plan Completed by Patricia after much consultation, to be updated periodically and have financial forecasts developed in the future to turn it into a business plan.
Sir Patrick Cormack meeting of significant people from the heritage world 1st Feb Athenaeum progressing. Invite list agreed invitations sent.
HLF After much speculation HLF and EH not to be amalgamated so HLF remain with enlarged budget. Congratulatory message to Jo Reilly and received v friendly response.
English Heritage Agreement to meet with John Edwards who leads on Craft Skills 18th Nov
DCMS John Penrose Heritage and Tourism Minister. Patricia and Robin to meet Nov 16th
BIS Skills Consultation document drafted, discussed and submitted.
John Hayes speech at RSA could have been reading from HCA manifesto. Clear evidence that our advocacy is working. Letter written to request meeting.
CCSkills Chris and Robin to meet Caroline Felton new CEO Nov 18th.
Harry Reeves UNESCO UK Continued efforts to book meeting without success.
Christopher Frayling Invited as speaker at spring conference had previous engagement but sent very nice reply.
Councils Survey Greta has started as an intern working on a survey of councils to find out what if anything they do for traditional crafts in their area.
Other news and events
V&A spring event Date set for spring event at V&A Sat 19th March 2011 and a great program of speakers booked. Tanya Harrod, Alex Langlands, Stewart Linford, Sopie Hussain, Gail McGarva. After some discussion decided to opt not for break out sessions but long breaks for informal chats. Also “instant gallery”.
NETS Confirmation from Hereford that funding has been secured for this years courses but at a reduced level and with employers/learners needing to make a contribution. Still a success for HCA advocacy.
Training for the traditional trades Robin attended a meeting called at short notice 22nd Oct in York to discuss this subject. Good presentation on French apprentice/journeyman system and good networking opportunity but not an initiative that looks like progressing.
And this was the previous meeting
HCA CHAIRS REPORT 18th September 2010
Progress since meeting 12th June 2010
New Committee memberFollowing his attendance at last meeting and group discussion it was decided to invite Steve Byrne to join the committee
Funding for administrator
Headley Trust agreed grant of £30,000 over 2 years to fund part time administrator. Recruiting subcommittee formed and most of relevant paperwork and policies produced.
Greta Bertram has agreed to undertake some intern work for us following her MA at UCL. starting Oct-Jan
Ltd Co Status
Discussion via google group concluded Ltd Company status a good idea particularly once we are an employer though not essential in short term. Concluded it could be something for new treasurer to help with when recruited.
Generous donation of £1000 agreed by vote at APTGW AGM. Also from the Fletchers Trust £250 Sussex and Surrey Coppice group £100
Sir Patrick Cormack
Patricia and Chris met Patrick Cormack (ex chair arts and heritage committee) he has booked Atheneum club for Feb 1st 10.30am to host meeting with about 12 influential invitees to discuss Heritage Crafts issues.
Radcliffe round table
Robin represented HCA at this meeting of various agencies involved in heritage and crafts notes circulated.
Also meeting with Jo Reilly HLF who is still keen to help us with a your heritage bid.
Potential link organisation. Offered exhibition space at Clerkenwell.
Robin keyynote speaker at t National Heritage Training Group AGM 14th July.
Chris attended launch of bursaries scheme at Hampton Court
Patricia represented HCA at the blueprint 1 year on meeting June 26th
Chris met with Caroline Felton new CEO
We continue in our efforts to encourage HRH POW to be our president. Good communication and we are hopeful.
Letter from Simon Thurley chief exec making clear their current remit.
Brian met and established they do not keep any record or register of traditional craftspeople
After establishing that there is no one within council responsible for traditional crafts and continuing negotiation council have set aside money and staff time to audit skills of metal trades.
Press and Publicity at Shows
Article in National Trust magazine on traditional crafts, apprenticeships etc brief mention HCA.
RW attended Glastonbury and Norfolk Shows and had volunteers helpers with HCA stand alongside. Generated some interest though no noticeable jump in sign ups. Probably not worth pursuing show presence in the short term.
Living Woods magazine and Craft and Design magazine continue to feature us in most issues.
City Council allocated funding and staff time to audit metal trade skills.
James presented us with a draft research brief based on our initial proposal. We have some misgivings and need to work on resolving and rewording before going back to James.
Lee Bryer and Seamus Hanna of Construction Skills happy to offer advice, also passed on brief that resulted in their successful 2008 building skills research.
Other news and events
HCA coordinated campaign to save NETS appears to have been successful. Ian Peak principal at Hereford tells us that funding has been agreed in principle for the courses to continue though some more detail needs to be worked out before there is an official announcement.
V&A spring event
Date set for spring event at V&A Sat 19th March 2011. Tanya Harrod and Alex Langlands booked to speak. Final arrangements on program still to be made.
New apprentices now working at both sievemakers and scissor factory.