What we have been reading: February 2020

Some articles and news items we have been reading.


Historic England releases their latest research on how place based research can help decision makers care for local heritage.

Success for Historic England’s plans to restore historic barns.

Critical repairs complete for Edwardian grade ll listed Baths in Birmingham thanks to funding from Historic England.

Parks and country parks:

Environmental scheme extended for another year to protect the New Forest and allow important conservation projects to continue.

The South Downs National Park has released a new Character Appraisal and Management Plan for Highdown Conservation Area.

A scientific expedition has begun, investigating plastic pollution in all of the UK’s national parks.

Visitor attractions:

The DCMS released the provisional statistics on the number of visits to their sponsored museums and galleries for the latest quarter.

Boris Johnson launches UK Year of Climate Action at the Science Museum.

Visitor accommodation:

Premier Inn opens in Penzance, Cornwall and is predicted to bring in an extra £2 million to Penzance every year.

Heathrow Hotel closed to be used as quarantine area for Coronavirus infected.

Activity and adventure tourism:

According to ABTA more British families are seeking adventure within their travel.

Specialist organisation receives £250,000 funding to boost adventure tourism across the Highlands.

National Heritage Lottery Fund:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is inviting 12 projects to apply for the Heritage Horizon Awards for the chance for a share of £50 million funding.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England have launched the Digital Culture Compass, to help organisations get the most out of digital.

By the help of the National Heritage Lottery Fund, a painting of Malmesbury Abbey by J M W Turner has been obtained by Athelstan Museum in Malmesbury.


Visit Britain released newest advice for UK businesses affected by the Coronavirus.

ABTA report reveals skills and immigration challenges for the UK travel and tourism industry under new immigration policy.

Project news

Planning Solutions Consulting Limited has been commissioned by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to work closely with the Council to assess the potential opportunity to introduce overnight visitor accommodation within Gnoll Estate Country Park. A secondary element of the work is to advise on opportunities to enhance the visitor experience.   Image kindly provided by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.