Agenda and draft minutes

Heritage Cabinet Working Group - Thursday, 6th August, 2020 4.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

12.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from The Mayor, Councillor S White, and Councillor Walklate.

13.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

None

14.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 226 KB

To consider the minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th March 2020.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 12th March be agreed as a correct record. 

15.

MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

Minutes:

Delyth Copp, the Culture and Arts Manager, outlined that the Council had been successful in its application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and had been awarded £248,000. 

 

The Chair, Councillor J Waring, referred to item 6, bid to become a European Town of Sport.  This item would not be progressed at the moment but would be revisited in the future.

 

Councillor Moffatt referred to item 8 which listed a programme of events including at the New Vic Theatre; she had not been at the previous meeting but asked that it be noted that she undertook a role as a Director at the New Vic. 

16.

BRAMPTON MUSEUM

To consider a verbal update on:

 

(a)  The Heritage Lottery Project

(b)  Feedback following the re-opening of the Museum

Minutes:

Delyth Copp explained that the funding award of £248,000 from the National Heritage Lottery Fund was partly in support of capital works at the museum.  There would be an invitation to tender followed by an assessment of tenders received. 

 

The Executive Director - Commercial Development & Economic Growth explained that the funding bid to the Landfill Communities Trust for £100k had been partly successful and £39k had been awarded. This meant some reassessment of the scheme.  The contractors had priced the full scope of the scheme but the reduced funding meant the scheme was being value engineered with an attempt not to reduce the scope or quality.  This scheme would then be re-tendered and the Council would be asked to consider what funding it would offer towards the scheme.

 

The museum had re-opened on 27 July.   It was open for reduced hours of 1.00pm – 5.00pm, Mondays to Fridays with only the ground floor open to visitors due to the need for social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures.  There was a one way route and protective measures in the shop.  The opening had been popular with around 50 visitors per day.

 

Resolved: that the update be noted.

17.

ASTLEY FEST

To consider feedback on the virtual Astley Fest.

Minutes:

This event had successfully received some Arts Council funding and was scheduled to take place on 1 August at Lyme Valley Park.  As the event could no longer take place, some of the funding had been used to hold an online event including workshops and performances.  Danielle Bird, actor who played Patty Jones Astley in the New Vic Theatre production of Astley’s Astounding Adventures, had acted as ring-mistress to introduce acts.  Delyth Copp reported that Facebook feedback showed there had been 2337 views and 1.6k followers.  Funding was being sought towards a live Astley Fest event in August 2021 at Lyme Valley Park.  

 

Trudi Barnard, Business Development Officer, said online events were being considered for Heritage Open Days. 

 

Resolved: that the update be noted.  

18.

PHILIP ASTLEY STATUE

To consider a verbal update.

Minutes:

Trudi Barnard explained that Andrew Van Buren had undertaken a great deal of work on the Statue project and had produced a maquette.  She explained that the process of producing a statue was in 3 stages:

 

1 – produce the statue using clay; this could be a good opportunity to promote the project by locating the statue in a publically visible place;

2 – covering the clay model in latex and plaster of Paris to make a mould;

3 – use the mould to cast the statue in bronze.

 

Stage 3 was the expensive part of the project. 

 

Ray Johnson, Vice President of the Arnold Bennett Society, had discussed with Mr Van Buren the steps to commission production of a statue. 

 

Members discussed opportunities including a trail featuring historical local characters. 

 

Members were informed that a location for a statue had not been discussed at this stage.  

 

Resolved: that:

 

(a)  That a further update be discussed at the next meeting including options for the location of the Philip Astley statue; and

(b)  Mr Van Buren and Mr Johnson be invited to a future meeting to discuss further the opportunities for the statue project. 

19.

COVID PROJECT

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor J Waring, referred to discussions with Delyth Copp about potential projects based on people’s experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic but also linking into previous pandemics. 

 

Delyth explained that at the start of the pandemic residents had been encouraged to start lockdown diaries; the County Museum was seeking lockdown experiences and the Borough Council would have access to this information too.  Objects were being collected that were reminiscent of the Covid pandemic.  She had also been in contact with a resident of Staffordshire Moorlands who had recorded each day of lockdown in watercolour and this could form an exhibition in future.

 

Councillor Moffatt suggested contacting the New Vic who were involved with projects including audio diaries. 

 

Members felt there would be an array of information forthcoming if requested and exhibitions could include references to mental health and wellbeing and previous pandemics.  Delyth explained that when volunteers were able to return they would be looking at materials and information that related to the 1918 pandemic.

 

Resolved: that the update be noted and discussed further at future meetings.

20.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACTION LOG

Minutes:

Councillor Waring explained that she had been discussing ideas for future events with Delyth Copp and further details would be outlined at future meetings.  Councillor Moffatt expressed an interest in being involved. 

21.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Minutes:

Members discussed the restoration of the mining memorial at Silverdale for the Minnie Pit disaster.  The Parish Council had successfully bid for National Lottery funding towards the works.  A tree planting event to plant 156 trees in memory of those who had died would take place on 12 August and all Members would be invited to this commemoration.  The Executive Director suggested involving the Borough Council’s communications team to promote the event.  Members were informed that the Wilfred Owen poem “Miners” had been written about the disaster while he was recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The Centenary in 2018 had been the start of a series of commemorations.  The Chair agreed this could be part of the calendar of events in memory of the miners.

 

The Group would be kept updated.