Projects

The HEAP is due to be reviewed and refreshed, and the Forum has written to its members, both societies, and parish and town councils to ask their assistance.

A small working group is now meeting (as of August 2019) to look at the Plan.

Have we achieved the action points? Are the priorities and themes appropriate? Are there other action points we should be adding? What about the original Vision and Aims of the document - should we revise these? 

Contact Sue Ellis to have your say.

A Local List is a list of heritage assets within the District considered by the public, and council, as having a special local architectural, archaeologocal or historic interest, but which are not statutorily listed. The heritage assets incuded in the Local List are considered to be of significance to the local community and to contribute to the environmental and cultural history of the District. 

National Listing

Project lead:

The Forum will update on an annual basis, or more frequently, information about changes to the National List.

In 2018-19 there has been one building de-listed (numbers 16 and 18 Pound Street, Newbury), because it was demolished in the 1980's and the National List had not been updated.

https://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=14619...

There have been two additions to the National List.

The Forum is working to highlight resources for history and heritage groups in Berkshire and further afield. A list of useful resources will be included on the website and regularly updated.

There are a number of War Memorial Projects ongoing in Berkshire and further afield. The Forum is collecting information on the Parish Councils, history societies, parochial commitees and others responsible for the upkeep of War Memorials on behalf of the War Memorials Trust, which has money available to fund repairs.

Other useful websites are listed below.

The War Memorials Trust has notified us of a new project with the SmartWaterFoundation which will see Smartwater crime prevention liquid being offered to all war memorial custodians free of charge in order to deter thieves from targeting the metal on war memorials.

A Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP) was been drawn up in 2011 for all those interested in the man-made heritage of West Berkshire.