Action plan for Sheffield's heritage to be created at October event

Jon Bradley speaks at a Joined Up Heritage meeting in Sheffield.
Jon Bradley speaks at a Joined Up Heritage meeting in Sheffield.
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Heritage leaders hope to present an action plan to bring Sheffield's attractions together at an event next month.

Members of Joined Up Heritage are trying to form a city-wide strategy, and will present some of their ideas on October 19.

Some members of the Joined Up Heritage group in Sheffield.

Some members of the Joined Up Heritage group in Sheffield.

The aim is to promote Sheffield's heritage as a whole, rather than leaving it to passionate but small groups.

Jon Bradley, from Manor Lodge, is one of those leading the charge. After the group's latest meeting on Tuesday, he said there were a number of points to address in the coming weeks.

"A process for this strategy seems to be emerging," he said. "The idea is to come away from the October event with some actions, particularly around different communities and their relationship with heritage.

"We are working with the National Trust, who have offered to facilitate a workshop. We have to ensure that key people are there.

"Hopefully we can deliver a bit of an over-arching framework.

The Joined Up Heritage group, which includes representatives from attractions and organisations across the city, is currently voluntary, with people working around their jobs. But this needs to change if real progress is to be made.

The group is now working with the Great Place Scheme, which funds projects in 'areas where there is a commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in local plans and decision-making'.

Jon said: "There is a relatively substantial amount of money from Heritage England and the Arts Council, so if we are successful in that, it will be a big step out in terms of resource.

"We are also looking at developing how we are constituted and organised.

"At this point it's a lot of aspirations and then no resources."

The idea for a strategy came from a conference in April, when scores of people passionate about their own heritage sites decided a city-wide approach was needed.

Since then the group has been carrying out preliminary research and considering the direction the strategy should take.

The aim is to launch the strategy in about a year's time.

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