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Public urged to have their say on the future of heritage in Cornwall

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Volunteers at King Edward MineMembers of the public are being invited to have their say on the future of heritage in Cornwall.

Heritage Kernow has launched a consultation on Cornwall’s Heritage Strategy 2011-14 available online at http://www.heritage-kernow.org/ until 17 September 2010, and comments are welcome using the online comment form.

Heritage Kernow is the sector partnership for museums, archives and the historic environment, spanning voluntary, private and public sectors.

Loveday Jenkin, Chair of Heritage Kernow, said: “The current economic climate is creating a challenging time for everyone across public, private and voluntary sectors.

“There is no doubt that public sector funding will be harder to find in future years. At the same time environmental concerns can not be ignored and are presenting financial and ethical questions for the sector, including how our historic environment accommodates renewable energy, and how visiting and using heritage assets can be more sustainable. This reinforces the need for resilience within the heritage sector.”

Cornwall’s Heritage Strategy has identified three priorities for 2011-14: investment in people, training, volunteering and partnerships; investment in physical infrastructure and in a Cornish national archive and library facility; investment in virtual infrastructure, continued expansion of electronic access to records and information online.

Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Historic Heritage, said: “The council has a crucial role in delivering services to maintain Cornwall’s rich heritage.

“We are very interested in hearing from the public on this matter and urge people to get in touch with their views.”

The new strategy will replace the previous Heritage and Culture Strategy produced by Cornwall County Council and the district councils in 2000, and will feed into the Cultural Partnership and wider Cornwall Strategic Partnership.

Cornwall has the largest number of Listed Buildings (12,430) and Scheduled Monuments (1,341) of any Unitary Authority area, and also has the largest number of statutorily protected heritage assets in the care of any local authority (approximately 1150 owned and managed by Cornwall Council).

There are a huge range of people employed in the heritage sector across Cornwall in areas such as archives, museums, galleries with collections, conservation, historic natural and marine landscapes, archaeology, and historic attractions.

A significant proportion of the workforce is voluntary and the sector would not be able to survive without their contribution.

Twenty-three museums responded to a county-wide survey which showed that in 2009, 1,106 volunteers were active in Cornwall’s museums, contributing at total of 1,410 hours per week.

Despite this immense contribution, 80% of museums identified the need for more volunteers, especially in the younger age groups, as 60 percent of current volunteers are over the age of 65.

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Story posted August 13, 2010

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