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  • Secretariat News (December 2019 – January 2020)

    Posted on February 2, 2020

    Latest news from the INTO Secretariat

    The exciting news from the past two months is that Emma Taylor has joined the team as our Communications Assistant!   A graduate in Fine Arts, Emma has been using her editorial, digital and visual content production skills to deliver impactful communications in the non-profit sector.   We are delighted to have her join the INTO team to help us amplify our ‘Voice’!

    We have all been focused on planning and preparation for 2020.  Alex and Emma are working hard on the INTO Incubator, which begins at the end of March.  This programme brings international heritage organisations to the UK to inspire them with the National Trust model.  We were delighted to receive twenty applications from participants across the world, and are now fine tuning the curriculum and logistical arrangements.

    Meanwhile, we continue to deliver TAP-INTO projects and secondments, like Karin here in Fiji.  (You can read more in her latest blog.) We are finding ever more ways to help our members achieve their objectives through fundraising and joint project development, awareness raising and connecting them to expertise.  We are also doing what we can to strengthen our regional networks and are supporting two upcoming meetings of INTO Africa and INTO Asia. We hope to see some of you there!

    – Catherine, Alex, Emma and the Secretariat team


    INTO team at Avebury – There is still time to apply for the INTO Incubator (if you’re reading this before 7 February!)

    Justin Scully with Emily Drani and John de Coninck in Uganda – you can follow what Justin’s up to on Instagram @fountainsgminuganda

    We have signed up a dozen Trusts to the new Reciprocal Visiting Programme

    We have submitted an initial project proposal for the National Trust with two Russian organisations (image by Helen Filatova, published at Free Photos: Tsaritsino, Moscow)

    Catherine helped the Czech National Trust celebrate its 5th anniversary at a special screening of a film about the (Czech) director of the Guggenheim

    Clea Warner with Kara Roopsingh and Ash Morris in Trinidad


    ICNT news: Our next Conference will take place in Antwerp from 19-23 April 2021. The golden thread is partnership and networking. What can we learn from each other about working together? What strategies can we share? How can we ensure that our organisations balance heritage, social and economic values? How do we build bridges between those values?   We continue to work closely with our co-hosts, Herita, and have had some good conversations with possible sponsors, partners and speakers.

    Reciprocal visiting: We are really excited that the INTO global heritage pass is becoming a reality!  A good number of INTO members have now signed the new MOU and we are beginning to finalise plans for launching in 2021.

    Technical Assistance Programme: Our small but transformational TAP-INTO travel grants continue to bear fruit.  In the last two months we have seen a General Manager, Clea Warner, spend time with the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. Clea’s experience managing small island sites for the National Trust for Scotland proved invaluable to the team there.  In addition, Brendon Veale from the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is currently in Europe on a TAP-INTO project.  He is learning about membership models and has divided his time between National Trust and FAI.   And Justin Scully, General Manager at Fountains Abbey, is now with John and Emily of the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda.  Justin is supporting the initial steps towards the establishment of a National Trust in Uganda!


    Membership growth: We are delighted to welcome our newest members, Heritage Watch Ethiopia!  Based in Addis Ababa, they are mostly focused on advocacy in the heritage world of Ethiopia. They have joined as Associates and will attend the INTO Africa meeting in Nairobi later this month.

    Alongside the regional meetings, our main focus for membership growth is currently the INTO Incubator.  20 people applied to join the programme and we hope to welcome as many of them as possible. (There have been some challenges with visas.)  We have now recce-ed the main two National Trust sites the group will be visiting (Newark Park and Avebury).   And Alex and Emma are finalising the curriculum and  workbook, with the help of Maggie Morgan.

    We are currently exploring a project involving the National Trust for Georgia and Rempart.  Watch this space for more information about this exciting new partnership!


    Communications: Emma Taylor started with INTO in late November.  Over the past two months, Emma has given INTO’s social media a new lease of life.  Our channels are now all aligned around @intoheritage and a house style has been developed for posts.

    On 12 January, we reached out to the INTO family to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Trust.   Your response was phenomenal.  We’ve collected your messages from all corners of the globe here. They are a true testament to our diversity!

    Alex has been leading work around our new website, which will be ready for launch in the first half of 2020.

    Climate change: We had an incredibly diverse delegation at COP25 in Madrid this month. INTO brought international expertise on the cultural impact of climate change, with representation from Fundem, The Gullah Geechee Nation, An Taisce and 3 young representatives from the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Whilst the impact of this year’s conference remains unclear, our delegation left a legacy and even made the news! Read the article here.  We are now making plans for COP 26 in Glasgow.

    Ambassadors: We held our first Ambassadors dinner in December, generously hosted by  Hashim Djojohadikusumo. It was a wonderful evening and our guests from the V&A, Historic Royal Palaces, National Trust and Historic England joined Lady Hamlyn and one of her Trustees, Dr Shobita Punja for dinner with Pak Hashim, Fiona Reynolds, Catherine and Alex.  Fiona chaired a wide-ranging discussion about the role of INTO at what was a very memorable evening.

    Speaking opportunities: Catherine addressed the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach on 9 January. She used the opportunity to highlight how the Trust model, born in Victorian England 125 years ago, has grown into a worldwide movement.  You can read more about it here.

    Australian bushfires: We worked with the National Trust on a series of social media posts about the National Trust of Australia’s work at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.   Over the weekend, the Trust recorded a total reach of over half a million (522k) NT supporters!


    Governance: Catherine and Jacqui met INTO Trustees Martin Galea and William White to discuss INTO’s accounts.  They are now working with the auditor to see how best to improve our processes for 2020.  And how best to present the 2019 financials.

    Membership fees: We changed our system for collecting membership subscriptions, which is now by calendar year.  It has not been without hitches but we are working through any issues encountered with individual members.  We will be sending out reminders in the first week of February.

    Innocastle: We have just submitted our report for the third semester and are looking forward to continuing collaboration with our European partners.

    Funding applications: We were delighted to learn, at the end of January that the 1772 Foundation has made a gift of $11,000 towards the INTO Incubator.   We continue to work with the American Express Foundation, Royal Oak Foundation and David Brown on a proposal for INTO Antwerp 2021.

    Coming up

    Later this month, INTO Africa will convene in Nairobi, Kenya.  The conference has been arranged to coincide with a British Council event to allow some cost sharing.

    And then in March, INTO Asia will meet as part of the ‘Inspiring Solutions – Culture in Crisis: Preserving Heritage in a Post-colonial Era’ Conference in Singapore.  Please do contact us for further information if required.

    As part of our #growingnewtrusts focus in the first half of this year, we’re so  excited about the Incubator! It’s going to be lovely to welcome representatives from so many new INTO member organisations. We look forward to sharing participants’ experiences and learning throughout the week.

    In April we will be part of the International Land Conservation Network‘s 2020 Congress.  Co-hosted by INTO members, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, it’s another exciting opportunity to talk about the National Trust model.  And to meet organisations wishing to join the INTO family!

    And then in June, we will join the Conservatoire du Littoral’s SMILO initiative about the sustainable management of small islands.

    We will be contacting INTO members about these last two opportunities very shortly!

    Catherine’s blogs are available here.

    Find out more about the INTO Amicus supporters programme here.

    Remember, you can now save on hotel bookings and help INTO at the same time with Goodwings!

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