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DVMWHS Options Appraisal
Invitation to Tender: Future funding options appraisal

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) is looking for a consultant to investigate, evaluate and report on future funding models for the DVMWHS through an Options Appraisal, which may also incorporate future governance and a range of organisational models.

Vital Valley is a programme designed to inspire and enable people to have a sense of pride in and belonging to the DVMWHS. Running between 2017 and 2020, Vital Valley is the next step in engaging people in the uniqueness of culture and heritage of the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. The industrial heritage of innovation and making will inspire arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the World Heritage Site. The Derwent Valley Mills is the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands.

Vital Valley is funded as a Great Place Scheme, a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and supported by Historic England. Vital Valley is the only Great Place Scheme focused on a World Heritage Site.

Much has been achieved since inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and the need for a central co-ordinating body for the partnership remains. What is uncertain is the scale of the required resource and source of revenue funding.

The Options Appraisal will be completed during 2018 and co-ordinated with a review of the DVMWHS Management Plan also taking place in 2018.

Full details of the opportunity can be obtained from Tom Greenwood at Tom.Greenwood@derbyshire.gov.uk. Questions can be asked of Beki Howey at Rebekah.howey@derbyshire.gov.uk from 21st May.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 11am.

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