Welsh students contribute to Welsh Government's Heritage Bill

Tuesday 08 October 2013

Welsh Baccalaureate Students from across Wales have been working with Cadw to participate in the legislative process of forming the Welsh Heritage Bill.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport

Cadw invited secondary school pupils to spend a day in early October visiting local historic sites both in Swansea and in Conwy and to participate in workshops to ensure their views on Welsh heritage are heard. The activities are part of the Welsh Government's consultation on proposals for the Heritage Bill, The Future of our Past, which was launched on 18 July and closes on 11 October.

The sessions will encourage students to consider the importance of the historic environment and to introduce them to some of the main principles that have structured the proposals. After a visit to a local historic site, group work will allow the students to act as key players in a real-life case of an application to demolish a listed building and develop arguments for and against the preservation of the building. This will expose them to some of the issues that arise from the sustainable management of the historic environment.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: 'We're eager to find out the views of young people from across Wales as we work to formulate the Heritage Bill. One of my main objectives is to get young people to understand and care about their heritage, and therefore it is key that young people have had the opportunity to input into the drafting of this all important Bill.'

Susan Mason, Head of Lifelong Learning for Cadw, added: 'The aim of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) is to offer broader experiences for young people compared to traditional learning programmes, and key components of the WBQ include focusing on political, social, economic and cultural issues in the context of Wales, Europe and the World.

'We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for these young people to participate in the Heritage Bill consultation, which will not only benefit the students in their work to achieve this qualification, but will also greatly benefit Cadw by providing useful input which will help us in the work to draft the Heritage Bill.'  

There is still time to respond to the consultation, The Future of our Past, which closes on 11 October. The consultation document and a response form can be downloaded from the Welsh Government’s consultations page.  For further information, contact the Heritage Bill team — telephone: 01443 336090/1 or email: cadwheritagebill@wales.gsi.gov.uk