IHBC launches new ‘Membership benefits’ page: Let your colleagues see the value in IHBC… and that’s before our accreditation!

IHBC Members Benefits pageIt can be hard to keep track of the diverse array of benefits in IHBC membership today, so we have drawn them together into a simple web page listing, so IHBC members can easily direct colleagues to what is on offer for IHBC fees, and that’s before we get to the career benefits of our interdisciplinary professional accreditation!

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IHBC update on ‘BIM4Heritage’ joint conference with COTAC and Ramboll – 9 December 2016

Bim 4 heritage websiteIHBC Affiliate Christina Stuart, architect at Reiach and Hall and the IHBC’s representative on the joint BIM4Heritage initiative led by the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC) and Ramboll, offers NewsBlog readers a short summary of the event in advance of a more detailed papers on the event to come from COTAC Chair, Ingval Maxwell OBE.

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HLF five year ‘Bats in Churches’ partnership project

Thousands of bats will be allowed to remain in historic churches under a £5 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) scheme that will try to reduce the damage they cause but also requires congregations to accept them as permanent residents.

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Headington Quarry memorial granted Grade II listing

The future of a Headington Quarry war memorial has been secured for future generations after it was granted Grade II listed status.

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St Paul’s Cathedral in appeal to stop bells falling silent

Surveyors to St Paul’s say the condition of the bells has deteriorated and urgent action and £360,000 is required to keep them ringing, and in a worst-case scenario they could drop from their supports, according to a report in The Evening Standard.

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Go behind the scenes of Britain’s building sites

The Open Doors initiative provides a unique chance to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales, and runs between 27 March-1 April 2017.

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Experience a digital version of Sir John Soane’s Museum

The historic house, museum and library of 19th century architect Sir John Soane has now been digitised, allowing visitors see its fascinating objects and eclectic rooms.

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BSI launches BIM Kitemark

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a new Kitemark for building information modelling (BIM) to help construction businesses prove their capabilities in delivering projects at the design and construction phase.

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Flayback Cemetery £325,000 project funded by Wirral Council and Historic England

Wirral’s Flaybrick Memorial Gardens is bouncing back from years of neglect with a £325,000 project to save its derelict chapels, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

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IHBC NW Branch sorts foundations for 2017 Annual School: Training substructure to ‘Transport Infrastructure’

Manchester steam trainThe IHBC’s North West Branch, which will host the 2017 Annual School in Manchester in June, has some major events planned over the next few months as part of its build up to the theme for the School: ‘Transport Infrastructure, the backbone of civilisation’.

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IHBC Conservation Area 50th Anniversary Celebrations fund allocations: Thanks to all, and submissions accepted for waiting list

IHBC CA Fund logoAllocations from the IHBC’s Conservation Area 50th Anniversary Celebrations fund are now finished, but groups may still compete the application form if they wish to be placed on a waiting list for un-claimed allocations.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR pick’ of the week: National Trust international design competition for Clandon Park, launching 9 March

The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly HESPR Bulletins that bring tender and other opportunities together into one handy resource, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features a more unusual opportunity that should be of interest to many IHBC members: early notice of the National Trust’s plan for an international design completion for Leoni’s Clandon Park, launching on 9 March.

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IHBC’s Marsh Awards reminder: £500 for successful heritage learning, and an IHBC Full School place – closing 31 March

IHBC Marsh Award logoThe IHBC’s new Marsh Awards programme has entered its second year, and includes the celebration of successful learning in heritage activities, with prizes of £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School (closing date 31 March 2017).

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IHBC welcomes Civic Voice’s Parliamentary ‘Big Conservation Conversation’, 7 March: includes Laura Sandys and Baroness Andrews

APPG Civic Voice websiteThe IHBC is delighted to welcome the Civic Voice’s Parliamentary ‘Big Conservation Conversation’ to take place on the afternoon of 7 March in Portcullis House, London, with Civic Voice vice-presidents Laura Sandys and Baroness Andrews as two of the confirmed panelists.

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Heritage Protection Reform Proposals: Consultation responses summary from Historic England online

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the heritage key-stakeholder group, through its membership working group, the Historic Environment Protection Reform Group, consulted key heritage stakeholders on 15 proposed reforms in 2016, and the summary report from Historic England is now available online.

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Salford Grade II Listed Church, recently restored, burnt down: Criminal investigation under way

There has been a severe fire at Grade II listed Church of the Ascension in Salford which police believe may have been started deliberately as the church, in Lower Broughton, which had recently undergone a £250,000 restoration, was almost completely destroyed on Sunday night.

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Historic England officially objects to Neville and Giggs’ ‘aggressive’ Manchester Towers

Historic England has said it is ‘deeply concerned’ about proposals to build a pair of bronze-clad skyscrapers in central Manchester and will officially object to the Make-designed scheme, according to press reports.

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Industrial Strategy Green Paper consultation and the heritage sector – closes 17 April

The Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper, published by Government in January, includes the heritage sector as part of the creative industries, one of five specific sector deals announced in a consultation closing on 17 April.

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Cricket confronts climate change: Lord’s goes 100% renewable

Lord’s has become the first cricket ground in the country to run on 100% renewable energy, as new figures reveal the increasing disruption to cricket caused by extreme weather patterns linked to climate change.

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Trusting trusty trustees, as The Archaeologist meets Context

Director's chair imageIHBC Director Sean O’Reilly salutes the IHBC’s trustees, not only for delivering their statutory obligations but because of the value they bring through their profound knowledge of conservation, in a ‘Director’s Cut’ for Context that has also been recast as the IHBC’s annual update in CIfA’s member publication The Archaeologist.

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IHBC’s Marsh reminder: £500 for retired IHBC members contributing to the community, and an IHBC Full School place – closing 31 March

The IHBC’s Marsh Awards programme has entered its second year, and includes the celebration of retired IHBC members contributing to their community, with prizes of £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School (closing date 31 March 2017). 

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Unsafe memorials in cemeteries: Commons Library briefing

A Commons Library briefing paper considers the issue of memorial (headstone) safety and actions to address the risk of accidents caused by unstable memorials in cemeteries in England and Wales.

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DfT report on airport expansion summarises heritage impacts of Government-favoured Heathrow

A Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on the ‘Appraisal of Sustainability: Draft Airports National Policy Statement…’ has just been launched which explores the heritage impacts of proposed developments at Heathrow.

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£4M grants for English Museums and Galleries improvements under DCMS/Wolfson Galleries and Museums Fund

Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture, announced on 17 January last that grants totalling £4 million were awarded to improve displays and facilities at museums and galleries across England.

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Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill next at its report stage and third reading on Monday 20 February 2017

The Bill would introduce the necessary legislation to enable the UK to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and accede to its two Protocols.

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