IHBC joins Heritage Declares – Encourages members & partners to follow suit!

Following the IHBC’s Policy Committee scrutiny of the commitments by members of Heritage Declares – the non-affiliated group urging the sector to react more quickly and effectively to the climate and ecological emergency – our Board has unanimously agreed to support and sign up to the initiative, while encouraging members and partner interests to follow suit.

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More echoes from #IHBCNottingham2019: Scottish Parliament debates Glasgow School of Art fire

Glasgow School of Art FireConvener Joan McAlpine led a parliamentary debate on behalf of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on its report, The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building: The loss of a national treasure, an tragic fire that also was investigated in some detail at the  IHBC’s 2019 Day School in Nottingham last July.

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Looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’? UK live venues interactive map indicates alarming loss rate…

An interactive map of small music venues indicates an alarming rate of loss of venues in recent years, an issue that may form a thread in the ‘Experience’ theme of the institute’s Brighton School, on 18-20 June 2020 – when we will explore ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ with more than 20 CPD hours on offer as well as career benefits and more.

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IHBC’s ‘Recognised CPD Providers’: Old list closing soon, so sign up ASAP for online registration, for free!

IHBC’s support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) includes our online registration for anyone – or any organisation – seeking our free recognition service and listing for CPD providers.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £60K+ costed opportunities this week: National Park seeks expert advice viability appraisals, valued £60K, closing 13/01/2020

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features the call from a National Park for advice on ‘developer’s viability appraisals’, closing 13 January next, and valued at £60K.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Petition launched to prevent Stourbridge green belt development

The Dudley News has reported on how more than 660 people have signed a petition amid fears green belt off Clent View Road in Stourbridge could be given over for a new housing development.

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IHBC’s CPD boost from DBW: BRE, on ‘Thermal mass’, but how can it matter for historic buildings?

Designing Buildings Wikipedia (DBW) – host platform for IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – has featured a post on ‘Thermal mass’, from BRE, but it is not clear how might this be an issue for historic buildings.

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European Green Deal presented to Parliament and Council by the EC: ‘… turning… environmental challenges into opportunities’ while ‘Making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050…’

The European Commission (EC) has presented The European Green Deal, a roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable ‘by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas’, setting out ‘how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050’, with the European Parliament and the European Council now invited to endorse the Commission’s ambitions.

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Towards a ‘climate conscious Wales’ with ‘prosperity for all’

The Welsh Government has set out its commitments to respond to the impacts from climate change with a 5 year plan to adapt to the impacts the country may face, including committing ministers to strengthening planning policy to prevent housebuilders from building properties on medium and high-risk floodplains.

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Quarries promote biodiversity – Quarries & Nature 2019

The Mineral Products industry is uniquely placed to deliver biodiversity net gain and has a track record of leaving better conditions for wildlife than before quarrying began, the Stone Specialist reports.

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Applications now open: Parliamentary Academic Fellowships Scheme – Directed Call, closing 19 January

buildings and riverThe POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme offers 14 exciting projects, drafted by Parliament, that offer a unique opportunity for scholars and academics including increasing knowledge of Parliament, developing networks, and offering positive impacts on career and research agendas, with the directed call now live and closing 19 January 2020.

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IHBC’s IMHO opinion signpost on ‘Inclusive Design – Beyond Accessibility’, from the Design Council via China

Catherine Horwill and Elli Thomas from Design Council’s Architecture and Built Environment team have contributed to a special edition of World Architecture Magazine China- ‘Accessibility for All’.

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IHBC Marsh Awards for 2020 open: ‘Your new chance to nominate ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’ for our awards’, closing 29 Feb 2020

IHBC Marsh AwardsThe IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, offers two Awards – one celebrating civic contributions of retired IHBC members, and one for successful learning in heritage skills – with prizes that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Brighton 2020 Annual School, so don’t forget to get your nomination in by 29 February 2020.

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Building on #IHBCNottingham2019, IHBC’s 2019 Annual School on ‘Heritage Risk and Resilience’: HE webinar on ‘Acting in a flooding emergency’, 11 Dec @1pm

A free Historic England (HE) webinar on ‘Acting in a flooding emergency’ will take place on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 1pm.

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Remember the IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Awards 2020: Win £500 and a free place on IHBC’s 2021 Aberdeen School, simply submit your coursework online – closing 31 July 2020!

logoThe IHBC’s celebrated annual Gus Astley Student Award will close on 31 July 2020, so if you have relevant coursework from history and theory to practice or enhancement, for ANY UK taught course – under-graduate or post-graduate, from 2019 OR 2020 – be sure to submit it online and on time to have a chance to receive a cash prize at the IHBC’s Annual School in Aberdeen in June 2021.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (courtroom) doorstep’: Heritage group blasts ‘flawed’ council plans for historic chapel

Stockport council wants to strip museum status from Chadkirk Chapel, reports The Manchester Evening News, but a heritage group has told town hall bosses it is ‘wholly opposed’ to plans that would see a 16th century chapel no longer operate as a museum.

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RIBA Awards 2020: Jury Application – call for volunteers

The RIBA is calling for volunteers to help judge the RIBA Awards in 2020. Every judge plays a crucial part in a rigorous and thorough process that leads ultimately to the RIBA Stirling Prize, so apply now to be part of the panels for 2020.

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Home Protect Report: Unoccupied Homes in England now up, at almost 1%

housesHome Protect reports that there are currently more than 200,000 properties sitting vacant in England, nearly 1% of the total number of properties in the entire country, and a 0.06% increase in unoccupied properties from 2013-2018.

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Local Plan Route Mapper & Toolkit: Reviewing and updating local plan policies

The Local Plan Route Mapper & Toolkit will give practical advice and tools to undertake a Local Plan review, project plan, manage and carry out the update of a Local Plan. It is designed for LPAs to use themselves but we can work with local authorities to use it as a ‘critical friend’.

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Cultural Protection Fund – New funding announced for 2020-2021

The Cultural Protection Fund is continuing into 2021! Building on from the success of the last four years, new funding is now available to new and existing grantees.

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16th Century Stained-glass at Shrewsbury damaged in break-in

On Sunday 9th June 2019 the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Shrewsbury, was broken into through one of the unique sixteenth century glass windows.

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Detectorists stole Viking hoard that ‘rewrites history’

Two metal detectorists stole a £3m Viking hoard that experts say has the potential to ‘rewrite history’.

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IHBC’s new Context out now: Learning from New Towns, in the UK and beyond

The latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, themed around exploring and learning from the ‘New Towns’ movement across and beyond the UK as it takes a ‘birds-eye’ view of the conservation contexts and challenges in their management and enhancement.

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Serious about your career? Stay ‘in the know’ with IHBC’s ‘Jobs etc.’ review, with opportunities from Edinburgh (x2) to the New Forest, for conservation specialists, planners, archaeologists and more!

To help heritage and conservation careers and employers across the UK, the IHBC regularly updates NewsBlog readers about the diverse career opportunities posted on our ‘IHBC Jobs etc service, with recent offerings extending from heritage consultant roles in Scotland and across England to planning, archaeology and much more, so sign up for free alerts today and ‘stay in the know’ with the IHBC’s Jobs etc.’ service! 

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’… with DCN: Districts declare high street emergency as retail applications plummet

townscape plus peopleAn analysis by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) shows that the number of applications by retailers to England’s district councils have nearly halved in the past four years, contributing to the high street crisis.

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