More IHBC members (and School delegates) with benefits: 2018 School Friend UAH offers 25% off select CPD-linked publications –  NB: Collect at UAH only or P&P extra

booksUlster Architectural Heritage (UAH), lead Friend for the IHBC’s 2018 School, is offering IHBC members and School delegates 25% off select publications, to support their CPD and learning experience at the School. Simply email Joanna at contact@ihbc.org.uk, quoting your IHBC membership number or your School booking form number (top right # ), for the online purchase code to secure exclusive reductions.

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Missing the IHBC’s 2018 School?  Don’t forget – Money is not the barrier as bursaries are still available!  

Belfast imageBursary places (mainly for the Day School) are still available for the IHBC’s 2018 School in Belfast on 21-23 June, themed on ‘Our Shared Heritage’ and offering some of the best heritage learning and CPD around: up to 9 hours for the Day School and AGM and up to 24 hours over the 3-day Full School, including networking.

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Missing the IHBC’s 2018 School – or going along?  Either way, get your CPD boosts using our Day School ‘Speakers’ webpage 

websiteThe IHBC is continually improving Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support at our Annual Schools, and for 2018 members can already assess projected skills and themes using a pilot CPD matrix suite – to promote School attendance and benefits to employers and sponsors – and now, whether there or not, new online CPD resources on our Day School ‘Speakers’ webpages mean everyone can boost their IHBC CPD through the School.                     logo

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IHBC Annual School’s ‘Sharing’ theme shared with Ireland’s national heritage week of ‘stories’ – 18 to Sunday, 26 August, 2018 

websiteAs part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, over the last week of August, national and local organisations across Ireland will host heritage-related events that follow the ‘shared heritage’ topic of the IHBC’s 2018 Belfast School, also a 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage event, with the theme of ‘sharing stories’.

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IHBC welcomes National Parks UK celebrat?ion of historic environments on ‘European Day of Parks’: 24 May

landscape plus buildingThe IHBC has welcomed National Parks UK’s celebration of  historic environments on ‘European Day of Parks’ with its new ‘Special landscapes shaped by people’ publication, due May 24.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Former mayor opposes demolition of Bath College’s Allen Building

websitePlans to knock down Bath College’s Allen Building in the city centre to make way for another hotel have been called ‘ridiculous’ and could wreck the former Bath mayor’s ‘proudest moment’, writes Somerset Live.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Neighbours bring life back into Scotland’s redundant churches, say BEFS and others 

websiteMORE communities are rallying round to help save Scotland’s ecclesiastical heritage and make the most of a growing number of redundant churches say experts, as Herald Scotland reports on a heritage sector-led event designed to guide communities on how to tackle taking over such historic buildings.

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Council of Europe adopts revised directive on ‘Energy efficient buildings’

The Council of Europe (COE) has adopted a revised directive on ‘Energy efficient buildings’, aimed at improving ‘energy efficiency in buildings and encourages building renovation’.

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Government consultation response to ‘Improving the use of planning conditions’ now out 

office block and logoThe Government has published its response to the consultation on draft regulations on ‘Improving the use of planning conditions’.

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UK residents can help ‘destress’ cities by mapping quiet spots

buildingAn online mapping survey, ‘DeStress’, has been launched by university researchers working to mitigate the negative impact environmental noise has on city dwellers’ health and wellbeing by identifying and preserving places with positive soundscapes.

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Missing the IHBC 2018 School? Prelude 1: Day School programme details now posted – 22 June, QUB, Belfast, including 2018 AGM 

brochure coverFinal programme details and timings for the IHBC’s Belfast Day School, on 22 June – and including the 2018 AGM – are in place, so do check them out, and if you have not yet booked your annual professional CPD-linked break from work, this may be the time to do so, and explore in person, and in Belfast: ‘Our Shared Heritage: communication ? negotiation ? transformation’.

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Missing the IHBC 2018 School? Prelude 2, as Bill Drummond outlines his take on ‘THE CURFEW TOWER: STAY HERE – MAKE ART… AND SHARE HERITAGE’ 

buildingTo introduce the background to his personal take on shared heritage in the province and beyond, morning keynote Bill Drummond has offered IHBC members and delegates some personal scene-setting context – also available on his speaker’s tab on the School webpage:

‘THE CURFEW TOWER: STAY HERE – MAKE ART… AND SHARE HERITAGE’

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Missing the IHBC’s 2018 School? … ‘Not’ a 2018 IHBC School prelude, but keynote Jukka Jokilehto outlines the origins of the 1993 ICOMOS Guidelines 

publicationThough not the formal topic for the afternoon’s keynote speaker at the IHBC’s 2018 Belfast School, Professor Jukka Jokilehto offers NewsBlog readers his first-hand knowledge of the background to the 1993 ICOMOS Guidelines on conservation training, drafted following an informal query from IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly about the origins of this key standard in conservation practice.

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IHBC responds to NPPF consultation: Calls time on insubstantial distinctions in levels of ‘substantial harm’, seeks new settings policies, and more….

IHBC consultations webpageIn its response to the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) the IHBC has urged government to call time on ‘substantial harm’ and ‘less than substantial harm’; to develop policies for setting, and to celebrate the differences between heritage types.

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick this week: Nottingham CC seeks Conservation accredited architect to support Peoples Hall development, closing 23/05

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week featuring Nottingham County Council’s call for a conservation accredited architect for the Peoples Hall project, closing 23 May.

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IHBC CPD boost in Context: An ‘Island of architecture’ and its independent heritage trusts

peopleThe ‘Isle of Architecture’ initiative and the work of a number of independent heritage trusts have brought the Isle of Man’s architecture to a new audience and generated much debate.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Centuries-old worker’s graffiti uncovered in renovations at Wentworth Woodhouse 

websiteCenturies-old worker’s graffiti and handprints from craftsmen dating back more than 200 years have been uncovered by specialists examining the roof before the replacement of 14,000 tiles begins as part of the renovation work at Wentworth Woodhouse.

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Interim Raynsford Review report now out: Final consultation on 9 ‘propositions’ continues to 29 June

publication coverThe Raynsford Review of Planning, set up to identify how the government can reform the English planning system to make it ‘fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes’, has issued its interim report, with the review team seeking a final round of feedback on Report’s 9 propositions by Friday 29 June.

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Cupar CARS/THI contractor bursaries for traditional building skills training: To £500

Cupar Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme/Townscape Heritage Initiative (CARS/THI) has announced that contractor bursaries of up to £500 are now available for traditional building skills training for apprentices and junior staff.

Training for contractors at Hutton Stone
quarry in the Scottish Borders

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AHRC highlights Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities: Education in Conflict and Protracted Crises – closing 24 May 

websiteThe Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has highlighting research networking scheme call concerning the ‘Global Challenge Research Fund’ (GCRF) – exploring ‘the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to education and learning in low or middle income country contexts affected by conflict and/or protracted crises’ – which closes on 24 May.

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IHBC’s Council+ first ‘Taster’ feedback: Early career members bring fresh perspectives to forward planning as ‘reverse mentoring’ guides your professional body!

Early career members (‘Mentors’) provided their fresh perspectives, and new approaches to ways of working for IHBC, at the most recent meeting of our Council+, the informal forum advising the institute on how best to move forward in the 21st century, and a short video insight offers a first ‘taster’ of the day.

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Updates from IHBC and Civic Voice from Civic Societies APPG on England’s Conservation Areas at Risk & new research

peopleIHBC Chair James Caird sat at the top table, with Vice Chair Kathy Davies among the delegates, to add IHBC perspectives to the recent Civic Voice-hosted All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies meeting on 8 May, to ‘discuss the future of the nation’s 512 at risk conservation areas at risk’ following the publication of new research entitled ‘The Future of our Conservation Areas’.

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IHBC’s Heritage from the doorstep: 4×4 threat to England’s largest scheduled monument – Cockfield Fell

landscapeThe Northern Echo has explored how the local and national guardians – including Historic England – of England’s largest scheduled monument, near Bishop Auckland in Co Durham, have urged inconsiderate 4×4 drivers to keep off the ancient site.

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BEFS’ update on campaign to improve property maintenance and repair in Scotland 

websiteDirector of Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), Euan Leitch, provided an update on recent developments in the ongoing campaign to improve property maintenance in Scotland, including the establishment of a parliamentary working group on the maintenance of tenement communal property and newly commissioned research.

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BREEAM Wiki joins IHBC on DBW: Advancing knowledge sharing and collaborative solutions… for BRE sustainability tools 

websiteBREEAM Wiki has become part of the widely-used Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), with the object of ‘advancing knowledge sharing and collaborative solutions for the BRE family of sustainability tools.’

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