IHBC Chair James Caird to attend Brexit ‘Round Table’ hosted by CMS SoS, 24 January

James CairdThe IHBC’s Chair James Caird is among those representing heritage sector organisations to attend the ‘Round Table’ meeting on Brexit hosted by the Secretary of State (SoS) for Culture Media and Sport (CMS) on 24th January.

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IHBC member invitation to ‘Arches’: Conservation-focussed HE information workshop, CPD recognised – 29/30 March, Liverpool (Some places still available)

The City of Lincoln has joined in an international partnership to develop a new heritage database system for use by UK heritage management organisations, ‘Arches’, and is seeking input from conservation colleagues to secure suitable historic environment conservation standards by inviting IHBC members to a forthcoming IHBC CPD-recognised workshop in Liverpool on 29/30 March 2017.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: University of London, Goldsmiths College’s former chapel restoration; Contract £1.45M, closing 26 January

The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly HESPR Bulletins that bring tender opportunities together into one handy resource, and the Director’s top pick for IHBC members this week features a call from the University of London on the restoration of its Grade II listed Theatre building, Goldsmiths College’s former chapel, with a closing date of 26 January, contract valued at £1.45M.

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Early Career Bursaries on IHBC-recognised ‘Traditional Roofs’ at Lincoln Castle: 8/9 February

Leicester uni course webpageThe University of Leicester has announced a limited number of £90 bursary places for students, unwaged and early career (first five years post-graduation) professionals on one of its forthcoming IHBC-accredited CPD courses:  Understanding and Inspecting Traditional Slate and Tile Roofs, at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle, on Wednesday 8 – Thursday 9 February.

For all other delegates the course costs £120 (early bird price – there are a couple of places left) to £185 so this represents a significant saving.

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IHBC welcomes Civic Voice Parliamentary debate on 50th Anniversary of Conservation Areas: 26 January

The Civic Voice, the link body for England’s Civic Trust interests, with the support of Robert Jendrick MP, has secured a House of Commons debate on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of conservation areas on Thursday 26 January.

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IHBC’s ‘Sign of the times’ from Parliament’s home: No historic building grants under Countryside Stewardship scheme for 2016…

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has noted that, in response to a question from Mark Hendrick MP, it has been revealed that although grants for the restoration of historic buildings (HE2) form part of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme, none were issued in 2016.

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CIOB launches free ethical construction MOOC: 30 January

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Academy has launched a massive open online course (MOOC) focusing on ethics and compliance for construction professionals, starting 30 January 2017, the MOOC being an internet-based course that is available to a very large number of people for free.

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England’s Housing White Paper: Amenity concerns on the rise

There are concerns that England’s new Housing White Paper, expected later this month, could make matters worse if it sets rigid housing numbers for local plans that don’t take account of local factors, such as Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Sunderland achieves Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) status from Historic England

The city’s historic Fawcett Street and Old Sunderland is one of only 10 in the country to secure special status from Historic England, which aims to unlock the potential of historic areas to help them achieve economic growth.

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Scotland’s conservation crisis No 3: RICS highlights tenement risk from lack of maintenance

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has issued a policy proposal for a Tenement Health Check that aims to tackle risks from a perceived lack of maintenance.

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Developers fined for removing historic fixtures from every room of Lincoln home

A property development company has been ordered to pay more than £55,000 after ignoring heritage planners and removing historic fabric and fixtures from a listed building without consent, according to the Lincolnite.

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Inquiry launched into £4bn Palace of Westminster renovation plan

The huge costs of proposals have resulted in a Select Committee investigation by Members of Parliament.

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IHBC Gus Astley Student Award 2017 open for submissions: Showcase your course work by 31 July – winners at Belfast School in 2018

The IHBC’s 2017 Gus Astley Student Award is open for entries, so if you have presented coursework on a taught course that you think merits wider recognition by us, be sure to submit it by 31 July, while awardees wil have a chance to receive their prizes at the IHBC’s Annual School in Belfast in June 2018.

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IHBC and international debate: Can Wellington (NZ) save its heritage buildings before it’s too late?

There’s an intense local debate between those who favour knocking down some of Wellington’s historic but unsafe buildings and those who believe that at least some of them can be preserved, according to the Dominion Post in New Zealand, as evidenced by the readers’ comments on the piece.

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HLF extends crowdfunding programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has extended its pilot UK crowdfunding scheme until the end of February.

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‘Local military heritage at risk’ due to MoD cuts

Dozens of small regimental museums are to lose Ministry of Defence (MoD) funding by the end of next decade, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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Are you the next generation of heritage leader?

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is providing £96,000 to the Clore Leadership Programme (CLP) to foster future leaders in the heritage sector (closing date 13 February).

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£10 million contributed to local economies during England’s 2016 Heritage Open Days festival

The Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2016 Impact Report shows the huge numbers of people that explored England’s heritage for free in September 2016 – with an estimated 3 million visitors attending 5293 events.

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CWGC seeks paid interns for 2017 Centenary programme

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is looking for 18-25 year-olds for paid internships for French and Belgian sites (closing date 20 January 2017).

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International: First round of Cultural Protection Fund projects announced

The British Council has announced the initial projects to be supported by the Cultural Protection Fund, which will protect heritage overseas.

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3D scans of Forth Bridges to power educational games and learning

Incredibly detailed 3D scans of the Forth Bridge will form the basis for interactive games promoting engineering skills for school children, it has been revealed.

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Tilbury Fort stars in new BBC TV series

Essex’s Tilbury Fort was transformed into 19th century streets for BBC One’s mini-series Taboo, which began on 7 January 2017.

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RICS Awards 2017 deadline extended to 27 January

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has extended the awards entry deadline for projects in eight categories, including Building Conservation, that showcase inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the built environment.

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IHBC seeks perspectives on Brexit planning for conservation – plans Europe ‘Special Interest Group’ following Council+ discussions

With numerous initiatives now beginning to examine  ‘Brexit’, also known as Brexit, the IHBC, led by Mike Brown, IHBC Vice President, is asking members for their perspectives on Brexit planning for the conservation sector, and would like to hear from members with ideas on these matters, and/or any interest in joining an IHBC European Special Interest Group.

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IHBC Reminder: Marsh Awards for ‘Retired IHBC members’ and new ‘Heritage learners’, close end March 2017

IHBC Marsh Award certificateThe IHBC’s new Marsh Awards programme has entered its second year with the recent launch of the 2017 Awards, which celebrate both retired IHBC members working in the community and successful learners in heritage practice, and with prizes that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School (closing date 31 March 2017). 

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