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IHBC welcomes Scotland’s new postgraduate building conservation course: HES at Stirling’s Engine Shed, including 4 FT bursaries!

The IHBC has welcomed the launch of the new Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Engine Shed in Stirling, including its offer of four full-time grant bursary places for the inaugural session.

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HESPR’s top pick of the week: Heritage assessment and proposals, Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden, £5000, closing 30 July

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly Bulletins that bring tender and other business opportunities together into one handy resource, while the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this … Continue reading

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Lake District inscribed as 31st UK World Heritage Site

England’s Lake District, the cultural and ancient landscape that inspired Romantic poets and conservationists including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, has been inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List. 

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BEFS on the ‘Built Environment’ at Edinburgh’s International Book Festival 

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has produced a useful summary of built environment related events taking place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, any of which might be of interest to IHBC members.

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AHRC: Transforming research in UK’s world-class cultural and heritage sectors

A new report demonstrates the ‘transformative impact’ of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for many of the UK’s flagship museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage bodies, over the last decade.

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CPRE: More Green Belt being lost for housing without tackling the crisis – 70% remains ‘unaffordable’

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) writes that 425,000 houses are now planned for Green Belt, of which more than 70% are unaffordable.

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Cadw on economic values of Wales’ heritage: £963m & 40,500 jobs

The heritage sector generates £963m into the Welsh economy each year and supports over 40,500 jobs, a new report by the Historic Environment Group has revealed.

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‘Church Tourism Week’ takes place nationwide this month!

Between 21-30 July the silvered oak doors of historic churches and chapels across the country will be thrown open for events including concerts and theatre, Champing™ church camping adventures, historic tours, family trails and craft, tower climbs, art exhibitions and … Continue reading

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CIC launches survey on future professionals from all disciplines

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) 2050 Group has launched a survey called ‘Looking towards an evolving construction industry’ to gain an on-the-ground perspective of the inspirations and challenges of those working in the construction and built environment industry.

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Civic Voice shortlists schemes for 2017 Design Awards: Headlines that HE is not a growth barrier

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, has announced the shortlist for the third annual Civic Voice Design Awards, and highlights 6 key messages, including that the Historic Environment (HE) is not a barrier to growth, and that … Continue reading

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Opinion: Liverpool mayor says it is caring for its heritage buildings

The city’s mayor, Joe Anderson, has responded to the criticism in the Guardian of dockside redevelopment plans.

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IHBC welcomes CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme

The IHBC has welcomed the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Building Conservation Certification Scheme, developed following increased demand for certified conservation specialists across its membership and beyond.

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IHBC’s ‘tender rating’ feedback opportunity for HESPR members

The IHBC is trialling a feedback rating system on the tender advertisements it circulates weekly to IHBC’s HESPR members – commercial practices subscribing to the IHBC’s quality assurance for service providers – to make sure that this innovative service is … Continue reading

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IHBC CPD Boosts from the US: CPD Forum Webinar Series – Preserving and Supporting Businesses in Historic Neighborhoods

IHBC members may be interested in boosting CPD through the US Preservation Leadership Forum’s Webinar Series, the most recent of which is themed on: Preserving and Supporting Businesses in Historic Neighborhoods (free: registration required).

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Proceedings from EECHB 2016 now available online

The proceedings of the Second International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Comfort in Historic Buildings (EECHB 2016), referred to in IHBC’s recent ‘Green Retrofit’ issue of Context, are available to download.

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IHBC and more recognised for advisory roles in THA‘s responses summary to Heritage 2020 consultation

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has released the responses summary to its 2016 consultation on Heritage 2020, with bodies such as the IHBC and the Heritage Trust Network especially recognised for their information and advisory services.

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EH’s first virtual reality experience: St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury, brought to life through virtual reality tour

English Heritage has launched its first virtual reality experience as part of a four-year collaboration with postgraduate students at the University of Kent as visitors to Canterbury’s St Augustine’s Abbey ‘will be able to experience medieval England in virtual reality.’

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National Lottery gives over £3.8m to 500 Scottish groups reason to celebrate

Over £3.8 million in National Lottery funds has been shared by almost 500 groups across Scotland. The windfall means grassroots groups delivering everything from wheelchair football to after-school holiday clubs and drama workshops to hip-hop dance sessions now get the … Continue reading

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NI’s Rathlin Island lighthouses and shipwreck get listed status

Three lighthouses on Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland (NI) have been designated as listed buildings while a famous WWI shipwreck has been named as an historic monument.

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Change of name for DCMS as ‘Digital’ arrives: ‘DDCMS’

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to become the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS).

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Framlingham Castle reopens following £1.2 million investment and conservation work

Framlingham Castle has reopens its doors after a £1.2 million investment and conservation project, allowing visitors to uncover the 900-year-old story of the site.

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Memorial to school children killed WW1 air raid receives higher heritage protection

War memorial to commemorate the 18 children of Upper North Street School in Poplar, East London, who were killed in a German air raid on 13 June 1917, 100 year ago, has been upgraded to Grade II* on Historic England … Continue reading

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Awards aplenty at IHBC‘s Manchester School 2017: Gus Astley Student Awards and Marsh

The Annual Dinner of the IHBC’s 2017 School in Manchester’s MOSI concluded with the presentations of awards, prizes and certificates to a range of winners across the IHBC’s renowned Gus Astley Student Award as well as the second year of … Continue reading

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IHBC Gus Astley Student Award 2017 closes 31 July – winners at Belfast School 2018

The IHBC’s 2017 Gus Astley Student Award will soon close to 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 … Continue reading

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Councils urged to apply for HAZ status to access funding to restore historic buildings

Councils and other local groups are being invited to apply for Historic England’s new round of Heritage Action Zone status – which, as LocalGov news service highlights, ‘could mean funds and expert help in restoring historic buildings and sites.’

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