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IHBC member survey: 273 respondees, 1 award and infinite possibilities

The IHBC’s Council, through IHBC President Trefor Thorpe, has thanked the many members who contributed to the recent ‘member and user’ survey, highlighting the positive messages it carries as well as the nature of the work to be done by … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes Farrell Review for place of conservation skills in ‘PLACE’, and says ‘We’re here to help!’

The IHBC has warmly welcomed the publication of the Farrell Review report, ‘Our future in place’, especially for the fundamental role it offers conservation, and conservation skills, in its key recommendation for ‘PLACE’ reviews, with ‘the acronym PLACE, based on … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes new Apprenticeship Commission at CITB

The IHBC has welcomed the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announcement of the setting up of a new apprenticeship commission to help deliver a new strategy for construction apprentices, attempting to address issues of the age profile in construction and … Continue reading

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Labour pledges to put locals at the heart of housing planning

Shadow local government secretary Hilary Benn has suggested that local residents could be given ‘first call’ on purchasing new homes in developments in their areas as part of emerging Labour proposals to encourage communities to accept housing growth  The guardian … Continue reading

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Letter to Chief Planning Officers in England

A letter to Chief Planning officers in England highlights recent issues including the budget announcements affecting planning, planning statistics and planning guidance review including changes to listed building consent and village green designations.  With regard to the recent Budget the … Continue reading

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New report on reinventing the high street

A new report issued by Deloitte highlights high street town centre activities in the UK and points towards the relative resilience of the high street in re-occupying vacant shop units.  The executive summary presents a variety of issues as of … Continue reading

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Historic Scotland awards £1.9m for historic building repairs

Six landmark buildings from all corners of Scotland have been awarded a share of £1.9 million of funding by Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland writes: A derelict Peterhead warehouse being brought back into use for social housing and an iconic Glasgow … Continue reading

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First ever Marine Plans launched in England

The first marine plans have been launched in England, guiding sustainable development in coastal regions, with East Inshore and East Offshore covering a wide area of Eastern England coast.  The Marine Management Organisation writes: England’s first ever plans for the … Continue reading

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Heritage graffiti project inspires young offenders

CADW is implementing a new project which aims to help young people learn about heritage through archaeological objects, working with young prisoners to create graffiti murals reflecting the history of Wales. CADW writes Cadw is leading a Heritage Grafitti Project … Continue reading

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Big Society award for pub diversification: ‘Pub Is The Hub’

A scheme which helps pubs diversify to provide services which local communities require has won the Prime Minister’s Big Society award. DCLG writes: Pub Is The Hub a ground breaking organisation that supports country pubs to provide community services such … Continue reading

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Closure of Hadrian’s Wall Trust announced

Loss of finance due to changes in the funding framework has been highlighted as the reason for the announcement of the closure of the Hadrian’s Wall Trust within six months. Statement from Hadrians Wall Trust Trustees Culture 24 article on … Continue reading

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Launch of Cultural Programme for Commemoration of WW1

The UK wide programme of cultural projects marking the centenary of World War One (WW1) was formally launched this week, with a call for people throughout the UK to get involved. DCMS writes: In a speech this morning on board … Continue reading

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Former Selfridges Hotel in London converted into a temporary skatepark

The Orchard Street hotel has been temporarily transformed into the UK’s largest skatepark, with the design taking inspiration from items from the iconic Selfridges history and London landmarks.  It is open to the public until 19 April. Selfridges news releases … Continue reading

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Museum Week roundup: historic museum architecture insights

Over the week from 24–30 March, museums throughout the world celebrated Museums Week, posting content on social networking sites relating to their collections, architecture and behind the scenes work and encouraging members of the public, conservators and curators to interact … Continue reading

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Reminder: early bird rates for IHBC school end 17 April

IHBC members are reminded that the early bird booking rates available for the IHBC’s 2014 school will end on 17 April, so book soon to get reduced rates to learn about the ‘Art of Conservation’ in Edinburgh on 5-7 June, … Continue reading

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IHBC Chair: ‘Help us allocate England’s heritage resources’

Mike Brown, IHBC Chair and Vice Chair of the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) Advisory Board – the group advising English Heritage on the development of the NHPP as a sector-wide strategy for England’s heritage – is calling on IHBC … Continue reading

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Your IHBC: influence Europa Nostra Public Choice Award!

This year’s 2014 Europa Nostra Prize winners have been announced, but IHBC members may be interested to know that there is still a chance to influence the winner of the public choice award, which closes on 20 April 2014. Voting … Continue reading

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