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RSA Heritage Index Update: Thoughts on criteria and datasets sought now

The Royal Society for Arts (RSA) is asking for help to update last year’s Heritage Index, including both thoughts on criteria (survey closing 7 September) and suggestions for new data. The RSA writes: In September 2015, we launched the first … Continue reading

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Civic Voice & Reading Civic Society urge action on future of parks

Civic Voice have stressed the need for all civic societies to respond to the parliamentary inquiry on parks (by 30 September), also highlighting the work of Reading Civic Society in lobbying on this area. Civic Voice writes: Reading Civic Society … Continue reading

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Wandsworth Council – most ‘pub friendly’?

Wandsworth Council in London is potentially the most ‘pub friendly’ Local Authority, as it has introduced Article 4 Directions to restrict changes of use to public houses. Wandsworth Council writes: Wandsworth has cemented its reputation as the ‘most pub-friendly council’ … Continue reading

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Masonry company seeks help on bail out from cash flow problems

The Stone Specialist reports that conservation contractor William Anelay, which recently featured on the BBC2 Hairy Builders programme, has announced it is having cash-flow problems in its masonry company and is asking creditors to help bail it out by accepting … Continue reading

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Seven projects receive HES funding – including ‘Outlander Castle’

A castle in the Highlands of Scotland, believed to be the inspiration for ‘Castle Leoch’ in Outlander, is one of the recipients of the latest round of heritage repair grant funding from Historic Environment Scotland (HES). HES writes: Castle Leod … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing to put heritage of burial grounds on the map

A project which started in Shropshire, led by the charity Caring for God’s Acre, is aiming to go nationwide through a crowdsourced heritage map of burial grounds, helping to improve understanding of the importance of the heritage and biodiversity of … Continue reading

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IHBC London launches ‘Character Building’ conference: Heritage at the heart of planning and placemaking – 4 Oct

The renowned IHBC London Branch Conferences continue their remarkable run on Tuesday 4 October when they explore ‘character building’ in place management, reaching across place-related practices to look at how we might set heritage more productively within planning and placemaking. … Continue reading

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Disability and the built environment inquiry

The Women and Equalities Committee have launched an inquiry into the accessibility of homes, buildings and public spaces. The Women and Equalities Committee writes: The accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces is an issue not just for those … Continue reading

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High Court challenge to Sheffield City Region plans claims loss of local control

Derbyshire County Council is to launch a judicial review challenge over a consultation on proposals to put a Sheffield City Region Mayor in charge of some council services in Chesterfield, after claiming the largest town in the county would no … Continue reading

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HE calls for call in of London tower

Historic England has called on the Communities Secretary to call-in proposals for a 25-storey residential tower at Somers Town near St Pancras Railway Station – a scheme already approved by Camden Council and the London mayor – which the heritage … Continue reading

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CBI responds to apprenticeships: ‘concern over timescales’

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has suggested that the timescale for implementation of the new apprenticeship levy should be reconsidered. The CBI writes: Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: ‘We welcome the Government’s focus on growing investment in apprenticeships, and … Continue reading

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£55 million of HLF funding revealed

The latest recipients of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funding have been revealed, they include UK’s only surviving gas-lit cinema and Kelmscott Manor. HLF writes: The investment is set to secure a bright future for some much-loved heritage, boost tourism and create … Continue reading

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What is your heritage dream project? Funding available!

The People’s Postcode Lottery has launched the 2017 round of its Dream Fund, with a closing date of September 15- heritage engagement is eligible for up to £1m funding The People’s Postcode Lottery writes: The Dream Fund gives organisations the … Continue reading

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Call for Entries- Arts & Business Scotland Awards

The thirtieth annual awards of Arts & Business Scotland are open for entries (closing date 30 September); Place, Placemaking and museums are included as categories, why not enter? Arts & Business Scotland writes: Arts & Business Scotland is inviting nominations … Continue reading

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Swansea Canal restoration news- allies include engineer that helped bury it!

A historic Welsh canal route is being revitalised with the help of an engineer who was originally involved in filling in the canal in the 1970’s. The Canal and River Trust writes: Volunteers working to restore lost sections of the … Continue reading

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HE protects three shipwrecks

Three historic shipwrecks in South West England have been given protection by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.  Historic England writes: Shipwrecks have been a source of inspiration to English writers, artists … Continue reading

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