Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Five towns and cities shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea have been shortlisted to host UK City of Culture 2021, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen announced following a meeting of the independent advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond. Contains public sector … Continue reading

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Jodrell Bank’s Mark II telescope gets Grade I listed status

Jodrell Bank’s second largest radio telescope has been given Grade I listed status for its pioneering role in radio astronomy.

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New Generation Thinkers scheme 2018 from AHRC: Bringing university research and ideas to broad audiences via media 

A pioneering scheme New Generation Thinkers 2018 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working … Continue reading

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National Churches Trust’s ‘Five point plan’ to secure the future of the UK’s church buildings

A five point plan to secure the future of the UK’s church buildings has been set out by the National Churches Trust as follows: Prioritise the maintenance of church buildings. Make more churches centres for the community. Put churches firmly … Continue reading

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LI Feature: Glasgow designs for exhibition aim to calm, shelter and entertain the public

Glasgow gets huggable street furniture The Landscape Institute (LI) has featured work from Glasgow design team, SLAPS, which has produced two pieces of ‘social furniture’, as part of the Galvanize! exhibition in the city.

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Halifax Piece Hall opens after £19m regeneration

The UK’s only surviving 18th Century cloth trading hall has re-opened after a £19m restoration. image The Piece Hall Trust website

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HES Blog: Conservation work to unroofed nave at Dunkeld Cathedral

Without a roof to protect it, the stone of Dunkeld Cathedral is vulnerable to changing climate but specialist conservation team are working to protect it – from 1920 into Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, as a blog from … Continue reading

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Lords Select Committee on ‘citizenship and civic engagement’ launches Call for Evidence: Deadline 7/8 September

The House of Lords has set up a Select Committee on civic engagement, with Lord Hodgson as chair, to explore the issues of citizenship and civic engagement in the 21st century, to report by 31 March 2018 and with a … Continue reading

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New Listings Announced to Celebrate 70 Years of Protecting England’s Historic Buildings

Five fascinating places, including a London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station and a ‘hobbit house’ in Yorkshire, have been listed to mark 70 years of protecting England’s extraordinary historic buildings.

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Trudi Elliott to stand down as RTPI chief executive

The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) chief executive Trudi Elliott has announced that she is to step down from the post.

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Keep it London – Putting Heritage at the Heart of London’s Future

A new Historic England (HE) report says heritage should be at the core of planning and recognised as vital for future growth.

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Wales’ Local Government Secretary announces major shake up of council elections and details of new Local Government Bill

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, Mark Drakeford, announces details of new Local Government Bill with regional planning changes.

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Scottish Civic Trust 50th Anniversary celebration: Nominations sought for 50 favourite doors!

To celebrate its 50th anniversary the Scottish Civic Trust is seeking nominations for the 50 favourite Scottish doors, in a project partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management and part of the Doors Open Days 2017, supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

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IHBC CPD boost: Advance your IHBC competences in ‘History’ & ‘Design’ with documentaries on top architects

OpenCulture, the free online culture resource, offers links to new documentaries on famous architects & buildings, including the Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Hadid & many more, an easy way to develop skills across the IHBC’s ‘Areas of Competence’, your institute’s core … Continue reading

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England’s new Ministers acknowledge heritage values – THA to consult members in advance of October meeting with Gove

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has summarized the positive responses by various Ministers and Departments to congratulatory letters that included the Heritage Manifesto, and will gather members’ views in advance of a meeting with Michael Gove, Environment Secretary, scheduled for 11 … Continue reading

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Plans unveiled for new London ‘Culture mile’

The area between Farringdon and Moorgate is to become ‘culture mile’ over next 10-15 years.

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Warning after ancient Preseli Hills monuments damaged

Ancient rocks at a protected site in Pembrokeshire are being moved, damaged or stolen by visitors, conservationists have warned, according to reports from the BBC. image Pembrokeshire College’s Army preparation training course

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The SPAB’s ‘The Philip Webb Award’ 2017: closing 11 Sept 

Entries for the Philip Webb annual award for recent graduates and Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture will close on 11 September.

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Multi-million pound Welsh Streets transformation to go on show

Multi-million pound Welsh Streets transformation to go on show A multi-million pound project to transform dozens of empty Victorian homes in the Toxeth area of Liverpool into rental properties is being unveiled at a heritage open weekend.

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The Andor Gomme Collection of photographs now available

Almost 2,200 photographs from the Andor Gomme Collection are now available and the catalogue records can be searched via the Historic England Archive website.

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HLF: Restoration of (Mr) Turner’s House Sandycombe Lodge complete

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) writes that the conservation and restoration of Sandycombe Lodge, the Twickenham villa of one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters is now complete, made possible by money from National Lottery players. image from HLF website article … Continue reading

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Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The government has announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. DCLG Marsham Street London Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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Developers warned of legal action for unauthorised work at Tonedale House and Tonedale Mill in Wellington

Developers warned of legal action for unauthorised work at Tonedale House and Tonedale Mill in Wellington Taunton Deane Borough Council is warning developers that they face legal action unless they call an immediate halt to illegal work being carried out … Continue reading

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LGA to showcase partnership approaches to positive planning: So show off yours… by 15 August!

The Local Government Association (LGA) is developing a publication in to showcase effective partnership approaches to positive planning, so if you would like to showcase work you have done in your area, please contact jo.allchurch@local.gov.uk by 15 August 2017.

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Plans to dismantle Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay approved

Plans to dismantle the Grade II-listed Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay have been approved by councillors.

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