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Wales’ Economy Secretary launches UK’s first statutory list of historic place names

A new online resource that has already recorded nearly 350,000 historic place names in Wales and will capture their historical importance for generations to come has being launched by Economy Secretary, Ken Skates.

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UNESCO: UK Explanation of Vote (EoV) concerning the Jerusalem and Culture resolutions

EoV delivered by the UK Delegation to UNESCO, regarding the Jerusalem resolution and the resolution concerning Educational And Cultural Institutions in the Occupied Arab Territories. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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Celebrating Scotland’s ‘Year of Heritage etc’ in parks and greenspaces

To celebrate its year of heritage, history and archaeology Parks Scotland has launched their Heritage and History campaign to promote the diversity of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces highlighting projects that are working to develop park and greenspace heritage.

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Belfast dry docks may lose listed building status

Two dry docks which are the oldest part of Belfast’s port may lose listed status as a result of a review by Northern Ireland’s heritage authorities, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

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Italy giving away dozens of historic buildings for free (with just one catch: tourism)

From ancient castles, monasteries, convents and towers to old farmhouses, schools and inns, 103 of Italy’s historic buildings are being given away for free with one requirement: all takers will need to commit to transforming the properties into tourist facilities … Continue reading

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University of Dundee invites people to virtually design new building

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, the University of Dundee invited people to design and build a new iconic university building in a virtual version of Dundee.

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Changes in Wales’ EIA highlighted

The Chief Planner for Wales, Neil Hemington, has written to all heads of planning in Wales about changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regime due to come into force on 16 May.

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London’s Skyline Campaign launches petition against change to Westminster’s tall buildings policy

The Skyline Campaign has launched a petition against proposed change to Westminster Council’s policy on tall buildings, arguing it would be the ‘kiss of death to conservation’, and describing the consultation questionnaire as ‘devious and dishonest’.

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Brick Awards 2017 now open: Closing 9 June

Nominations for the Brick Awards 2017 are now open, with 15 different categories celebrating brick in every aspect of design and construction, and with a closing date of 9 June.

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Opinion: WHS status for Lake District? Not if it’s preserving a sheepwrecked monument to subsidised overgrazing and ecological destruction

George Monbiot, writing in the Guardian, argues that, with UNESCO deciding in the next few weeks about inscribing the Lake District as a World Heritage Site, this would lock the Lake district into its ‘current shocking state’, ensuring that ‘recovery … Continue reading

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Discover Edinburgh in 101 extraordinary objects: Part of Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology

A new visitor experience ‘Edinburgh 101’ is launched as part of a plan to connect as many people as possible from all backgrounds to the heritage of the city, as party of Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology.

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Brodsworth Hall ‘posh privy’ unveiled: BBC Celebrates!

An outdoor privy at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire is being hailed as ‘one of the poshest in the country’ after being restored at a Victorian country house.

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CV Vice President Sandys highlights 33% reduction in conservation officers: Communities -‘Make conservation a national issue’

The Vice-President of Civic Voice (CV) – the link body for England’s civic bodies – Laura Sandys, calls on communities to join Civic Voice’s Big Conservation Conversation and make conservation a national issue, highlighting the 33% reduction in conservation officers … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: Historic England’s Heritage Angels Awards open till 4 June: Say ‘Well Done’ to someone you know – even yourself!

Historic England’s Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage, and opportunities for nomination and application are currently open with four award categories to apply for in 2017: Best Rescue of a Historic Building … Continue reading

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Survey: More tall buildings planned for London as 436 now projected

A new report by New London Architecture (NLA) and GLHearn (part of Capita Real Estate) reveals that there are an additional 119 new tall buildings planned for London since this time last year, which takes the total number of tall … Continue reading

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World Monuments Fund seeks suggestions on ‘modern buildings that matter’, by May 26

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) Modern Century initiative is a social media discussion about modern architecture and preservation, linked to Instagram posts, and is looking for suggestions on ‘modern buildings that matter’ to people, by May 26.

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Local press perspectives: Black Isle residents save 600-year-old kirk buildings

A Black Isle community has celebrated getting its own ‘treasure’ back after saving a medieval church from ‘the point of no return’, according to a feature from Aberdeen’s Press and Journal.

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CPD boost in advance of IHBC’s 2017 School? Look again at Context on 2016’s Saturday tours

The Saturday tours visited different sites in and around Worcester – from the Jewellery Quarter and Dudley Castle to Malvern station and the King’s School, and in anticipation of our 2017 School on ‘Historic Transport Infrastructure’, you can remind or … Continue reading

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Adopt a Canal: with the Canal and Rivers Trust

The Canal and Rivers Trust is seeking groups to look after stretches of waterway across England and Wales.

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THA ‘Brexit Briefing’ update: 10-Year European funding provided c.£280m for heritage linked agri-environment schemes etc.

The Heritage Alliance (THA), England’s link body for heritage organisations, has produced a ‘Brexit briefing’ which has been updated to highlight how in the past 10 years the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, including LEADER, has provided England with … Continue reading

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GI Parnham House fire update: Experts assesses damage

Experts have been assessing the damage at Parnham House, a Grade I (GI) 16th Century listed stately home near Beaminster which was gutted in a suspicious fire on Easter Sunday, with the Dorset Echo reporting locally on progress.

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Architects see confidence levels rise in March ‘Future trends’ survey

The Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) monthly ‘Future Trends’ workload index gained strength in March 2017 – rising to +22 from +16 in February 2017.

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Bath Preservation Trust issues guidance for local LB owners

Bath Preservation Trust has launched a new publication giving guidance to owners on how to make changes to Listed Buildings (LBs) in Bath.

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English Heritage invests £1M to preserve Hurst Castle

Conservation has started to restore Hurst Castle in Hampshire that was used up until the Second World War.

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THA publishes ‘Heritage Manifesto 2017’

The Heritage Alliance (THA) England’s heritage link body, has published ‘The Heritage Manifesto 2017’.

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