Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Consultation: England’s civil society strategy – have your say… by 22 May 

A consultation is now open on having your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities, and closes on 22 May 2018.

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Civic Voice says: Come to a ‘Sharing Success’ event and learn how others are Remembering the Fallen 

Civic Voice’s First World War Memorials Programme is inviting to its ‘Sharing Success’ events to learn how communities are ‘Remembering the Fallen’. Westgate Hall, Canterbury, the venue of Civic Voice’s next First World War Memorials Programme event (Courtesy Civic Voice)

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BEFS updates on HES Policy Statement workshop

In March, Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) held a lively workshop with stakeholders from across the sector to review Historic Environment Scotland’s Policy Statement (HESPS), ahead of the HES consultations and review to be held in 2018 and you can … Continue reading

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World Heritage UK welcomes change of mood on Liverpool’s World Heritage Site

World Heritage UK, the body representing all 31 UK World Heritage Sites, has acknowledged that, in response to UNESCO’s concerns, Liverpool City Council and Peel Holdings have together recently taken three positive initiatives to minimise the risk of Liverpool losing … Continue reading

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Scotland’s ‘Understanding planning ‘jargon’’ briefing by SPICe

A new briefing note by SPICe (The Scottish Parliament Infromation Cente) provides short definitions of commonly used planning terms and abbreviations, characterised as jargon but with each interpretation qualified as being ‘brief summary of what are often complex matters, many … Continue reading

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Victorian ‘dead house’ in Powys is saved from ruin by grant

A ‘dead house’ where bodies were kept in Victorian times before burial is to be saved from ruin as part of the Grade II-listed St Cynog’s church in Boughrood, Powys, that was rebuilt in the 19th Century, is to receive … Continue reading

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HES publishes Annual Operating Plan 2018/19

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has set out its plan for the year ahead with publication of its Annual Operating Plan for 2018/19.

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WAF’s Architectural Photography Awards open for entries

The Architectural Photography Awards, supported by World Architecture Festival (WAF) and inclusive of both full time professional and keen amateur photographers, is now open.

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History Mapped Out: Changes to HES’ PastMap website are making it even easier to search Scotland’s historic sites and landscapes 

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced that, after 6 weeks of being tried, tweaked and tried again, its new version of PastMap is live, with several new and enhanced features.

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Planning Policy Wales Consultation Reminder

The Welsh Government’s consultation on the draft edition 10 of Planning Policy Wales will close in a little over four weeks, on 18 May.

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Kevin McCloud: New Ambassador for the SPAB

A familiar name, face and voice to anyone interested in architecture and design, broadcaster Kevin McCloud is also a thoughtful and informed advocate for building conservation, and the Grand Designs presenter has just become the SPAB’s first official Ambassador. image … Continue reading

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Wales’ Minister for Environment announces over £3.4m for improvements to Designated Landscapes 

Wales’ Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn, has announced more than £3.4m for improvements to Wales’ three National Parks and five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). image Hannah Blythyn – Welsh Government website

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Young person’s heritage manifesto launched on World Heritage Day

A manifesto has been launched by Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) outlining steps necessary to ensure Scotland’s young people feel a stronger connection to the country’s heritage, with headlines guidance that includes: Have honest conversations about heritage and values Allow us … Continue reading

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New Welsh HE consultations include listed places of worship and scheduled monuments, closing 13 July

The Welsh Government has launched it’s third public consultation linked to the implementation of the Historic Environment (HE) (Wales) Act 2016, seeking views on a draft legislative order, on guidance for the management of certain listed places of worship in … Continue reading

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Saltire Infrastructure Awards 2018 now open: Showcasing engineering excellence in Scotland 

Applications are now being accepted for the Saltire Infrastructure Awards 2018, the premier showcase for engineering excellence in Scotland, and close Friday 25 May.

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Industry-supported new CITB Training Model launched

A transformative new system to access training and grant from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has been launched.

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) 2018: closing 24 May

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards, celebrating achievements in planning, right from the detail of processing through to the bigger picture of creating places, with nominations closing 24 May. image … Continue reading

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Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, … Continue reading

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Hidden heritage of burial grounds to be revealed by conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre… with HLF funding 

Conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre, is set to put burial grounds on the heritage map, thanks to £586,700 National Lottery funding announced last January, as the Beautiful Burial Ground project will highlight the valuable buildings, landmarks and wildlife to … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: ‘Kooky’ development backed by heritage groups but fears over tower height 

‘The ‘crazy and kooky’ redevelopment of a college and school has been backed by heritage groups but has sparked concerns over buildings breaching the city’s height limits’, according to a report in the Oxford Mail.

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‘The Old House Show’: The SPAB’s ‘first ever grand exhibition’: Greenwich – 7-8 September, includes free CPD

The Society for the Protection for Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has launched its first ever grand exhibition and tied to the ‘SPAB approach’, which will take place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich on 7-8 September, while offering free Continuing … Continue reading

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Design Council and Social Change UK launch ‘Healthy Placemaking’ report: How do we create places that deliver healthier lives?

Design Council and Social Change UK launched their Healthy Placemaking report which highlighted the outcomes from their survey of over 600 built environment practitioners across the UK including architects, town planners and urban designers, offering insight and understanding on healthy … Continue reading

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New plan unveiled for Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

A new plan for Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns World Heritage Site has  been launched which includes commitments to improve the quality of new development, better manage tourism growth, and deepen residents’ awareness and understanding of the site among other … Continue reading

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Wales publishes report on recent inquiry into the historic environment 

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee of the National Assembly for Wales has published its report on its recent inquiry into the historic environment, entitled ‘Past and Present: Inquiry into the Historic Environment’.

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HE tweets and responds on picture of Nelson’s Column being bulldozed 

  The government heritage body Historic England (HE) has apologised after posting a message online interpreted by some as suggesting that Nelson’s Column should be bulldozed. image Wikimedia Commons

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