Monthly Archives: April 2017

IHBC’s 2017 Yearbook now out: On ‘infrastructure’, inspired by IHBC’s 2017 Annual School and introduced by HLF’s Ros Kerslake

More than 5500 copies of the IHBC’s Yearbook for 2017 are being distributed to members and sector leaders, containing feature articles linked to the IHBC’s 2017 Annual School theme of ‘Historic Transport Infrastructure’, as well as the regular IHBC resources, … Continue reading

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‘Thatch conservation in a day’: Book now – 17 May, Peterborough

Another remarkable day of IHBC-recognised CPD on the ‘Conservation of Thatch’, is on offer on 17 May, in Peterborough, with costs supported by Historic England.

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Reminder: IHBC helps open CIOB/NT conference: ‘Successful Operation of Historic Building’, London 3 May

IHBC director, Sean O’Reilly will join in opening this joint CIOB/National Trust conference and the IHBC will host a stand at this one day event which focuses on ‘the key tools to ensure the successful operation of historic buildings.’

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR pick’ of the week: Torfaen CBC’s ‘on-site survey of scheduled structures /buildings’, valued @ £15,000 & closing 15 May

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly Bulletins that bring tender and other business opportunities together into one handy resource, and the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes HE’s New Director of Planning: Ian Morrison

The IHBC has welcomed the news that Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund is to be Historic England’s (HE’s) next Director of Planning and will lead the heritage body’s Planning staff across nine regional offices at a … Continue reading

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Crispin Truman leaves CCT to head CPRE

Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of The Churches Conservation Trust, is to vacate his post there at the end of July to take up the position of CEO of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

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Archbishops set up Cathedrals Working Group

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have set up a Cathedrals Working Group, CWG, in response to a recent call for a revision of the adequacy of the current Cathedrals Measure. image by S.McLeish

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Court rules Kensington ‘candy-cane’ house stripes can stay

A woman who decorated her London townhouse with red and white stripes can ignore a council order to repaint it, the High Court has ruled.

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BEFS: Financing the Historic Environment presentations online

Insightful and colourful presentations from a range of speakers who contributed to a two-day BEFS conference in Glasgow are now available online.

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A warning for cultural WHSs? Almost half natural WHSs threatened by illegal trade, says WWF

Many World Heritage Sites (WHSs) inscribed for their cultural values face pressures, but the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) points out that nearly half the natural WHSs are at risk from the same kinds of industry that can threaten cultural sites, … Continue reading

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CCT: Lead Theft at St John the Baptist, Inglesham, Wiltshire

The Churches Conservation Trust has announced that on Tuesday 11th April they discovered that the lead roof covering had been stolen from Inglesham church.

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UK’s most picturesque streets revealed… by National Express

The Shambles, York’s famous fourteenth century market road, has been named Britain’s prettiest street following a survey by National Express Group.

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IHBC welcomes HE’s ‘Heritage Crime Guidance for Sentencers’ update

The IHBC has welcomed Historic England’s (HE) update of its Heritage Crime Guidance for Sentencers, which is designed to assist Judges, Magistrates and their legal advisers in determining the appropriate sentence for a heritage crime.

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Be a ‘Friend’ to the IHBC’s 2017 Manchester School and use your network to join ours, absolutely free! (Limited Offer)

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘This year the IHBC is offering a chance for sector organisations to have a free place on our School website as a ‘Friend’ of the School.  You can have a logo linking to your website … Continue reading

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RTPI on Industrial Strategy: Misses links to housing, environment and climate change

The RTPI has outlined its response to the UK Government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’ saying ‘it fails to link up with other government strategies such as housing and the environment’.

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Working update on diversity in the Historic Environment Sector: HEF and Heritage 2020

Members of England’s lead link heritage grouping, the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) and the working groups of the linked initiative Heritage 2020 recently came together to discuss diversity in the historic environment sector.

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Residents in luxury Southbank flats sue Tate Modern over ‘nosy tourists peering into windows from balcony’

Wealthy residents living in the Neo Bankside flats along London’s Southbank are suing the Tate Modern over its public balcony which allows gallery-goers to look straight into their luxury apartments.

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London pub numbers drop 25%, as Mayor seeks to halt decline: Ideas welcome via SPG ‘Night-time Economy’ consultation

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has released new figures, which he branded as ‘shocking’, revealing that London has lost 1,220 pubs since 2001 – an average of 81 closures a year, and seeks suggestions linked to a consultation on ‘Culture and … Continue reading

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EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2017: winners announced on 5 April 2017 include two UK winners

The European Commission and Europa Nostra revealed the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field including two from the UK Cromford Mills Building,Derbyshire, and Samphire Maritime Project in … Continue reading

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Guardian features economic opportunities for historic swimming pools

The Guardian has published a headline feature exploring how events organised as part of a funding drive for Manchester’s Victoria Baths, which sold out quicker than Glastonbury, is the latest in a long line of projects to restore historic swimming … Continue reading

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Campaigners battle Barratt to save historic Birmingham church

Conservation campaigners are calling for Barratt Homes to halt plans to demolish the church and former orphanage as part of major new housing estate as both Save Britain’s Heritage and The Victorian Society have voiced objections to Birmingham City Council.

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Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed on building site

The BBC has reported that two horse skeletons and the remains of a chariot dating back to the Iron Age have been found on a housing development in East Yorkshire. 

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IHBC SW Branch: ‘Heritage in Law’ conference, Bristol, 9 June – Reduced rates for IHBC

The IHBC’s South West (SW) Branch explores ‘Heritage in Law’ at its 2017 Conference, supported by Historic England, with IHBC Full Member Dr Charles Mynors as keynote speaker, and taking place in Bristol on 9 June and with reduced rates … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes BEFS’ success in new National Performance Framework heritage measures: Critical disrepair in pre-1919 dwellings

The IHBC has welcomed the announcement by Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) that, following active engagement with the Scottish Government and across is members, a new National Performance Framework (NPF) measure for the historic environment has been adopted, the percentage … Continue reading

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IHBC’s digital Contexts – Full issues going online: 1-20 available now! And if you have Issue 4, let us know!

The IHBC has commenced the posting online of the complete issues of Context, originally the ‘Newsletter’ of the predecessor organisation, the ACO, and today the historic environment practitioner’s best source for accessible expertise in contemporary conservation, with issues 1-20 now … Continue reading

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