Take control of your career as an IHBC Associate: accreditation @ under £90 pa (after tax, max!)

For under £90 a year after tax, and potentially for much less, you can secure the IHBC’s conservation benefits, support and accreditation; while there is also a lot of other support for any IHBC members on low income (50% reduction for those under £17,500 pa) or facing hardship (up to 75% support for those under £12,500, and up to 100% under special circumstances).

IHBC Vice-Chair Emilia McDonald said: ‘Conservation practitioners can no longer presume that their employers will take care of their professional development – there’s just not enough money or capacity out there.  So it is all the more important for practitioners with recognisable conservation roles or duties to make sure that their skills are verifiable, both by the existing employer as well as any prospective new employer or client.’

‘The IHBC’s new category of conservation accreditation, as an IHBC Associate, is the ideal way to have your skills tested and quality-assured while also looking towards full IHBC membership.’

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘IHBC accreditation through membership is extremely cost-effective, at about £2 a week after tax, while for those under £17,500 income, at less than £1 a week it is little more than the cost of some specialist associations, and yet with all the added benefits of a professional body.’

‘And it gets better: anyone with an annual income under £12,500, such as students in particular, can apply for 75% fee reductions, while even 100% subsidies are on offer if you are developing your skills by volunteering in the sector or facing particular professional or personal challenges.  And for that you get some of the most substantial benefits available to built and historic environment conservation practitioners.’

‘Clearly the IHBC continues to do all it can to support access to credible conservation!’

To review conservation accreditation and related schemes available to practitioners see the IHBC’s listing of specialist registers

To see the IHBC’s list of accredited practitioners, which includes Full Members electing to use the service as well as all Associates, see our Database of Accredited Practitioners

IHBC fees

IHBC hardship support and other support 

To find our more about Associate membership and the application process, see our introduction to membership categories at http://ihbconline.co.uk/1new/join/Catagories/index.html


To join follow have your CV or similar resource to and follow the llnk from http://www.ihbc.org.uk/join/page29/index.html

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Keep up to date with the Planning (Wales) Bill

The Welsh Government is issuing weekly bulletins of progress of the Planning (Wales) Bill on their website, as well as posting updates on social media.

The Welsh Government writes:
The third weekly bulletin keeping you up to date on the progress of the Planning (Wales) Bill as it moves through the National Assembly for Wales’ legislative process before it can become an Act.

This bulletin includes a message from the Minister for Natural Resources and a summary of Part 3 as well as;

  • Pre-application Procedure;
  • Consultation on Frontloading the Development Management System; and
  • Changes from the Draft Bill to the Bill as introduced.

Follow the Welsh Government on Twitter

Follow the debates and contribute to the online discussions via the hashtags #planningbillwales and #positiveplanning

View the week 3 weekly bulletin

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Tall Buildings Guidance: Views sought – Design Council & EH

The Design Council and English Heritage (EH) have released a revised version of the 2007 CABE & EH tall building guidance document, and are seeking views on the draft by 30 November.

The Design Council writes:
There has been an upswing in the number of applications for tall buildings. Over the last seven years both English Heritage and Design Council have commented on many tall building applications and our experience is reflected in the draft advice out for consultation. The National Planning Policy Framework has also changed Government Planning Policy and the revised document now reflects this.

The main principles from the original document remain the same: that in the right place; well-designed tall buildings make positive contributions to city life and can be excellent works of architecture in their own right and stimulate investment.  However, by virtue of their size and visibility, such buildings can also harm the qualities that people value about a place. One of the principal failings of certain tall buildings is the lack of appreciation or understanding of the immediate and wider context both visually and in terms of impact on heritage.

Clare Devine, Director of Architecture and Built Environment at Design Council said: ‘Since we published our Tall Buildings Guidance with English Heritage in 2007 we have seen an increase in the number of tall buildings coming to Cabe Design Review. In addition, the introduction of the new national planning policy means, of appropriate scale, in the right place at the right time’.

Design Council and English Heritage would like to hear your views on the revised Tall Buildings document which gives advice on the heritage and design issues related to tall buildings in the planning system.   The consultation is open from 16 October until 30 November 2014.

Download the draft guidance

Design Council press release & how to respond

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Civic Voice & Heritage Alliance: heritage manifestos

Ahead of the 2015 elections, Civic Voice have today launched a new civic manifesto for 2015-2020 entitled ‘Localism for Real’ while  Heritage Alliance has a ‘power of heritage’ manifesto calling on politicians to recognise the importance of heritage to everyone.

Civic Voice is calling for:

  • Every local authority to produce a Place Improvement Strategy
  • Policy to support collaborative planning for major development and local plans
  • Policy to enable local authorities to control use classes and permitted development rights according to local need 

Civic Voice writes:
Griff Rhys Jones, campaigner and Civic Voice President has today claimed that there is a crisis in civic engagement when he launched the manifesto of the civic movement at its annual convention in Canterbury on Friday 24 October.

Griff said ‘We face a crisis of civic engagement. This is a symptom of the frustration people feel as power is taken away from communities and they are subject to tokenistic consultation. We need to give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place and to give communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper’.

To achieve ‘Localism for Real’, the Civic Manifesto:Localism for Real is calling on future Government’s to:

  • Make improving the quality of the public realm in our cities, towns and villages a priority
  • Give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place
  • Give local communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper

Griff added ‘If the Government is serious about Localism, they have to listen to the concerns coming forward from civic groups, resident associations and local councils. Government mut give local communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper ‘

Chair of Civic Voice, Freddie Gick said: ‘We believe the manifesto, ‘Localism for Real’ puts power back into the hands of communities and will give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place’

Civic Voice is calling for:

  • Every local authority to produce a Place Improvement Strategy
  • Policy to support collaborative planning for major development and local plans
  • Policy to enable local authorities to control use classes and permitted development rights according to local need 

Heritage Alliance (HA) writes:
The Heritage Alliance is calling on the UK government to realise the power of heritage.

Representing the broad consensus of the independent heritage sector, our manifesto calls on all political parties to adopt specific policy measures that ensure that the protection, conservation, alongside factors contributing to the resilience and well-being of the independent heritage sector continue to be met through wider government objectives.

This resource contains an online version of our manifesto, access to in-depth supplementary briefings on our key asks, alongside details on how you can become actively involved in our advocacy campaign in the build-up to the 2015 General Election.

Download the Civic manifesto 

Download the Heritage Alliance manifesto

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Online thesaurus boost for architectural history etc. in Gaelic

A new online Gaelic thesaurus which includes translation of special historic environment terms has been launched by Historic Scotland (HS), The Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), with financial support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Historic Scotland writes:
Gaelic speakers and learners can now access specialised Gaelic terminology relating to the historical environment, via an online thesaurus online thesaurus which has been launched as a joint project by Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, with financial support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The thesaurus contains more than 4,000 terms and is aimed at Gaelic speakers, learners and schools, as well as the general public. It provides terminology relating to areas such as architecture, archaeology and history as well as place-names for many historical sites.  As a thesaurus, it not only functions as an English-Gaelic, Gaelic-English dictionary of terminology but also provides the meaning of each term in both languages.

Alasdair MacCaluim, Historic Scotland Gaelic Language and Policy Officer said:  ‘The thesaurus is an invaluable aid for translators or anybody with an interest in reading or writing about Scotland’s historical environment in Gaelic. By providing consistent and standardised terminology for this specialist area, it will add to the development of the language’s corpus’.

Peter McKeague, Database and GIS Projects manager at RCAHMS said: ‘Scotland leads the way in multi-lingual Linked Data thesauri. Until now our vocabularies and thesauri have acted as informal standards on the Internet.  Publication of the Scottish Monument terms as Linked Data will improve data quality and allow our terms to act as vocabulary hubs on the Internet.’

Through the SENESCHAL project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Gaelic monument terms are available in machine readable format as part of the Scottish Monument type Thesaurus published on the www.heritagedata.org website; the home of Linked Data Vocabularies for Cultural Heritage.

Head of Gaelic Usage at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, David Boag said: ‘The National Gaelic Language Plan highlights the requirement for projects which add strength and consistency to Gaelic language corpus development.  It is vital that Gaelic is able to be used in the growing range of contexts in which it features on a daily basis, within Scotland and beyond.  Bòrd na Gàidhlig cannot achieve this without partners and we fully acknowledge the work that Historic Scotland and RCAHMS have undertaken in support of this aim and we welcome the creation of this high quality, valuable resource.’

HS press release

Heritage Data

View the thesaurus

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HER survey results 2014 & COs

The most up to date survey of England’s Historic Environment Records (HERs) looks at recent trends in data availability, maintenance and use including working practice with local Conservation Officers.

English Heritage (EH) writes:
‘The Historic Environment Record (HER) Content and Computing Survey 2014 has been carried out across HERs, Sites and Monument Records (SMRs) and Urban Archaeological Databases (UADs) in England. The aim of the survey was to gather current statistical information on HERs in England. The survey concentrated on the content of HERs, and how the data is stored and made available. The survey has previously been run in 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2012.’

Key points likely to be of most interest to members include:

  • 68% of HERs consult with Conservation Officers at least once every 6 months or more on their requirements for HER information.
  • A decrease in number of HERs not consulting Conservation Officers at all down from 36% to 11%.
  • An increase in the numbers of HERs whose local Conservation Officers use it for reactive casework from 60% to 72% 


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Call for Entries: ICON Conservation Awards 2015

The Institute of Conservation (ICON) has launched a call for entries for the ICON Conservation Awards 2015, with a deadline for applications of 15 May.

ICON writes:
The Icon Conservation Awards celebrate the highest standards of conservation skills, innovation, research and collections care within the UK arts and heritage sector. The awards programme celebrates the work of over 4,000 professional conservators and excellence from across the heritage sector from a community of students, volunteers and special interest groups, all passionate about the restoration and conservation of movable heritage. The 2015 Awards Programme invites projects to apply that help showcase the remarkable achievements of the diverse people behind the projects, and the passion for long-term preservation and conservation of UK heritage. 

The award categories are:

  • The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation (£10,000)
  • The Beko Award for Conservation in the Community (£5,000)
  • The Pilgrim Trust Student of the Year Award (£5,000)
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for the Conservation of an Industrial Artefact (£2,500)
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for Volunteering in the Conservation of an Industrial Heritage Artefact (£2,500)
  • The Anna Plowden Trust Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation (£2,500)

Conservation awards

See IHBC Awards etc  for other awards and opportunities within the Built Environment and conservation

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Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

A new Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has recently been launched as a centre for construction expertise where academics, construction professionals and businesses can collaborate on projects to help construction skills growth.

The Scottish Government writes:
The new Construction Scotland Innovation Centre will become the engine behind business innovation growth and a leading centre for construction expertise, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today.

The centre will provide the 31,000-plus businesses involved in the sector with a one-stop shop for accessing a team of academic experts and public support.

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has been supported by Scottish Funding Council with a total funding package of £9.3 million with additional financial support from the private sector. The centre is being delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 11 Scottish universities.

Launching the new centre at Construction Scotland Annual Conference the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

‘Scotland has many creative, innovative companies and academic institutions capable of identifying growth opportunities and delivering industry solutions.  We are supporting the international competitiveness of our universities by investing over £1 billion in higher education. We are also investing through the Scottish Funding Council £124 million over 6 years in a network of Scottish Innovation Centres allowing us to boost labour productivity and build on our highly-skilled workforces.

‘Innovation Centres are about developing the best environment for businesses and academia to interact, taking innovative ambitious projects of excellence that have the potential to bring millions more to the economy and create thousands of jobs.

‘The construction industry underpins all of Scotland’s key sectors and therefore underpins the success of our whole economy. Working together we can create the best environment for our businesses to thrive in partnership with academia to achieve our goals and aspirations for the sector.’

Chair of Construction Scotland Ed Monaghan said:

‘The Innovation Centre will be instrumental in placing Scotland firmly on the map. Construction already strongly influences the quality of the environment that we live and work in and now more than ever it is essential that we work in together.  It is essential that developments taking shape on projects around the country are connected to the academic capability and innovation in our higher education sector as this will ensure that an innovative culture pervades our industry.  The role of the Innovation Centre is to transform that mindset and ensure innovation becomes business-as-usual, creating a sector that is sustainable and one that generates greater economic impact for Scotland.’ 

IHBC newsblog on heritage and construction skills

Scottish Gov news

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Heritage in Motion Awards: Entries sought

If you are involved in a digital project celebrating heritage, why not enter the European Heritage in Motion Awards, which has a deadline for entries of 1 December. 

Heritage In Motion writes:
Applications can be submitted by various public or private bodies such as national, regional or local authorities, cultural organisations, film producers and film makers, production companies, multimedia companies, game producers, TV stations or public relations agencies. 

Awards are presented in four categories:

  • Apps for Mobile Devices
  • Websites and On-line Content
  • Games and Interactive Experiences
  • Film and Video 

Info on awards and how to enter  

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IHBC Associates: accessible and credible conservation accreditation in your own specialist area

The IHBC has launched its new accredited membership category, IHBC Associates, aimed at helping built and historic environment conservation practitioners progress more easily towards full accredited membership of the IHBC by offering conservation accreditation in their specialist area of practice, and available at under £90 a year after tax, at most!

IHBC President Trefor Thorpe said: I’m delighted that, in the final year of my extended Presidency of the IHBC I’m able to ‘see in’ the introduction of this critical new support strategy for our own Affiliates, and for the wider sector as a whole.  It’s been some years in development, as you’ll appreciate.’

‘Given the dramatic reductions in public sector support for conservation skills and the need for individuals to take firm control of their careers and professional credentials, this is a timely development to help make sure they are practitioners for the future as well as today, whether as a conservation specialist or simply with the support of verifiable skills in working with traditional buildings.’

IHBC Chair Mike Brown said: ‘Credible and accessible accreditation are the hallmarks of the IHBC – credible because of our conservation-compliant Code of Conduct and our disciplinary processes; and accessible because of the low fees, the financial support we offer, and the wide-range of disciplines that we represent.  Now, with specialist accreditation as an Associate of the IHBC on offer, we are extending both credibility and access in one consolidated initiative.’

‘Our new support for the recognition of conservation skills specific to a particular area of practice – for example in planning, architecture, archaeology, projects and heritage skills etc. – means that we can offer a much more rounded and informed representation from the built and historic environment sector.  This way too, our advocacy and educational services as well as our network of interests will all gain the breadth and depth that must always underpin successful interdisciplinary conservation practice.’

‘And accessibility is also extended as we offer accreditation to practitioners from any background – provided they address our membership criteria of course.  And this accreditation now is undoubtedly the most manageable and accessible way to work towards full accredited membership of the IHBC.’

‘So the gold standard in conservation accreditation is now even more within the reach of the entire community of practitioners and professionals in all areas of conservation and traditional building.’

To review conservation accreditation and related schemes available to practitioners see the IHBC’s listing of specialist registers

To see the IHBC’s list of accredited practitioners, which includes Full Members electing to use the service as well as all Associates, see the our Database of Accredited Practitioners

To find our more about Associate membership and the application process, see our introduction to membership categories

To join CLICK HERE (have your CV or similar resource to hand)

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IHBC Associates: key info on accreditation as ‘AssocIHBC’

The launch of the IHBC’s new category of accredited membership, IHBC Associates, offers conservation accreditation in a practitioners’ own area of built or historic environment conservation practice, so the IHBC’s officers are keen to explain some of the scheme’s principles, notably how it can serve as a route to full IHBC membership.

IHBC Membership Secretary Paul Butler said: ‘This is the most substantial innovation in our membership structures since the IHBC started in 1997.  We’ve put a lot of work into making this scheme fit both our own standards and for the needs of the sector.’

‘We know that today both public and private sector operations can’t so easily invest in the long-term development of staff or help them work toward the IHBC’s full membership.  So now the IHBC is offering conservation accreditation in a person’s primary discipline.  Indeed for many learners and practitioners that accreditation will also offer a much more manageable route to full membership.’

‘As ever, anyone seeking formal accreditation in conservation from the IHBC can apply for full membership, but becoming an Associate is a much more accessible option that also offers formal IHBC accreditation in their main discipline.  This way Associate membership is a way to have your own conservation skills recognised by IHBC while also easing the larger challenge of securing inter-disciplinary accreditation as an IHBC Full Member.

‘We are still piloting the new streamlined application forms for Associate applications, and it will get even simpler when these are in place.  But for the moment anyone seeking to become an Associate should simply use the current Full and Associate Member application form.  As it says there, all you need do is concentrate on including the evidence that relates to your own discipline or primary area of conservation-related work.’

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly, said: ‘Remember, too, that our assessors are highly experienced practitioners from a huge range of practices and disciplines, so they are more than able to tell if an applicant has supplied sufficient informed, credible and verifiable evidence to secure IHBC accreditation as an Associate.’

‘Our pre-registration review of applications, also offered at no cost, is another important way for us to guide applicants on their applications, so there’s lots of controls and support on offer to make sure any substantial application gets the right result.’

‘And of course using the Full and Associate application form has the added advantage that you may even be offered accreditation as a Full Member of the IHBC, precluding the need for re-accreditation that comes with being an Associate.  As a Full Member you simply keep up your CPD and make sure that you abide by our Code of Conduct and associated standards, and you can enjoy the full potential of IHBC membership throughout your career, and at the same low cost too!’

Associate IHBC (AssocIHBC): Key information

Accreditation in your primary discipline: Accreditation as an Associate is offered in one of the IHBC’s three generic areas of conservation practice, each of which encompasses disciplines and practices where special conservation skills, knowledge and experience can be critical:

  • Evaluation: e.g.: History; Archaeology; some Surveying roles and some general Heritage Advisory roles
  • Management: e.g.: Planning; early career Conservation Officers; some Project and Building, Area or Site management
  • Intervention: e.g.: Architecture; Engineering; Urban design and regeneration; some Project Management, Development, Contracting and Trade roles

You can find out more about these areas in our full membership application form and other web-based guidance.

AssocIHBC’ – Associates may use only use the letters ‘AssocIHBC’ after their name, such as ‘Jo Bloggs AssocIHBC’:

  • No other post-nominals are approved for use in summarising this category of IHBC accreditation and membership, and professional literature must clarify the category of accreditation and the activity it covers, as described above and in the guidance

Re-accreditation takes place at least every five years

  • Re-accreditation simply requires submission of a current full membership application form, in a process that may also secure full membership of the IHBC

Universal & low-cost costs and support – Associates, like Affiliates and Full Members, can apply for the same financial support and bursary opportunities, without prejudice to their membership category

  • IHBC’s default support is a 50% reduction in fees for those on lower income (under £17,500) with options for 75% support for students and low waged (under £12,500), and up to 100% fee support in exceptional circumstances, such as for student members in need volunteering in the sector and members facing difficult personal, under our Hardship Support scheme

No extra charges – Once joined as an Affiliate, there are no additional charges for applications for accreditation, whether as IHBC Associate or Full member

  • There are no charges for re-accreditation, while re-accreditation may well result in the offer of accreditation as a Full Member of the IHBC

Accreditation as an Associate always applies exclusively to a practitioners’ primary discipline or work practice, as with conservation accreditation schemes in all built environment professional bodies

  • IHBC Full members are formally tested for multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary skills sets, so Associate membership serves also as a step towards full IHBC membership
  • IHBC Associates are listed on the IHBC’s online register of accredited practitioners, linked from our home page, together with the sub-category of their Associate membership: Evaluation; Management, or Intervention.

To review conservation accreditation and related schemes available to practitioners see the IHBC’s listing of specialist registers 

To see the IHBC’s list of accredited practitioners, which includes Full Members electing to use the service as well as all Associates, see our Database of Accredited Practitioners

To find out more about Associate membership and the application process, see our introduction to membership categories

Membership fees 

Hardship support and other support 

To join CLICK HERE  (have your CV or similar resource to hand)

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