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 becomes almost impossible’.

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

edinburgh viewA 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. Continue reading

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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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Interested in IHBC’s UK plans… and heritage policy? Late opportunities to attend Council+ in Birmingham, 18 May

The next meeting of the IHBC’s UK-wide advisory board, ‘Council+’ (C+), is on Thursday 18 May, in Birmingham and, due to changes, places are now available for members of any category to help us advance discussions on IHBC forward plans and our policy arrangements.

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IHBC’s 2017 School bursaries still available: ‘Money’s not the barrier’ to the 2017 Manchester School on ‘Transport Infrastructure’

Manchester 2017 conference websiteSome bursaries are still available for the IHBC’s 2017 School in Manchester on ‘Transport Infrastructure’, on 22-24 June, so if you need help, apply now!

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IHBC CPD boost: Extend your skills using Designing Buildings Wiki’s ‘Top 50’

Designing Buildings Wiki homepageThe IHBC’s Conservation Wiki is part of Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), the construction industry knowledge base, and to celebrate reaching 5,000 articles, DBW has listed its most popular articles, any of which can be useful starting points for members to advance Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

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HESPR top Pick: Swansea seeks comprehensive survey for Hafod Copperworks Archaeological Assessment, closing 1 June

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 week features a call from the City and County of Swansea for a comprehensive survey to inform Hafod Copperworks Archaeological Assessment and Community Archaeology, closing 1 June, and with no value stated.

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

Context 148 front coverThe 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 and arguing that ‘the civic movement really is the last line of defence to champion the importance of the 10,000 conservation areas across England.’

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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!

Angel Awards 2017 website 120517Historic 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
  • Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
  • Best Craftsmanship or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
  • Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation of a Historic Place.

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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 buildings in the pipeline to 436.

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

WMF Modern Century website 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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IHBC on CPD and much more for RICS Journal readers: ‘Talk to people’ and use the tools

RICS Journal May 2017IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly has written an opinion piece for the new RICS Building Conservation Journal on Continuing Professional Development (CPD), in which he observes that some of the best CPD comes from talking to people who have contrasting views on conservation, while other IHBC members such as Henry Russell and John Edwards offer invaluable practice updates and insights on useful tools such as BS 7913.

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IHBC joins America’s SAH in Glasgow, 7-11 June: ‘…first SAH outside USA in 40 years’

SAH Glasgow Conference 2017The IHBC will host a stand at the 70th Annual International Conference of The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), from 7-11 June, at various locations around and beyond Glasgow, in this notable historic event, ‘the first time that SAH has met outside North America in over 40 years’. 

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

Context 146 page 27The 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 inform yourself of these through IHBC’s Context write-ups from September 2016.

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Adopt a Canal: with the Canal and Rivers Trust

Canal and River Trust website May 2017The 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 c.£280m for agri-environment schemes and rural projects with a heritage component.

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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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CIOB and National Trust, with IHBC, help mainstream heritage in building operations

IHBC Areas of Competence imageThe IHBC stand at the CIOB/National Trust conference, ‘Keys to the Successful Operation of Historic Buildings’, on 3 May, in London’s Somerset House, offered delegates easy access to career and related practice advice from IHBC officers – Director Seán O’Reilly and Support Officer Carla Pianese – and IHBC volunteer and Full Member Rachael Parry, also a member of the IHBC’s new membership forum, ‘Council+’.

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

Conservation of Thatch 2017Another 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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IHBC’s HESPR top Pick: Urban planning and landscape consultant(s) sought for Round 2 Sydney Gardens restoration, closing 22 May, £165,000

HESPR websiteThe IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly Bulletins of tender and other business opportunities into one handy resource, while the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from Bath & North East Somerset for urban planning and landscape architectural consultant(s) to support a Round 2 application for Parks for People funding for the Sydney Gardens restoration project, closing 22 May and valued at £165,000.

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IHBC’s extra weekly HESPR pick: HLF seeks ‘Think pieces’ on roles in ‘new UK housing supply’ – closing 15 May; £25,000 (inc. VAT)

An additional notice from the IHBC’s weekly HESPR bulletin – the regular publication of work opportunities for members of the IHBC’s business network listing, HESPR – is the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) notice seeking ‘think pieces’ on ‘an ambitious role’ for the HLF ‘in creating new housing supply across the UK’, closing 25 May, with up to £5,000 (inc VAT) allocated to develop each of 5 successful submissions.

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