IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Historic Leeds gem’s future, as seen by The Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire Evening Post websiteThe Yorkshire Evening Post describes how an ageing heritage asset, the White Cloth Hall – one of Leeds’ oldest buildings, which dates back to 1771 – deemed at risk after falling into disrepair, could see its future secured as bids are to be decided over a £500,000 transformation.

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Consultation on new ‘National Heritage Science Strategy: 2018-2023’: Closing 20 April 

National Heritage Science Forum websiteHeritage science is the application of science and technology to cultural heritage to improve understanding, management and engagement, and a consultation is open until 20 April 2018 on a new National Heritage Science Strategy: 2018-2023.

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Heritage Alliance publishes first ever international report

THA Report coverThe Heritage Alliance (THA) has published the first ever report on the independent heritage sector’s impact overseas, led by past THA CEO, Kate Pugh.

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£27M funding scheme to improve lakes and rivers in England

water imageA new £27 million scheme is open for applicants to help improve England’s waterways, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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New Chair of the Planning Inspectorate board: RTPI’s former CEO 

Trudi Elliott - PINSRoyal Town Planning Institute CEO Trudi Elliott has been appointed as the new independent Chair of the Planning Inspectorate board.

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Two year pilot £1.8m scheme launched to ‘help build a sustainable future for listed places of worship’

Michael Ellis MPA new two-year £1.8m scheme has ben launched to help build a sustainable future for listed places of worship in England, to be piloted with expert advisors working across the urban and rural areas of Manchester and Suffolk.

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IHBC’s third NewsBlog Branches Update: Explore Branch CPD events across the UK

IHBC Branches OS MapThis third issue of IHBC Branches Update is offering another rich variety of events, offering local CPD across the UK for both members and colleagues, organised by our proactive branches!

Check out the next forthcoming Membership application support session (MATE) offered to our East Midlands Branch on 25 April and on 31 May in Northern Ireland.

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IHBC School CPD Reminder

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New 2018 School CPD boost: Check the benefits of Belfast 2018 with our pilot CPD School Skills matrix, and let your employer know the benefits too!

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IHBC ‘Evaluation’ CPD boost: 1573 Watercolour of Stonehenge’s ‘Ancient Ruins’

logoThe developing practice of drawing Stonehenge ‘from life’ can be seen in a watercolour by Flemish painter Lucas de Heere, dating from circa 1573, with ‘a more topographical approach’ to depicting heritage comes to the fore in the evolution of heritage investigation.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Balmaha affordable homes development approved at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Twenty new affordable homes are to be constructed in Balmaha on the banks of Loch Lomond after planning permission was granted following a public hearing by the Planning and Access Committee of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority.

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Council of Europe recommendation on ‘common criteria for… effective apprenticeships’

The Council of Europe (CoE) has adopted a recommendation on a framework for quality and effective apprenticeships which will help young people to enter the world of work.

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BEFS & partners: Planning (Scotland) Bill Committee oral evidence online 

meeting of peopleBEFS’ oral evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee on the Planning(Scotland) Bill is now available online.

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Civic Voice publishes results of member survey: ‘What should be in the new NPPF’ 

Civic Voice has published the results of a member survey asking ‘What should be in the new NPPF’, with members wanting to see green space, green belt and conservation areas given greater protection following the NPPF review. 

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THA seeks responses on ‘Resilience Questionnaire’ to build bid evidence base 

Heritage Alliance websiteThe Heritage Alliance (THA) seeks responses on a ‘Resilience Questionnaire’, a short survey to help build the evidence base for a resilience bid for membership, benefits and systems review.

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Bill to restore Wentworth Woodhouse could reach £200m

BBC news websiteThe final bill to save Grade I listed mansion Wentworth Woodhouse is expected to reach £200m, according to the BBC.

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Large fire at Rochdale Mill

BBC news websiteThe large fire that devastated Rochdale’s derelict Proofings Mill around 24 March, which has partially collapsed due to the blaze, is being treated as arson. Continue reading

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Dalí’s Lobster Telephone at risk of leaving the UK 

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has stepped in to prevent Dalí’s surrealist Lobster Telephone from export.

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IHBC Chair responds on Coventry’s controversial councillor’s conservation critique 

James CairdIHBC Chair James Caird has written to the local paper that featured ‘joke’ comments from a Coventry City councillor linked to the sudden departure of the local conservation officer and recent listings by DCMS that, in the councillor’s opinion, threaten his promotion of the redevelopment in the city’s Upper Precinct area.

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Reminder: ‘Early Bird’ rates for 2018 School end 20 April

Titanic Belfast Wiki entryRemember that you can still take advantage of the early bird discount until 20 April with rates from only £130 (excl VAT).

IHBC OPENS Belfast 2018 ‘School’ booking: Secure low-cost ‘early-bird’ places and share heritage, conservation and EYCH 2018 across CPD talks, tours and networks, June 21/22/23! 

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IHBC and partners call on ‘Government to get serious on design’ in NPPF, as debate with Griff Rhys Jones, Max Farrell, James Caird and more looms on 11 April 

logosA new alliance of national organisations aimed at raising awareness of the quality of design in the built and historic environment will come together in London on 11 April as The Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, Design Network, the IHBC, Place Alliance and Urban Design Group together host a meeting to call on the Government ‘to get serious on design’ in the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick from up to c.£60K+ of costed work this week: ‘Call for Ideas’ for Military Museum, Sardinia, 20,000 Euro prize and closing 17/06.

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with costed opportunities worth some £60K+ this week, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers featuring a ‘Call for Ideas’ from the Italian government to ‘repurpose’ a Sardinian fortress into an international military history hub, closing 17 June and with a 20,000 Euro cash prize.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Take a tour inside the Hull mosque – with the Hull Daily Mail 

Hull Daily Mail websiteThe mosque is an unassuming building in a quiet area of Hull – Berkeley Street, off Beverley Road – but serves 15,000 people, as James Campbell discovers when he takes a look inside on behalf of the Hull Daily Mail

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COTAC’s ‘Supporters’ list now online and live 

COTAC websiteCOTAC, the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation, has published its new list of supporters on its web site, with logos linking to the diverse sector bodies from across the UK – large and small – that formally support COTAC’s objectives.

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BBC investigation finds more than half of North West England councils could consider selling parks 

BBC websiteMore than half of councils in the North West of England are considering selling parks or finding other organisations to maintain them within the next three years, a BBC investigation has found.

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The leaf room, Dundee wins 2018 Scottish Civic Trust ‘My Place Award’

Scottish Civic Trust websiteThe winning and commended projects in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2018 were announced on 20 March, with the winners of the ‘My Place’ Photography Competition for young people were also announced.

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