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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Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2018 announced: Includes UK’s Grimsby Ice Factory and Vienna’s historic centre

Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, have announced the seven most threatened heritage sites in Europe for 2018, which include Grimsby Ice Factory, the Post-Byzantine Churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuqi in Albania, the Historic Centre of Vienna in Austria, the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria, the David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage in Georgia, the Constanta Casino in Romania, the Prinkipo Greek Orphanage on Princes’ Islands in Turkey.

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National Churches Trust supporters Bill Bryson and Joanna Lumley chose favourite Wren churches

portraitBill Bryson and Joanna Lumley, supporters of the National Churches Trust, have chosen their favourite Wren churches for English Tourism Week.

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IHBC’s Taste of the 2018 School: A Titanic update from Belfast and EYCH 2018 – Great Light and Titanic Walkway opened with EYCH NI launch

lightBelfast, the setting of the IHBC 2018 School on 21-23 June, has seen its offerings as a maritime heritage destination given a major boost as two iconic attractions – the Great Light and Titanic Walkway – officially opened to the public in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter on 8 March, an event that also saw the launch of The European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018 for Northern Ireland.

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Promote your business, service or operations at the IHBC Annual School – opportunities range from leaflet distribution and exhibition space to becoming a sponsor!

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Looking for work? Book your promotional opportunities at the IHBC’s 2018 School: Belfast 21-23 June – #Europeforculture

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Spalding’s iconic Water Tower restored with 180 tonnes of scaffold and 10,000 litres of paint 

water tower illuminatedSpalding, Lincolnshire, has had its iconic Chatterton Water Tower restored, a cubic structure standing 30m tall and 29m wide – visible for miles around – and officially opened in 1955 by The Marquess of Exeter, has been restored.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (tourists’) doorstep’: Scotland’s visitor attractions out-perform for sixth year running, while the British Museum tops list for 11th year

ALVA websiteThe Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) visitor figures for 2017 always highlight the role of heritage in this key economic indicator, and saw an average increase in visitor numbers to UK attractions of 7.3%, while attractions in Scotland increased 13.9%, and in Northern Ireland 5.1%, though all the Top 10 most visited attractions were London based and the British Museum remained the most popular for the 11th year running.

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IHBC CPD boost from UK Construction: Forth Bridges online video – ‘Spanning Three Centuries of Engineering Innovation’

UK Construction’s online video channel explores ‘Forth Bridges: Spanning Three Centuries of Engineering Innovation’ looking at how ‘the Forth Bridges – the first completed in the 19th century, the second in the 20th century and the latest in the 21st century – each represent the engineering pinnacle of their day.’

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IHBC CPD boost report from COTAC: A European take on risk management and disaster responses in communities

peopleIngval Maxwell, Chair of COTAC, the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation, offers IHBC members and colleagues a NewsBlog report back from a meeting of the European Civil Protection Forum, covering ‘Civil Protection in a Changing Risk Landscape’, in Brussels on 5 – 6 March, that looked at ‘Europe’s ability to prevent and respond to disasters’. 

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