WG on section 106 agreement research

The Welsh Government (WG) has released a report that examines the situation of stalled sites and section 106 agreements.

The Welsh Government writes:
This report identifies and quantifies all sites that are stalled as a result of issues relating to a Section 106 agreement. It also examines the reasons why these sites are stalled.

The report makes recommendations to:

  • improve the transparency of the Section 106 agreement system
  • encourage greater awareness and knowledge of processes within it
  • reduce some of the delays currently experienced.

Research commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2014 identified delays in completing Section 106 agreements as a barrier to the delivery of housing. This follow-up research was commissioned to gain an understanding of the extent of developments that are stalled due to Section 106 agreements and the reasons for this.

The research concluded that there was not a single solution to the cause of delays to sites where Section 106 agreements are involved.

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Historic Harbour Cranes: Your help needed

The European E-Faith group (The European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage ) which studies industrial heritage throughout the EU is seeking assistance to document the harbour cranes which exist throughout the member states of the Council of Europe, via a new website ‘Harbourcranes.eu’ 

E-Faith writes:
The E-FAITH steering group on historic cranes is now building a web-database on historic harbour cranes in Europe. This database will include general information and documentation about cranes, and – most important – a list of cranes used at maritime as well as inland harbours, and on canals and river banks.

Information on the Cranes steering group

May we ask you to send us photos and details on cranes that you know existing in one of the member states of the Council of Europe (larger than the EU). Guidelines and a questionnaire which you can use can be downloaded

Don’t hesitate to send us some photographs and information about the location of the cranes – even submissions that aren’t complete have their value, as they will put them on the agenda.

Many thanks for your collaboration.

The first tests of the cranes database are now online

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A ‘Beauty In My Back Yard’ (BIMBY) Housing Toolkit has been launched by the Prince’s Foundation at an event involving Civic Voice (CV) and a variety of civic societies from across the UK. 

Civic Voice writes:
Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, and 12 civic societies from across the country were present at the launch event for Prince’s Foundation ‘Beauty In My Back Yard’ (BIMBY) Housing Toolkit yesterday. The event took place at Clarence House where the civic societies met His Royal Highness, Prince Charles to discuss the BIMBY Toolkit and what it can do for them.

The BIMBY Housing Toolkit has been developed to help empower communities to work with local authorities and developers to create a regional BIMBY Housing Manual.  Speaking at the launch, Prince Charles, President of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community explained that by using the BIMBY Housing Toolkit, communities will be able to directly influence the quality and beauty of new housing and influence the planning process in a positive rather than negative way.

Chair of Civic Voice, Freddie Gick who spoke at the launch event, stated ‘The launch of the BIMBY Housing Toolkit is great news for civic societies around the country who want to have more of a say in local planning and development. The BIMBY Housing Toolkit will help make their voice easier to hear where it matters most with local authorities and developers.

He went on to state ‘This is something which really resonates with our civic societies who are the most numerous participants in the planning system.’

Civic Voice executive director, Ian Harvey said ‘In our experience we know that communities will accept new development when they have had that opportunity to shape it. This was particularly demonstrated in the Civic Voice Design Awards which was launched this year. The awards saw 62 nominations from civic societies which shows how interested they are in good design.  He went on to add ‘Bimby is the perfect partner to our awards and we look forward to many of our civic societies coming back and taking part in the project.’

Civic Voice will be working closely with the Prince’s Foundation and the 12 civic societies during the pilot period to help demonstrate the effectiveness of the toolkit.

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£1.2 million for historic buildings in Wales

The Welsh Government has allocated a further £1.2 million for historic building repairs, including repairs to places of worship and several war memorials. 

The Welsh Government writes:
Much of the funding will be used for places of worship, which occupy a special place in the historic environment of Wales. There are over 3,000 listed places of worship in Wales, which demonstrate the quality of their architecture and craftsmanship and their importance in cultural life over the centuries.

The future security of historic places of worship across Wales is currently under threat for many reasons, including declining congregations and the capacity to consider future options for them.  The funding will go towards restoring and protecting many historical places of worship, including widening public access to these and creating longer-term uses for them.

Among those receiving grants is the former St John’s Church in Dowlais, Merthyr, which will benefit from £100,000 in funding to support a project to renovate the church, which has not been used as a place of worship for 20 years and is at risk in its current state, into apartments, generating 20 much-needed housing units.

The project has already been chosen to receive £300,000 from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places programme and the additional £100,000 will be used to support repairs to the brickwork, stone work and roof, in order to maintain the historical features of the building.

Announcing the latest round of funding, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates said: ‘Historical buildings all across Wales are important in shaping our communities and telling the story of our past, while bringing significant economic benefits through tourism.  Places of worship have been significant throughout Wales’ rich history and were once a very important part of our cultural life. This is evident from the number of beautiful places of worship in communities all across the country. At the moment around 10 per cent of listed places of worship are under threat and without support this figure is likely to rise.

‘I am pleased that through this funding we are able to support the restoration of many of these places of worship and bring them back into their rightful places at the heart of their communities. In some cases we are helping them to widen public access and increasing community use, and in others we are breathing new life by looking at alternative future uses, all the while protecting these magnificent and historically important buildings for future generations to enjoy.’

Other projects being supported are the former Eglwys Deiniol Sant, in Llanuwcllyn, Bala, which will receive £30,000  to renovate into a heritage centre, community space and hostel accommodation, and St Llawddog in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, which will receive £20,000 to widen public use of the church and add interpretation and a heritage trail which will link with visitors from a nearby Cadw site.

Two war memorials, the All Saints Church War Memorial Clock Tower in Ammanford and St Curig’s Church World War 1 Memorial Organ in Porthkerry, Vale of Glamorgan, will also benefit from the funding.

The Deputy Minister added: ‘There are significant social and educational benefits to these sites and I am pleased that we are continuing to support a range of projects both in and around Communities First areas.  Early this year I introduced the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill which will legislate to better care and protect our important historic buildings and monuments. I am pleased that through these grants we are already supporting exciting conservation projects right across Wales, which will lead the way in protecting our past for the Wales of tomorrow.’

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Livestreaming- Museums Association conference on diversity, ethics + engagement

The Museums Association are livestreaming their annual conference from Birmingham this Thursday and Friday, which means you can tune in online to hear keynote speaches from HLF and also debates on diversity (Thursday) and ethics (Friday).

The Museums Association (MA)writes:
The Museums Association (MA) will be live streaming all keynotes from Hall 1 of the International Convention Centre in Birmingham during the MA Conference and Exhibition 2015.

Website users will be able to tune into a live feed of selected sessions on Thursday and Friday, including keynotes from Sally Yerkovich, the director of the Institute of Museum Ethics, Heritage Lottery Fund chairman Peter Luff, and chief executive of Arts Council England.

Other sessions to be streamed include big debates on diversity and workforce on Thursday and ethics on Friday.

Will Adams, the MA’s head of commercial activities, said: “For anyone unable to come to Birmingham this year the live stream will provide a flavour of the issues and debates that we will be addressing at conference.

“We would encourage anyone who can’t be there to tune in, and join in the discussion on Twitter at #museums2015.”

The stream will be available from Thursday morning on the  homepage of the MA website.

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Nominations open for Landmark Trust ’50 for free’ scheme

The Landmark Trust ’50 for free’ project which offers those who may normally be unable to stay in a Landmark Trust property (such as charities and non-profit organisations) the opportunity to stay for a week is now open for nominations, until 30 November. 

The Landmark Trust writes:
We are delighted to announce that Landmark’s 50 for Free scheme is to continue for a third year. 50 for Free will offer 50 short breaks in selected Landmarks absolutely free to charities and non-profit organisations, between 11 & 18 March 2016.  50 for Free brings the restorative benefits of a stay in a Landmark to those who need them most, but could not necessarily afford to book.  The feedback from benefiting groups and individuals in 2014 and 2015 has proved the worth of such breaks, providing enjoyment, respite and inspiration.

50 for Free 2016 launched on 1 October, with a deadline for applications of the 30 November. Meanwhile, please help us spread the word about this wonderful scheme by forwarding this link to any charity, educational group or not-for-profit organisation whose members you feel could benefit from a break away. Please Note: We cannot accept any applications from individuals. Please read our Terms & Conditions carefully before applying. 

Charities, educational and social enterprise/non-profit organisations are all eligible to apply.  (Applications by individuals will not be accepted but we will consider any application that contributes to the applicant organisation’s own wider aims with the exception of the stay being offered as a raffle or auction prize).

Some examples of those who might benefit from 50 for Free:

  • Carers in need of respite breaks (personal or professional)
  • Hero volunteers or employees
  • Struggling families
  • Young carer groups
  • Study trips
  • Retreats

Before choosing the building you’d like to apply for, please also read our FAQs and Terms & Conditions and look carefully at the floor plans.

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HES seeks nominations for plaques in Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the successor body to Historic Scotland, is asking for nominations for commemorative plaques across Scotland, with a deadline of 31 January 2016. 

Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Historic Environment Scotland are asking the Scottish public which figures from history they would like to see celebrated with a Commemorative Plaque. Nominations are now open for the national Commemorative Plaque Scheme. Now in its fourth year, the scheme has seen diverse figures from Scottish history remembered – from famous inventors like James Watt and John Logie Baird, to less well-known figures, including the Edinburgh Seven who pioneered education for women. Famous Scots are nominated by the public using an online form, then celebrated by the installation of a plaque on a building connected with their achievements.

The scheme is intended to celebrate the life and work of significant persons from history by highlighting the link between them and a building connected with their work or life This highlights not only the life of the person, but gives insight into the social history of local architecture.

The closing date for completed submissions is 31st January 2016. An independent panel will then consider all the nominations and select the successful applicants, which will be announced in Spring 2016.

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Want free skills or CPD? Help IHBC? Just ‘Call Kate’!

General PeopleIHBC members of all categories can help applications for accreditation and their CPD by helping their institute, and all for free, as there is no better or cheaper way than to simply get more involved with our work and help us help your career, all now with the easiest of starting points: just ‘Call Kate’, and email LETS@ihbc.org.uk!

IHBC Chair Mike Brown said: ‘Your institute is the primary specialist advocate for your work and career, so getting involved with us – and helping us work better on your behalf – is a brilliant, easy, free and targeted way to build your skills.  And as the work can be linked to our Areas of Competence, these can cover any activities, from policy and training to finance and communications.  What’s more, much of it can be done from the comfort of your work or home.’

‘And now we have the simplest of starting points: ‘Just ‘Call Kate’, as Kate Kendall, our ‘LETS’ officer, is able to let you know how your skills can be best put to use for all of us!’ 

How to Help
IHBC members can learn new skills or refine existing experience as CPD, and help the IHBC at the same time.

Members can help yourself and your institute by:

  • learning about our benefits and services, to understand how as a member you can best use the IHBC to help your career
  • helping in our training, to bring your skills and interests to our table, and
  • getting involved in our voluntary operations, and help our networks of Branches, Committees and members support the work of your colleagues
  • promoting our activities in your networks, which can be as easy as tapping your mobile!

You can check out some select links below, to find out how we work and kick-start your skills and CPD, and just ‘Call Kate’ and let her know what you might be able to do; simply email LETS@ihbc.org.uk!

  1. See what our Gus Astley Student Award entails, and offers, so you can raise awareness of its opportunities.
  2. Learn how our CPD recognition works, and encourage its use across your learning, training and educational networks.
  3. Let us know about local business and tender and business opportunities, and what these entail, so we can add them to our economic data on conservation-related works, by simply emailing contact@ihbc.org.uk
  4. Find out about how HESPR works, and encourage your employer, business or practice to join if appropriate.
  5. Develop your skills in publication or content, by seeing what you might contribute to our membership journal Context and its production.
  6. Promote the IHBC’s services for employment and training, by making sure your networks use our income-generating ‘Jobs etc’ service  or our free ‘Awards etc’ page for awards, bursaries and the like.
  7. Suggest events to our members, including those where IHBC membership leaflets might be circulated, including for Jobs etc and HESPR, even attend select events or host IHBC stands, with travel costs refunded. Most event details are outlined on our calendar.
  8. And of course getting involved with your local Branch or relevant national committees and panels can be the best way to kick-start and refine the skills you need to improve your career! Find your Branch

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said; ‘Since we instituted ‘IHBC+’ as part of our new extended ‘experimental governance’, many IHBC members have busied themselves in support of their institute’s aims, getting more closely engaged with our work as volunteers while also improving their own skills and networks.’

‘Most especially, on our new UK-wide guidance forum ‘Council+’, members have been doing things like promoting IHBC CPD recognition with partners and getting more involved with developing guidance.  That’s great news, but still only a start.’

‘Now we want to help all members get more involved in our work, and understand it better, while getting the skills, learning and CPD credit they need, all by offering the right sort of guidance and advice.  For most members the best starting point – after our website – is our new LETS Liaison Officer, Kate.  So if you want to help your career while you help us, just ‘Call Kate!’

Kate Kendall, IHBC’s LETS Liaison Officer and the institute’s new support for Branches, volunteers and colleagues, said: ‘One of the most exciting areas I’ve worked on has been helping Branches arrange the new suite of events that support membership applications by Affiliates.  And already, as these encourage more proactive involvement with the IHBC, our members are helping in areas such as developing ties to private practices that seek HESPR membership; building links to charities and church interests that need training support, and to businesses, that just want our advice!’

‘So if you have an interest in getting more involved with us, and helping us do our job better while also learning about conservation practice and infrastructure, then let me know!

To contact Kate please email LETS@ihbc.org.uk

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School issue of IHBC’ ‘Context’ out: Cultural Connections from Norwich – Clarke, Foyle, Magnus and more: even 7913!

Context School 2015The latest issue of the IHBC’s journal Context has been circulated to members, with the opportunity to review highlights of the IHBC Annual School in Norwich on the topic of ‘Cultural connections: conserving the diversity of place’, which included reports and updates from leading sector figures such as the historian and heritage author and media figure, Jonathan Foyle, Cadw’s CEO Kate Clarke and Historic England’s Chair, Sir Laurie Magnus.


Articles include reviews, reports and perspectives from across the programme highlights, including visits and:

  • Jonathan Foyle’s Keynote Address
  • Kate Clarke on significance
  • Sir Laurie on developments and plans at Historic England
  • Cultural significance and the parish church
  • Recognising community connections
  • Jewish heritage
  • Culture and significance
  • Training
  • Communities and change
  • Skills

As ever themed issues of Context also have supplementary content, and this issue includes the overarching review of the application of the British Standard for conservation, practice, ‘Why building conservation needs BS 7913’ by IHBC Wales representative and trustee, John Edwards.

If you have any suggestions for articles or other material contact Fiona Newton at: editorial@ihbc.org.uk

Explore IHBC Context online archive

For information on Context’s future issues, guidance for authors, and links to the journal’s archives see the IHBC website

Further information from the Norwich school can be found online

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LO Mayor: ‘put culture at the forefront of development’

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called on developers, planners, local authorities and others responsible for the planning and design of the capital to put culture and creativity at the forefront of their thinking about developments in the city, as he launched ‘An A-Z of planning and culture’, which outlines the practical steps that can be taken to integrate and protect culture and even support new cultural activity in developments. 

To coincide with the publication of the guide, around 250 developers, planners and cultural leaders went to City Hall on 26 October for a high level summit looking at how to ensure culture can be protected and placed at the heart of London’s future development.

London.gov writes:
The Mayor’s comments come amidst increasing fears that artists and creative talent are being squeezed out, because they find studios and workspaces unaffordable and London increasingly expensive to live in. The Mayor has now published ‘An A-Z of planning and culture’, which, for the first time, outlines the practical steps that can be taken to integrate and protect culture and even support new cultural activity in developments.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘As London continues to grow and prosper, there is a critical need to build more homes for Londoners, but this should not be at the expense of our culture and distinctiveness, which are hugely important for our economy. There are good examples of developers and planners incorporating culture into their regeneration schemes, including Olympicopolis, London City Island, the City and Nine Elms. We want more of them to be talking to, even working with cultural bosses, artists and other creatives at the start of projects and recognise the value of culture, not just to our city’s quality of life, but to the success of their developments.’

Four out of five people say that culture is main reason that they come to London, which is known around the world for its vibrant creativity and character, from music to the visual arts and its theatre to its nightlife. The creative industries are estimated to be worth £35 billion annually, whilst cultural tourists spent £7.5 billion in 2013, underlining the importance of these sectors to the economy.

Developers now realise the huge economic value to new developments that an anchor or cluster of cultural activity and facilities can bring to ever changing and growing areas of the city, making London’s new places vibrant dynamic neighbourhoods, such as an expanded and relocated college and new cultural businesses at the heart of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre regeneration.

Yet there are mounting concerns about London losing artist studios, music venues, pubs, theatres and other cultural spaces. The capital is set to lose 3,500 artist studios in the next five years*, a third of the capital’s creative workspace, whilst a third of grassroots live music venues have disappeared since 2007.

The urgent need for housing and the impact of commercial and business redevelopment, combined with other factors such as local planning issues, licensing rules and rising business rates are contributing to the loss of creative workspaces and cultural venues that are a key part of London’s attractiveness as a place to live and work in and to visit.

The Mayor already backs a range of initiatives to support the capital’s cultural and creative sectors, such as the Agent of Change principle, a rescue plan for music venues and using the London Plan to ensure boroughs take a pro-culture approach to planning.

He has also actively encouraged organisations to bid for regeneration funding, such as through the London Enterprise Panel’s Growing Places Fund and London Regeneration Fund. Support includes the SPACE studios project on Mare Street in Hackney, which received funding from the Mayor’s Spacehive campaign; funding from the Mayor’s High Street Fund for Create and Bow Arts, which are reopening The Old Manor Park Library in Newham as a public workshop space for artists, creative businesses and the community; the Green Rooms Arts Hotel project in Haringey, which will provide affordable accommodation for visiting artists, has also received funding from the High Street Fund.

The Mayor’s new guide, ‘An A-Z of Planning and Culture’, is aimed at the people and organisations shaping London’s future, including councils, developers, planners, community groups and cultural bodies. It provides examples of good practice, where culture is being included in developments and gives information about what developers, planners and community groups can already do, using existing frameworks, such as Section 106 agreements and turning venues into Assets of Community Value. The Mayor will publish a new report in 2016 specifically looking at new models of funding for artist studios.

To coincide with the publication of the guide, around 250 developers, planners and cultural leaders are heading to City Hall this afternoon (Monday 26 October), for a high level summit looking at how to ensure culture can be protected and placed at the heart of London’s future development.

Next month, senior leaders from thirty global cities will convene in London for the World Cities Culture Summit to address the urgent challenge of ensuring culture is at the heart of urban development.

See the guide 

See links

Read London.gov press release

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RTPI backs new ‘Faith and planning’ following launch

The Royal Town Planning Institute has backed a new report from the Faith and Place network containing 15 key recommendations for faith groups, planners, developers and local authorities following the launch of the briefing on 15 October.

Faith and Place network writes:
The Faith and Place network policy briefing was launched at the House of Commons on Thursday 15 October 2015. The evening was opened Stephen Timms MP reflecting on faith and place, followed by the network leaders giving an overview of the briefing recommendations. Responding to the briefing were Mustafa Field MBE (Faiths Forum for London) and Rev Katei Kirby (Ruach City Church). A panel was convened to discuss ways in which the recommendations will be taken forward.

Video of the evening will soon be available on the website video tab…

The Royal Town Planning Institute published its support for the Faith and Place policy briefing on 20th October in The Planner, its official magazine.

Kathie Pollard, policy and networks advisor (pictured), said: ‘We are very pleased to have been a part of the creation of this paper as it is an incredibly important and timely piece of work which planners and faith communities should engage with.  It helps planners and decision-makers to make the most well-informed choices to create great places for communities to live, work and play in – including places of worship. We believe that it is a good guide for conversations between faith groups and local authorities on how to use space and to engage in the planning system.’

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Colwyn Bay Pier demolition halted by Welsh Government

An application to demolish Colwyn Bay’s listed Victoria Pier has been refused by the Welsh Government, though an attempt to regain ownership of the pier from a former owner has failed.

While Conwy County Borough Council planners granted conditional permission for the substantial demolition of the pier and retention of 76 stanchions, while supporting another application for listed building demolition consent in June, the application was referred to Welsh Government and after reviewing it, Carl Sargeant AM, Minister, has refused listed building consent. 

See more about the bid  

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Consultation: AHRC arrangements on funding learning (including heritage)

IHBC members with a particular interest in education will be interested to learn that the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is seeking views on proposals to change the arrangements for funded studentships and Collaborative Doctoral Awards, including those in Histories, Cultures and Heritage (closing date 30 November). 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) writes:
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are developing ideas about the next phase of AHRC funded studentships, which will recruit students from October 2019. As part of this process we are looking for the arts and humanities community to reflect and comment on our proposals.

Postgraduate funding is a core element of the AHRC’s overall portfolio, spending over a third of its budget on supporting students.  The AHRC aims to support innovative training environments for doctoral-level research through awards made to Doctoral Training Partnerships. We hope to develop a robust structure where students will have the best opportunities to enable them to complete a high quality research projects and to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for their future employment.

This next stage of development seeks to build upon the strengths and flexibility of the current arrangements as well as simplify the AHRC’s approach to doctoral funding.

Dr Ian Lyne, Associate Director for the AHRC commenting on the plans said: ‘The nature of the PhD in the arts and humanities has evolved considerably in the last few years, with a strong emphasis on providing students with a wide set of skills, and a broad understanding of the variety of careers in which their research training can make an impact.  The proposals we are setting out for discussion seek to build on this development, and set out how we see PhD training further evolve.’

We are proposing that in the next phase:

  • all AHRC studentships will be fully funded over four years to allow time for collaborative partnership work and broader experiences alongside a challenging research project
  • there will be an expectation that all Doctoral Training Partnerships will be collaborative between a number of university partners
  • we will provide funding for specialist networks
  • there will be no upper limit on the number of studentships to be awarded to a single Doctoral Training Partnership
  • there will be a requirement of a minimum level of co-investment from the Universities involved, alongside AHRC funding

Feedback and views are welcome from all interested parties via a Smart Survey. We are hosting two discussion events one in London and one in Leeds; Dr Lyne will outline the current proposals and facilitate discussions with those in attendance about the process and structure of the funding. We will also hold discussion meetings specifically with current AHRC PhD students in order to gain their views.

As part of our on going support for collaborative PhDs, we are also now moving to embed Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) in our existing Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training. This will mean no longer running the stand-alone Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme after the current round, which will start in October 2016.  Collaborative doctoral research, where a PhD student is jointly supervised by a University and non-University supervisor, is and will continue to be a key dimension of the postgraduate training supported by AHRC.

We are keen to stress this will not impact on current CDA students and awards, or applications to the current round. There will also be no change to our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme (which makes awards via major cultural institutions and consortia of non-university organisations).  For further information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

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NTS: Just Google to virtually visit Scottish historic landscapes

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has teamed up with Google to make street view tours of its famous landmarks and natural estates available to everyone digitally so you can now walk virtually around Glencoe, potter in the historic Inverewe garden or spend time getting lost on a beach in Iona with ‘Trek view’.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) writes:
Colan Mehaffey, the Trust’s Head of Digital said: ‘We are really pleased to be working with Google to map some of our most stunning countryside, island and mountain sites. We’ve got footage of Ben Lomond, Grey Mare’s Tail, Glencoe, even the Isle of Staffa’.

The Trust’s Wildlife Filming Editor Simon Goodall can usually be found editing footage for the Trust’s Nature Channel website. However, he leapt at the chance to take on this unusual role. He spent the summer of 2015 walking hundreds of miles with the 20kg Trekker pack to capture footage in remote and wild locations across Scotland.

Simon said: ‘This has been a very challenging but rewarding experience. Besides the memory of the breathtaking landscapes what I will remember most will be the different responses, some people laugh and point, some people recognise what it is and pull a pose.

‘The Trust helps to preserve a diverse range of rural land and wildlife habitats, among the best left in this country, so there was a never a doubt when I was asked if I wanted to assist with this project.’

View an article about the tours on BBC news

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Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund: grant chances for communities

This year a new fund is available from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund, with funding of up to £300 available for community groups (previous award winners include village hall projects and charity groups, why not consider nominating a local heritage group for an award?

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund writes:
We will be awarding £300 donations to 85 local community projects, charities and warm-hearted people across the UK and Ireland during the course of the Fund.

So if your project, charity or group could benefit from £300 then please visit again after November 2nd 2015 to enter.

IHBC NewsBlogs on funding

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HES Offer: Subsidised R&M training

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is offering a programme of subsidised courses in repair and maintenance (R&M) of traditional buildings

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) writes:
Historic Environment Scotland (formerly Historic Scotland) is offering a series of subsidised demonstration workshops and building conservation seminars over the winter of 2015-16. Topics range from the repair of earth structures, roof leadwork and chimney heads to specifying fire management systems and energy efficiency measures for old buildings.

Please note that some places are still available for next week’s Fire Safety Management in Traditional Buildings talk.

Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so please book online or call 0131 668 8840 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

View a full list of courses and book online

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