IHBC and more recognised for advisory roles in THA‘s responses summary to Heritage 2020 consultation

Heritage 2020 website 11 July 2017The Heritage Alliance (THA) has released the responses summary to its 2016 consultation on Heritage 2020, with bodies such as the IHBC and the Heritage Trust Network especially recognised for their information and advisory services.

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EH’s first virtual reality experience: St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury, brought to life through virtual reality tour

English Heritage St Augstines AbbeyEnglish Heritage has launched its first virtual reality experience as part of a four-year collaboration with postgraduate students at the University of Kent as visitors to Canterbury’s St Augustine’s Abbey ‘will be able to experience medieval England in virtual reality.’

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National Lottery gives over £3.8m to 500 Scottish groups reason to celebrate

Over £3.8 million in National Lottery funds has been shared by almost 500 groups across Scotland. The windfall means grassroots groups delivering everything from wheelchair football to after-school holiday clubs and drama workshops to hip-hop dance sessions now get the green light to go ahead.

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NI’s Rathlin Island lighthouses and shipwreck get listed status

Three lighthouses on Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland (NI) have been designated as listed buildings while a famous WWI shipwreck has been named as an historic monument. Continue reading

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Change of name for DCMS as ‘Digital’ arrives: ‘DDCMS’

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to become the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS).

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Framlingham Castle reopens following £1.2 million investment and conservation work

English Heritage Framlingham Castle websiteFramlingham Castle has reopens its doors after a £1.2 million investment and conservation project, allowing visitors to uncover the 900-year-old story of the site.

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Memorial to school children killed WW1 air raid receives higher heritage protection

Historic England Poplar School MemorialWar memorial to commemorate the 18 children of Upper North Street School in Poplar, East London, who were killed in a German air raid on 13 June 1917, 100 year ago, has been upgraded to Grade II* on Historic England (HE) advice.

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Awards aplenty at IHBC‘s Manchester School 2017: Gus Astley Student Awards and Marsh

The Annual Dinner of the IHBC’s 2017 School in Manchester’s MOSI concluded with the presentations of awards, prizes and certificates to a range of winners across the IHBC’s renowned Gus Astley Student Award as well as the second year of the IHBC’s two Marsh Awards, for Community Contribution by retired IHBC members, and for Successful Learning.

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IHBC Gus Astley Student Award 2017 closes 31 July – winners at Belfast School 2018

The IHBC’s 2017 Gus Astley Student Award will soon close to entries, so if you have presented coursework on a taught course that you think merits wider recognition by us, be sure to submit it by 31 July, while awardees will have a chance to receive their prizes at the IHBC’s Annual School in Belfast in June 2018. Continue reading

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Councils urged to apply for HAZ status to access funding to restore historic buildings

HE HAZ website 070717Councils and other local groups are being invited to apply for Historic England’s new round of Heritage Action Zone status – which, as LocalGov news service highlights, ‘could mean funds and expert help in restoring historic buildings and sites.’

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CAMRA Pub Design Awards 2017: Nominations open for ‘refurbishment and conservation of existing pubs, and new ones too

CAMRA website070717Entries are now being sought for the 2017 National Pub Design Awards, which is run by CAMRA in association with Historic England, recognising high standards of architecture in the refurbishment and conservation of existing pubs, and the construction of new ones.

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CITB retains Skills Test in new SVQs following industry backing

Following a widespread consultation with employers and educators across Scotland, the CITB has readied nine, new, craft Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) for the new intake of Apprentices in August.

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Election message from BESA is ‘grow your own skills’ via vocational training

BESA states why it’s more important than ever to nurture the workforce of tomorrow, why vocational training is crucial to tackling the UK’s poor productivity, and that the introduction of T Levels – which ‘fit neatly with the government’s ongoing support for Trailblazer’ – can help support the development of a more prosperous and inclusive society.

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Campaigners crowd fund in bid to go to Court of Appeal over QPR training site on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL)

Campaigners are seeking to raise £25,000 through crowdfunding in a bid to go to the Court of Appeal over the proposed siting of a Championship football club’s training facilities on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL).

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Heritage’s ‘people dimension’: Tenant of threatened historic Norwich bridge house calls for protection

The longstanding tenant of an historic bridge house in Norwich has called for it to be protected after the council revealed it could be demolished.

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IHBC congratulates NW Branch on hosting Manchester’s spectacular 2017 Annual School, and more…

Annual Dinner 2017 F Newton July 2017On behalf of IHBC members and colleagues, Chair James Caird thanked the institute’s North West Branch, its School committee and volunteers, for an excellent 2017 Annual School in Manchester, on 22-24 June, saying also that he looks forward to another CPD triumph at our next School in Belfast in June 2018! Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes Scotland’s newest addition to heritage education: The Engine Shed, by HES and Stirling

Engine ShedThe IHBC has welcomed the opening of a new pan-Scotland heritage education centre engaging and informing all ages with Scotland’s built and historic environment: the Engine Shed in Stirling, inspired and delivered by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop on 26 June.

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Lucie Carayon IHBC appointed next AMS Director 2018

Lucie Carayon image courtesty of AMS July 2017Trustees of the Ancient Monuments Society (AMS) have announced at their AGM that their Casework Secretary, Lucie Carayon IHBC, is to take on the Directorship of the Society in early 2018.

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick of the week: Condition survey of the Horniman Museum, valued @ £5000, closing 19 July

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, while the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from The Horniman Public Museum and Public Park Trust for detailed external and internal condition surveys of buildings and areas across two sites, valued at £5000, and closing 19 July.

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IHBC recognised CPD providers & HESPR Members limited offer: Promote your service with free copies of the next issue of IHBC’s Context – Conservation and Urbanism

IHBC recognised CPD Providers and HESPR members have the opportunity to receive free copies of the next issue of IHBC’s Context, to help promote themselves to clients, businesses, and members, so if you are recognised and want free copies of the next issue, contact Lydia at admin@ihbc.org.uk by 7 July (limited offer).

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Election 2017 update: UK government appointments summary

No 10 parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of ParliamentFollowing the 2017 elections, government has announced appointments for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG).

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Introducing HLF’s Heritage Ambassadors: 16-25, transforming the way young people experience heritage

HLF website 030717The Heritage Lottery fund (HLF) has recruited a group of 16-25 year old ‘ambassadors’ to help transform the way young people experience and interact with heritage.

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LI-linked guidance outlines changes to new EIA Regulations which expand their scope

New Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations expand scope

The Landscape Institute (LI) has signposted guidance outlining the main changes in the new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, which came into effect on 16 May.

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Dudley’s Black Country Living Museum forges ahead: Includes moving moving heritage, helped by Lottery’s £9.8m

BlackCountryMuseum 01 2 west bromwich gas showroom pre ww2A rare opportunity to save landmark community and commercial buildings from demolition, and rebuild them at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, has been awarded £9.8million from The National Lottery.

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IHBC welcomes Rebecca Thompson as CIOB’s new President, No. 114 (and 3698AFF (YO))

Context 148 Vox Pox articleThe IHBC has welcomed the CIOB’s new President, Rebecca Thompson, currently an IHBC Affiliate member in the Yorkshire (YO) Branch, who took up her appointment as 114th President of the CIOB on 19 June.

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