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IHBC Context CPD boost: A revolutionary window mechanism – Learning lessons from traditional skills

The repair of a set of sash-and-case windows in Aberdeen’s west end highlights 19th-century ingenuity and the need to take care of what might be lost when replacing windows, says Douglas Campbell in his recent article in IHBC’s Context No … Continue reading

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IHBC condemns impending loss of conservation services at Wirral Council

© Alison McCandlish The IHBC has condemned the impending loss of conservation and related staff at Wirral, following reports of the impending demise of Wirral Council’s Conservation Service and the loss its Tree Officer due to financial stringencies. Mike Brown, IHBC … Continue reading

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IHBC-EH-ALGAO report: England’s heritage threatened by loss of expertise

A new report by The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), supported by English Heritage (EH), into England’s local authority conservation staffing, shows continued long terms cuts, with the number of conservation specialists in English councils falling by 4% in … Continue reading

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HLF & EH criticise conservation officer losses

Conservation services in local authorities are a continuing concern for those giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s Inquiry into Funding for the Arts and Heritage. Carole Souter. HLF Chief Executive said, on 2 November: “The loss … Continue reading

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ConstructionSkills faces cuts

Construction sector training body ConstructionSkills reviews grants after £10m loss.  It is expected to make cuts to the training grants it pays to construction firms after it emerged that it will make a multimillion-pound loss for the second year running. … Continue reading

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Planning says threats to conservation skills in LPAs damages regeneration

This consultation Following the publication of the IHBC’s research into conservation services, as part of its joint paper on historic environment services in LPAs,  Huw Morris, in ‘Planning’, 15 May 2009 has highlighted the dangers of skills shortages in conservation … Continue reading

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Scotland’s traditional thatched buildings surveyed: HES & SPAB-led

The results of the first nationwide survey into thatched buildings in Scotland have now been published, with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and SPAB both leading the work. Historic Environment Scotland writes: All 305 of Scotland’s historic, traditional thatched buildings have … Continue reading

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EH: Industrial Heritage at risk revealed

The largest ever research project into the condition of England’s industrial heritage has been published by English Heritage (EH) together with its annual ‘Heritage at Risk Register‘.   English Heritage writes: Research reveals that ·   listed industrial buildings are more … Continue reading

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Place Alliance: Report on Councillors’ attitudes towards residential design

Place Alliance has recently published a report which summarises views from a national survey of local councillors in England on their approach to the design of new residential development, including that ‘Design quality is undervalued by councils, but makes development … Continue reading

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IHBC CPD Yearbook boost via DBW: Conservation in action at Scotland’s Engine Shed, from ‘paddlers’ to ‘divers’

From Historic Environment Scotland (HES), The Engine Shed is Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre in Stirling, and it uses a simple model to target diverse audiences, as all is now explained via the IHBC’s 2018 Yearbook and Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) … Continue reading

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IHBC offers sympathies to Paris – and Europe and beyond – on Notre Dame fire, as scale of damage continues under review

With the assessment of the scale of the fire damage to Notre Dame and its causes still ongoing, the IHBC offers its sympathies to the people of France, to Europe and to the world.

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IHBC 2018 Belfast School reflections: A view from Limerick, and Ireland – ‘An AACO Member at the IHBC’s Belfast School’

The IHBC’s 2018 Annual School was well attended by practitioners from the Republic of Ireland – not least because of ongoing research linked to the institute’s own Branch priorities – while offering his personal and professional take on the experience … Continue reading

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Heritage 2020 – Expressions of Interest sought for pro bono update on statutory England’s heritage-related duties of England’s local authorities, closing 5 July

Heritage 2020 a sector-wide initiative to sustain and promote the historic environment of England, is seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ in a pro bono update on statutory England’s heritage-related duties of England’s local authorities, closing 5 July. 

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

IHBC 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 … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘heritage from the (UK) doorstep’: Bath’s South Stoke saves pub with ‘biggest community buy-back’, inspiring others too!

A £1m campaign to resurrect the Packhorse Public House in South Stoke has brought the village together, with ‘the biggest community pub buy-back project in British history’ as supporters hope it will inspire others, the Guardian reports. image Guardian website

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Construction Industry Training Board ‘to shed jobs’ 

The construction industry’s main training body, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), could shed ‘hundreds of jobs’, union officials warn, amid plans to shut offices as reported by the BBC on 15 November 2017.

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IHBC CPD boost from Scotland: ‘Architectural conservation solves 21C environmental, social and economic challenges’

Dr Cristina González-Longo – Director at the IHBC recognised conservation course at Strathclyde – explains how Scotland’s identity is closely linked to its historic buildings, ranking in the Nation Brands Index at 12 out of 50 nations for its reputation … Continue reading

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New Context out: ‘Floorscape –The heritage at our feet’ and much more, from Listing’s 70th anniversary to Student Awards

The latest edition of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, themed around traditional paving and its contribution to our experience of places, with Robert Huxford of the Urban Design Group (UDG) as guest commissioning editor for the theme, … Continue reading

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How to protect heritage buildings against fire: Public advice from the Devon & Somerset FRS

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) has issued advice on protecting heritage buildings against fire. image Devon & somerset FRS website

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NHMF, HLF, and DCMS’ ‘Tailored Review’ conclusions: ‘Functions… to the nation remained vital’

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has concluded its tailored review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), noting that the ‘functions of distributing National Lottery funding and providing a fund … Continue reading

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New HE research from the LA services in the SW: ‘How you rate Local Authority heritage services’ 

An independent study led by Historic England (HE) and co-funded by the Heritage Lottery Find (HLF), has been published, revealing how people feel about the impacts of cuts on local authority heritage services in the South West. 

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University of Dundee invites people to virtually design new building

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, the University of Dundee invited people to design and build a new iconic university building in a virtual version of Dundee.

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HLF: £10.1m across UK to help widen heritage talent pool

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is investing £10.1m in 18 projects across the UK to help train a new and more diverse generation of heritage craftspeople, digital specialists and entrepreneurs.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender picks’: 2 for 1 – Survey of HMS Victory and Watford BC’s condition survey, both closing Feb

The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly HESPR Bulletins that bring tender opportunities together into one handy resource, and the Director’s top pick for IHBC members this week … Continue reading

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IHBC at ICON 2016: ‘Conservation in the 21st Century’, Birmingham

IHBC Support Officer Carla Pianese, also a supporter member of the Institute of Conservation, ICON, represented the IHBC at ICON’s 2016 Triennial conference in Birmingham, hosting the IHBC’s stand and introducing the IHBC to many interested delegates and colleagues. Reporting … Continue reading

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