IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Award winners now out: Strathclyde University’s Estefania Macchi secures 2018 Award with information management and design focus; Commended successes cover Brutalism, conflict, staircases, cob, CMPs and much, much more

logoThe winner of the IHBC Gus Astley Student Award for 2018 has been announced as Estefania Macchi, then on the IHBC-recognised conservation course at Strathclyde University, for her suite of research and design works for the Glasgow’s former St. James Board School Conservation Design Project, including her review paper on ‘Information management as the milestone for present and future practice’, which was selected by 2018 Award judge Ingval Maxwell OBE, COTAC Chair, as an ‘impressive multi-facetted set of 7 documents that well illustrates a comprehensive understanding of  a wide range of conservation issues’.

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £89M+ costed work this week: Waveney DC etc. seeks accredited architect for ‘as and when’ support for Lowestoft High Street Conservation Grant Scheme, closing 04/04, £25k-£50k

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call led by Waveney District Council (DC) for a conservation accredited architect to support the Conservation Grant Scheme on the Lowestoft Historic High Street in a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), closing 4 April and valued at £25k-£50k.

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Major investment in Scotland’s conservation training as HES Conservation Directorate seeks 10 trainees, with salary starts from £17,500 and closing 8 April: All now out on IHBC’s unique Jobs etc service

Historic Environment Scotland is making a major investment in Scotland’s conservation training as it seeks 10 trainees in its Conservation Directorate – from engineering to climate change – currently advertised at IHBC Jobs etc, and with salary starts at £17,500 and closing 8 April, all part of ‘an investment of around £500k each year by HES to fund paid traineeships.’

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HE’s regular Planning Bulletin highlights omission of ‘heritage’ from draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill

logoHistoric England’s latest Planning Bulletin notes how the recently issued draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill fails to include the historic environment in the majority of the provisions, and its omission of heritage references ‘has the potential to exclude heritage from the remit of the proposed Office for Environmental Protection.’

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RTPI signs blue-green infrastructure declaration on need for investment in natural solutions to flood risk and climate change

websiteThe RTPI has signed the Newcastle Declaration on Blue and Green Infrastructure, recognising the critical need for proactive investment in natural solutions which can address the challenges of flood risk and climate change, a concept linked to the IHBC’s 2019 School in Nottingham in July: ‘Heritage, Risk and Resilience’.

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Craft skills under threat with 37 additions to HCA’s Red List of Endangered Crafts

graphicNew research by the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) has unearthed dozens more traditional craft skills on the verge of extinction in the UK, in the first major update of its pioneering project, the Red List of Endangered Crafts.

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Parliamentary Committee: Reforms needed to secure future for high streets and town centres

townscape plus peopleDated policies and an unfair tax regime must be reformed to create an environment that will allow high streets and town centres to flourish in the future, a report published in February by the Parliamentary Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) has found.

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ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18 April themed on Rural Landscapes for 2019

landscapeThe 2019 International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18 April offers the opportunity for National and International Scientific Committees to raise awareness about the relevance of rural landscapes, the challenges that encompass their conservation, the benefits that these efforts provide, and how rural landscapes are intrinsically related with sustainable development.

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BEFS submits response to the Scottish Charity Law Consultation for sector reference: Open till 1 April

websiteBuilt Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has submitted its response to the Scottish Charity Law Consultation (open until the 1 April) submitted in its own right as a charity and circulated to inform wider organisational responses.

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Being Human festival searches for the UK’s best arts and humanities events: 14-23 Nov

logo and graphicLed by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the AHRC and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. This year’s festival (14-23 November) is called ‘Discoveries & Secrets’.

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IHBC’s ‘Sample a weekly HESPR alert’ opportunity!  And see how IHBC can work for you at the ‘quality end of… commercial conservation’

bannerIHBC members can sample one of our weekly news ‘Alerts’ for members of the institute’s conservation services quality assurance scheme HESPR–Historic Environment Service Provider Recognition – and get a real sense of the benefits of HESPR membership, both for the IHBC and for your own work at the ‘quality end of… commercial conservation’.

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IHBC South East Branch 2019 Day School report: ‘Policy in Practice’, with a forward look to IHBC’s 2020 Annual School in Brighton

peopleFollowing the IHBC South East Branch’s 2019 Day School in Woking on 1 March, lead organiser of the School and Branch committee member Chris Reynolds has written a summary report on the day, including a brief look forward to the Branch’s hosting of the IHBC 2020 Annual School in Brighton in June next year.

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Don’t forget: IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Awards 2019 open until 31 July – Win £500 and a free place on IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School… simply submit coursework online!

Don’t forget: IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Awards 2019 open until 31 July – Win £500 and a free place on IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School… simply submit coursework online!

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the civic doorstep’; as Civic Voice raises the question: Is what is happening here happening everywhere?

housesCivic Voice has reported on a case that may represent wider heritage-related concerns across its membership, as it seeks to find out  more about the scale of historic ‘stone walls and pillars being demolished to provide access for parking in front gardens’.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the Railway Line’: Long-closed Otterington Station Grade II listed

websiteThe Railway Magazine has detailed the listing of the long-closed Otterington station on the East Coast Main Line, between Thirsk and Northallerton, which has been Grade II listed.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the ‘Ethical Marketing’ doorstep’: AHF’s new £7m loan and social investment fund to secure the future of the UK’s historic buildings

graphicMarketing sector publication Ethical Marketing News has highlighted how The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) – ‘the specialist lender to the UK’s heritage projects’ – has launched its new £7m social investment fund to enable organisations to deliver economic and social impact from the re-use of the UK’s heritage buildings.

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CIfA and FAME celebrate ‘More archaeologists employed than ever before’ – as 2018 Archaeological Market Survey now available

publication coverThe CIfA  and FAME have announced record Levels of Commercial Investment and Employment for Archaeologists in the UK as the latest Archaeological Market Survey report is now available.

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Another record-breaking year for Scottish heritage sites

edinburgh view Fiona Newton IHBCHistoric Environment Scotland (HES) has reported on how heritage visitors have generated £620 million in Scotland’s local tourism expenditure.

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NHTG receives funding from B&CE Charitable Trust

logoThe National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) has announced it has been awarded a grant from the B&CE Charitable Trust, ‘to run a series of built heritage training courses, which will see around 86 delegates.’

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New flagship fund for nature in Scotland launched

websiteA new fund of up to £2 million to protect and enhance Scotland’s nature has been launched.

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How to explore a secret part of London’s underground history

websiteHidden London, a series of tours at disused stations and secret sites around the city, is run by the London Transport Museum and lets you peek behind closed doors that are usually bolted shut. This year could be one of your last chances to see Euston’s secret tunnels as the area is slated for redevelopment.

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Old photos show Katrine aqueduct being built

websiteThe BBC has featured old photographs found in a skip that show one of Scotland’s most important public works, the Katrine acqueduct, being built.

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IHBC launches new Toolbox ‘Advice Note on the Curtilage Rule’, on listed farmhouses and associated farm buildings

A new IHBC ToolBox Note from the institute sets another interpretation of the High Court judgment in the Egerton v Taunton Deane case (also known as ‘Jews Farm’) – our ‘Advice Note on the Curtilage Rule – An interpretation of the Taunton Deane judgment – as it covers the identification of freestanding objects and structures that constitute part of a listed building under the so-called ‘curtilage rule’.

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Ecclesiastical issues its Heritage Sector insights: More context for the IHBC’s 2019 School

publication coverThe insurance company Ecclesiastical has published its Heritage Sector insights which looks at managing risks and offers guidance that mirrors the themes of the 2019 IHBC Annual School in Nottingham in July.

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IHBC encourages input to RTPI Corporate Strategy review, closing 17 March

logoThe RTPI is currently reviewing its Corporate Strategy via an on-line survey which closes on 17 March and all are encouraged to contribute.

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