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New measures to protect UK high streets from aggressive rent collection and closure

The UK Government has outlined how high street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic. image: for illustration purposes only – Fiona Newton

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NTS sets up it’s own ‘heritage lottery’ fund

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has set up its own heritage lottery fund ‘helping to protect the things we love about Scotland’.

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Five years on from the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, heritage-led recovery is uniting community

Since the Gorkha earthquake killed almost 9,000 people in April 2015, Nepal has been on a slow and arduous route to recovery, while its vibrant cultural heritage of monuments, religious places, crafts, festivals and traditional practices has been key to … Continue reading

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Tourism Minister launches £1.3M fund to support Destination Management Organisations

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston has launched a new emergency fund to support local tourism organisations throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

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CIC launches Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is publishing its Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure via a Webinar.

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Listed Property Owners Club’s spring checklist for buildings

Spring is a good time to stand back and consider any building repairs that are required over the next 12 months, notes the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC), and regular inspection and maintenance is the key to keeping homes in … Continue reading

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Firefighters tackle blaze at converted Grade II listed former mill

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at an historic Grade 11 li8sted former lace mill at Sandiacre, near Nottingham.

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Take a Long Virtual Tour of the Louvre in Three High-Definition Videos

Open Culture suggests a Virtual Tour of the Louvre recognising that Video visits are no substitute, but these days they’re the best we’ve got.

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HE’s new LPA project opportunity: Data supply & reconciliation between the National Record (NRHE) and HERs

Historic England (HE) is seeking proposals from local authorities, or partnerships led by a local authority, wishing to take part in the transfer and reconciliation of the terrestrial component of the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) with their … Continue reading

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HES: Heritage donation for Community Foodbanks

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is donating food products stocked across its sites to local community food banks and homeless charities.

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Government rejects bid to turn Oscar Wilde’s ‘Reading Gaol’ GII prison into an arts centre

A campaign to convert the Grade II-listed (GII) former ‘Reading Gaol’ prison, backed by Reading council and luminaries including Stephen Fry, has been rejected by the Ministry of Justice.

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CBA Announce Neil Redfern as new Executive Director

The CBA has announced that Neil Redfern will take the post of Executive Director of The Council for British Archaeology(CBA).

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Netflix set to move into TV studios on Ashford railway works site

Video streaming giant Netflix is set to make new film and TV studios in Ashford its UK base, KentOnline understands.

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BEFS calls for case studies for OPiT report 2020,  closing 24/07

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is calling for projects representing ‘best practice case study to illustrate the breadth of activity undertaken in the historic environment in Scotland’, so they can be added to their Historic Environment Case Studies database and … Continue reading

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New service launched linking up organisations and senior advisors that ‘bridges the gap between work and retirement for construction professionals’

A new service has been launched that bridges the gap between work and retirement for construction professionals. ProTem.online is a network that capitalises on the experience of professionals approaching retirement, enabling organisations to hire some of the best brains in … Continue reading

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Bridge collapses in Italy, newest crumbling infrastructure

A huge bridge section has collapsed in Tuscany, the latest case of Italy’s infrastructure crumbling after years of neglect.

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IHBC’s CPD Boost, under COVID-19: See Web Cams of surreally empty city streets, Venice, New York, London & Beyond, courtesy of Open Culture

‘… empty cities seem a little more dystopian to me. Dystopias are ‘a kind of surrealism’, writes Kim Stanley Robinson for Open Culture, accompanied by views of empty streets.

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Second round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund opened on 30 March 2020

The second round of the £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund opened on 30 March, helping plant more trees in England’s cities and towns. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Personal and economic well-being in the UK: February 2020

Estimates looking across personal and economic well-being in the UK for Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2019 have been published by the ONS.

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Edinburgh Council develops repairs app for shared properties

City of Edinburgh Council is developing an app to support residents in shared properties in keeping their buildings in good condition. image: for illustration purposes only – Fiona Newton

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Exploring volunteers’ attitudes to health and safety in charity sector – volunteers sought!

Ecclesiastical is partnering with leading researchers at the Health and Safety Executive’s Science and Research Centre to develop practical advice for charities, and seeks volunteers.

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High street benefits £22 billion grants and business rates package

High streets have begun to receive a £22 billion coronavirus boost, with grants of up to £25,000 already being paid into bank accounts of high street businesses, government reports. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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England’s Strategic Stone Study to be relaunched and promoted

The Strategic Stone Study, which has been described as ‘the most important project ever undertaken to identify and record the sources and uses of building stones in England’ has been completed this March.

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More details on the Heritage Emergency Fund

Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director, Business Delivery of the Heritage Fund has issued more detail on how to apply for the £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund.

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Planning heads issue call for high street experts

The Royal Town Planning Institute has issued a call for planners with specialist knowledge of the high street and its changing needs to apply to become High Streets Task Force (HSTF) experts.

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