Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

HE consults on ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisor’ Apprenticeship Standard – call for comment by 8 July

Historic England seeks responses on the development of a new standard for apprentices working as ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisors’, closing 8 July.

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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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Groundbreaking scheme places new generation of planners in local government

The first intake of innovative new social enterprise Public Practice meet the Mayor of London.17 outstanding Associates selected from over 200 applicants begin year-long placements across London and the wider South East to deliver affordable homes and inclusive places.

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Historic England Advisory Committee (HEAC) vacancies (4): Pro bono, closing 4 July

Historic England seeks to broaden the membership of the Historic England Advisory Committee (HEAC), which advises Historic England’s Commission and staff on novel, contentious, sensitive or technically complex policy and casework, and is seeking up to four new members and are keen … Continue reading

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Glasgow fire: Art school’s Mackintosh building extensively damaged

Glasgow’s world-renowned School of Art has been gutted by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire.

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Scottish Parliament explores need for legislative change in tenement maintenance

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), has summarised its take on debate on a motion in the Scottish Parliament generating consensus on the need for changes to legislation linked to the condition of Scotland’s tenement housing stock.

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MaintenanceBooker: A new heritage website ‘to help end the misery of leaking church roofs’

MaintenanceBooker is a new heritage website set by a partnership that includes the National Churches Trust – the UK’s church building support charity – intended to help ‘keep historic churches and chapels safe for the future’, which was launched following … Continue reading

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DCMS Areas of Research Interest

The first Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Areas of Research Interest (ARI) publication has been issued, summarising the most important research questions facing DCMS.

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HE’s Places of Worship web update

The Places of Worship (PoW) team at Historic England (HE) has developed and updated web pages that offer advice, guiding principles and sources of further information on historic places of worship.

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North West Leicestershire DC approves plans to for Snibston colliery site

An application to develop the former Snibston colliery site and country park was permitted by North West Leicestershire (NWL) District Council (DC) Planning Committee on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

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SAVE’s 2018-2019 Buildings at Risk Catalogue: ‘Revive and Survive’ due 27 June 2018

The 2018-2019 Buildings at Risk Catalogue, ‘Revive and Survive’ will be published by SAVE on 27 June 2018.

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RTPI challenges apprenticeship body’s assessment plan ruling 

The RTPI has challenged the Institute for Apprenticeships’ (IfA) ability in assessing professional standards, after the latter has rejected the assessment plan of a degree-level apprenticeship that the Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group has developed with the RTPI.

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England’s government departments new departmental plans: THA member update

An update from the link body for England’s heritage bodies – The Heritage Alliance (THA) – has summarised the heritage threads in recent departmental plans.

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Scotland’s Culture Secretary orders review as St Peter’s Seminary future again uncertain with closure of arts company NVA

St Peter’s Seminary, one of Scotland’s most acclaimed modernist buildings – with plans featured at the IHBC’s Edinburgh Annual School in 2014 – seemed to have found new hope with the ground breaking arts company NVA, but that future has … Continue reading

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Mayor of London unveils £1.1bn vision for East Bank 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out his £1.1bn vision for East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – aimed at establishing a new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth, and welcomed a £151m contribution now secured … Continue reading

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Hostelling Scotland partner with Scottish Civic Trust and ScotRail on exciting new project for the Year of Young People 2018: Closing 5 July

Hostelling Scotland has partnered with Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days and ScotRail on an exciting new project for the ‘Year of Young People 2018’, as the Braw Buildings Project offers young people in Scotland the chance to stay in … Continue reading

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Historic Chapels Trust and CCT partnering for strategic review

The Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) and the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) will be working together in 2018/19 as the CCT takes over the day to day running of HCT, including its 20 historic chapels, for a period of one year … Continue reading

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THA & members’ response to VAT policy enquiry: Highlighting ‘…current VAT regime [as] one of the biggest threats to the future of our built heritage’

Informed by members, including the IHBC, The Heritage Alliance (THA) has responded to the Treasury Committee’s VAT inquiry setting out concerns over the impact of VAT policy on the UK’s built heritage and suggesting how this could be mitigated.

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DCMS calls for more research on diversity and place-making now under fire 

Senior arts researchers have hit back at a report from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that is taken as implying knowledge gaps in key policy areas, saying it highlights the Department’s limited awareness of existing research literature … Continue reading

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CPRE says countryside being lost to housing at alarming rate, despite increase in brownfield development 

New government data shows that despite promising signs of an increase in brownfield development, greenfield land is still being lost to housing development at an unnecessary rate. The amount of farmland, forests, gardens and greenfield land lost to housing development … Continue reading

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Scottish Council on Archives: Consultation for users of online archive catalogues, closing 22 June

The Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) is consulting with users of archive and public records services on plans for a new portal to ‘bring together catalogues from across the country in one place and be a user-friendly’, with the survey … Continue reading

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New powers for England’s councils to deliver homes for local families

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government(MHCLG) has announced that England’s Councils will receive new powers to help them deliver the homes their communities need – including launching ‘New Town Development Corporations’. image: Contains public sector information licensed under the … Continue reading

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Take a Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London

If you don’t have the luxury of visiting the new Globe Theatre in London, writes Open Culture, taking a tour, or seeing a performance lovingly-recreated with all of the costuming (and even pronunciation) from Jacobean England, you can get the … Continue reading

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Government commits to major building safety reforms with strong sanctions and regulations looming large 

Welcoming Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Government has made a series of commitments to major building safety reforms, including ‘major reform of the regulatory system… [and] ..restructuring building regulations’.

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Southbank Centre issued with a COI again as DCMS turns down listing recommendation again

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has turned down the landmark brutalist Southbank Centre for listing and issued a Certificate of Immunity (COI), which means that the building cannot be reassessed again for another five years.

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