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Prince Charles, after Hillsborough’s ‘facelift’: Future of built heritage could be endangered by traditional skills shortage

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall toured Hillsborough Castle after it had a £24 million facelift, while the Prince stated that the future of Britain’s built heritage could be endangered by the threat to traditional building craft skills, … Continue reading

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Another historic building hit by fire: Major fire in the former Church of St John the Evangelist, Blackburn

The former Church of St John the Evangelist, Blackburn, now the Bureau Centre for the Arts, has been the subject of a major fire.

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Construction opportunities offered to 20 career-changing women

An event aimed at recruiting 20 career-changing women into the construction industry took place recently in Cardiff. image: Encon website

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Place Alliance’s Big Meet 9 sees launch of ‘Place Value and the Ladder of Place Quality’ and seeks feedback on success to date

At its Big Meet 9, Place Alliance – the link body for place-based professional and interests – released a guide for decision making about the built environment, supported by the Design Network, and now also seeks feedback on its success … Continue reading

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EH: Bob Marley named among new blue plaque recipients for 2019

English Heritage (EH) has revealed some of this year’s blue plaques to commemorate notable people of the past who have lived and worked in London, including a reggae singing sensation, a pioneering war correspondent and an award-winning novelist will receive … Continue reading

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WMF awarded grant for skills training project in Yemen

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) and World Monuments Fund Britain have been awarded a British Council grant of £100,000 ($130,000) in support of conservation skills training, post-conflict planning and physical restoration in the historic city of Taiz, Yemen.

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The Iron Bridge reopens to the public following £3.6 Million Project

English Heritage’s £3.6 million conservation project to repair and restore the Iron Bridge in Shropshire has been completed and it is now open to the public. image: EH website

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CYARK: Building digital capacity in Rapa Nui

CYARK offered a video update on its digital work with the indigenous Polynesian Community.

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Comments get Scruton sacked from Building Beautiful commission

Roger Scruton has been taken off the government panel tasked with building public support for new homes – the ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ Commission  – because of controversial comments on Islamophobia and antisemitism. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS): ‘Planning Bill Could Break the System’

Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS), who represent officials running planning authorities across the country, has warned that the scale of new responsibilities to be introduced in the Planning Bill could break the back of an already under-resourced system.

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HTN launches new partnership to support over 250 member organisations develop financial skills and knowledge

Heritage Trust Network (HTN) has announced its new partnership with Charity Finance Group (CFG), to help its 250+ members across the UK ‘demonstrate their impact and strengthen their strategic financial management’.

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Historic England seeks Committee and Panel members and advisers etc., various closing dates

Historic England is seeking new members for various committees and panels, with skills sought to include architectural history, architectural preservation, historic property and estate management and stonework conservation, and various closing dates etc.

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Communities bid to make their high streets fit for the future

More than 300 local authorities across the country have bid for a share of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund to transform their local high streets. image: Fiona Newton

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Historic England launches new heritage apprenticeships

Historic England (HE) has launched new apprenticeships intended to meet the demand for skilled professionals around the country. image: HE website

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‘Creating better towns’: A free aide-memoire published

Data firm Didobi has created a widely-welcomed, free and simple aide-memoire for Councils and stakeholders in towns that identifies and clearly defines best practice, methodologies and the key ingredient for ‘Creating Better Towns’.

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Scottish natural capital accounts welcomed by SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has welcomed the publication of the Scottish natural capital: Ecosystem Service Accounts, 2019.

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Digital Construction Week Call for Papers closes 15th May 2019

Digital Construction Week (DCW) has issued a call for papers, offering the chance to present live on stage at DCW – on and share your experiences and expertise with the entire industry. If you have an innovative project or story … Continue reading

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Call for ‘best practice’ etc. events for London’s Urban Tree Festival: 18-19 May – closing Easter Monday

The Museum of Walking is calling for events for the Urban Tree Festival, on 18-19  May, closing Easter Monday. image: Museum of Walking

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Sheffield councillors decline to determine planning application before consultation concluded

Sheffield councillors refused to make a decision on a planning application after finding out the public consultation hadn’t yet finished.

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Big Ben’s iconic clock face restored to original blue colour

Big Ben’s famous clock face has been unveiled in its new blue colour following more than a year of restoration.

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Ornate Victorian pool found beneath fishpond in Wales

A Victorian ‘pool’ structure hidden within the fishpond of Ham Manor in Llantwit Major, Wales was discovered during a restoration of the gardens.

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More school trips are needed to inspire a passion for heritage

Research carried out on behalf of insurer Ecclesiastical shows that millions of young people never visit museums, galleries or theatres. image: News Ecclesiastical 

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£3.7 million to fund 5 new garden towns across the country

£3.7 to fund 5 new garden towns will provide up to 64,000 much-needed homes across England. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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HE consults on advice note on ‘Statements of Heritage Significance’: Closing 10 May

Historic England (HE) is in consultation on an Advice Note on Statements of Significance, to help advise on ways to satisfy the requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for applicants for heritage-related consents to provide information on heritage … Continue reading

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Heritage Alliance receives Resilience Funding

The Heritage Alliance (THA), the umbrella body for the heritage sector in England, has been awarded a two year resilient heritage grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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