VAG student bursaries for Spring 2019 conference on offer: Due 15 March

VAG imageThe 2019 Spring Conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) will be held in Looe, East Cornwall, from 23 to 27 April and applications for student bursaries are due by Friday 15 March.

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VAG writes:

The 2019 Spring Conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group will be held in Looe, East Cornwall, from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 April 2019.  During the day members will tour the locality, visiting and interpreting lesser traditional buildings; lectures and discussions will be held in the evenings. The visits will cover parishes to the west of Looe (Wednesday), parishes in the Liskeard area (Thursday) and parishes in the Launceston area (Friday).  The conference will be based at the Hannafore Point Hotel in West Looe, with additional accommodation in the adjacent Fieldhead Hotel and a number of B&Bs nearby. The Vernacular Architecture Group is able to offer three bursaries to assist registered students or professionals in the early years of their career to attend the Conference. The Committee is aware that the cost often makes attendance difficult for students and others who might benefit from the lectures and discussions, and from the opportunity to meet people active in the field.  There is no age limit, and both full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply.

Applicants must be students of vernacular architecture or a related discipline, or early career professionals working in the field. Candidates will be expected to:

  1. show evidence of an active interest in historic buildings, ideally vernacular architecture, including a list of relevant courses undertaken
  2. show evidence that they are active in the field, e.g. by membership of the VAG or other relevant groups, or through relevant work experience
  3. explain how they hope to benefit from attending the conference

Applications from students must be endorsed by a course tutor, and applications from early career professionals must be supported by a professional referee.  Any other financial support available to the applicant for attending the conference must be declared. Applications and tutor endorsements/references should be sent by email to the VAG Secretary, Claire Jeffery, email to reach her no later than Friday 15 March.  The bursary will cover the full cost of the £380 residential conference fee but will not cover travel to or from the conference or any other expenses. Applicants who are already members of the Group and propose to attend the conference with or without the support of a bursary should ensure a place on the conference by booking in the normal way. Anyone who has reserved a place at full cost but subsequently obtains a bursary will receive a full refund.

Recipients of bursaries will be asked to write a resume of the conference for the VAG Newsletter.  We hope that the recipients will be sufficiently inspired by the conference to join the VAG if they are not already members.  The VAG Committee would be grateful if you could bring this item to the notice of anyone who is eligible and who you feel would benefit from attending the conference.

Contact VAG Secretary Claire Jeffery for details at email

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