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The IHBC Gus Astley Annual Student Award

Up to £500 for outstanding under- or post-graduate coursework relating to:


Topics may cover any aspect of conservation including:

  • evaluation (eg history, research or surveying)
  • management (eg policy, finance or planning)
  • and/or intervention (eg design, technology or architecture)

Applicants need only submit a digital version of their coursework!
See gasa.ihbc.org.uk for forms & details

Download the flyer here
Download the guidelines PDF

Closing date: 31st July 2016

For results see Context, the IHBC’s journal, & the IHBC Annual School 2017

Open to all students on taught courses 2014-16
For information only please contact:


Members – Historic Environment Scotland

Appointment of Members to the Board

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to two Members to the Board of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

HES is the new lead organisation for the historic environment in Scotland.  A new public body which is also a registered Scottish charity, HES  role is to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment and to manage its collections as a national resource for reference, study and research.

As the successor to Historic Scotland, HES is one of the major operators of visitor attractions in Scotland, including Edinburgh and Stirling Castles. HES has a subsidiary trading company,  HES Enterprises.  HES  also  has responsibilities as a regulator  and as a grant distributor, as well as an important  role in promoting the development of skills  , both traditional  and modern.

More information on HES , including the new Corporate plan , can be found on its website here.

We are seeking applications specifically from people with experience of finance, audit and risk who want to contribute to the development of this new organisation and feel they have the skills required.

This appointment will be for up to four years.

Closing date for applications is Friday 1 July 2016.


Young Church Architect of the Year


The National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association are inviting entries for their 2016 church architecture awards and for a new ‘Young Church Architect of the Year‘ award.

New church buildings and new designs in church alterations or extensions can be entered for The Presidents’ Award. The Presidents’ Award is awarded on behalf of the National Churches Trust’s Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) President. The architects responsible for the winning project will receive the Presidents’ Award paten and chalice. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.

See details and how to apply here.


Grants to support archaeological work in the City of London

CoLAT Grants

John Schofield, Secretary of the City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT), invites applications for small- to medium-sized grants to support archaeological work and related documentary research in the City and its environs, as in previous years. The grants will be for one year only from 1 April 2017, with a deadline for applications (with required references) of Friday 23 September 2016; CoLAT will meet to decide the grants in early December.

Application forms and guidelines for revised procedures can be found on the CoLAT website, which has been enhanced with examples of recently funded CoLAT research and other information. Guidance can also be obtained from john@jschd.demon.co.uk.


PAID internship opportunities

The Building Centre

The Building Centre is offering paid internship opportunities throughout 2016. Individuals will be given the opportunity to work in a vibrant part of central London where they can learn more about the industry whilst develop their skills. The Building Centre promotes innovation in the built environment providing educational exhibitions, events and news resources. The candidate will be able to work across these key areas of the organisation.

See key responsibilities and candidate requirements here



Apply now: NHTG Building Traditional Skills Bursary Scheme

NHTG-HLF bursary training opportunities: Site-based schemes

The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) has been awarded £779,200 funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to provide high quality, work-based training and skills development opportunities to equip people for a career in the built heritage sector, with the bursaries organised across the country by regional heritage coordinators.

The National Heritage Training Group’s (NHTG) bursary scheme is all about finding passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated people to be trained to work on England’s traditional buildings.  Overall, there will be 30 variable-length educational bursaries offered, working on live heritage sites across England.

Training and live site-based work experience is the largest element of this Project. Opportunities will include:

  • 30 variable-length traditional building craft skills bursary placements
  • 100 delegates attending a 2 day course to achieve the Level 3 Unit Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings
  • 10 Heritage Specialist Apprenticeships
  • 20 Level 3 NVQ Diplomas in Heritage Skills
  • 10 Mentors to train enabling them to pass on their skills and knowledge to develop the abilities of less experienced trades people.

The placements are each of 6 or 12 months, with imminent and differing closing dates, and include:

  • a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, 12-month placement with Carrek Ltd based on historic projects in the South West of England.. Application closing date: 27/05/16.
  • a Historic Building Conservation company 12-month placement with Oxford Lime Mortar Ltd specialising in lime mortars and associated materials working on historic projects within a 30mile radius of Oxford. Application closing date: 27/05/16.
  • a 12 month placement with a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, McCurdy & Co Ltd based on historic projects in the South of England. Application closing date: 20/06/16.
  • a 6-month placement to learn Pargeting (lime plaster modelling) and many other built heritage skills, working with Anna Kettle Design, an experienced Pargeter and historic building conservation specialist practitioner. The placement will be based at a 17th Century timber frame farmhouse near Bedford, in the South of England.

Application closing date: 21/06/16
If you are interested to offer a placement with your specialist heritage building company or in undertaking a training placement, for more information about the scheme please contact:

Graham Lee, National Project Manager,

Tel: 07971 655692 Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk

Find out more about NHTG Building Traditional Skills Bursary Scheme

Georgian Group Architectural Awards

The Georgian Group’s Architectural Awards, sponsored by international estate agents Savills and now in their fifteenth year, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. Awards are also given for high-quality new buildings in Georgian contexts and in the Classical tradition. The 2016 Awards will be presented by Loyd Grossman, CBE at the RIBA in early November 2016.

Entries for the 2016 awards are now being invited. There is no entry fee. Schemes must be in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands and must have reached practical completion between 1st January 2016 and 1st August 2016. For the purpose of the Awards, the term ‘Georgian’ embraces the period of classical ascendancy in Britain and is taken to mean 1660–1840. The award categories are: Restoration of a Georgian Country House; Restoration of a Georgian Interior; Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting; Reuse of a Georgian Building; Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape; New Building in the Classical Tradition; New Building in a Georgian Context.

The owner’s consent is a condition of entry. Please send a description of your project with a selection of images to david@georgiangroup.org.uk or to David McKinstry, The Secretary, The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX by 5pm on Friday 29 July 2016.

Further details….

The Building Awards

The 2016 UK Construction Building Awards are now open for entries, with 21 categories including refurbishment project of the year, woman of the year, contractor of the year and consultant of the year (closing date for entries is 17 June). more….


The Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary

The Ecclesiastical Insurance bursary will provide up to £20,000 for a future MSc Sustainable Heritage student to cover fees and a stipend. If you would like more information please visit our website or contact the Course Director Kalliopi.fouseki@ucl.ac.uk . The closing date is Monday 25th July 2016, however students will need to have applied to the programme and have received an offer, so are advised to get in touch as soon as possible.

UCL Masters Scholarships

The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, offers 20 scholarships for MSc, MRes, MA and MArch students, each worth £5,000, to be used as partial fee remittance for study.

The deadline for receipt of all scholarship applications is 16.00 (UK time) on Friday 20 May 2016. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by email in early August 2016.

All postgraduate students, including continuing students, can be considered for this scholarship, regardless of study mode or fee status. more…

Travel Grant: building heritage skills through travel

This grant award scheme is for young craftspeople with an interest in religious heritageconservation wanting to travelto increase their expertise and knowledge, ultimately benefitting heritage skills in the UK.

Up to two awards of between £500 and £1000 will be granted in June each year to young craftspeople showing the most innovative and enthusiastic approach to learning heritage skills, and those with the clearest idea of how the development of their knowledge and future career in heritage will benefit from the award. more….

Calling for Britain’s Best Brick Projects for 2016 Brick Awards

The Brick Development Association (BDA) is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2016 Brick Awards.

The awards celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, a highly symbolic landmark for inspirational architecture. The awards are designed to showcase skilled and praiseworthy use of brick in the UK construction sector, and are open to architects, designers, building owners, brick manufacturers, developers, housebuilders and contractors.

For the chance to be included in this year’s competition enter online via the BDA website, click here or contact the BDA on 0207 323 7030 and an entry form will be sent out.

The British Institute at Ankara

As part of its commitment to supporting young scholars and early career academics, the BIAA provides a number of different grants and awards:

Eligibility criteria for institute research funding can be found here

Manchester Metropolitan University PhD Scholarship

Manchester Metropolitan University is inviting applications for a PhD scholarship that is HER related.

The scholarship is for ‘Threats to UK Heritage: Assessing the impact of cuts on heritage advice services and the protection of the historic environment’. The project will aim to examine the level of cuts to County Archaeologists and HERs and assess the quality of heritage protection as a result.

Full details of the scholarship


Please note one of the criteria for applicants is ‘have experience working with Historic Environment Records and of liaising with local heritage advisory services’.


If you want to find out more or are thinking of applying contact Dr Ben Edwards, b.edwards@mmu.ac.uk .


Deadline for applications is 9am, 21st March.

Martin Weaver Student Scholarship

The Martin Weaver Student Scholarship promotes the advancement of young professionals in the early stages of their careers in Historic Preservation/Conservation. The scholarship is intended to assist in the growth of these young professionals in their field of study and supports current and innovative research as well as foreign travel. The Weaver Scholar’s Research is publicized through the APT website, APT Communiqué, and, if applicable, the APT Bulletin. more….