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HE Bursaries for Clore Leadership Courses

Historic England offers bursaries for two courses run by Clore, more on which can be found here.

Leadership Intensives – Consolidating and examining who I am as a leader. Bursaries are available for heritage sector professionals in England supported by Historic England. Historic England is particularly keen to support applications from people with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage and disabled people working in heritage in recognition of the underrepresentation of these groups in the sector and especially in leadership positions. Historic England will also prioritise applications from smaller organisations in the sector that have limited access to training opportunities. The funded cost of the course will be £500 for Leadership Intensives.

Emerging Leaders Identifying and exploring skills and behaviours I need in order to lead. Bursaries are available for heritage sector professionals in England supported by Historic England. Historic England is particularly keen to support applications from people with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage and disabled people working in heritage in recognition of the underrepresentation of these groups in the sector and especially in leadership positions. Historic England will also prioritise applications from smaller organisations in the sector that have limited access to training opportunities. The funded cost of the course will be £100 for Emerging Leaders.

Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group seeks Church Tourism Development Officer (part-time)

Funded through the National Resilient Heritage Lottery fund, the prime focus of this innovative church tourism-based project is to create sustainable and commercially viable activities that will give historic church buildings an opportunity to secure their financial sustainability and safeguard these important heritage buildings for the future. This will be achieved through the development of quality tourism initiatives, creating new and enhancing existing visitor experiences. This will be achieved whilst ensuring the building retains its integrity as a place of worship.

Application together with an outline of project delivery and methodology and details of relevant experience to be submitted by noon Monday 9th September2019 to Wendy Coombey Chair and Jenny Beard, Vice Chair of HCTG. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

More information can be found here:

William & Jane Morris Conservation Grants

The deadline for the next round of William and Jane Morris Church Conservation Grants is approaching: 31st August 2019.

The Morris Fund was formed in 1939 following a bequest to the Society from May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris.These grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not for structural repairs. Awards range from £500 to £5,000. 

Further details, eligibility criteria and an application form please see our website

UCL – Fully Funded PhD Studentship – Reducing Energy Consumption and Addressing Thermal Discomfort in Historic Buildings


  • Title: Reducing energy consumption and the unintended consequences of energy efficient intervention in historic buildings: understanding, assessing and addressing thermal discomfort
  • Supervisors: Dr Hector Altamirano, UCL; Dr Robyn Pender, Historic England
  • Stipend: £17,009 plus fees of £5,210 (2019-20) plus travel and laboratory activity funds
  • Start: Autumn 2019
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Funding: EPSRC; Historic England
  • Eligibility:


Historic buildings are often perceived as energy-hungry. The opposite is arguably the case. Until the Industrial Revolution, energy was expensive and difficult to exploit. Acceptable indoor air conditions were delivered with little or no input from “building services” such as heating. Instead, walls and floors provided thermal buffering from exterior conditions; barriers like timber panelling prevented them drawing out occupant body heat.

These and other comfort and energy-saving features – and their underpinning knowledge – were largely lost as centralised energy encouraged development of building services like space heating and cooling. Thermometers completed a shift away from users’ understanding of complex sources of discomfort towards an air temperature emphasis.

Current built environment energy- and carbon-saving measures centre on air temperature, cutting the loss of conditioned air by reducing ventilation and increasing insulation. These retrofits can have serious negative impacts on traditional “greatcoat” buildings, which depend on different materials and systems to control moisture than modern “raincoat” construction. Maladaptation can lead to building fabric failure, increased energy use, and comfort and health issues.

Air temperature is easy to measure, but comfort and discomfort are subtle. This project aims to broaden understanding of causes of thermal discomfort, investigate innovative ways of assessing it, and quantify traditional approaches to remediation’s benefits.


  • summarise unintended consequences of current thermal-comfort criteria
  • identify influential thermal discomfort factors in historic buildings
  • develop innovative methodologies for quantifying building-user discomfort
  • quantify benefits of methodologies for energy and carbon reduction in historic buildings, including avoidance of unintended consequences for the building fabric.


1: Parameters including air movement, relative humidity, ambient humidity, conductive and radiant body heat loss, and user activity play a more important role in thermal comfort and discomfort than air temperature.

2: Traditional ways of managing thermal discomfort can reduce pressure on air heating and cooling systems, allowing reductions in energy use without negative impacts on building usability or building fabric.

3: Robust ways of assessing and handling real causes of thermal discomfort could achieve important reductions in consumption of energy and carbon in buildings.

Person specification

Applicants should have:

  • undergraduate degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant discipline (engineering, physics, material science, architecture, conservation, heritage science)
  • demonstrable interest in the history of construction.
  • ability to use initiative, prioritise and manage complex research.
  • excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • excellent attention to detail in working methods.

Would suit a candidate with a multidisciplinary background. Experience working with energy and buildings would be extremely helpful.

Application Procedure

Email pre-application to Athina Benia ( with subject “EPSRC – Historic England”. Do not use UCL online admissions system. Including:

  • Covering letter, stating motivation and eligibility: 
  • CV
  • Names and addresses of two academic referees
  • Copy of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of degree(s),   
  • Research proposal (max. 2000 words), considering the research questions.

Email informal enquiries to Dr Hector Altamirano (

Deadline: 09.00 (BST) 22nd July 2019

NHIG – CPD Event Bursaries

Calling all students, apprentices and interns – we are offering 3 free places on all of our seminars and other CPD events in return for a write-up of the event.  This is open to anyone on a blacksmithing, metalwork, conservation, built heritage or other relevant course who has an interest in the subject.  Also open to apprentices/interns in relevant fields.

How do I apply?
Write a paragraph (max 100 words) explaining why you would like to come to the seminar and what you hope to get out of it and email it to NHIG Administrator Jessica at: Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What do I get?
A free ticket to the event including refreshments and lunch (if provided), but not including travel or accommodation.

What do I have to do in return?
Within one week of attending the event, send a write-up (min. 300-max. 500 words) on your experience of the day – what you got out of it and took away from it.

What do I do next?
Watch this newsletter and the events page on the website to be kept informed of future CPD events. When you see an event you would like to attend, apply as above.

You can bookmark the CPD Event Bursary page on our website as a reminder.

WCMT Churchill Fellowship Award – Arts for the Built Environment

We are seeking applications that explore the innovative use of any of the arts for the built environment. See here for more details.

This includes contemporary and heritage arts, crafts and design in any genre, and applies to public or private space. Projects may relate to designing, making, commissioning, access, education or commercial uses, and we particularly encourage applications from practitioners in these areas, including architects.

Artists and makers who do not wish to apply in this category are eligible to apply across all other categories if their project fits them – please see this page for more information. 

Our general criteria for arts applications are as follows:

  • Any application identifying itself as an arts project must have a significant element of tangible arts practice. We are particularly keen to hear from people who are practitioners, in any art form.
  • We look for a public benefit in all of our Fellowships. Any application identifying itself as an arts project should demonstrate how it will have a public benefit wider than advancing the applicant’s personal artistic practice. 
  • In ‘artists and makers’ we include all art forms, whether visual, literary, musical, performance, design, crafts or other.

West Midlands Volunteer Awards

This is your opportunity to nominate a volunteer or group of volunteers to share their story; it is a chance to give back to those who give so generously, caring for the region’s cultural heritage. 

Nominating is easy, simply follow the Guidance to complete the Application Form and send it to us before Monday 22 July!

This year we have four categories you can nominate your volunteers for:

The final award is the Judges’ Award for Excellence selected from the winners of the four category awards. The winner of Judges’ Award for Excellence will be awarded £500 to spend on a project of their choice at the museum, art gallery or heritage site. 

Keep up to date and follow the Awards on our Facebook page

Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprentices Level 4

Historic England is the public body that looks after England`s historic environment. We champion historic places, helping people understand value and care for them. We are excited to share with you an unrivalled opportunity to complete a Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprenticeship (HEAA) over the course of 27 months at Historic England.

We are recruiting for one HEAA apprentice in each of our six regional offices (Manchester, Bimingham, Bristol, Cambridge, London, York / Newcastle) to commence September 2019.

Final applications 17 June 2019

For more information see here.

Cornwall Design Review Panel – Recruitment of New Panel Members

The Cornwall Design Review Panel is a partnership between Cornwall Council and the Architecture Centre, Devon and Cornwall. Following three successful years in its re-constituted form, the membership of the Panel (CDRP) is being refreshed. As a consequence, we are seeking to recruit a limited number of new individuals to our multi-disciplinary pool of expertise – from which those attending each panel meeting are drawn.

We are looking for lively and intelligent practitioners who are confident communicators and can demonstrate a good working knowledge of design theory, policy and practice in relation to development projects. They should be able to demonstrate an ability to discuss, analyse, appreciate and promote good design in a critical but constructive manner. This may be evidenced through project work that they have undertaken or other related activity such as teaching, consultancy or, indeed, previous design review experience. We hope to attract diverse applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

Applicants should compose a brief CV together with a covering letter that clearly sets out their motivation and interest in this opportunity and explains the qualities that they believe they can particularly bring to the panel. These should be sent by email to:

If prospective applicants have any particular questions prior to submitting, then Mark Pearson can be contacted by email or on mobile number 07969 327525, otherwise we look forward to receiving submissions by the strict deadline of noon on Friday 31st May 2019.

Further details can be found here.

National Churches Trust – 2019 Church Architecture Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Church Architecture Awards are now open.  The awards, run by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association,  are open to projects including new buildings, re-orderings, roof, spire or tower repairs and extensions.

  • The Presidents’ Award is for the best new church buildings and new designs in church re-ordering, alterations or extensions. Projects are eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development. The award is open to church buildings of all Christian denominations in the UK.
  • The King of Prussia Gold Medal is for the best church conservation or repair projects. The award is open to the architect or chartered surveyor on any scheme of repair for a church or chapel of any Christian denomination in the UK, in use for regular worship, and over one hundred years old. The scheme must have been funded by a grant or loan from the National Churches Trust, or would have been eligible for such a grant or loan, and have been completed within the last three years.
  • The Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year recognises the contribution being made to church buildings by architects in the early stages of their career. It is given to young architect who has worked on a winning or shortlisted design entered for The King of Prussia Gold Medal or the Presidents’ Award.

Nominations can be made online by completing a simple form

The closing date is 1 July 2019. 

A shortlist will be published in September and  the award ceremony will take place on 31 October 2019. Judges include HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Revd Lucy Winkett. If you’d like to speak to someone about the awards, please contact or phone 020 7222 0605.

SPAB Presents – Philip Webb Award

First awarded in 1993, the Philip Webb Award sets architects in the early stages of their career a demanding but exciting dual conservation and design challenge.

The brief is to devise a scheme which sympathetically revitalises a historic building for reuse through careful repair of existing fabric and a significant element of new construction in a contemporary design. It’s a unique opportunity for those interested in sustainability, the reuse of old buildings and in developing experience in conservation practice to engage with the SPAB’s principles and showcase their skills. The competition is open to recent graduates and current Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture. 

For more information on the award, visit the website here.