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The IHBC Gus Astley Annual Student Award

Up to £500 and free IHBC annual School places for selected entries for outstanding under- or post-graduate coursework relating to built or historc environment conservation.

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

Closing date: 31st July

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

For information only please contact:

Churches Conservation Trust Travel Award Grant Scheme

CCT’s travel grant award scheme is for young craftspeople with an interest in religious built heritage, wanting to travel to increase their expertise and knowledge.  Up to two awards of between £500 and £1000 will be granted to young craftspeople showing the most innovative and enthusiastic approach to learning heritage skills. Due to COVID restrictions, in 2021 the award can be used to support virtual learning where travel cannot be undertaken. More information is on our website here:


Planning Awards 2021

Planning Awards 2021

Whether pre- or post Covid-19, the planning and placemaking sectors have continued to produce outstanding outcomes, adapting to changed circumstances with innovation, determination and ingenuity. Get the recognition that you and your colleagues deserve for your work. 

This year, the awards are simpler to enter than ever before. There’s no better and easier way to highlight your achievements and reward your teams than to enter the Planning Awards 2021.

Early Bird Deadline 5 Feb 2021

Final Deadline 26 Feb 2021

London Gardens Trust – Trustee Treasurer (Unpaid)

The London Gardens Trust (LGT) [Alliance member] is looking for a Trustee Treasurer to join its Board. The Trust is seeking someone who is experienced in the oversight and management of accounts, which may be demonstrated by a professional qualification or through experience. Candidates should also have a knowledge and understanding of charity SORP (or a willingness to learn it).

The closing date for applications is 27 November 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in early December. Full details about the role and how to apply can be found here.

SLCT Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme

The Scottish Lime Centre Trust is very excited to anounce that Scottish Lime Centre Trust has successfully secured funding from Historic Environment Scotland, which means we are able to offer bursaries to enable our learners to attend our traditional skills training courses and workshops free of charge. The eligibilty criteria and application form can be found on our website.

Why not take advantage of this opportunity to update or gain new skills for the care and repair of  traditional buildings.  You can download our 2020-2021 course calendar for list of available training courses.

CIAT – New CITB NI Student Bursary Award

CITB NI has launched a new £1,000 bursary award for students studying a third level Built Environment related qualification (Level 4 or above).

To encourage more school leavers to consider a career in construction and undertake a third level Built Environment related qualification, CITB NI is providing a bursary to first year full time students to assist with the cost of their training.

Sponsorship will be provided to 12 full time students providing them with a £1,000 bursary as a contribution to the cost of their training in their first year.

Click here for more information. You can download an application form here. The closing date is 18 September 2020.

See more detail on the website here.

Europa Nostra Awards

The UK is eligible for all the Creative Europe/Europa Nostra Awards which, launched by the European Commission and run by Europa Nostra, are Europe’s most prestigious heritage prizes. Europa Nostra UK (of which Kate Pugh FSA is Secretary) is keen that the UK continues to share its expertise and commitment as a leading player in European cultural heritage. With 62 examples since 2002, the UK ranks second only to Spain in the number of winning entries. This year, Project Iron Bridge was one of 21 ‘exemplary achievements’, winning an award in Conservation Category, while The Crossroads of Empires Project (Birmingham University) had a Special Mention in the Research category, and the Friends of Czech Heritage is currently shortlisted for one of the two Ilucidare special prizes.

The four award categories are Conservation; Research; Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations; and Education, Training and Awareness-Raising.  Two Ilucidare Special Prizes will again be awarded, selected from the applications, to showcase outstanding examples of heritage-led innovation and international relations around Europe. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2020. For further details see online.

Church Monuments Essay Prize

The Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of £500 for the best essay on an aspect of church monuments of any period in Britain or abroad, along with publication of the winning essay in the peer-reviewed international annual Church Monuments, the CMS journal. The competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments. The length (including notes) shall not exceed 10,000 words and a maximum of 10 illustrations, preferably in colour. The closing date for new entries is 31 December 2020.

For a copy of the rules and for the guidelines to contributors please see the Society’s website

Funded PhD Studentship: U of Bath – Agency and Identity in the Urban Built Environment in the Histories and Heritage of Minority Religious Communities

Closes 30 May, 2020

Lead Supervisor: Dr Robert Proctor (Architecture & Civil Engineering)

Enquiries: r.proctor@bath.ac.uk


The University of Bath and Historic England announce a studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. This is an exciting opportunity for a student to develop a project of their own interest within the framework of the project title, with expert guidance and training in academic architectural history and practical architectural heritage and conservation.

Minority communities at an early stage of formation are rarely able to command sufficient resources to build new, architect-designed buildings. This has implications for the heritage value accorded to historic expressions of minority identity, especially of religious buildings, for which heritage criteria are well established. Adaptations of older buildings, improvised or ephemeral forms of spatial organisation, furnishing and embellishment, the use of urban settings for ritual, and self-built structures typify minority expressions of religion in situations of small or scattered populations, poverty and marginalisation. The traces of these architectural interventions may not always persist, and when they do, are not usually accorded value through current heritage processes such as listing, where architectural merit often remains a criterion, especially for twentieth-century buildings. Yet such neglected interventions may be significant to minority communities when they tell their histories and trace their origins through the built environment. This project will explore through case studies the ways in which such expressions occurred in the past and how they might be given greater recognition through heritage practices. The specific minority religions to be investigated are open to the PhD researcher, and may involve a study of one minority religious community, perhaps one of which the student has existing knowledge, or comparative case studies. The project will also look for heritage practices elsewhere in the world that can inform new strategies in this country to heighten public awareness and protection of minority religious heritage in our urban built environment.

THE CDP SCHEME: The CDP partner organisation is Historic England, which will provide joint supervision; specialised training; induction and peer group meetings with other CDP students. Students will be expected to undertake 3 to 6 months of placement at Historic England.

The successful candidate can participate in CDP-organised development events, and will be expected to attend the CDP Student Launch Event on 21 September 2020 at the British Museum.

FUNDING: Funding is for 3.75 years extendable to 4 years. Study may be full-time or part time.

LOCATION: Bath and/or Swindon and/or another location to be determined by agreement.

CANDIDATE: This studentship is open to UK/EU students meeting the AHRC’s academic criteria and UKRI residency requirements (https://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/grant-terms-andconditions). English language requirements must also be met (https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporateinformation/postgraduate-english-language-requirements).

Applicants need a relevant 2.1 or above first degree, Masters-level qualification (achieved or ongoing), or professional experience equivalent to a Masters.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds and/or minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Along with your application, please provide a maximum 400 word statement explaining how your previous academic and/or work experience has prepared you for this project and how you propose to draw on your experience to personalise the PhD, especially through choices of faith, location, etc.

APPLICATIONS: For further information and to apply, visit https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/collaborative-doctoral-studentship-between-the-university-of-bath-and-historic-england/).

Start Date: 1 October 2020

Association for Industrial Archaeology’s conservation and research grant schemes

The deadline for the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s conservation and research grant schemes, 31st March 2020, is fast approaching. See here for more information.

Thanks to a series of donations the Association for Industrial archaeology can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology purposes.

The first awards were made in 2009, and they have since been able to allocate nearly three quarters of a million pounds. Details of some of those projects can be found in the link below.  From 2020 onwards the available Grants pot is divided into two categories:

  • Major projects where the maximum grant that can be awarded is £20,000. The grant from the AIA must be a significant part of the total project cost, not just a small contribution to a very large project, so that the AIA grant has real impact. The AIA would not normally fund projects where our grant represents less than 20% of the total project costs
  • Small projects which are allocated at least 20% of the available funds. The grant limit is £7,500, for which the total cost of the project, excluding the value of volunteer labour, must not exceed £10,000.

NHIG Ironwork Conservation Award

The NHIG Ironwork Conservation Award, which will be presented for the first time at the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB) Awards Lunch in October 2020, seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in ironwork conservation as an inspiration for all.

Any aspect of heritage ironwork, on any scale, in a public or a private setting, is eligible. Individuals or teams can enter themselves or be nominated by a third party. The award will be presented to the practitioner(s) who carried out the work, rather than to those who commissioned or specified it, although joint entries by architect and blacksmith, for example, are also welcome.

Submitted work must have been carried out in the last 5 years in accordance with current conservation philosophy.

The judges will be interested in:
• Appropriateness of materials and techniques used
• Extent to which loss of original fabric was minimised
• Quality of craftsmanship

To find out more or enter go to: https://nhig.org.uk/nhig-award/

The 2020 Application Round will open on 14th February 2020 and close on 14th June 2020. Entries must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday 14th June 2020.

University of Chicago – Post-doc Researcher in Urbanism

The University of Chicago is seeking to fill a Post-Doctoral Researcher position in Urbanism, working under the supervision of Emily Talen, Professor and Director of the Urbanism Lab at the University of Chicago. The position will start July 1, 2020. The initial term of the position will be one year, with the possibility of renewal.

This post-doc position supports a project called Incremental Urbanism, currently underway at the University of Chicago’s Urbanism Lab. Specific research tasks include conducting archival and GIS-based analysis of land use change, and using historical maps, imagery and other data sources to capture land use and urban scale evolution. The project requires both a quantitative and qualitative analytical approach to understanding urban change.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct scholarly research and contribute to the writing of manuscripts for publications in peer-reviewed journals. Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or have successfully defended their dissertation prior to the start date) in urban planning or a related field, with a strong interest in urbanism and urban form. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are essential. The analytical approach will be both quantitative and qualitative, so successful applicants should have a combination of interests and skills. Post-docs receive an annual salary (~ 50K) and University of Chicago benefits. The exact start date is negotiable.

Applications should be submitted electronically to urbanism@uchicago.edu by January 15, 2020. The application should include a cover letter that describes relevant experience, a current CV, a sample of work, and contact information for three references.

Irish Georgian Society London – Seeking Voluntary Events Co-ordinator

Irish Georgian Society London

The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts (from all periods).

The London branch is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer who would be pleased to take over the Events Co-ordinator role.

We arrange numerous (c.16-20) events each year, including lectures, walking tours, historic houses visits, dinners, parties and weekend visits. We learn about historic buildings/ places and host social events in historic settings. Most importantly, we aim to have fun with like-mind people.

In addition, any money raised from these events goes towards grant aiding conservation works of historic buildings in Ireland.

Events Co-ordinator

The main role of the events co-ordinator is to oversee the events for the year, liaise and manage event organisers as necessary, control the Eventbrite system, and organise a small number of events a year.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Really organised
  • Very efficient
  • and somewhat tech savvy

The time required for the job varies through the year, ranging from a handful of emails during the week to more concentrated time around the period of the events listing production (which takes a few days). It also requires attendance at 4 committee meetings a year, which take place on weekday evenings.

Please see a detailed outline of the responsibilities in the accompanying attachment.

Start Date: January 2020.

If you are interested, please send a paragraph describing your interest in the role and how you would suit the position, which should ideally be supported by a CV.

Applications to be sent as follows:

Email: igslondonvolunteering@igs.ie   Closing Date: Thursday 21st November

For further information see the attached:

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.
E-mails: wendy@visitherefordshirechurches.co.uk

More information can be found here: