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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:
studentaward@ihbc.org.uk

The Heritage Alliance seeks new Chair

Vacancy – Chair of The Board of Trustees

The Heritage Alliance is looking for a Chair to lead the Board of Trustees and staff from Autumn 2021, to be formally appointed at our AGM in early 2022. The Chair is an important public face of The Heritage Alliance, representing its work in a range of forums and to key decision-makers and influencers in politics and Government.  

The Heritage Alliance is the largest coalition of independent heritage organisations in the UK, with over 160 members. We are a charity. We embrace some very large organisations and many smaller ones; the unifying factor between them is a love of our diverse built, natural and created heritage. We are passionate about promoting the importance of heritage to prosperity, wellbeing, our environment, creativity and social resilience. We promote new thinking and conversations. We have active programmes aimed at building capacity and capability amongst our members and the wider sector. We promote partnerships, host events and debates and offer practical support and information. We are committed to being recognised for achieving the highest standards of inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity in our work and activities. 

The Board of Trustees set the overall vision and strategic direction for The Heritage Alliance, and we are looking for a strategic leader as Chair who can be a powerful advocate for the organisation and its work. At the same time, we are looking for someone who will prioritise the business of running a successful advocacy charity, ensuring effective governance and supporting the work of the executive. In the face of significant ongoing challenge and change, the Alliance will play a key role in shaping future outcomes for the sector, and will need to reflect and respond to the needs of our membership and a diverse society through delivering new fundraising and sector resilience activities. We are therefore looking for a Chair with passion and vision who can work with us to shape how the organisation could develop and progress in the coming years. 

The Chair serves a three-year term, which is renewable. The role is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although reasonable expenses are payable. The Heritage Alliance is currently based in Southwark.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Ingrid Samuel, the Deputy Chair of The Heritage Alliance to ingrid.samuel@nationaltrust.org.uk by Saturday 31st July.

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Ingrid via email or call 07919 419999. Interviews will be held on 17th September.

Survey – University of Greenwich – Digital building Data Longevity and Interoperability

Ahmed Khalil is a PhD researcher at the University of Greenwich, working on the digital documentation of heritage buildings. As a part of his PhD project, he has prepared an online questionnaire concerning digital building data longevity and interoperability.

The questionnaire can be accessed through this link: https://forms.office.com/r/vMEZ2vuE13 

The online questionnaire is composed of two parts, the first part is exploring potential problems of digital data storage and re-accessibility as well as potential issues of data interoperability in the architecture and construction industries. the second part is specific to the heritage buildings sector. The questionnaire is relevant to professionals and academics working in the architecture and construction industries who deal with digital building data.  

All of the information collected will remain confidential. All information will be kept on secure encrypted devices. As soon as data is collected, all personal data will be anonymised. Any personal data will be deleted after the study. Anonymous answers will be used for research purposes only. Only anonymised questionnaire data will be kept for two years for further analysis and publications. 

Closes November 2021

Funding Opportunity: Steps to Sustainability Round 2

applications are now open for Steps to Sustainability Round 2 and would be grateful if you could share this fantastic opportunity round your networks. Full details in the attached brochure.

About the programme

This programme, starting in September 2021, will provide a pathway for a further 30 heritage organisations across the UK to be ambitious, forward thinking and deliver exciting new projects. Each participant must have a business idea which they will have the opportunity to develop throughout the duration of the programme and present for 2-stage funding up to a maximum of £10,000 at the end of the delivery period.

Quick programme overview:

  • 8 day programme of activities over 6 months to help you prepare for, and build sustainability, including masterclass, webinar, networking and good practice sessions
  • 9 month development period to embed your learning, including access to coaching / business mentoring
  • Funding of up to £10,000 to help shape the success of the business idea
  • Resources and toolkits for success
  • A network of peers and sector leaders from across the UK
  • Each cohort is taken on a supported journey of development over the entire programme. Each cohort will work together and have the chance to mix more widely at connect sessions, webinars and masterclasses.
  • Joining fee £50 per person, per organisation

Please see the website for full programme outline, dates, eligibility and how to apply.

Who is this for?

Staff, volunteers and trustees of small to medium heritage organisations across the UK who can commit to taking part in one of the 6 programmes.

A presentation and Q & A session is being held on Zoom on 25th June 2021, 2pm-3pm – RSVP to stos@socialenterprise.academy

Round 1 learners reflection on their experience

‘A really valuable way to invest time for the future of your organisation’

‘All aspects of the programme have been useful, it has been very beneficial to gain insight into other projects which has made us think about our community involvement and engagement much more’

“The programme has been brilliant and wonderful to do with a colleague”

Also attached in this email is a promotional pack with resources that may be helpful.

Invitation to take part in UCL Master level research study on the “Failure of the Green Deal and Green Homes Grant schemes”

A post-graduate student of MSc Programme in Sustainable Urbanism at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning is currently conducting a comparative policy evaluation of the Green Deal and Green Homes Grant schemes as part of her final dissertation. She is seeking organisations representing industries or sectors affected by the schemes and their failure to take part in short (30mins) semi-structured interviews conducted remotely via zoom. 

The main research objective is to critically evaluate the Green Deal and Green Homes Grant to determine which factors caused the two schemes to be unsuccessful in reaching their objectives and to be stopped prematurely. Alongside the interviews the research consists of media discourse analysis and literature review on energy efficiency schemes and policy failure in the UK and internationally. 

If you wish to take part in this study please contact Karolina Krzystek-De Ranter at karolina.ranter.20@ucl.ac.uk, ​​​for more information see the Interview Participant Information Sheet, Participant Consent Form, and an indicative list of Interview Questions.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings – Online Training Coordinator – Online/remote working placement opportunities

Historic England are working with partners, Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, to bring Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, home of the world’s first iron framed building back in to use for a third century. As part of the project we are offering a programme of work placements across various aspects of the project. At the moment, due to Covid-19, these placements are taking place online.

Online Training Coordinator – Online/remote working placement opportunities

We are offering two work placements to help us develop online training materials that will introduce non-specialist audiences to the site and its conservation.  Participants will have the opportunity to be part of Historic England’s flagship project, working with the Flaxmill Maltings Project Team as well as our Sector Resilience and Skills Department, whose aim is to build capacity in the heritage sector.

We are looking for applicants who have great communication and IT skills and an interest in both heritage and learning and development. If that sounds like you, these placements will be a great opportunity to gain experience on a major conservation-led regeneration project.

The work placements will be full-time, Monday to Friday, for 2 weeks from 28 June to 9 July. As these placements will take place online, participants will need to have access to a reliable internet/wi-fi connection. A bursary will be paid to the successful candidates.

How to apply

Please read the work placement specification for further information about what is involved and what skills and interests you will need to take part. If you are interested in applying you should complete the application form and send it to juliet.baillie@historicengland.org.uk by 10am on Wednesday 16 June.

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 June (online).

Survey – HBIM – Applying Asset Management To The Operational Phase Of An Historic Asset

My research is exploring the possibility of applying HBIM asset management principles to heritage assets, HBIM is a hybrid of BIM, with BIM being an element of the Government Construction Strategy: 2016-2020. The Government Construction Strategy sets out a new plan to increase productivity in government construction to deliver £1.7 billion efficiencies. 

The strategy sets out ambitions for smarter procurement, fairer payment, improving digital skills, reducing carbon emissions, and increasing client capability. These themes are consistent with the wider ambitions for industry in Construction 2025 delivered by industry and government through the Construction Leadership Council. 

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Construction is an important part of the strategy and is helping to increase productivity and collaboration through technology. 

At this moment in time in the case of new build projects where BIM is applied to the project, approx. 33%  apply BIM for the operational phase of a building, with the majority applying BIM to the construction phase, the operational phase of a building accounts for 80% of a buildings total costs, if  HBIM is applied to an  historic assets for refurbishment/reconstruction works can HBIM contribute to the long term sustainability of an historic  asset by reducing the costs of the operational phase of a building, there are issues associated with HBIM and those issues will be examined within the research. 

Web link – https://forms.office.com/r/85HMZezwUg

Survey ICCROM Sharjah – Feasibility of Establishing new PhD program in “Science and Technology in Heritage Conservation and Management”

As part of its commitment to providing high quality education, the University of Sharjah (UoS), in partnership with ICCROM (through its regional office in Sharjah), is studying the feasibility of establishing a new PhD program in “Science and Technology in Heritage Conservation and Management”. The proposed PhD degree is an academic interdisciplinary program in the College of Engineering which targets highly-skilled researchers and professionals able to contribute novel approaches to the field of Heritage Conservation and Management. The Program provides an excellent opportunity to graduates who have completed degrees related to science and Engineering such as architectural, civil and environmental engineering, surveying/geomatics engineering, archaeology, museology, geology, geography, planning, and information technology. The program will include course and research work, and will address areas related to conservation science, engineering, and the use of advanced technologies for effective management of cultural and natural heritage places.

You are invited to participate in this questionnaire, which will take about 5 to 10 minutes of your time. We are interested in exploring potential employment opportunities available for the future graduates of the proposed PhD Program in “Science and Technology in Heritage Conservation and Management”. Your participation is very important to the success of this survey which you can access by clicking on the participate button below. 

Participate in the Survey

University of York Department of Archaeology – New Funded Studentship Opportunity

The University of York (UoY) and Historic England (HE) are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.   Entitled ‘Informing our Heritage Future(s): Preserving our Digital Past(s)’ this project will explore one of the most pressing challenges facing the heritage sector: the consistent capture, selection and archiving of diverse digital data sets that ensure their future accessibility and interoperability by the public and historic environment stakeholders. This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Kate Giles and Kieron Niven (UoY) and David Andrews and Simon Taylor (HE) and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of York and Historic England as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The studentship can be studied either full or part-time.  

The project will take as its focus the historic High Street, which is currently facing a period of unprecedented change as COVID accelerates long-term trends in retail and residential demand, and as developers and local authorities seek to support the sustainable development of this heritage asset to meet key challenges of economic and environmental sustainability, housing needs, and climate change.

Close attention will be paid to the formats of digital data sets generated by stakeholders with particular emphasis on new developments in complex digital data sources such as laser scanning and LIDAR and the capacity and potential of data management systems such as GIS and HBIM to support better sharing, accessibility and interoperability within and between relevant stakeholders, aligning with HE’s Heritage Information Access Strategy (HIAS).  

Details on the studentship can be found at https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/postgraduate-study/research-postgrads/pgr-fees-funding/ and https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/ahrc-collaborative-doctoral-partnership-cdp-studentship-informing-our-heritage-future-s-preserving-our-digital-past-s/?p132280

The deadline for applications is 31st May 2021 and the studentship period is four years.

Nominations Invited for the Plowden Medal Conservation Award 2021

Nominations for the 2021 Plowden Medal Conservation Award are open until Wednesday 30 June 2021. If you know of any talented conservators who deserve recognition for their work, please consider nominating them and sharing the details with your network.  

Established in 1999 to commemorate the life and work of the late Hon. Anna Plowden CBE (1938 – 1997), this gold medal was endowed by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, of which she was Vice-President. It is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession and whose nomination would be widely welcomed within the conservation community. The award covers all aspects of conservation be they practical, theoretical or managerial – and is open to those working in private practice or institutions.

The nomination form can be downloaded from https://www.royalwarrant.org/plowden-medal and the deadline for nominations is Wednesday 30 June 2021. The Medal will be presented to the winner in September 2021.

Heritage Angel Awards Launch: 27th April 2021

Ulster Architectural Heritage is delighted to announce that Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland will launch online on 27th April at 7pm! We are once again supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Department of Communities to celebrate achievement for the promotion, preservation and protection of heritage in 2021. The launch will mark the opening of the opportunity to apply for heritage angel awards or nominate your heritage angels.

The Awards seek to celebrate the efforts of people who go to extraordinary lengths to protect, save and share their local heritage.  They also recognise those who champion heritage by sharing and practising forgotten craft skills.  In addition they celebrate young people, recognising their efforts to learn about heritage.

The launch will be hosted by Wendy Austin, with special guests, singer/songwriters Brigid O’Neill, Anthony Toner and poet Maria McManus. With performances of bespoke pieces from previous Angel Award ceremonies based on the built heritage and history of Belfast, Derry~Londonderry and Armagh.At the launch, this years categories will be revealed, and the application and nomination portal declared open. The launch will be followed, over the April-May period by a series of Angel Awards Information Events.

INTBAU – 2021 Research Scholarship for Architecture Students

Thanks to the support of Yiangou Architects, INTBAU is accepting applications for a £1,000 scholarship which seeks to encourage the next generation of researchers and practitioners of traditional architecture, and to support research of clear value that would not otherwise be undertaken.

The scholarship seeks proposals that focus on vernacular building traditions that are either local to the applicant, or that are potentially relevant to the applicant’s location. More research criteria is available on our website.

Applicants must be full-time architecture students or architecture graduates who completed their studies in 2019 or 2020. The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to present their research in some form alongside INTBAU’s 2021 World Congress, which will take place at the Royal Society of Arts in London on 28-29 October. 

The closing date for applications is 17th May 2021.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – Craft Scholarships Available

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is a charity that funds the education of talented makers and craftspeople. Over the last 30 years the charity has awarded £5million to 600 craftspeople working in 130 different crafts from stonemasonry to portrait painting, basketry to jewellery design, conservation, pargeting and many more. We are keen to encourage more applications from talented craftspeople working in the heritage sector.

We have two application rounds a year (January and July), and individuals can apply for up to £18,000 to further their training through traditional college courses, vocational training or one-to-one training with a master craftsperson. We also offer up to £12,000 through our apprenticeship programme – more details on both can be seen at www.qest.org.uk/apply The next application round will be open 12 July – 16 August 2021.

The Brick Awards 2021

Celebrating the world’s greatest brick architecture and craftsmanship – closes 14 May 2021

The Brick Awards celebrate the best examples of clay brick in our built environment. Each year the awards attract the entry of exemplary projects from leading architects, housebuilders, developers and contractors, across 17 hotly-contested categories.

It differs from many other awards schemes, in that it is free to enter, and benefits from an exceptionally well-credentialled judging panelAs such, it has established a reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and well-attended events.

Now in its 46th year, we encourage everyone who is passionate about the built environment to enter their brick projects.

It’s free to make an entry.

Just click any of the panels below to find out more.

The awards for 2020 was cancelled for obvious reasons, Don’t worry though, even if you entered for an award at the 2020 entry point, we will roll it over into the 2021 Brick Awards!

New for this year is the “Contractors’ Choice” award.

You can enter a project for the 2021 awards right now!
The 2021 Brick Awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on the 10th November 2021.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship/ Collaborative Doctoral Award – University of Reading –

Reading Abbey: Connecting Archaeology, Heritage Management and Placemaking

This project connects the medieval archaeology of Reading Abbey (RA) with current heritage needs and opportunities in the town of Reading. It offers a unique platform for a doctoral student to make an original contribution to archaeological understanding of this site of national historical significance; to develop innovative approaches to 4D digital data modelling and visualisation; and to use the research to inform local conservation policy and community engagement with heritage.

More information to be found here.