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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:

SPAB Heritage Awards 2022

Open for entries!

The SPAB Heritage Awards are re-launching in 2022 and we couldn’t be more excited. We will be championing excellence in built heritage across the UK and Ireland, bringing established SPAB awards together with fresh new ones, and waving the flag for all the gifted craftspeople, dedicated custodians and environmentally conscious practitioners that work tirelessly to ensure that our astonishing built heritage has a bright future. 

Main entry period: 1 October 2021- 28 March 2022

Philip Webb Award entry period: 18 July 2022 – 12 September 2022

Getty Conservation Guest Scholars Program – Applications Open

The Conservation Guest Scholars Program provides opportunities for professionals to pursue research on topics that bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to the field of conservation. Guest Scholar grants are for established scholars, or individuals who have attained distinction in their fields. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities working in conservation, historic preservation, heritage science, and related fields.

Applications for the 2022-2023 residency period are now available. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021.

For eligibility, terms, and how to apply, visit https://gty.art/GCIScholars.

For questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact: GCIScholars@getty.edu

ASPB Awards 2022

The 4th annual ASBP Awards return for 2021-22 and are set to be bigger than ever, with entries welcomed across three categories including exemplary sustainable building projects, innovative products and forward-thinking initiatives.

Find out More

Last year’s ASBP Awards took place in the heart of the Covid pandemic, as we all adapted to the ‘new normal’. This meant that we had to re-think our approach, with a focus on recognising people’s lockdown epiphanies, innovative ideas, and radical climate action, rather than building projects. Many of the ideas shortlisted were formulated during the pandemic and provided much-needed respite and inspiration during what was, and continues to be, a difficult period for many. The 2021-22 ASBP Awards will see a return to our usual sustainable building projects and products focus, whilst once again recognising inspirational initiatives.

Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund – Applications Open

Applications are now open for the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. Community groups and organisations can apply for funding of between £500 and £5,000 to support public facing activities and events taking place in Scotland during 2022, either in person, virtual or hybrid. Full details here – the application deadline for the first funding round is 5pm on 1 October 2021.

TACS Conservation Grants Now Available

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society are inviting application for small grants of up to £2000 to carry out conservation work on historic tiles or architectural ceramics. The grant scheme is primarily aimed at churches or museums and may include work on cleaning, accessioning and storage of collections or preliminary conservation reports for proposed restoration.  Other charitable institutions and community groups will also be considered.  For more information contact;

info@tacsuk.org    or  go to   https://tilesoc.org.uk/tacs/

Survey: Decision-making in the Recording of Historic Buildings

Building recording, here the (photo)graphic capturing of data showing a historic building or site’s physical configuration, condition, and evolution at a point in time, is integral to understanding and conserving the historic built environment.

Suvey here: Decision-making in Recording Historic Buildings (qualtrics.com)

I am a PhD researcher interested in understanding how specification for historic building recording is thought about by different professions and in different building project contexts. The aim of this questionnaire is to assess how current recording processes and protocols impact the creation, management, and reuse of historic building records. You can find out more about me and my project here.

Questionnaire closing date: 31 August 2021

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 Sunday 15 August.

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.