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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:

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.

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