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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 August

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

For information only please contact:

BIAA Masters Dissertation Prize

The BIAA Masters Dissertation Prize will be awarded for a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of a taught Masters course (MA, MSt, MSc, MPhil, etc.) in a UK University or Higher Education Institution, on a topic relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea, covering any period from prehistory to the present day.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to: archaeology, history, politics, geography, language, art, music or science. The main language of all submissions must be English, and the dissertation must have been examined and graded as part of a Masters Degree awarded in 2022 or 2023.

The prize will amount to £500 plus three-years’ membership of the BIAA.  Judging will be undertaken by a panel nominated by the BIAA Council, with the assistance of subject experts. Consideration will be given to the depth and sophistication of the dissertation’s scholarly inquiry, the level of critical acumen and insights displayed, awareness of the research context and innovativeness of the dissertation, its coherence and the professionalism of presentation.

Applicants should send a short cover letter to explain the suitability of their dissertation for the prize, a letter of endorsement from their MA supervisor, proof that they have been awarded the Masters Degree, and an electronic copy of the dissertation, after it has been examined, to: biaa@thebritishacademy.ac.uk or The British Institute at Ankara, 10/11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.

Closing date:  Friday 1st December 2023 at 23:59 (UK time)

For more information visit: https://biaa.ac.uk/grants/masters-dissertation-prize/

Getty Guest Scholars Program 2024-25 – Applications Now Open

The Conservation Guest Scholars Program at Getty provides opportunities for professionals to pursue research on topics that contribute to the advancement of practice in the conservation field. The Program is intended for established scholars, or individuals who have attained distinction in their fields.

Recipients are in residence at the Getty Conservation Institute for either three or six months, in which they pursue their own projects free from work-related obligations, make use of research collections at the Getty Center and Getty Villa, and participate with other Getty scholars, fellows, and interns in the intellectual life of Getty.

Applications are welcome from researchers and practitioners of all nationalities working in conservation, historic preservation, heritage science, heritage studies, and related fields. Applicants should have at least seven years of professional experience and should have an established record of publications and other contributions to the field. Proposals for postdoctoral research or research that contributes to a PhD or other academic degree will not be considered.

For eligibility, terms, and how to apply, visit https://gty.art/GCIScholars. The application deadline is October 2, 2023.

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

BLF – 2023 Gathering & AGM – Bursaries Available

Planning for the 2023 BLF Annual Gathering and AGM is almost complete and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Lincoln. This year, the Building Limes Forum Annual Gathering will focus on the themes of Simplicity, Quality, and Modernity: A Legacy of Lime. Each presentation will examine a different theme.

BLF Bursaries are intended for those demonstrating financial need and the value of attendance.  For example, apprentices, students, those in the early years of their conservation/lime career,  those who are self-employed, and those on a low or no income.  The BLF can also offer bursaries to companies or organisations that wish to bring apprentices or trainees in addition to full-price delegates.

Those interested in being considered for the Bursary can submit a bursary application here before the 4thAugust 2023. The fund is limited, and applicants are encouraged to submit early.

SLCT Bursary Scheme Available

The Scottish Lime Centre Trust aims to promote and further the understanding and care of Scottish traditional buildings through it’s traditional crafts and skills training and education programme.

Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme allows eligible applicants to a FREE place on the courses listed below:

  • Lime Pointing
  • C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars (Contractor Level 1)
  • C2 Traditional Masonry Repair (Contractor Level 2)
  • P1 Repairing Traditional Masonry (Professional Level 1)
  • P2 Masonry Building Conservation – Principles & Techniques (Professional Level 2)
  • Rendering and Harling with Lime
  • Rubble Wall Building 2 Surface Repair of Stone
  • Introduction to Stonemasonry
  • Sash and Case Window Repairs

Check out the eligibility criteria and download the application form

Funding generously awarded by Historic Environment Scotland through their HES Support Fund scheme.

HTN Recruiting for Heritage Trainee (Scotland)

Heritage Trust Network is recruiting for a new post of Heritage Trainee (Scotland) for a fixed term of 6 months. This exciting post has been designed to help the successful applicant develop on-the-job skills, knowledge and networks to help them gain early-career access to the heritage sector. The role is funded by Historic Environment Scotland and National Trust for Scotland.

Post: Heritage Trainee (Scotland), full time (37 hours p/w)

Application deadline: 12 noon, Monday 14th August 2023

Location: Working from home or from an agreed shared workspace anywhere in Scotland.

More information and application details here: https://www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk/historic-environment-scotland-funding-provides-new-heritage-trainee-post/

HRP Scholarships – MA in Heritage Management

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) truly values a diverse workforce and wishes to make careers in the heritage sector more accessible to people from all communities.  It also aims to help ensure everyone feels the palaces and heritage are for them and make them accessible and relevant for all. 

To help achieve this, HRP is pleased to support two scholarships for UK-based students from groups that are under-represented in the heritage sector to study part-time on the MA in Heritage Management, jointly established with Queen Mary University of London. 

The scholarships will cover your fees, allowing you study the course part-time over two years, commencing in September 2023. 

The deadline for applications will be Friday 7 July 5pm. For further information regarding the Scholarships and the application procedure please contact Prof John R Davis at john.davis@hrp.org.uk For further information on the MA Heritage Management see: https://www.hrp.org.uk/about-us/research/ma-in-heritage-management/#gs.tf1zad   

Historic Towns and Villages Forum seeks new Board Directors

Are you a senior conservation officer, or a senior planning or design officer with responsibilities for conservation in a local authority? Or do you work in a heritage or conservation planning based private practice with a particular interest in contributing to the wider heritage and conservation sector?

The Historic Towns and Villages Forum (HTVF) www.htvf.org is seeking people with expertise and experience to join its Board, contributing to the development of its influence and activities, and creating further links with other organisations.
The HTVF is currently a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The Board meets around four times a year, in Oxford, London and virtually. Board members lead specific aspects of the Forum’s activities, and promote wider interest in the benefits of membership and participation in the services it offers. The HTVF’s members include local authorities, town and parish councils, civic and amenity groups, national advisory bodies, consultancies and private companies, plus individuals. The Forum has begun the process of becoming a charity to align our constitution more closely with our aspirations, and to raise the profile of our activities with future supporters. Experience and an interest in becoming a Trustee in due course will be helpful.
Through its events programme, the HTVF addresses the strategic and current interests of its broad membership, and the opportunities and challenges presented to those managing change in historic places and settlements. The HTVF also provides best practice guidance and undertakes action-research projects.

If you are interested, please send your details including a CV to the Chair of the HTVF, Steven Bee, and the Executive Director, Louise Thomas: htf@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

Expressions close 22 May 2023

Heritage Trust Network (HTN) seeks new Heritage Trainee (Graduate)

Heritage Trust Network is recruiting for a new post of Heritage Trainee (Graduate) for a fixed term of 6 months. This exciting post has been designed to help the successful graduate develop on-the-job skills, knowledge and networks to help them gain early-career access to the heritage sector.

Working alongside our staff team, the successful applicant will develop engaging content for our digital channels; support staff with planning, promoting and delivering events; support the processing of members’ casework queries; review and update Toolkit and the website; undertake member research and data entry; attend Board meetings; support the co-ordination and development of the youth forum and undertake site visits accompanied by a member of staff.

The post is perfect for someone who has recently graduated and has an interest in heritage and the regeneration of communities through the use of historic buildings, structures and spaces. Training and equipment will be provided.

Full details of the job and how to apply are in the recruitment pack. Please tell us if you require the details in a different format.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 15th May.

The post is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you to players of the National Lottery.

Wallace Collection seeks Trustees

There is an open campaign to appoint six new Trustees to the Board of the Wallace Collection. The six roles being recruited to are:

  • Academic/curatorial/conservation
  • Architecture/buildings
  • Fundraising (at least one role)
  • International
  • Human Resources 

The Wallace Collection, as you may know, is a collection of the fine and decorative arts formed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by four successive Marquesses of Hertford and the 4th Marquess’s son, Sir Richard Wallace.  It was left to the British nation in 1897 and opened as a national museum in June 1900 in Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1, a Grade II listed building in central London. The museum is internationally famous for its collection of French eighteenth-century art, European and Asian arms and armour and for its Old Master paintings.

It is managed by a Director who reports to a board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister and is financed by a combination of grant-in-aid from the central government and self-generated income.

Closes 3 May 2023

DCMS seeks Departmental Non-Executive Board Members

DCMS is seeking to appoint new Non-Executive Board Members (NEBMs), including a new Chair of the DCMS Audit and Risk Committee. The successful candidates will exercise their role through influence and advice, supporting as well as challenging the Executive team and Ministers to continuously improve. 

In DCMS we are lucky enough to work on some of the most exciting, positive and important policies for the future of the UK. We have a critical role in driving growth and enriching the lives of people and communities and supporting the UK’s world-leading sectors that contribute so much to our economy, way of life and our reputation around the world including supporting culture, arts, media, sport and civil society. We champion sport for all at every level; our world-leading cultural and creative industries; and enhance the cohesiveness of our communities. As a Non-Executive Member you will have the opportunity to help us shape what is an exciting agenda, particularly at a time when we are taking centre stage with events that shape our national identity and future.

Appointments will be made by the Secretary of State. NEBMs provide advice on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals and support getting policy translated into results. Ministers alone will decide policy, with advice from officials.

More information can be found on the Role Details DCMS webpage on gov.uk

Closes 7 Apr 2023

NHIG Award for Heritage Metalwork Conservation

The NHIG Award for Heritage Metalwork Conservation seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in ironwork conservation as an inspiration to all.

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 enter, please use the form below. You will need to:

  • provide a brief description of the ironwork
  • outline the work carried out
  • explain what approach was taken and why 
  • send images (min. 3, max. 6) separately by file transfer

A panel of experienced judges drawn from members of the NHIG Council and the WCB Craft Committee will assess the entries.

The judging panel will visit shorlisted projects so please ensure that access to the site is possible.

The NHIG will publicise competition entries and outcomes as examples of good practice to inspire others. Please ensure that all permissions have been sought prior to entry and that images have been cleared for use.

Who Can Enter?

Entries can be submitted by anyone closely connected with a project, although the award will be presented to the practitioner who carried out the work. Members of the judging panel are NOT eligible to enter. A maximum of three submissions can be made per person/team.

Opening/Closing Date

The 2023 Application Round will open on 10th March 2023 and close on 31st May 2023.

Final Decision

The decision of the judging panel is final. The panel will not enter into any correspondence regarding the decision. 

Bursaries Available – VAG Spring Conference 2023 – Applications Close 3 Mar 2023

The 2023 Spring Conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group will be held in Stockport, Greater Manchester, from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 April 2023. During the day members will tour the locality, visiting and interpreting lesser traditional buildings. Lectures and discussions will be held in the evenings. The visits will cover Stockport’s medieval centre and the village of Warburton (Wednesday), halls and barns of north Manchester (Thursday) and Fairfield Moravian settlement and halls south of Manchester (Friday). The conference will be based at Bredbury Hall Hotel.

Bursaries available, applications close 3 March 2023

Main Conference Website