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for The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, commencing September 2022

With funding from the Hamish Ogston Foundation, two full MA scholarships will be awarded by the Commonwealth Heritage Forum to students from Commonwealth countries to undertake the MA in Traditional Arts at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in the United Kingdom, beginning in September 2022.

The MA in Traditional Arts course is a full-time, two-year course at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London, UK.  Students acquire skills, techniques and critical understanding in a range of traditional arts and crafts alongside associated philosophies—allowing them to advance their existing skills. More information about the course, including its structure and attendance requirements, can be found online here.

The Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth MA Scholarships will be transformational for the successful candidates—opening up opportunities for a successful career in the heritage and conservation sectors.  We are looking for students who want to specialise in specific heritage crafts relevant to their own country, but who also have a wide interest in heritage, building crafts and architectural conservation.  For example, there will be opportunities in summer 2023 (between years 1 and 2) for students to participate in live training projects with the Commonwealth Heritage Forum.  In particular, it is crucial that scholarship recipients have a desire to develop their skills to improve the historic built environment for this, and future, generations.


The Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth MA Scholarships are aimed at talented craftspeople and students from across the Commonwealth who would otherwise be unable to pursue further study of their craft or speciality skill.  Consideration of financial need will be central to the selection of the recipients.  

The MA scholarships are intended for those working and studying in the areas of traditional building and craft skills that are most relevant to, or most needed in, their own country and its heritage.  Priority will be given to those seeking to advance their knowledge, career, contribution and sector leadership in respect of the following fields:

  • Stonemasonry (including terracotta and carving in various stone types)
  • Carpentry and joinery (including carving, marbling, graining, inlaying and parquetry)
  • Exterior and interior painting and decorating (including limewash, traditional colours and finishes)
  • External and internal plastering (including stucco, lime renders and scagliola work)
  • Architectural ironwork
  • Gilding (on gesso and paper)
  • Stained glass
  • Tiling, mosaics, and ceramics
  • Skills relevant to your country/region’s needs, and within the scope of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum and The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts (contact us in advance to discuss)

While all are welcome to apply directly for admission to The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, we invite applications for the Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth MA Scholarships from specified Commonwealth regions where the wider Commonwealth Heritage Forum programme is focusing initially, namely the following countries and territories:

Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; Cameroon; Dominica; Kingdom of Eswatini; Fiji; The Gambia; Ghana; Grenada; Guyana; India; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Malaysia; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; Saint Lucia; Saint Helena; Samoa; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St Kitts and Nevis; St Vincent and The Grenadines; Tanzania; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Uganda; and Zambia.

Deadline for applications: Friday 10th June 2022

For more information and to apply, please visit the HOF Commonwealth MA Scholarships page on the CHF website


for The Prince’s Foundation Summer School, July 2022

With funding from the Hamish Ogston Foundation, six full bursaries will be awarded by the Commonwealth Heritage Forum to students and professionals from Commonwealth countries to attend The Prince’s Foundation Summer School, taking place in July 2022. 

Over a period of three weeks based at the Dumfries House estate in Scotland, participants will take part in a series of lectures, drawing exercise, practical crafts workshops and field trips.  The Prince’s Foundation Summer School provides participants with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of traditional architecture, design, and building techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century. 

The Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth Bursaries are intended for those developing a career in the heritage and conservation sectors, and with the desire to use and develop their skills to improve the historic built environment for this, and future, generations. The programme will particularly benefit architects, engineers, planners, builders, craftspeople and those interested in heritage building crafts and architecture, and how these factors respond to the local identity of historic contexts in a timeless and ecological way.


There are no academic entry requirements for the bursaries or the Summer School.  However, applicants should have prior experience in the built environment, whether academic, practically or professionally.  Priority will be given to those seeking to advance their knowledge and career in the heritage sector. 

For 2022, we invite applications for the Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth Bursaries from specified Commonwealth regions where the wider Commonwealth Heritage Forum programme is focusing initially, namely the following countries and territories in South Asia and the Caribbean regions:

Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; India; Jamaica; Montserrat; Saint Lucia; St Kitts and Nevis; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; and Turks and Caicos Island.

Deadline for applications: Monday 6th June 2022

For more information and to apply, please visit the HOF Commonwealth Bursaries page on the CHF website

PhD Studentship (Dynamic Holistic Life Cycle Assessment: Integrating Embodied and Operational Carbon, Energy, Water and wider ecosystem impacts) – UCL

4-year UCL PhD studentship in Dynamic Holistic Life Cycle Assessment: Integrating Embodied and Operational Carbon, Energy, Water and wider ecosystem impacts

More info here

UCL’s Energy Institute and Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering in partnership with Buro Happold are seeking applications for a fully funded Studentship on topic in “Dynamic Holistic Life Cycle Assessment: Integrating Embodied and Operational Carbon, Energy, Water and wider ecosystem impacts”

How could life cycle assessment reduce energy use and carbon emissions as well as facilitate a circular economy and regenerative design? What would look like if we also explored other indicators of ecosystem health in the context of life cycle assessment methodologies?

PhD Studentship (Conserving Ruined Masonry) – University of Oxford

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Studentship


Start date: 1 October 2022

Application Deadline: Friday 13 May 2022

Interviews will take place on 30 and 31 May 2022

More Information

The School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford and English Heritage/Historic England are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2022 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

This project will evaluate different strategies to conserve and protect masonry ruins by managing water movement and develop a toolkit to assess the vulnerability of ruined masonry in the face of future climatic change.

This project will be jointly supervised by Prof Heather Viles and Dr Jenny Richards, University of Oxford as well as Karen Gwilliams, English Heritage and Alison Henry, Historic England, and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of Oxford and English Heritage/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.

We encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area. Students should have a master’s degree in a relevant subject or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting.

CITB Offers Free mentoring to help improve the digital capability of construction businesses

A free mentoring service has launched to support businesses with implementing digital processes and techniques by offering technical advice and guidance.

See more details here.

Digital Construction Skills (DCS) is funded by CITB to help construction companies develop the skills they need to drive digital transformation in their business. With a strong focus on SME business owners, directors, and senior managers, DCS aims to demystify digital tools and help businesses choose the best ones to align with their goals through the mentoring service.

All the mentors on the programme have recent, real-world experience on the front line of the construction industry and are specialists in the technical and commercial aspects of digital construction. This includes digitalising information flow and physical elements, such as 3D models and reality capture.

There are many benefits to adopting digital practices. For example, it could help you to reduce admin time and costs, improve safety and quality, keep digital records which could speed up payment and protect against claims, and even increase productivity of engineers and other site staff. DCS has identified time as a particularly important factor for many small businesses, which is why they aim to make the process as simple as possible. There are no forms to fill in with this service, you can simply book a 15, 30 or 60-minute meeting (External link – Opens in a new tab or window) with a digital construction specialist.

Brick Awards 2022

We are looking for House Builders who have used BDA-member brick extensively across multiple UK residential developments may enter this category. Alongside evidence of sound architecture and craftsmanship, the house builder must demonstrate outstanding contribution to the industry, evidenced by apprenticeships, training, quality assurance, sustainability and commitment to health and safety.

Two separate images, each an example of an individual project, must be submitted alongside a business description that accounts for the ways in which the business meets the above criteria.

Projects which constitute a clearly identifiable Phase of a larger scheme will be considered to be complete if, the Phase is fully accessible and habitable.

Projects must have been completed within the last two years, and substantially use BDA-member bricks.

More information here.

Entry is Free and is a fantastic way to promote your new Developments!

Call for expressions of interest: NHIG Accreditation Pilot Scheme


If you are a blacksmith with at least five years of practical experience we invite you to consider joining a pilot run of our proposed accreditation scheme in May 2022. To express an interest please email Jessica and we’ll send you further details. Numbers on this pilot scheme will be limited so please don’t delay!

Nominations Invited for the Plowden Medal Conservation Award 2022

Nominations for the 2022 Plowden Medal Conservation Award are open until Friday 20th May 2022.  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 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 is attached and can also be downloaded from and the deadline for nominations is Friday 20th May 2022. The medal will be presented to the winner in the Autumn.

If you have any queries on completing your nomination, we will be holding a zoom meeting on Wednesday 23rd March 11am-1pm. To register, please email Claire Anderson at

NHIG Award recognising exemplary conservation within the ironwork sector

The National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) is excited to announce a new award recognising exemplary conservation within the ironwork sector.  

Given the vital role of conservation skills in safeguarding our built heritage, the NHIG is keen to create more opportunities to celebrate excellence specifically within the ironwork field.

The new NHIG Award will be presented for the first time at the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB) annual Awards Lunch in October 2022.

Work on any scale, in a public or private setting, is eligible. The judging panel will be interested in: 

• The appropriateness of materials and techniques used

 • The extent to which the loss of original fabric was minimised 

• The quality of the craftsmanship

Submission window: 13th January – 30th April 2022

For information and to enter a project go to:

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council – ‘Rediscovering the Underbanks’

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is currently working on ‘Rediscovering the Underbanks’, a townscape heritage project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Rediscovering the Underbanks project aims to restore the historic built-environment and increase awareness of the Underbanks, a conservation area within Stockport town centre. You can find out more about our project on our website:

As part of the project, we are looking to increase heritage skills through workshops, demonstrations, and talks. The attendees of these events will be primarily building owners, tenants, students, and members of the general public. The key heritage skills that we want to focus upon are:

  • Brick repairs and pointing
  • Sash window repairs
  • Slate roofing

We would require the events to be held in the local vicinity of Stockport- a venue can be provided and any further equipment/materials that may be required can be discussed beforehand.

If this is something which you would be interested in, please get in touch by emailing and we can discuss arrangements, availability and budget.

Survey: digital building data longevity and interoperability issues

Ahmed Khalil is a PhD researcher at the University of Greenwich. I would like to invite you to participate in my online questionnaire concerning digital building data longevity and interoperability issues, and their impacts on the documentation of heritage buildings. This questionnaire is a part of my PhD project, and I would greatly appreciate your contribution.

You can access the questionnaire through this link:

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.

This questionnaire is relevant to professionals and academics working in the architecture and construction industries who deal with digital building data. if you think you are suitable for this questionnaire, I would appreciate it if you would fill it in and/or forward it to other colleagues you would think are suitable.

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.

Workshops at St Machar’s Cathedral 2022

St Machar’s Cathedral is looking for tradespeople to do workshops for families and the general public in 2022. The workshops will have demonstrations on different aspects of the trade industry from roofing, carpentry and masonry to joinery, painting, construction and stained glass. The workshop leaders and teachers will be financially compensated so if you or you know anyone who would be interested then please get in touch with Phoenix Archer, Outreach Officer at St Machar’s Cathedral.

St Machar’s Cathedral, The Chanonry, Aberdeen 

Study Historic Preservation and Conservation in Italy this Summer

We are delighted to announce, after two years pause due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now accepting applications for our summer 2022 field school in Italy. Now in its 22nd year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in restoration and conservation.

Session One (June 6 – July 1)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings

(Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*)

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration

Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*)

Book Bindings Restoration

The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings

Introduction to the Preservation and Preventive Conservation of Books

(Program includes lectures and practical workshop*)

Session Two (July 18 – August 12)

Paper Restoration

Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*)

Traditional Painting Techniques

Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues

(Program includes lectures and painting workshop)

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy

Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues

(Program includes lectures and discussion)

*Field Projects:

  • Restoration of the San Giovanni City Gate (13th century)
  • Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
  • Restoration and conservation of artifacts from the Office of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage for the Abruzzo Region
  • Restoration of the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of Terni
  • Archaeological research of the Roman Baths in the Ancient City of Carsulae

Short Intersession Program (July 3 – 12)

Preservation Field Trip – Italy A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, with emphasis on the urban and historical development of each town, including specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.


SGPS is a program of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies, based in New York. An academic relationship has been established with West Virginia University that offers our students the opportunity to apply for and receive credits through the WVU Art History Department. Also, a significant 3-year cooperation agreement has been signed with the Office of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage for the Abruzzo Region to study and conserve archaeological objects held in their museums, as well as a collaboration with the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of Terni for SGPS participants to study and conserve archival documents.

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.
If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource. Click here to print our summer 2022 flyer.

The Heritage Alliance – Become a Trustee

Are you passionate about heritage? Would you like to play an important voluntary role in leading and supporting heritage organisations? The Heritage Alliance is looking for new trustees.

The Heritage Alliance is the largest collaboration of independent heritage organisations in the UK, with over 160 members representing more than 7 million volunteers, trustees, and staff. We are a charity that is passionate about promoting the importance of heritage to prosperity, wellbeing, our environment, creativity and social resilience. We are committed to promoting new thinking and conversations, and to ensuring that our sector better reflects the varied geographical, cultural and age characteristics of the UK. 

We are looking for up to three new trustees, and are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in academia; communications and media relations; income generation, and membership development. 

Find out more here.