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

Funded PhD Studentship: U of Bath – Agency and Identity in the Urban Built Environment in the Histories and Heritage of Minority Religious Communities

Closes 30 May, 2020

Lead Supervisor: Dr Robert Proctor (Architecture & Civil Engineering)



The University of Bath and Historic England announce a studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. This is an exciting opportunity for a student to develop a project of their own interest within the framework of the project title, with expert guidance and training in academic architectural history and practical architectural heritage and conservation.

Minority communities at an early stage of formation are rarely able to command sufficient resources to build new, architect-designed buildings. This has implications for the heritage value accorded to historic expressions of minority identity, especially of religious buildings, for which heritage criteria are well established. Adaptations of older buildings, improvised or ephemeral forms of spatial organisation, furnishing and embellishment, the use of urban settings for ritual, and self-built structures typify minority expressions of religion in situations of small or scattered populations, poverty and marginalisation. The traces of these architectural interventions may not always persist, and when they do, are not usually accorded value through current heritage processes such as listing, where architectural merit often remains a criterion, especially for twentieth-century buildings. Yet such neglected interventions may be significant to minority communities when they tell their histories and trace their origins through the built environment. This project will explore through case studies the ways in which such expressions occurred in the past and how they might be given greater recognition through heritage practices. The specific minority religions to be investigated are open to the PhD researcher, and may involve a study of one minority religious community, perhaps one of which the student has existing knowledge, or comparative case studies. The project will also look for heritage practices elsewhere in the world that can inform new strategies in this country to heighten public awareness and protection of minority religious heritage in our urban built environment.

THE CDP SCHEME: The CDP partner organisation is Historic England, which will provide joint supervision; specialised training; induction and peer group meetings with other CDP students. Students will be expected to undertake 3 to 6 months of placement at Historic England.

The successful candidate can participate in CDP-organised development events, and will be expected to attend the CDP Student Launch Event on 21 September 2020 at the British Museum.

FUNDING: Funding is for 3.75 years extendable to 4 years. Study may be full-time or part time.

LOCATION: Bath and/or Swindon and/or another location to be determined by agreement.

CANDIDATE: This studentship is open to UK/EU students meeting the AHRC’s academic criteria and UKRI residency requirements ( English language requirements must also be met (

Applicants need a relevant 2.1 or above first degree, Masters-level qualification (achieved or ongoing), or professional experience equivalent to a Masters.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds and/or minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Along with your application, please provide a maximum 400 word statement explaining how your previous academic and/or work experience has prepared you for this project and how you propose to draw on your experience to personalise the PhD, especially through choices of faith, location, etc.

APPLICATIONS: For further information and to apply, visit

Start Date: 1 October 2020

Association for Industrial Archaeology’s conservation and research grant schemes

The deadline for the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s conservation and research grant schemes, 31st March 2020, is fast approaching. See here for more information.

Thanks to a series of donations the Association for Industrial archaeology can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology purposes.

The first awards were made in 2009, and they have since been able to allocate nearly three quarters of a million pounds. Details of some of those projects can be found in the link below.  From 2020 onwards the available Grants pot is divided into two categories:

  • Major projects where the maximum grant that can be awarded is £20,000. The grant from the AIA must be a significant part of the total project cost, not just a small contribution to a very large project, so that the AIA grant has real impact. The AIA would not normally fund projects where our grant represents less than 20% of the total project costs
  • Small projects which are allocated at least 20% of the available funds. The grant limit is £7,500, for which the total cost of the project, excluding the value of volunteer labour, must not exceed £10,000.

NHIG Ironwork Conservation Award

The NHIG Ironwork Conservation Award, which will be presented for the first time at the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB) Awards Lunch in October 2020, seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in ironwork conservation as an inspiration for all.

Any aspect of heritage ironwork, on any scale, in a public or a private setting, is eligible. Individuals or teams can enter themselves or be nominated by a third party. The award will be presented to the practitioner(s) who carried out the work, rather than to those who commissioned or specified it, although joint entries by architect and blacksmith, for example, are also welcome.

Submitted work must have been carried out in the last 5 years in accordance with current conservation philosophy.

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 find out more or enter go to:

The 2020 Application Round will open on 14th February 2020 and close on 14th June 2020. Entries must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday 14th June 2020.

University of Chicago – Post-doc Researcher in Urbanism

The University of Chicago is seeking to fill a Post-Doctoral Researcher position in Urbanism, working under the supervision of Emily Talen, Professor and Director of the Urbanism Lab at the University of Chicago. The position will start July 1, 2020. The initial term of the position will be one year, with the possibility of renewal.

This post-doc position supports a project called Incremental Urbanism, currently underway at the University of Chicago’s Urbanism Lab. Specific research tasks include conducting archival and GIS-based analysis of land use change, and using historical maps, imagery and other data sources to capture land use and urban scale evolution. The project requires both a quantitative and qualitative analytical approach to understanding urban change.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct scholarly research and contribute to the writing of manuscripts for publications in peer-reviewed journals. Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or have successfully defended their dissertation prior to the start date) in urban planning or a related field, with a strong interest in urbanism and urban form. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are essential. The analytical approach will be both quantitative and qualitative, so successful applicants should have a combination of interests and skills. Post-docs receive an annual salary (~ 50K) and University of Chicago benefits. The exact start date is negotiable.

Applications should be submitted electronically to by January 15, 2020. The application should include a cover letter that describes relevant experience, a current CV, a sample of work, and contact information for three references.

Irish Georgian Society London – Seeking Voluntary Events Co-ordinator

Irish Georgian Society London

The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts (from all periods).

The London branch is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer who would be pleased to take over the Events Co-ordinator role.

We arrange numerous (c.16-20) events each year, including lectures, walking tours, historic houses visits, dinners, parties and weekend visits. We learn about historic buildings/ places and host social events in historic settings. Most importantly, we aim to have fun with like-mind people.

In addition, any money raised from these events goes towards grant aiding conservation works of historic buildings in Ireland.

Events Co-ordinator

The main role of the events co-ordinator is to oversee the events for the year, liaise and manage event organisers as necessary, control the Eventbrite system, and organise a small number of events a year.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Really organised
  • Very efficient
  • and somewhat tech savvy

The time required for the job varies through the year, ranging from a handful of emails during the week to more concentrated time around the period of the events listing production (which takes a few days). It also requires attendance at 4 committee meetings a year, which take place on weekday evenings.

Please see a detailed outline of the responsibilities in the accompanying attachment.

Start Date: January 2020.

If you are interested, please send a paragraph describing your interest in the role and how you would suit the position, which should ideally be supported by a CV.

Applications to be sent as follows:

Email:   Closing Date: Thursday 21st November

For further information see the attached:

HE Bursaries for Clore Leadership Courses

Historic England offers bursaries for two courses run by Clore, more on which can be found here.

Leadership Intensives – Consolidating and examining who I am as a leader. Bursaries are available for heritage sector professionals in England supported by Historic England. Historic England is particularly keen to support applications from people with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage and disabled people working in heritage in recognition of the underrepresentation of these groups in the sector and especially in leadership positions. Historic England will also prioritise applications from smaller organisations in the sector that have limited access to training opportunities. The funded cost of the course will be £500 for Leadership Intensives.

Emerging Leaders Identifying and exploring skills and behaviours I need in order to lead. Bursaries are available for heritage sector professionals in England supported by Historic England. Historic England is particularly keen to support applications from people with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage and disabled people working in heritage in recognition of the underrepresentation of these groups in the sector and especially in leadership positions. Historic England will also prioritise applications from smaller organisations in the sector that have limited access to training opportunities. The funded cost of the course will be £100 for Emerging Leaders.

Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group seeks Church Tourism Development Officer (part-time)

Funded through the National Resilient Heritage Lottery fund, the prime focus of this innovative church tourism-based project is to create sustainable and commercially viable activities that will give historic church buildings an opportunity to secure their financial sustainability and safeguard these important heritage buildings for the future. This will be achieved through the development of quality tourism initiatives, creating new and enhancing existing visitor experiences. This will be achieved whilst ensuring the building retains its integrity as a place of worship.

Application together with an outline of project delivery and methodology and details of relevant experience to be submitted by noon Monday 9th September2019 to Wendy Coombey Chair and Jenny Beard, Vice Chair of HCTG. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

More information can be found here:

William & Jane Morris Conservation Grants

The deadline for the next round of William and Jane Morris Church Conservation Grants is approaching: 31st August 2019.

The Morris Fund was formed in 1939 following a bequest to the Society from May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris.These grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not for structural repairs. Awards range from £500 to £5,000. 

Further details, eligibility criteria and an application form please see our website

UCL – Fully Funded PhD Studentship – Reducing Energy Consumption and Addressing Thermal Discomfort in Historic Buildings


  • Title: Reducing energy consumption and the unintended consequences of energy efficient intervention in historic buildings: understanding, assessing and addressing thermal discomfort
  • Supervisors: Dr Hector Altamirano, UCL; Dr Robyn Pender, Historic England
  • Stipend: £17,009 plus fees of £5,210 (2019-20) plus travel and laboratory activity funds
  • Start: Autumn 2019
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Funding: EPSRC; Historic England
  • Eligibility:


Historic buildings are often perceived as energy-hungry. The opposite is arguably the case. Until the Industrial Revolution, energy was expensive and difficult to exploit. Acceptable indoor air conditions were delivered with little or no input from “building services” such as heating. Instead, walls and floors provided thermal buffering from exterior conditions; barriers like timber panelling prevented them drawing out occupant body heat.

These and other comfort and energy-saving features – and their underpinning knowledge – were largely lost as centralised energy encouraged development of building services like space heating and cooling. Thermometers completed a shift away from users’ understanding of complex sources of discomfort towards an air temperature emphasis.

Current built environment energy- and carbon-saving measures centre on air temperature, cutting the loss of conditioned air by reducing ventilation and increasing insulation. These retrofits can have serious negative impacts on traditional “greatcoat” buildings, which depend on different materials and systems to control moisture than modern “raincoat” construction. Maladaptation can lead to building fabric failure, increased energy use, and comfort and health issues.

Air temperature is easy to measure, but comfort and discomfort are subtle. This project aims to broaden understanding of causes of thermal discomfort, investigate innovative ways of assessing it, and quantify traditional approaches to remediation’s benefits.


  • summarise unintended consequences of current thermal-comfort criteria
  • identify influential thermal discomfort factors in historic buildings
  • develop innovative methodologies for quantifying building-user discomfort
  • quantify benefits of methodologies for energy and carbon reduction in historic buildings, including avoidance of unintended consequences for the building fabric.


1: Parameters including air movement, relative humidity, ambient humidity, conductive and radiant body heat loss, and user activity play a more important role in thermal comfort and discomfort than air temperature.

2: Traditional ways of managing thermal discomfort can reduce pressure on air heating and cooling systems, allowing reductions in energy use without negative impacts on building usability or building fabric.

3: Robust ways of assessing and handling real causes of thermal discomfort could achieve important reductions in consumption of energy and carbon in buildings.

Person specification

Applicants should have:

  • undergraduate degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant discipline (engineering, physics, material science, architecture, conservation, heritage science)
  • demonstrable interest in the history of construction.
  • ability to use initiative, prioritise and manage complex research.
  • excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • excellent attention to detail in working methods.

Would suit a candidate with a multidisciplinary background. Experience working with energy and buildings would be extremely helpful.

Application Procedure

Email pre-application to Athina Benia ( with subject “EPSRC – Historic England”. Do not use UCL online admissions system. Including:

  • Covering letter, stating motivation and eligibility: 
  • CV
  • Names and addresses of two academic referees
  • Copy of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of degree(s),   
  • Research proposal (max. 2000 words), considering the research questions.

Email informal enquiries to Dr Hector Altamirano (

Deadline: 09.00 (BST) 22nd July 2019

NHIG – CPD Event Bursaries

Calling all students, apprentices and interns – we are offering 3 free places on all of our seminars and other CPD events in return for a write-up of the event.  This is open to anyone on a blacksmithing, metalwork, conservation, built heritage or other relevant course who has an interest in the subject.  Also open to apprentices/interns in relevant fields.

How do I apply?
Write a paragraph (max 100 words) explaining why you would like to come to the seminar and what you hope to get out of it and email it to NHIG Administrator Jessica at: Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What do I get?
A free ticket to the event including refreshments and lunch (if provided), but not including travel or accommodation.

What do I have to do in return?
Within one week of attending the event, send a write-up (min. 300-max. 500 words) on your experience of the day – what you got out of it and took away from it.

What do I do next?
Watch this newsletter and the events page on the website to be kept informed of future CPD events. When you see an event you would like to attend, apply as above.

You can bookmark the CPD Event Bursary page on our website as a reminder.

WCMT Churchill Fellowship Award – Arts for the Built Environment

We are seeking applications that explore the innovative use of any of the arts for the built environment. See here for more details.

This includes contemporary and heritage arts, crafts and design in any genre, and applies to public or private space. Projects may relate to designing, making, commissioning, access, education or commercial uses, and we particularly encourage applications from practitioners in these areas, including architects.

Artists and makers who do not wish to apply in this category are eligible to apply across all other categories if their project fits them – please see this page for more information. 

Our general criteria for arts applications are as follows:

  • Any application identifying itself as an arts project must have a significant element of tangible arts practice. We are particularly keen to hear from people who are practitioners, in any art form.
  • We look for a public benefit in all of our Fellowships. Any application identifying itself as an arts project should demonstrate how it will have a public benefit wider than advancing the applicant’s personal artistic practice. 
  • In ‘artists and makers’ we include all art forms, whether visual, literary, musical, performance, design, crafts or other.

West Midlands Volunteer Awards

This is your opportunity to nominate a volunteer or group of volunteers to share their story; it is a chance to give back to those who give so generously, caring for the region’s cultural heritage. 

Nominating is easy, simply follow the Guidance to complete the Application Form and send it to us before Monday 22 July!

This year we have four categories you can nominate your volunteers for:

The final award is the Judges’ Award for Excellence selected from the winners of the four category awards. The winner of Judges’ Award for Excellence will be awarded £500 to spend on a project of their choice at the museum, art gallery or heritage site. 

Keep up to date and follow the Awards on our Facebook page