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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Seminar and Event for Bath University

Today Wyvern Heritage worked with the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB to run a day seminar and day school for students on the Bath University MSc in Historic Gardens Conservation.

Friday, 16 November 2012

New Environmental Stewardship handbooks now available online

The fourth edition of the Environmental Stewardship (ES) handbooks are now available on the Natural England website containing details of a suite of new options and updates aimed at increasing the environmental benefits and value for money of the schemes.

Printed copies are expected to be available week commencing 22 October.
The new handbooks are effective from 1st January 2013. As well as the introduction of five new options, changes will also be made to a number of other ES option titles, prescriptions and point values.

The new handbooks will automatically be sent to any farmer or land manager who has requested an application pack but has not yet submitted an application. The fourth edition handbooks terms and conditions will legally apply to any ES agreement with a start date of 1st January 2013 onwards. Any customer with an existing agreement who wishes to amend it to incorporate one of the new options, should review the guidance at www.naturalengland.org.uk/es

Source: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/about_us/news/2012/161012.aspx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Find funds with the Heritage Funding Directory

278 funding sources - a total of £500 million - and dozens of specialist advice, training and education bodies have been gathered together in The Heritage Funding Directory, the free capacity-building project set up in 2007 by The Heritage Alliance and now sponsored by the Country Houses Foundation. Now refurbished and re-launched, it exists to support heritage organisations struggling to find funding.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

English Heritage - online heritage protection guide released

English Heritage have launched a comprehensive one-stop guide to heritage protection law, policy and guidance - aimed at helping policy-makers, owners and developers understand the challenges of heritage conservation.

A Guide to Heritage Protection in England covers everything from identifying and designating heritage assets to protecting heritage at risk. Frequently-asked questions about where you can find funding, how listed building consents work and the impact of European legislation are all answered - and an extensive glossary of technical jargon is included.
It also includes the repercussions of the National Planning Policy Framework and the Localism Act, and summarises upcoming changes in heritage protection legislation such as the Penfold Review. It will be reviewed regularly, taking any such changes into account, so those in need of help get up-to-date information.

Source: Heritage Alliance Newsletter

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New IFA Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic

IfA and ALGAO  have announced the publication of a new Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services. Discussions regarding the need for this Standard and guidance date back at least ten years, although the project to develop them was only recently initiated in March 2011. Funding support from received from English Heritage, Historic Scotland and Cadw, and development took place under the guidance of a project board comprising representatives of the three funding bodies, IfA, ALGAO UK and ALGAO’s committees for England, Wales and Scotland.
The Standard and guidance is based on a comprehensive survey of current practice which identified a number of key issues. These were further explored at a series of workshops with ALGAO members and invited representatives of the national agencies. Two formal rounds of sector wide consultation and redrafting followed as well as detailed discussions with members of ALGAO’s executive committee, the project board and relevant specialists.
The Standard and guidance was proposed for adoption in draft for one year to allow further operational feedback to be sought from the sector. Any proposed changes will be agreed with ALGAO and a final version will be proposed for full adoption at the IfA AGM in 2013.

Shipwrecks and War Memorials - English Heritage guidance

Guidelines on the first aid and conservation of materials recovered from wrecks, as well as the restoration and management of war memorial landscapes, have been published by English Heritage.
For tips on everything from how to handle corroded treasure to how to plant an appropriate herbaceous border please click on the links below.

Caring for our Shipwreck Heritage.

Conservation and management of war memorial landscapes.

Monday, 12 November 2012

HLF Skills for the Future Initative

As part of their strategic framework, the Heritage Lottery Fund will be running another Skills for the Future initiative, providing paid work-based training placements to meet skills shortages in the heritage sector.

Grants of £100,000- £1million will be available to not-for-profit organisations to fund vocational training in skills that are essential to the future conservation of heritage as well as to the effective engagement of the public. The HLF's Trustees have set aside £15 million for this initiative.

An online application pack will available at www.hlf.org.uk/skills  from 31 October 2012 outlining the two-round application procedure. First-round applications need to be submitted by noon on 31 January 2013, for a decision in May 2013. If you have an idea for a project, please submit a project enquiry form which will be available online from 31 October 2012 and HLF's Development teams will advise you on next steps.
You can find out more about the programme by attending one of the Skills for the Future pre-application workshops, happening across the UK in November and December 2012.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Civic Voice Protect Our Place Survey

If you work in your community to improve the historic environment, then Civic Voice and English Heritage want to hear from you.

As part of its National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP), English Heritage has committed to encouraging greater active engagement in the historic environment by more people. As part of this Protect Our Place wants to comprehensively map current community action that protects local places.
To complete the survey, please click here.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Icon launches new stidy of Conservation Workforce

The Institute of Conservation (an Alliance member) launched its National Conservation Education & Skills Strategy, aimed at fostering a successful learning and research environment in the UK that will deliver future knowledge, skills and understanding. As part of this new strategy, Icon will collate and review information about the nature of the conservation workforce in the UK.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Heritage Alliance Heritage Day 6th December

Registration is open for this year’s Heritage Day which will take place in Kent House, Knightsbridge SW7 1BX  on 6th December.

This is an excellent opportunity for Alliance members and those from across the sector to get together, share ideas and hear about exciting new developments in the heritage world. All are welcome.

Alliance members will gather for their AGM before the sector-wide lunchtime reception opens to all, followed in the afternoon by Loyd Grossman’s Chairman’s address. 

The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, will then give one of his first major speeches on heritage since it was included in his ministerial portfolio in September. And for the third year, the Heritage Alliance Heroes Award will be presented for exceptional volunteer effort.