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Training and Events in the North East

Check your diaries!

There are a number of events coming up over the next few weeks covering a variety of topics. Please see the links below each item for further details.

Wed 18 November, Middlesbrough
Conservation & Forensic Engineering - City Walls and Castles of the North
Organised by IHBC members Robert Thorniley-Walker and Alice Bowers for the Institution of Civil Engineers, this evening event (buffet included) will address current thoughts on how to conserve our major historic defensive structures when we might actually know so little about their construction.

Friday 21 November, York
Maintenance Co-operatives conference - SPAB
Open to volunteers who look after places of worship the day will feature expert speakers, maintenance surgeries and fascinating York walking tours. This will be a great opportunity to have your maintenance questions answered and meet people from across the country who give their time to caring for their local place of worship.

This event is free to attend, and will include lunch, tea and coffee, followed by a drinks/afternoon tea reception in a pub close by. You will get a free copy of the Good Maintenance Guide, a Maintenance Calendar and a copy of the English Heritage booklet on Caring for Places of Worship with your delegate pack on the day.

Thursday 4 December, Newcastle
Securing support for your heritage project- The Heritage Alliance
This one day training course will help you understand how to identify a need, research donors, write a compelling application and maintain on-going donor relationships. More experienced grant fundraisers will be introduced to best practice models to improve the quality of their work. Places cost £20 and are strictly limited to those actively involved in a heritage group or organisation.

Tuesday 9 December, Newcastle
Your Heritage Needs You- English Heritage
The overall aim of this event is to increase awareness of Heritage at Risk amongst community and voluntary groups in the North East and the support and advice that is available. Specific objectives within this overall aim include:

  1. Increased knowledge about what the heritage at risk programme is

  2. More understanding amongst local community groups about how they can support heritage at risk in their local area

  3. Better awareness of what funding support is available from organisations like English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund

  4. Greater familiarity of what fundraising support is available from organisations like the Heritage Alliance – e.g. funding workshops, project mentoring, webinars and consultancy support

  5. Increased confidence and knowledge about who to contact for help and advice

Grade II Listed Building Surveys; Volunteering Opportunities

North of England Civic Trust has been appointed by English Heritage to carry out one of 9 test projects to survey Grade II listed buildings using local volunteers. The survey areas we are working on are in West Cumbria and will focus on the towns of Cockermouth, Maryport and Workington. The key elements which this pilot will explore are in the survey methodology. Firstly, we are working with local people to carry out the surveys. This will involve training keen and interested locals in what to look for when assessing the overall condition of historic buildings. The surveys will only look at the external features of buildings and will not involve internal inspections. Secondly, we will be testing the new methodology for gathering data electronically on site. The project is an opportunity to test locally some of the processes and collaboration needed for such an important national agenda, and there will be benefits for all parties involved, not just the borough’s historic environment.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the project; so if you live within a reasonable distance of the project areas and would like to get out and about looking at historic buildings, please get in touch. Full training will be given and support provided throughout the project. The project will run from late November 2014 until February 2015.

For more information please see the recruitment poster below or email Rose Lord- Conservation Projects Officer or call 0191 232 9279

Heritage at Risk Register 2014

English Heritage has published the 2014 Heritage at Risk Register; the register is updated every year and is a list of the sites most at risk of being lost, either through decay, neglect or inappropriate development. The list includes listed buildings, places of worship, scheduled monuments, conservation areas, protected wrecks and battlefields.

Within the North East 27 sites have been removed from the 2013 register, including the Monastic Cell and Medieval Tower on Coquet Island off the Northumberland Coast. Working in partnership with English Heritage, RSPB, The Northumberland Estate and Trinity House, North of England Civic Trust project managed the repair of the light keeper’s cottage which now provides accommodation for the RSPB wardens and volunteers.