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Heritage Lottery Fund Committee Vacancies

The Heritage Lottery Fund have several Chair and Member vacancies starting in April 2016 - these are fantastic opportunities to support the work of the HLF in your region. For more information and the online application form please visit the HLF website.

SPAB Training Events in Cumbria

Faith in Maintenance Training Day at St Martin's Brampton nr Carlisle, CA8 1NU

Faith in Maintenance Training Day at St Martin's Brampton nr Carlisle, CA8 1NU
Friday 9 Oct, 9.30 to 4pm
Do you worry about damp and maintenance in your place of worship? Don't know where to turn? This could be the day for you. A free one day training course to help you recognise, understand and tackle common maintenance problems and know when to call in expert help. This event is funded by the Society of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) in celebration of Philip Webb's centenary - Co-founder of the SPAB and Arts and Crafts architect of St Martins church.
Free and open to all but booking essential - see link below- or through the 'events' page on the SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Project website, or phone 07776 197143 or email

Dealing With Damp & South Lakes Co-op Start Up Meeting at St John's Levens, nr Kendal, LA8 8PU

Dealing With Damp & South Lakes Co-op Start Up Meeting at St John's Levens, nr Kendal, LA8 8PU
Tuesday 20 October, 9/9.30 to 12.45pm
A start up meeting for a Maintenance Co-operative for places of worship in the South Lakes - explaining what it's all about and including an introductory training session on 'Dealing with Damp & Timber Decay’ from James Innerdale, Technical Officer for the Society of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Maintenance Co-operatives Project plus ‘Lessons learnt in successfully applying for and implementing a Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund grant’ from Peter Martin of St John’s Levens. Free and open to all.
Booking: not essential but it would be helpful if you could let Sue Manson know if you would like to attend or phone 07776 197143 or book through the SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Project website Events page - link below.

Europa Nostra Awards

Call for entries!

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. It recognises the excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and the media.

The awards are given to the most outstanding achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising.

We were lucky enough to win an award for our Heritage Skills Initiative this year - see article below.

In 2016, up to 30 heritage projects and initiatives will receive an award. Up to seven will be selected as Grand Prix winners and receive €10,000 each. One will receive the Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.

All the winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Submit your project and share your success! You have until the 1st of October to apply.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill project receives HLF support

North of England Civic Trust is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £1,379,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its ambitious £2m project for the historic corn mill in Warwick Bridge.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill dates from the early 1800s and is listed Grade II*. It has appeared on Historic England's At Risk Register for 15 years.

Links to the full press release and media coverage below.

Heritage Skills Initiative Wins European Award!

Heritage Skills Initiative has won an EU/Europa Nostra Cultural Heritage award under the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category. The 28 award winners, selected from 263 applications submitted by organisations and individuals from 29 countries, are honoured for outstanding achievements in four categories: 1) conservation, 2) research and digitization, 3) dedicated service to heritage, and 4) education, training and awareness-raising.

Since its foundation, Heritage Skills Initiative has delivered 150,000 hours of training and engagement with over 37,000 people. Its activities range from Taster Days, master classes, lectures, conferences to a variety of tailor-made events; also there have been 11 building bursaries of over 6 months’ duration and 53 heritage engineering bursaries of 12 months’ duration. 91% of the engineering trainees continued into heritage and engineering employment. 40% of the participants for practical hands-on training are women. In addition, nearly 400 children between 13 and 15, from 25 schools, have taken part in the programme.

For more information about the awards and the other category winners, please see the press release below.