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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.