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BEFS was delighted to see the Parliamentary Motion from Gordon MacDonald congratulating the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival. The motion, which highlighted collaboration as well as the focus on our existing environment and the skills necessary to maintain our environment, received excellent support.

In a new blog post, BEFS Director Ailsa Macfarlane takes a look at the Scottish Government’s 2021-22 Programme for Government, and gives an overview of where our existing built environment sector might find areas of potential influence and opportunity.

Based on discussion at the Historic Environment Working Group (HEWG) and taking into account Member views expressed, BEFS submitted responses to the Historic Environment Scotland Grants Refresh Consultation (02/09/21) and the Culture Sector Funding Call for Views (08/09/21).

A new online platform has launched to enable culture and heritage organisations to publicise initiatives they are organising in connection with COP26. ‘Culture at COP’ will showcase all COP26 – related art, culture, and heritage events (in-person and virtual) for diverse audiences. It will be designed to link to the COP26 themes and key COP26 Policy Issues as identified by the Climate Heritage Network.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) have announced fourteen outstanding new Scottish buildings as winners of Scotland’s national architecture awards. Bell Street Stables, a conversion of a Victorian council depot to create 52 new homes for affordable rent in the centre of Glasgow, was the winner of Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation and Climate Change Award, a Special Category Award of the RIAS Awards. Five Scottish projects were also amongst the winners of the RIBA National Awards.

RIAS are currently preparing for their annual convention, Draw Together, 28 September – 1 October. Mark your diaries too for their Conservation Autumn Seminar 2021: Adapt, Retrofit, Re-use on 26 October – further details forthcoming. Meanwhile, the Architectural Society of Scotland Forth & Borders Group have released details of their programme of Winter Lectures 2021-22.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust have launched their new project Gallus Glasgow, inspired by Thomas Sulman’s 1864 ‘bird’s eye view’ map of the city. An interactive microsite featuring a zoomable version of the map enables viewers to explore it in great detail, and the project also features a series of events.

Historic Churches Scotland have released the first edition of a new e-newsletter. Settle down for a read and enjoy insightful articles from the charity’s current volunteers, founding Trustees, and Executive Director Victoria Collison-Owen.

Volunteers are sought by Scotland’s Churches Trust to help with the task of recording the exterior and interior features of Scotland’s at risk church buildings, with the aim of capturing their history and context as part of a national record.

The SCAPE Trust have released a refreshed coastal archaeology Sites at Risk map and app. New features include an historic map slider, a search function and the ability to download records.

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Consultations

Domestic Energy Performance Certificates Reform Consultation
Closes 8 October 2021

Home Energy Efficiency: Equity Loan Pilot – Call for Evidence
Closes 8 October 2021

Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Closes 15 October 2021

UK Government Review of Architects Regulation: Call for Evidence
Closes 8 November 2021

Consultation Responses

BEFS – HES Grants Refresh Consultation Response (02/09/21)

BEFS – Culture Sector Funding Call for Views Response (08/09/21)

Edinburgh World Heritage have responded to the Draft 2030 Climate Strategy for Edinburgh (10/09/21)

Publications

David Hume Institute: A Scotland of Better Places (06/21)

SEDA: A New Vision for Land Use in Scotland – 6 Conversations (08/21)

BMJ: Associations between community cultural engagement and life satisfaction, mental distress and mental health functioning using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS): are associations moderated by area deprivation? (03/09/21)

Historic England and the York and North Yorkshire LEP: Celebrating Our Distinctive Heritage Report (07/09/21)

Historic England: Theft of Metal from Church Roofs: Prevention and Response (10/09/21)

AHF: Our commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Scottish Government News Releases

Schools buildings across Scotland are in their best condition since recorded figures began (SG 07/09/21)

First grants awarded from £50m fund to transform derelict land (SG 10/09/21)

Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme (VDLIP): 2022-23 application form (SG 10/09/21)

News Releases

Repair plan to save Leith’s historic Victoria Swing Bridge (BBC 06/09/21)

Opinion & Comment

Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland: Christie’s clarion call can’t wait another decade (7/09/21)

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question S6O-00166: Kaukab Stewart, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/09/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in supporting the removal of flammable cladding.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament. Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question ref. S6W-02313 Asked by: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Date lodged: 17 August 2021
To ask the Scottish Government when National Planning Framework 4 will be published.
Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 September 2021
Answer: The Scottish Government are continuing to progress work on a draft NPF4 and will lay it in the Scottish Parliament in Autumn 2021. Public consultation will run alongside Parliamentary scrutiny.

Question ref. S6W-02110 Asked by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 August 2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the estimated number of (a) empty private residential properties, (b) empty public sector residential properties, (c) second homes and (d) self-catering units there currently are.
Answered by: Shona Robison on 3 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02111 Asked by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 August 2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the consultation on its short-term lets draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA), what method it used to estimate that there are 32,000 short-term lets in Scotland, and whether it will provide a breakdown of this figure by how many are (a) a single room in a property, (b) a shared room in a property, (c) an entire property and (d) unconventional accommodation such as an outhouse or yurt.
Answered by: Shona Robison on 3 September 2021

Question S6W-02389: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23/08/2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the commitment in the Scottish National Party election manifesto, what action it is taking to ensure that Scotland’s historic estate meets its net zero obligations.
Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 6 September 2021

Question S6W-02155: Joe FitzPatrick, Dundee City West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether the climate emergency is a material consideration in Scotland’s planning system.
Answered by Tom Arthur on 6 September 2021

Question S6W-02126: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what funding it has allocated to Historic Environment Scotland to enable historic sites to be made safe for reopening to members of the public, and what the timescales are for the reopening of these sites.
Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 7 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02205 Asked by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 12 August 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what its most recent estimate is of government investment in infrastructure, and what information it has regarding how this compares with other OECD countries.
Answered by Michael Matheson on 8 September 2021

Other Parliamentary Activity

CaCHE (UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence) is taking over the secretariat duties of running the Scottish Parliament cross party group (CPG) on housing, convened by Graham Simpson MSP.

The Local Government, Housing & Planning Committee is still to confirm its work programme but has agreed on some immediate issues including taking evidence on boundary reviews and considering draft laws on the licensing of short-term lets in November.

Events

For the full list of BEFS Members’ upcoming events see our events calendar.

SCHT: McLuckie & Walker – the Men Who Built Stirling
Date & Time: Thursday 16 September, 18:00
Online
Join Stirling City Heritage Trust’s Dr Lindsay Lennie for an online talk to discover more about Stirling’s taste for roller skating, as well as its historic hospitals, pubs, and stylish villas. This webinar follows on from the McLuckie & Walker Exhibition which was produced with the assistance and archival material from Stirling Archives, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling Local History Society, and The British Newspaper Archives, and was hosted by ‘Made In Stirling’ throughout June 2021.

GCHT: Paint your Zoom Room
Date & Time: 23 September, 14:30-16:00
Online
This workshop encourages participants to draw a section through the interior of their chosen room, using the same architectural drawing conventions that would have been used when the dwelling was first designed and constructed. However, this drawing will show finishes, furniture, decoration and contents; expressing the room as the lived in experience it is in 2021.

SHBT: Doors Open Day – Custom House, Leith
Date & Time: 25 September, 10:30 – 16:30
Location: Edinburgh
The oldest custom house in Scotland, now an A-listed Georgian Building, is delighted to open its doors to the public as part of Doors Open Day. Visitors will enter in timeslots to ensure smooth movement around the building, and will have an opportunity to hear about the ongoing restoration project before visiting our tenants’ studios and seeing the building’s historic features. Booking is essential.

GCHT: Atlantic Slavery Hidden in Plain Sight in a Victorian City
Date & Time: 29 September, 19:30
Online
Sulman’s Bird’s Eye View of Glasgow was completed in 1864, thirty years after chattel slavery was abolished in the British West Indies, and one year before slavery was abolished in the United States of America. Join Dr Stephen Mullen as he explores how transformation of the Victorian city was shaped by elites wealthy from Atlantic slavery, revealed by the panoramic detail of Sulman’s map.

SoAoS: Searching for the Ice Age Pioneers: Excavations at Rubha Port an t-Seilich, Isle of Islay
Date & Time: 11 October 18:00-19:00
Online: YouTube Live.
The Society of Antiquaries of London and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland are delighted to announce a joint online lecture for this autumn. Professor Steven Mithen FSAScot will present a lecture focusing on his work at Rubha Port an t-Seilich, Isle of Islay, Scotland.

AHSS: Not Dead Space: Edinburgh’s Five World Heritage Site Graveyards
Date & Time: 11 October, 18:30
Both Online and In-Person at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
Five council-owned graveyards lie within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, each contributing to the Site’s outstanding universal values. This talk with Dr Susan Buckham describes the history, development and significance of the five WHS burial grounds over their long lifetimes and explores how best to breathe new life into them in a sustainable way, in order to support their heritage values and their role as urban greenspaces.

SCAPE: Scottish Salt Symposium
Date & Time: 16 & 17 October, 09:30 – 17:30
Location: Brora, Sutherland
A two-day event in Brora, Sutherland will bring historians, archaeologists, enthusiasts and salt producers together to celebrate the once vital, but little-known, Scottish salt industry. Keynote speaker historian Professor Chris Whatley, author of The Scottish Salt Industry 1570-1850, will be followed by wide-ranging programme of talks and field trips.

Training

IHBC CPD – Conservation Engineering with Ian Hume
Date & Time: 28-29 September, 10.00-13.00 both days
Online: GoToWebinar
The sessions are intended to help conservation professionals understand some of the structural engineering problems and solutions which historic buildings might have.  The sessions will attempt to put conservation professionals in a position to hold informed discussions with project structural engineers, some of whom may not be particularly familiar with the constraints which conservation might put on their structural solutions.

IHBC at COP26 – Conserving our Places Conserves our Planet
Date & Time: 1-12 November
Online: Podcast
A podcast series to raise awareness and understanding of how conservation philosophy and practice contributes towards meeting the challenge of climate change.  Episodes released throughout the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 in Glasgow “COP26” feature sectoral experts sharing their expertise, experience, and views on what’s being done now and what’s to come.

IHBC: COTAC Conference 2021 – Protecting our World, Protecting our Heritage
Date & time:  23-24 November, 10.00-13.00 both days
Online: GoToWebinar
Day 1 will explore the expected impact of climate change on the built heritage, and the potential impact of climate change mitigation on the built heritage.  Day 2 will explore ways to support development of the training, skills, and expertise needed to protect the built heritage and reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

Vacancies

Edinburgh World Heritage: Communications Officer
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint an ambitious and creative Communications professional who is looking to further develop a wide range of key communication skills, from classical PR/media management, to extending the reach and impact of EWH’s large digital footprint, as well as helping design and promote heritage-themed events and other city-wide initiatives.
Closing Date: 17 September 2021

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BEFS new film, made in collaboration with the Scottish Traditional Building Forum, Heritage & Sustainability: A Journey Down One Historic Street was launched at the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 2021. BEFS Policy and Strategy Manager Hazel Johnson is joined by special guests from Architectural Heritage Fund Scotland, SURF, Under One Roof and Edinburgh World Heritage for a meander down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile as she explores how the buildings and places that make up part of the Old Town of Edinburgh play an important role in the city’s sustainable future.

The 9th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival has now wrapped up after another year of fascinating online talks and virtual events. In a new blog post, John McKinney of the Scottish Traditional Building Forum reflects on the key themes of this year’s event.

BEFS attended the launch of Doors Open Days 2021 earlier this month at the Scottish Maritime Museum. The programme for their first ever hybrid festival, with both in-person and online events, is now live.

It was good to hear from Scotland’s Towns Partnership at the latest meeting of the Historic Environment Working Group (HEWG) about the potential support available for heritage projects under town centre regeneration and place-based investment funding streams. STP highlighted the potential for multi-year funding available through funds such as the Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund, the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, and the Place Based Investment Programme, which is administered through local authorities (more info from SG available here). Members were encouraged to consider how their projects and assets might make use of these opportunities.

Also at HEWG, the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers shared that new CIRIA guidance Archaeology in construction: good practice guidance (C799) is now available. The guide offers practical advice applicable to construction projects of all scales and is relevant to all stages in the construction and development life cycle.

Scottish Civic Trust is looking for speakers for a digital lecture series on the intersection of heritage, equity and sustainability. The lecture series will consist of pre-recorded sessions that will be broadcast during COP26, 31 October – 12 November. Possible topics include inequitable funding of historic building refurbishment, community-led approaches to sustainable heritage and engaging children and young people with heritage and the climate crisis. Expressions of interest are due by 14 September.

Institution of Civil Engineer members are being invited to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of civil engineer John Rennie by contributing to a special commemorative project.

The Scottish Government has this weekend reached agreement with the Scottish Green Party on formal cooperation. BEFS notes the draft Shared Policy Programme, which includes commitments to:
–        to take forward the recommendations of the Scottish Parliament working group on tenement maintenance;
–        to embed the concept of twenty minute neighbourhoods within NPF4;
–        to ensuring that our existing and potential workforce has the support, skills and retraining needed to realise the significant economic opportunities from refurbishing our building stock.
–        to enable local government and housing associations to provide whole home retrofits where needed, helping to upgrade the most inefficient and expensive to heat social homes to the highest possible standard in one leap.

Consultations

HES Grants Refresh Consultation
Closes 6 September 2021

Funding for Culture – Call for Views
Closes 8 September 2021

The Heritage Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Survey
Closes 10 September 2021

Domestic Energy Performance Certificates Reform Consultation
Closes 8 October 2021

Home Energy Efficiency: Equity Loan Pilot – Call for Evidence
Closes 8 October 2021

Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Closes 15 October 2021

UK Government Review of Architects Regulation: Call for Evidence
Closes 8 November 2021

Publications

To support the consultation and enable designers and developers to assess what the changes mean for building projects, updated consultation versions of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) have now been released.

David Hume Institute: Scottish Parliament consultation response: Public Finances in 2022-23

IEMA Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment – in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) (20/07/21)

RTPI Scotland: Response to Scottish Government’s call for evidence on the development of the National Economic Transformation Strategy (26/08/21)

Achieving net zero in social housing – The Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce Report (SG 31/08/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Short-term lets: letter from Cabinet Secretary on revised licensing legislation plans (SG 20/08/21)

Support to Protect Scotland’s Coastlines (SG 27/08/21)

Making a Quality Building Warrant Application – What you need to know
(SG 27/08/21)

Patrick Harvie appointed Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights (SG 30/08/21)

News Releases

New Research says ‘Cathedrals Matter’ (Association of English Cathedrals)

Opinion & Comment

Forget shops: how one UK town ripped up the rule book to revive its high street (Observer 21/08/21)

Insight: The detrimental impact short-term lets are having on urban and rural Scotland (Scotsman 22/08/21)

The recent SURF conference closed with a specially commissioned poem by Jo Gilbert. (27/08/21)

Scotland’s isles ‘would benefit’ from Faroes-style tunnels (BBC 30/08/21)

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question ref. S6W-02389 Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 23 August 2021
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the commitment in the Scottish National Party election manifesto, what action it is taking to ensure that Scotland’s historic estate meets its net zero obligations.

Question S6O-00093: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour
Date Lodged: 25/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to enshrining a rule in the National Planning Framework 4, where, for every new building, 1% of the cost is given to the arts.

Question S6W-02465: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government when proposals for the introduction of Compulsory Sales Orders will be brought forward.

Question S6W-02556: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date Lodged: 30/08/2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has prepared an Island Communities Impact Assessment in relation to its proposed short-term lets Licensing Order, and, if so, whether it will publish it.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament. Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question S6W-01909: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/07/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how many off-gas grid homes it estimates are not suitable for the installation of heat pumps, and what its position is on what alternative low-carbon heating systems they are able to install.
Answered by Michael Matheson (20/08/2021)

Question S6W-01904: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/07/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will put in place to support owner-occupiers of off-gas grid homes to achieve EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Band C by 2025.
Answered by Michael Matheson (20/08/2021)

Other Parliamentary Activity

The UK Parliament is in recess 22nd July 2021 – 6th September 2021

Affordable Housing: The Local Government, Housing & Planning Committee has published a letter from Shona Robison concerning funding for affordable and social housing. (15/07/21)

Session 6: The Local Government, Housing & Planning Committee has published a letter from the Scottish Government about priorities for Session 6 that are of interest to the committee, including the local governance review and local democracy bill, funding formula for local government, housing and planning. (30/07/21)

Events

Doors Open Days 2021
Date: Weekends in September
Scotland’s largest free festival of places, history and culture will return this September! Doors Open Days offers free access to hundreds of sites across Scotland, and aims to make the country’s built and cultural heritage accessible to all.

Scottish Geology Festival
Date: 1 September – 17 October
Online, Outdoor, and Indoor Events
A packed programme of activities from Stranraer to Shetland that will showcase and celebrate Scotland’s geology. Events range from coastal walks to fossil hunting to online talks and even boat trips.

An Introduction to the Heritage Trust Network
Date & Time: 2 September 09.30am – 10.30.am
Online
A webinar to introduce partners, funders, new members and other organisations to the work of Heritage Trust Network.

SoAoS: Orkney Brochs to Iron Age Villages, The Ness in Rock and Stone, and The Mathematics of the Neolithic.
Date & Time: 5 Sept 3:30pm – 6pm, 7 Sept 11:30am – 12:15pm.
Online: YouTube Live.
Three memorial lectures in collaboration with Orkney International Science Festival, to attribute three late Fellows, John Hedges, Raymond Lamb, and Euan MacKie. Several of the speakers are Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland who will be hosting and highlighting the session.

LIS: Countdown to COP – Sustainable Landscapes
Date & Time: 9 September, 12pm–1pm
Online: Zoom
In association with the GIA – the first of the Landscape Institute Scotland COP26 events around climate change & sustainability. Join Karen Esslemont of OPEN for ClimatEvolution: Place-based transition to climate resilience in East Lothian; Duncan Maclean of LUC on Claypits Park, Glasgow & Greg Meikle of LDA on Sighthill: Regeneration at Scale.

Why Do Historic Places Matter? Emotional Attachments to Urban Heritage
Date & Time: 17 September, 3:30pm – 5pm
Online
This event to launch the final report of the Why Does The Past Matter? research project brings together leading figures from the heritage and built environment sectors to discuss the reasons why historic places matter emotionally to a range of individuals including developers, investors, planners, campaigners and residents.

Edinburgh World Heritage: A Miracle in Stone – A lecture to celebrate 50 years of conservation
Date & Time: 9 September, 6pm
Location: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, George Street, Edinburgh.
Or Online
In 1971, the New Town Conservation Committee, which subsequently became Edinburgh World Heritage, set out on its mission to ‘save the New Town.’ Fifty years later, EWH invite you to join them in celebrating what has been called the ‘greatest achievement of the conservation movement in post-War Britain.’

SPAB: Conservation on the Edge: The Northern Lighthouse Board
Date & Time: 22 September, 6pm
Online
The Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) has been providing Marine Aids to Navigation in Scottish and Manx waters for over two centuries, protecting lives, property and the environment. This talk aims to give an overview of the role and function of the modern service and, through a series of case studies, explore the considerable challenges associated with caring for historic buildings located on the edge of Scotland and the Isle of Man.

A&DS at V&A Dundee:  What if… /we lived in places of small distances?
Date & Time: 30 September, 6:15pm
Join an expert panel to explore the concept of the 20-minute neighbourhood: a way to radically reconsider space, with meeting the needs of citizens at its core. How might this work rurally, where communities are sparse and have different needs? How can this be applied to different socio-economic situations? And how can we continue to improve our urban spaces to better meet the needs of a constantly changing world?

RIAS: Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2021 – Dr Jos Boys
Date & Time: 23 September, 6pm–7pm
Online: Zoom
Join us for the Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2021 and to celebrate the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards shortlist announcement. This year’s Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Jos Boys, The Bartlett / Co-founder of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project.

RIAS Convention 2021: Draw Together
Date: 28 September – 1 October
Online
Join us for our virtual architecture and built environment conference – four days packed with talks from our international line up of over 20 speakers, CPD, debate, discussion, sustainability speed mentoring (delivered in partnership with RIBA) and more! Draw Together will bring architects, built environment professionals and the wider public together to show how change is already happening to tackle our climate goals and targets, with spotlight on work across Scotland as well as UK and international examples. View the full programme here.

Training

RTPI: Making NPF4 work for Scotland’s diverse regions
Date & Time: 2 September 4pm–5pm
Online
With Scotland’s widely varied geographical locations, how will NPF4 ensure diverse regions can benefit?
Main speaker: Fiona Simpson, Interim Chief Planner, Planning & Architecture, Scottish Government. Fiona will provide progress update on NPF and views on implications and highlights on H&I Region.
Regional Speakers from Dundee City Council, NatureScot, Community Land Scotland, and Highlands & Island Enterprise will provide a geographical and work-related perspective on their own urban and rural areas, including their specific interests – diverse areas and expertise.

RTPI: Climate Ready Ken Project + Adaptation Issues in Planning
Date & Time: 9 September 4pm-5pm
Online 
In June 2020, the community around Loch Ken was selected to be part of the Climate Ready Localities programme, run by Adaptation Scotland.  The Climate Ready Ken project will look at the practical actions that individuals and communities need to take to understand and prepare for the inevitable impacts of a changing climate. This project forms part of the wider work of the Loch Ken Trust to build the Loch Ken Plan, a 10-year sustainable community plan, based around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Under One Roof: Private Landlord Webinar Programme 2021-22
Date & Time: 14 Sept 6pm-7pm, then Monthly to June 2022
Online
Under One Roof, with generous support from SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, is excited to release this year’s full webinar programme for private landlords and letting agents. Register now for the one-hour sessions, where you’ll be able to ask experts about general issues related to tenement buildings, and specific issues related to your flat. Future webinars will cover topics such as funding repairs, energy efficient tenement buildings, and how to set up an Owners’ Association. CPD certificates are also available to professionals who take part in the webinars.

Advertising Volunteer Opportunities with Mark Your Mark
Date & Time: 14 Sept 2pm–3pm or 15 Sept 6pm–7pm
Online
Scottish heritage organisations are invited to attend an informal information session to learn more about the Make Your Mark campaign and how you can use our free volunteer portal to recruit and manage your volunteers.

Traditional Building CPD – Modified Lime Mortars
Date & Time: 14 September, 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Balnain Glen Urquhart, Inverness
Practical workshop for professionals and stonemasons to explore hot lime mixes with addition of linseed oil to modify durability and resistance to rain penetration.

RIAS Lunchtime CPD: Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals
Date & Time: 16 September, 12pm-1pm
Online: Zoom
In March 2021, ICOMOS published a new policy document on Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to advocate and localize the UN 2030 Agenda and SDGs from the perspective of heritage. In this presentation, Linda will briefly discuss the Policy Guidance and the SDGs, before focusing on SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and the relevant Case Study: Lauriston Place in Edinburgh, to then explore SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) as examples on how the PG might be localised here in Scotland considering recent policy developments.

RTPI: Meeting our targets in a time of climate crisis
Date & Time: 28 September 4pm-5pm
Online
The need to meet Scotland’s climate change targets is ever more apparent. To achieve this, a mix of new renewable technologies and expansion of existing technologies will play a vital role. Scottish Renewables will discuss the form these new technologies will take – from battery storage to hydrogen, and re-powering – and the extent of the land use challenges these present. Neil Collar (Brodies) will then provide a critical reflection on how the planning system has managed planning for renewables so far and how well equipped it is to meet these challenges and opportunities in future.

RTPI: The role of women in placemaking
Date & Time: 30 September, 4pm-5pm
Online
This event looks at the representation of women in the planning profession, current issues and views on the design of the public realm. It discusses influencing placemaking in UK and international contexts. There will also be an undergraduate student dissertation discussion.

Arts & Business Scotland: Introduction to being a Board Member
Date & Time: 16 & 23 November, 4pm-7pm
Online: Zoom
Designed for new Trustees, the essential Introduction to being a Board Member online course runs over two sessions to cover duties of charitable trustees/board members, roles and responsibilities of board members and staff, meeting management and decision making, advocacy and fundraising, strategic planning, and finances.

Vacancies

Edinburgh World Heritage: Communications Officer
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint an ambitious and creative Communications professional who is looking to further develop a wide range of key communication skills, from classical PR/media management, to extending the reach and impact of EWH’s large digital footprint, as well as helping design and promote heritage-themed events and other city-wide initiatives.
Closing Date: 17 September 2021

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BEFS are delighted to introduce our new Communications and Membership Manager, Jess Burrows. Jess joins us fresh from handing in her dissertation in the Architectural Conservation MSc at Edinburgh University and having previously worked for both the Soil Association Scotland and the Churches Conservation Trust in Communications roles. Jess’s role and title reflect not only the importance of BEFS Communications as part of our work, but now rightly reflect the importance of BEFS Members as essential to all our activity. We’ve welcomed her into the team over the past week, and Members can all be assured she’ll be contacting you all to introduce herself.

This week BEFS Director met with the Convenor and Vice Convenor of the Scottish Parliament, Local Government, Planning and Housing Committee. BEFS had been asked to provide a briefing in relation to priorities for the Committee’s work in the coming Parliamentary Session. BEFS had also been asked to reach out to relevant Members in relation to their working practises during the pandemic. BEFS thanks all those who contributed time and information as well as to the Committee for their invitation. BEFS Briefing can be found here.

We’ve already released the news on Twitter, but BEFS are thrilled to be partnering with NTS to support their Portfolio Review. BEFS are now seeking a Research Manager for a 6-month contract to aid delivery of the project. Applications close: 23 August.

Skills have been on our mind as we worked with the Scottish Traditional Building Forum on a film taking a walk down the Royal Mile and providing a new take around sustainability to this more traditional tourist location. Thanks to all those involved! The film will be launched on Monday at the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival – full details for the festival (running 23 – 27 August) can be found here.  We also know that North East Scotland Preservation Trust are keen to know about skills training in the North East – brief survey here.

BEFS also formally welcome our most recent Associate Member, Stirling City Heritage Trust who provide a Blog of introduction to their work, and the work of the Traditional Building Health Check Scheme.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust have also launched a new podcast If Glasgow’s Walls Could Talk – we look forward to exploring the series.

HES are currently reviewing and updating their grant funding programmes. This consultation is seeking feedback on these proposals to help to ensure that the new grant funding programmes and grants priorities meet the needs of applicants and align with current policy and priorities regarding the historic environment and the wider outcomes it can deliver for society, the economy and the environment. Closing Date: 6 September 2021.

HES also want to know about individual experiences of using HEPS over the last two years. As many responses as possible are needed to give a true reflection of how the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland is used. Consultation here. Closes 30 August.

The A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2021 are open for entries! The awards are an annual highlight – recognising emerging talent from our student members and the Scottish architecture schools. Full details and submission form can be accessed here. Submission deadline: Monday 23 August 2021.

Applications are now open for the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. Community groups and organisations can apply for funding of between £500 and £5,000 to support public facing activities and events taking place in Scotland during 2022, either in person, virtual or hybrid. Full details here – the application deadline for the first funding round is 5pm on 1 October 2021.

The Heritage Alliance have also now started the search for a new Head of Policy and Communications to lead their small advocacy and comms team. BEFS wishes Hannah Shimko all the best for the future, it’s been a pleasure working with you!

Consultations

Historic Environment Policy for Scotland Consultation
Closes 30 August 2021

HES Grants Refresh Consultation
Closes 6 September 2021

Funding for Culture – Call for Views
Closes 8 September 2021

Domestic Energy Performance Certificates Reform Consultation
Closes 8 October 2021

Home Energy Efficiency: Equity Loan Pilot – Call for Evidence
Closes 8 October 2021

Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Closes 15 October 2021

Publications

Rome Declaration of the G20 Ministers of Culture (G20 07/2021)

Levelling up through circular economy jobs (Green Alliance 08/2021)

IPCC 6the Assessment Report (IPCC 09/08/2021)

Heritage Volunteering Group Creating Capacity (08/2021)

RTPI Scotland’s response to consultation on Short Term Lets draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment(12/08/21)

Learning how to live well together: our strategy for change (Carnegie UK 08/21)

New Briefing: Delivering multi-year budgeting in Scotland (The David Hume Institute 08/2021)

Land for Housing: Towards a Public Interest Led Approach to Development(Scottish Land Commission 18/08/2021)

Scottish Government News Releases

The Scottish Government has moved to appoint Dr Fiona Simpson as Interim Chief Planner until the position is filled on a permanent basis. Fiona has taken on that interim role with immediate effect.

Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world – a digital strategy for Scotland: progress report 2017 to 2021(SG 30/07/2021)

Developing Net Zero Technical Solutions for Scotland’s Future Mass Retrofit Housing Programme (SG 03/08/2021)

Scottish Advice Note: Determining the fire risk posed by external wall systems in existing multi-storey residential buildings (SG 04/08/2021)

News Releases

Scotland Loves Local Fund II – Open until 1 October
A total £2 million-worth of grants will be available this financial year from the Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund, a multi-year support scheme that aims to encourage people to support businesses and enterprises in their local community.

Opinion & Comment

How do we make homes fit for net zero (BBC 04/08/2021)

Major retrofit proposed for ‘greener’ Glasgow (SHN 09/08/2021)

Scotland’s Heritage sites under attack by thieves and vandals (Herald 01/08/21)

Holiday Accommodation Representatives withdraw from short-term lets working group (Holyrood 08/2021)

Let Kinloch Castle fall into curated decay – and become the ruin that Scotland needs (The Guardian 17/08/2021)

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

S6W-01904 Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/07/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will put in place to support owner-occupiers of off-gas grid homes to achieve EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Band C by 2025.

S6W-01909 Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/07/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how many off-gas grid homes it estimates are not suitable for the installation of heat pumps, and what its position is on what alternative low-carbon heating systems they are able to install.

S6W-02067 Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made to date in introducing a Housing First approach.

S6W-02069 Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what its strategy is for reducing the number of empty homes.

S6W-02088 Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/08/2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government by what date it will publish an update to the report, Housing statistics: Empty properties and second homes.

S6W-02125 Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on carrying out inspections of the historic sites cited as being closed as a precautionary measure by Historic Environment Scotland on 7 June 2021.

S6W-02126 Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what funding it has allocated to Historic Environment Scotland to enable historic sites to be made safe for reopening to members of the public, and what the timescales are for the reopening of these sites.

S6W-02159 Ariane Burgess, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party, Date lodged: 11 August 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with community councils to inform its proposals for the National Planning Framework 4.

S6W-02217: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the funding in the Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-2026 has been allocated to projects related to a) utility networks, b) transport and c) digital communications.

S6W-02158: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will review its response to the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance, and when it will publish the programme for delivery of the actions identified in its response.

S6W-02179: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government by what date it plans to introduce Compulsory Sale Order (CSO) powers for local authorities.

S6W-02188: Sharon Dowey, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress of the planned review of the home report, due in 2021, whether the review will include a consultation and, if so, by what date that consultation will open.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament. Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

S6W-00967 Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 22 June 2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that increasing the Scottish Land Fund significantly in the early years of the current parliamentary session will be the most effective way of ensuring that communities can compete for the ownership of land, given that there is an increasing number of wealthy private owners expressing interest in buying land.
Current status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 13 July 2021

Other Parliamentary Activity

The Scottish Parliament is in recess from 26th June 2021 – 29th August 2021
The UK Parliament is in recess 22nd July 2021 – 6th September 2021

Events

Pathways to Traditional Skills; A European Perspective
Date: Tuesday 24 August 2021 – one day conference
Online
Historic Environment Scotland has led a research outcome of the Erasmusplus Traditional Building Skills project working with Scottish and EU partners comparing educational routes into building craft skills and developing new courses in schools and colleges. This conference will report the findings from this work, assess how we can learn from other models and consider the future of building craft skills and how they can be passed on to the next generation.

SURF Annual Conference – Partners in Place
Dates: 24, 25, 26 August 2021
Booking now open for a series of three 90min virtual sessions focusing on: Post-Covid Recovery; Place-based Regeneration and Climate Change.

HTN & HCS At the Heart of the Community – A Future for Your Church
Session Three: Finding New Uses (you do not need to have attended the previous sessions)
Date: Wednesday 1 September 2021, 10-11.30am
Online
In this event we will hear from Harriet English from the Plunkett Foundation, who will introduce the new Community Businesses in Places of Worship project and the support available. We will then go on to have an informal discussion with attendees on the topic of finding new uses, challenges and successes.

Biocultural Heritage in the UK – INHERIT Report Launch
Date: 2 September 4pm
Online
The research was undertaken by Zoe Russell, who will present the findings at the event. We’ll also hear from a panel with diverse perspectives on the topic: Peter Rawcliffe from NatureScot; Hannah Fluck from Historic England; Chris Higgins from Ecodyfi in Wales, and; Krystyna Swiderska from the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED).

DTA Scotland Conference – Community Climate Action
Date: 5 – 7 September
Online
DTA are offering an engaging, thought-provoking and relevant programme. Immediately after every Conference session, we will also be hosting an informal networking space where people can come together and carry on the conversation – or strike up new ones with new contacts.

SPAB: Inverness Castle Pre-Works Visit
Date: 8 September 2pm
Location: Inverness Castle
This is a unique chance to take part in a tour of this fascinating group of buildings before major conservation and development works start. The buildings have been stripped out of previous modern fittings, and this will be an interesting moment to see the original shapes of the buildings.

PAS – Scotland’s Digital Planning Transformation
Date: 14 September
Online
This event is an ideal opportunity for planners, placemaking professionals, architects, local and national government officers, elected representatives at local and national level, communities, infrastructure providers, engineers and all other relevant stakeholders to engage with other thought leaders and potential partners.

Training

HES are now recruiting for an MSc in technical building conservation. Full details here.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 25 August, 12:30-13:30 (from 12:15).
Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Arts & Business Scotland: Legacy giving. Now is the time – if you do it right. Learn how to!
Date & time: 16 September, 11:00 – 15:00
Online via Zoom
This course is focused on how to integrate legacies into your current fundraising at little or no cost at a time when more people are making Wills than we have witnessed in decades. The course will cover how to talk and write about legacies in an upbeat but sensitive way, using tone of voice and listening skills. The session will also look at the best messages to ensure no invasion of privacy during difficult sensitive times as well as where to put those messages to trigger interest and action.

SPAB: Duart Castle Visit & Lime Day
Date & time: Sat 18 & Sun 19 September, all day
Location: Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, accessd by ferry from Oban.
Duart Castle is an iconic Scottish Castle in a dramatic and sublime landscape. The Castle was brought back into use in the early C20th (around 1912) after being a ruin for 150 years.  Stonemason Andy Bradley and architect Martin Hadlington will run this weekend event.
DAY 1 (Saturday 18th September) – Visits & tours of castle, including lighting of the lime kiln.
Approx times: 11am – 3pm, including lunch.
DAY 2 (Sunday 19th September) – Practical day, opening up of the kiln and working with tutors to mix mortar and use it on the castle.
Approx times: 10am – 4pm, including lunch.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust: The Structural Repair of Historic buildings
Date & time: 24 September, 9:30 – 16:30
Location: Charlestown Workshop
This masterclass led by Ian Hume, aims to provide professionals with a sound understanding of the philosophy of conservation.  Suitable for: This masterclass is suitable for anyone involved in the structural repair of historic buildings. Conservation officers, architects, engineers, site managers and others would find this seminar helpful.

IHBC CPD – Conservation Engineering
Date & time: 28-29 September, 10.00-13.00 both days
Online
The sessions are intended to help conservation professionals understand some of the structural engineering problems and solutions which historic buildings might have.  The sessions will attempt to put conservation professionals in a position to hold informed discussions with project structural engineers, some of whom may not be particularly familiar with the constraints which conservation might put on their structural solutions.

COTAC Conference 2021 – Protecting our World, Protecting our Heritage
Date & time: 23-24 November, 10.00-13.00 both days
Online
Day 1 will explore the expected impact of climate change on the built heritage, and the potential impact of climate change mitigation on the built heritage. Day 2 will explore ways to support development of the training, skills, and expertise needed to protect the built heritage and reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

Vacancies

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: Publications Officer
SoAS are looking for a Publications Officer to join a small team producing diverse publications about Scotland’s past. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is a charity and an independent publisher of high-quality books and journals. This varied role will offer excellent experience in all aspects of academic publishing. Closing Date: 22 August 2021

Built Environment Forum Scotland – Research Manager
BEFS are delighted to be partnering with NTS to support their Portfolio Review. BEFS are now seeking a Research Manager for a 6-month contract to aid delivery of the project.The successful Research Manager will be working with both the BEFS team who are Project Co-ordinators and the NTS team who are leading the national scale review of their asset portfolio. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with a strategic national project. Closing Date: 23 August 2021

Heritage Trust Network: Board of Directors
Heritage Trust Network is recruiting new members to its Board of Directors. This is a unique opportunity to join the leadership of one of the fastest growing organisations in community-led heritage regeneration. You could help steer their ambitious strategy to strengthen the organisation and help their members succeed. Closing Date: 23 August 2021

Director of Scotland’s Churches Trust
Due to the retirement of the present post holder at the end of 2021, it is looking to recruit a Director who will be responsible for the day to day running of the Trust and related activities, and who will report to the Board of Trustees. Closing Date: 1 September 2021

Volunteer with North Lanarkshire Doors Open Days – Coordinator 
This is a great opportunity to help people in your local area freely access heritage sites and events; network with professionals across Scotland’s heritage sectors; and develop skills in project management, communication and website management. You will be supported by a friendly national network of Doors
Closing date: applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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BEFS News

BEFS would like to draw Members’ attention to two new funding streams. The first for nationally important heritage: The National Heritage Memorial Fund’s COVID-19 Response Fund is now open. This £40million fund will address the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nationally important heritage assets.

The second, is new funding from NLHF and is for Digital Volunteering. Previous research (DASH) found that the sector is calling out for digital innovation to help it move into a more resilient, creative future, and identified an opportunity to create new forms of volunteering to support this. Read all about the digital volunteering funding stream here.

This week UNESCO withdrew World Heritage Status from Liverpool. Edinburgh World Heritage have reflected on the warning this presents to Edinburgh.

BEFS team have had a busy time – and look forward to welcoming their new Communications and Membership Manager to the team in August. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for announcements of the programme for Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival, as BEFS are working with the Scottish Traditional Building Forum to highlight aspects of sustainability at this year’s festival.

As Covid restrictions are now lifting across Scotland there is a marked increase in events and organisational activity. Many of BEFS Members have got in touch to tell us what their plans are for the Summer – see below, as well as further details in both the Events and Training sections of the Bulletin.

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards which celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality, are now open for entries. The 2021 Awards have two categories: the general Award honours recently completed projects (2018-2020); and the Sustainability Award honours projects completed between 2001 and 2011 that demonstrate continued fitness for purpose, as well as having a robust approach to climate readiness.

More details are regularly being released about COP26 – with the high-level Presidency Programme now released. The final timetabled day focuses on Cities, Regions and the Built Environment. With much detail for the Green and Blue zones still to be finalised, and the hybrid nature of all events continually in flux, BEFS looks forward to the sustained focus that can be placed on the climate benefits which our existing environment can provide (environmentally, economically, and socially) – but, how to harness this global focus into meaningful outcomes remain unclear.

If your civic trust or local heritage society is making plans COP26 you can book rooms in the Scottish Civic Trust’s Glasgow City Centre offices free of charge to host exhibitions, events or meetings related to COP26.

NLHF are seeking Committee Members – including one for the Scotland Committee. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with heritage grant making across Scotland. Full details – here.

After a successful Summer School for 2021 (clips are now available) IHBC would like to remind readers that the Gus Astley Student Awards submissions will close 31st July. Prizes include a place at IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School.

Nominations are closing soon for RTPI 2021 elections – including the Scottish Executive Committee vacancies for 2022. See more detailshere.

BEFS would also like to extend their congratulations to John Gerrard, on his recent IHBC Marsh award.

BEFS Bulletin is taking its own mini Summer Recess and will return on the 19th of August.

Consultations

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Consultation: Short term lets Regulation information
Closes 13th August 2021

Draft 2030 Climate Strategy – Edinburgh
Closes 12 Sep 2021.

Consultation – Building Standards Fire Safety, External Wall Systems
Opened 16th July 2021 – Closes 8th October 2021

Publications

Context – IHBC Journal – Applying Digital Technology (IHBC 07/2021)

Business Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee (UK) report on the steps required to tackle climate change. (UKPARL 08/07/2021)

Annual Report British Tourist Authority trading as VisitBritain and VisitEngland (UK HoC 14/07/2021)

ONS Economic Output and Productivity report (ONS 15/07/2021)

Centre for Policy Studies – Reshaping Spaces, Building back better (CPS 16/07/2021)

Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment IEMA, IHBC CIfA (IEAM 20/07/2021)

Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage STiCH

Scottish Government News Releases

Planning and Environmental Appeals: annual review 2020 to 2021

Planning Performance Statistics 2020/21: Quarterly (October 2020 To March 2021)

Impact of Developer Contributions in Scotland

Planning Circular – promotion and use of mediation, guidance.

News Releases

Scottish Futures Trust Construction Pipeline Forecast Tool 
The Construction Pipeline Forecast Tool provides a look forward as to the anticipated public sector spend within construction. The forecast tool has been developed by the Scottish Futures Trust in partnership with industry and public sector bodies.

Public Health Scotland Covid 19 Research Repository
Public Health Scotland (PHS) has collaborated with universities to create a comprehensive repository of pandemic-related data. The platform, which contains research about Covid-19 in Scotland in a range of formats, is a fully accessible and searchable digital resource. It reduces duplication of effort and makes research easier for policymakers, researchers and the public to find and use.

Art Fund – Museum of the Year 
Art Fund Museum of the Year, the world’s largest museum prize, returns. A celebration of the UK’s museums and galleries, the 2021 prize will reflect the resilience and imagination of museums throughout the pandemic.

Opinion & Comment

Adaptive Reuse of Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Challenges & Opportunities (07/2021)

CHARTER Brainstorm in Riga – joint venture in building a conceptual matrix for cultural heritage (07/2021)

Scotland’s travel sector looking to new tourism minister to help with recovery. (Holyrood 12/07/2021)

Murray Pittock: Culture is a huge part of the Glasgow economy – let’s not lose that (Herald 18/07/2021)

Funding cuts to go ahead for university arts courses in England (Guardian20/07/2021)

Liverpool loses Unesco World Heritage status over waterfront development (i 21/07/2021)

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

S6W-01482 Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date Lodged: 15 July 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what powers it will devolve to local authorities to help them meet climate change targets, in response to calls made at the International Net Zero Local Leadership Summit.
S6W-01470 Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date Lodged: 15 July 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has received regarding how material shortages and increased contractor prices in the construction sector are impacting householders redeeming Home Energy Scotland Loan offers.

UK – Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – World Heritage Sites

Other Parliamentary Activity

The Scottish Parliament is in recess from 26th June 2021 – 29th August 2021
The UK Parliament is in recess 22nd July 2021 – 6th September 2021

Statement by the UK Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local GovernmentBuilding Beautiful Places 20th July 2021  – Related UK publications include: National Model Design Code  and an updated Planning Framework

The UK Government Community Ownership Fund Round 1 has opened. Deadline Mid-August

First evidence session of the Sustainability of the Built Environment inquiry,for the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)

Parliamentary Motions

Motion: S6M-00615 That the Parliament congratulates The Ridge in Dunbar on its recent award of £250,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Motion S6M-00603 That the Parliament recognises that Dunbar Battery, which is based at the town’s harbour, was one of five finalists in the Exterior Spaces category of the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention

Events

AHSS – Principles are Principles, but Variety is the Spice of Life – James Simpson
Date: 29th July – 5pm
Online
The joy of conservation practice, whether one is a textile conservator, a botanist or an architect lies in the range of tasks one has to face. Each project and each day are different: ‘variety is the spice of life’!
In this talk, work to three buildings will be described, the survival of which has taken massive effort, but each has proved to be far more valuable in the end than seemed likely at the beginning.

Pathways to Traditional Skills; A European Perspective
Date: Tuesday 24 August 2021 – one day conference
Online
Historic Environment Scotland has led a research outcome of the Erasmusplus Traditional Building Skills project working with Scottish and EU partners comparing educational routes into building craft skills and developing new courses in schools and colleges. This conference will report the findings from this work, assess how we can learn from other models and consider the future of building craft skills and how they can be passed on to the next generation.

SURF Annual Conference – Partners in Place
Dates: 24th, 25th, 26th August 2021
Booking now open for a series of three 90min virtual sessions focusing on: Post-Covid Recovery; Place-based Regeneration and Climate Change.

HTN & HCS At the Heart of the Community – A Future for Your Church
Session Three: Finding New Uses (you do not need to have attended the previous sessions)
Date: Wednesday 1st September 2021, 10-11.30am
Online
In this event we will hear from Harriet English from the Plunkett Foundation, who will introduce the new Community Businesses in Places of Worship project and the support available. We will then go on to have an informal discussion with attendees on the topic of finding new uses, challenges and successes.

SPAB: Inverness Castle Pre-Works Visit
Date: 18th September 2pm
Location: Inverness Castle
This is a unique chance to take part in a tour of this fascinating group of buildings before major conservation and development works start. The buildings have been stripped out of previous modern fittings, and this will be an interesting moment to see the original shapes of the buildings.

Training

HES are now recruiting for an MSc in technical building conservation. Full details here.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 25 August, 12:30-13:30 (from 12:15).
Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Scottish Lime Centre Trust: The Structural Repair of Historic buildings
Date & time: 24th September, 9:30 -16:30
Location: Charlestown Workshop
This masterclass led by Ian Hume, aims to provide professionals with a sound understanding of the philosophy of conservation.  Suitable for: This masterclass is suitable for anyone involved in the structural repair of historic buildings. Conservation officers, architects, engineers, site managers and others would find this seminar helpful.

IHBC CPD – Conservation Engineering
Date & time: 28-29 September, 10.00-13.00 both days
Online
The sessions are intended to help conservation professionals understand some of the structural engineering problems and solutions which historic buildings might have.  The sessions will attempt to put conservation professionals in a position to hold informed discussions with project structural engineers, some of whom may not be particularly familiar with the constraints which conservation might put on their structural solutions.

COTAC Conference 2021 – Protecting our World, Protecting our Heritage
Date & time: 23-24 November, 10.00-13.00 both days
Online
Day 1 will explore the expected impact of climate change on the built heritage, and the potential impact of climate change mitigation on the built heritage.  Day 2 will explore ways to support development of the training, skills, and expertise needed to protect the built heritage and reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

Vacancies

The Cockburn Association: New Treasurer for governing Council
The Cockburn Association is looking for a new Treasurer to join the governing Council of the Association.  Information and details available – contact Terry Levinthal.

Fife Historic Buildings Trust – Project Development Officer
A new full-time fixed term post, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, to work with the FHBT team to develop new historic environment regeneration projects in Fife, principally the restoration and re-use of historic buildings at risk. Closing Date: noon – Thursday 29th July 2021

Edinburgh World Heritage – Graveyards Engagement Officer
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Graveyards Engagement Officer to play in key role in engaging audiences in one of our five historic burial sites in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Closing Date: Friday 30th July at 12noon

Edinburgh World Heritage – Operations & Finance Manager
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint an Operations & Finance Manager who is responsible for managing the operation of the charity, leading on the delivery of finance, governance, HR and office objectives to enable the organisation to run smoothly and efficiently.
Closing Date: Monday 16th August at 5pm

Heritage Trust Network: Board of Directors
Heritage Trust Network is recruiting new members to its Board of Directors. This is a unique opportunity to join the leadership of one of the fastest growing organisations in community-led heritage regeneration. You could help steer their ambitious strategy to strengthen the organisation and help their members succeed.
Closing Date: 23rd August 2021

Director of Scotland’s Churches Trust
Due to the retirement of the present post holder at the end of 2021, it is looking to recruit a Director who will be responsible for the day to day running of the Trust and related activities, and who will report to the Board of Trustees. Closing Date: 1 September 2021

Volunteer with North Lanarkshire Doors Open Days – Coordinator 
This is a great opportunity to help people in your local area freely access heritage sites and events; network with professionals across Scotland’s heritage sectors; and develop skills in project management, communication and website management. You will be supported by a friendly national network of Doors
Closing date: applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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BEFS News

At the end of May BEFS took part in a cross-sector Climate Vulnerability (CVI) workshop, assessing the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.  With facilitators from James Cook University Australia, Historic Environment Scotland, and Edinburgh World Heritage, participants were invited (over 5 sessions) to explore vulnerabilities caused by climate change, in relation to the world heritage site’s Outstanding Universal Value and the wider community.
BEFS was particularly interested in the application of the CVI process to an urban site and the wider aims to identify where capacity and opportunities for climate change adaptation and achieving net zero targets might lie. Applying a risk-matrix and rapid-assessment approach and considering the different aspects of the World Heritage property in detail was a valuable exercise. Just as valuable perhaps, was the chance to hear different perspectives and voices from a wide range of participants. BEFS looks forward to seeing how the CVI informs a draft climate action plan for the Old and New Towns!
In our guest blog you can read about the process from the perspective of those directly involved with managing the world heritage site. Read more here.

New funding for the sector – #COP26Conversations Fund
This fund has been designed to help cultural and heritage organisations begin to raise their profile as spaces for communities to engage with the climate challenge and explore positive actions. The fund is being delivered in partnership between Museums Galleries Scotland, the Scottish Library and Information Council and Historic Environment Scotland, it will offer small grants (up to £1,000) to museums, libraries and historic environment organisations to host small scale, community focused events and activities in the build up to and during COP26.

The most recent edition of the Scottish Planner, RTPI’s Journal contains articles by BEFS past and present Directors, as well as a review of regeneration from SURF’s past Chief Executive. Full access here.

BEFS was part of the audience for the well-attended Scotland’s Towns Partnership launch of the Town Toolkit. It’s clear that there are some fantastic examples and case studies – especially around turning empty spaces into business spaces and how to use vacant property. The toolkit is intended to be a resource of practical advice, and it links to a funding finder within the tool kit. Honest feedback is being sought – and the team welcome any useful information and case studies from users – feed back here.

The Managing Imperial Legacies group ran an informative webinar on Decolonising Heritage at the start of July. BEFS was there to understand the depth of organisational change that is necessary to provide more equitable narratives, narratives that address our links and legacies to the transatlantic slave trade, whilst embracing the discomfort of those changes. There was appreciation for all those furthering this progress, and adapting to discomfort, as part of our collective and individual stories. A conference is planned for 2022.

Equity and the climate crisis in on the mind of Scottish Civic Trust who are looking for speakers for their lecture series on Heritage, Equity and the Climate Crisis – full details here.

BEFS recently responded to the recent Local Place Plan Regulations consultation. BEFS response supports the Regulations as they stand, but notes that many of the concerns around LPPs remain unaddressed by the consultation. Guidance and further clarity is needed around a number of issues. Read BEFS and Member responses here.

Historic Environment Scotland are now seeking a new Chair – details can be found here Closes 16th August

BEFS corresponding organisation south of the border, The Heritage Alliance are also currently advertising for a new Chair, see details here Closes 31st July

Last, but very much not least – BEFS are delighted to welcome newest Associate Member Stirling City Heritage Trust. We’ll hear more from them directly in due course, but until there’s a full introduction, please see their website – and also note the opportunity to work with them in the vacancies section below.

Consultations

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Draft 2030 Climate Strategy – Edinburgh
Closes 12 Sep 2021.

Consultation Responses

Scotland’s Fourth National Planning Framework Position Statement – Analysis of responses to the consultation (SG 25/06/21)

Planning Performance and Fees Consultation – Analysis of Responses

Publications

Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk (CCC 16/06/2021)

Parks for People: why should we invest in parks? (NLHF 07/2021)

Green Heat in Greenspaces (GHiGs) project data (IS 07/2021)

ALVA Tourism Recovery Tracker (via STA 07/2021)

Briefing on Climate Change (SPICe 07/2021)

Building a Green Recovery (IfG 07/2021)

Healthy Homes Scotland (PHS via CaCHE 05/07/2021)

Scottish Government News Releases

Infrastructure Investment: Andrew Watson, director for budget & public spending at the Scottish Government, has written to the Public Audit Committee with the latest report on the progress of Major Capital Projects for the six months ending March 2021.

Building Standards Futures Board minutes: June 2021

Scottish Government Advice & Guidance on returning to offices (Covid 19) 

Environmental Standards: The instrument establishing Environmental Standards Scotland has been formally lodged by the UK Government.

News Releases

Europa Nostra – Call for Nominations – 7 Most Endangered Programme
Launched in 2013 and starting its 7th edition, the 7 Most Endangered Programme is a civil society campaign to save Europe’s endangered heritage. It raises awareness, makes independent expert assessments, proposes recommendations for action and seeks to rally support to save the selected endangered sites. Being on the 7 Most Endangered List often serves as a catalyst for positive change and as an incentive for mobilisation of the necessary public or private support.

CivTech Alliance Challenge 7 – School Building Use
We currently do not fully understand how the physical spaces in schools and educational buildings are utilised beyond timetabling and term-time considerations, and without full understanding, effective planning and management is not possible. This has the potential to detrimentally impact many aspects of the building’s performance – for example in terms of air quality, which if not optimal has the potential to spread diseases such as Covid 19.
However if we could understand how our educational buildings are being used, we could make informed decisions on how we plan, invest in, and utilise them to best effect. So we want to gain an understanding about how people travel through buildings, and how they occupy rooms, spaces and external facilities, and in doing so realise a number of benefits including increased pupil wellbeing, identifying new capacities within buildings for growth and expansion, and improving the learning environment through data driven building management decisions.

Opinion & Comment

How we measure energy efficiency in our homes isn’t working (01/07/2021)

Architecture & Design Scotland – Whole Place Approach 29/06/2021 

National Trust for Scotland – Shaking Off the Past (National 04/07/2021)

Carbon cost of demolishing Derby Assembly Rooms (AJ 06/2021)

Construction groups unite with proposed new carbon reporting rules (RICS 05/06/2021) 

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Question ref. S6W-00749 Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 15 June 2021
To ask the Scottish Government how many homes in each local authority area in the South Scotland parliamentary region have been returned to use with support from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, in each year since 2011.
Answered by Shona Robison (29/06/2021)

Other Parliamentary Activity

The Scottish Parliament is in recess from 26th June 2021 – 29th August 2021
The UK Parliament will be in recess 22nd July 2021 – 6th September 2021

UK Renewable Energy: The Scottish Affairs Committee has published its notes from its visit to Orkney from Sunday 27 – Monday 28 June as part of its renewable energy in Scotland inquiry.

UK Withdrawal Agreement: The first UK-EU annual report on the functioning of the Withdrawal Agreement has been published.

UK Building Safety: The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published the Building Safety Bill. The legislation aims to ensure there are people responsible for safety during the design, build and occupation of high-rise buildings.

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: In Conversation with David Walker
Date & time: Wednesday 14th July 2021 | 7.30pm BST
Online.
In GCHT evening lecture series ‘Transforming Glasgow’, we are looking to the past for inspiration and possible solutions. The series focuses on how Glasgow has changed and reinvented itself in a variety of ways from the latter half of the 20th century onwards to today. How have these changes come about and what has the impact been? What lessons can be learned?
Join us for a screening of our interview with Professor David Walker, a leading figure from the early days of conservation in Glasgow & Scotland, as we explore the huge amount of work that was done in the 1960s and since to protect Glasgow’s heritage and impress upon the people in power how significant it is to the city.

CIfA Ethics workshop
Date & time: July 21st, 2021 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Online
Using case studies developed from real-life experiences in archaeological practice, participants will use ethical guidance and experience to formulate and discuss their reactions and solutions to these ethical quandaries. This represents a valuable opportunity for participants to undertake Continuing Professional Development/Education and it can help professional archaeologists to gain facility in setting about and responding everyday ethical situations.

Pathways to Traditional Skills; A European Perspective
Date: Tuesday 24 August 2021 – one day conference
Online
Historic Environment Scotland has led a research outcome of the Erasmusplus Traditional Building Skills project working with Scottish and EU partners comparing educational routes into building craft skills and developing new courses in schools and colleges. This conference will report the findings from this work, assess how we can learn from other models and consider the future of building craft skills and how they can be passed on to the next generation.

SURF Annual Conference – Partners in Place
Dates: 24th, 25th, 26th August 2021
Booking now open for a series of three 90min virtual sessions focusing on: Post-Covid Recovery; Place-based Regeneration and Climate Change.

Training

CPD: Heritage Impact Assessments with Georgina Allison
Date & time: Tues.13th July, 12:30-1:30pm
Online: GCHT Zoom Meeting
Join GCHT for this CPD lecture delivered by conservation accredited architect Georgina Allison, covering the process, expertise and importance involved in a Heritage impact assessment, along with some case studies, to gain knowledge pertinent to all architects and conservation professionals undertaking work on historic buildings.
This CPD is being delivered as part of GCHT’s “THE GREENEST BUILDING HAS ALREADY BEEN BUILT” programme, in line with COP26 2021.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 25 August, 12:30-13:30 (from 12:15).
Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Tender Opportunity – Stirling City Heritage Trust
Stirling City Heritage Trust is seeking a suitably qualified consultancy to help develop a 5 year Strategic Plan. Closing Date: Wednesday 13 July 2021, 12 noon

Fife Historic Buildings Trust – Project Development Officer
A new full-time fixed term post, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, to work with the FHBT team to develop new historic environment regeneration projects in Fife, principally the restoration and re-use of historic buildings at risk. Closing Date: noon – Thursday 29th 2021

Edinburgh World Heritage – Graveyards Engagement Officer
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Graveyards Engagement Officer to play in key role in engaging audiences in one of our five historic burial sites in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Closing Date: Friday 30th July at 12noon

Director of Scotland’s Churches Trust
Due to the retirement of the present post holder at the end of 2021, it is looking to recruit a Director who will be responsible for the day to day running of the Trust and related activities, and who will report to the Board of Trustees.
Closing Date: 1 September 2021

Volunteer with ?Glasgow Doors Open Days
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Last week the Conservation Officer’s Group (COG) met for the first time with the purpose of creating a forum and network for knowledge sharing and good practice. BEFS is the secretariat and ‘host’ to this neutral space for discussion, with the aim of enhancing policy capacity and advocating for the sector. It is intended there will be 3-4 (virtual) meetings per year and all those working with a built heritage and conservation remit within a local and planning authority context are encouraged to take part. Find out more and get involved.

This week, the Places of Worship Forum (POWF) met for the first time. POWF is a non-denominational, strategic forum, for organisations that are considering the transition pathways, and collectively seeking sustainable future uses (within, and beyond worship) for places of worship within Scotland. Membership is open to any overarching organisation that owns, manages or runs places of worship; any national organisation that does/could fund places of worship; any national organisation that has an interest in the sustainability of communities who may become owners of places of worship, and national bodies giving advice relevant to places of worship. Find out more.

BEFS will be responding to the Local Place Plan consultation closing this Friday, details will be on the BEFS Consultations page shortly after. Thanks to all Members sharing their views to inform BEFS response.

The Scottish parliamentary committees have been named and membership proposed. The Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee’s (previously the Culture, Tourism, Europe & External Affairs Committee) remit covers: the Scottish Government’s EU and external affairs policy; policy in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU; the international activities of the Scottish Administration, including international development; and any other matter falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture and any matter relating to inter-governmental relations within the responsibility of the Deputy First Minister. This suggests the remit for tourism will move back alongside enterprise, mirroring the ministerial set-up. This committee change is proposed as temporary until 31 Dec 2021 or until a motion making the change permanent is brought forward from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments, when formed.

Consultations

RTPI Digital Skills Online Survey

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Draft 2030 Climate Strategy – Edinburgh
Opened 14 Jun 2021 and closes 12 Sep 2021.

Consultation Responses

Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland: consultation analysis

Publications

Housing: subject profile (SPICe 14/06/21)

Tourism Recovery Plan (DCMS 11/06/21)

Annual Operating Plan 2021-22 (HES 11/06/21)

Beyond COP26: The UK’s Green USPs (PE 09/06/21)

Healthy housing for Scotland A briefing paper setting out the fundamental link between housing and public health (PHS 08/06/21)

Edinburgh publishes draft climate strategy (ECC 07/06/21)

Open for Business: Gaining business support for transforming city centres (Transform Scotland 06/21)

The future of the planning system in England – First Report of Session 2021–22 (HoC 27/05/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

New fund opens for island communities (SG 17/06/21)

Businesses and community groups located across Scotland’s inhabited islands are now able to apply for grants of up to £150,000 through the new Island Communities Fund (ICF) for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero.

Sustainable economic recovery (SG 16/06/21)
An initial 25 projects designed to help meet skills needs in a range of sectors will receive a share of up to £20 million as part of the second phase of the National Transition Training Fund (NTTF).

More than 100,000 affordable homes delivered (SG 15/06/21)
Scotland has delivered more than 100,000 affordable homes since 2007, marking a major milestone on the path to a fairer, more equal nation.

New plan sets out how historic environment will support Scotland’s recovery (HES 11/06/21)
We have published our new Annual Operating Plan for 2021/22, which sets out how the organisation will champion the role of the historic environment to bring positive social, environmental and economic impacts for communities across Scotland

Accelerating green growth (SG 09/06/21)
A new investment programme to help deliver Scotland’s just transition to a net-zero emissions economy has been launched.

Strengthening links with Europe (SG 08/06/21)
Researchers based in Scotland and Europe can apply to a new £3 million scheme aimed at repairing research links with the EU following the damaging impact of Brexit.

Funding to restore Scotland’s iconic peatlands (SG 05/06/21)
Projects to restore Scotland’s peatlands will get a share of £22 million this year to significantly reduce carbon emissions and support biodiversity as part of the government’s climate change plan.

Climate campaign launches (SG 02/06/21)
The Let’s do Net Zero campaign highlights the benefits a net zero society will bring for our economy, health and environment.

News Releases

Scotland’s Summer Dig Season is Back (DigIt! 21/06/21)
From 21 June to 22 September, #ScotlandDigs2021 will shine a spotlight on our world-class archaeology by bringing together events and live updates from Dumfries & Galloway to Shetland.

HEF COP26 Task Group: Call for climate change and sustainability case studies (EHF 21/06/21)
Inspired by the COP26 summit’s aim to ‘unite the world to tackle climate change’ the Historic Environment Forum created a task group to focus on heritage and climate change, using COP26 as a catalyst. The task group will create a sector and public-facing shared statement on climate change and collate best practice case studies to support and strengthen this work.

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2021 (A&DS & RIAS 18/06/21)
The student awards are a mark of the continuing high standards of Scottish architectural education and ensure that both construction professionals and the public can enjoy the creativity and vision of Scotland’s future architects.

Greener Towns Focus for New Strategic Partnership (STP 14/06/21)
A new strategic partnership has been announced between Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Green Action Trust which is set to boost environmental outcomes in towns the length and breadth of Scotland.

New plan to drive rapid recovery of Scottish tourism sector (DCMS 11/06/21)
Measures including a rail pass for UK “staycationers” and a voucher scheme for tourist attractions are part of the plan to boost tourism across the country.

New heritage toolkit to improve community input in conservation (STIR & HES 09/06/21)
A new toolkit for heritage professionals is helping them understand and assess how people and communities value and relate to Scotland’s historic environment.

2021 SURF Awards Formally Open for Applications (SURF 03/06/21)
The prestigious national 2021 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were launched today (03/06/21) by the Scottish Government at an online event, in partnership with the Glasgow Canal Co-op and the ‘Year of Coasts and Waters’.

Search for the next UK City of Culture launched (DCMS 29/06/21)
UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today launched the competition to find the UK’s next City of Culture. The competition is now live and applications are encouraged from towns and cities across the UK. Winner will have baton passed to them from Coventry – UK City of Culture 2021.

Introducing a new content hub – http://MyLand.Scot (SLC 06/21)
Connecting Scots to the land around them & inspiring them to talk about all things land related. Shining a light on various local orgs that are making a positive impact to their community .

Opinion & Comment

A brand new podcast The Lay of The Land by the Scottish Land Commission exploring the different ways land is used by the people of Scotland (SLC 06/21)

Reflecting on the DCMS Tourism Recovery Plan (Heritage Futures 14/06/21)

How has the pandemic changed the way we look at our places? (A&DS 06/21)

 

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question S6W-00574: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/06/2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any workforce shortages in the housebuilding sector that is impacting on the construction of affordable homes, and what support it can provide to that sector to identify and train new staff.

Question S6W-00694: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/06/2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has established the necessary governance process and a monitoring framework to assess progress towards the vision of its Housing 2040 (H2040) strategy.

Question S6W-00749: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how many homes in each local authority area in the South Scotland parliamentary region have been returned to use with support from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, in each year since 2011.

Question S6W-00967: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that increasing the Scottish Land Fund significantly in the early years of the current parliamentary session will be the most effective way of ensuring that communities can compete for the ownership of land, given that there is an increasing number of wealthy private owners expressing interest in buying land.

Question S6W-00968: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers current land ownership patterns to be socially and economically just.

Question S6W-00969: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that increased community ownership of land and other assets will increase community wealth, and if so, how it considers that this will be achieved.

Question S6W-00971: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government when it will carry out a consultation on its proposed Land Reform Bill.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S6W-00440: Pam Gosal, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether planning regulations need reforming, and what its response is to reports of decisions by East Dunbartonshire Council being overturned by Ministers, leading to pressure on local infrastructure and loss of greenbelt land.
Answered by Tom Arthur (16/06/2021)

Question S6W-00917: Kaukab Stewart, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with introducing the Single Building Assessment, which was announced in a ministerial statement on 19 March 2021.
Answered by Shona Robison (18/06/2021)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Belief, Burial, Tombs & Tourists: the past & future of Greyfriars Kirkyard
Date & time: Sat, 26 June 2021 from 10:00 – 16:00.
Online.
Greyfriars Kirkyard is famous worldwide for the lasting impressions it makes on researchers and visitors alike. This conference celebrates the role of Greyfriars in shaping Scottish history, religion and architecture and shines a light on the site’s value to visitors today, captivated by links to Harry Potter, Greyfriars Bobby, and dark tourism. Through a wide-ranging programme, the kirkyard’s past, present and future will be explored by leading academics, community researchers and heritage professionals. At the heart of the discussion will be the question: how can the enduring appeal and value of Greyfriars be harnessed to create a sustainable future for this unique and treasured historic greenspace?

Study Day: The Hill House and Hermitage Park, Helensburgh
Date & time: 31st July 2021, 10.30am – 3pm.
Cost: £18.00 – SGLH Members / £25.00 – Non-members.
An opportunity to visit The Hill House in the morning and walk the Hill House Box gantries, with lunch provided at The Hill House on the roof-top cafe comprising soup, sandwich, tea, coffee and a sweet treat.  After lunch there is a guided tour of the town’s recently restored Hermitage Park led by project landscape architect Jon Simmons, CMLI between 1.30-2.30pm.  Mackintosh’s Hill House is a half mile walk up hill from the main line Helensburgh train station.  A taxi rank is located at the railway station.  Hermitage Park is a half mile walk down the hill.  Meet at the park Pavilion from 1pm onwards.  The guided walk, or walks depending on numbers, will begin at 1.30pm.

Training

CPD: An Introduction to Architectural Conservation with Dr. Cristina Gonzalez-Longo
Date & time: Monday 28th June 2021 | 12.30-1.30pm.
Online: GCHT Zoom Meeting.
Conservation is a growing area of work within architecture. As well as creativity and design skills, it requires specialist education and training in conservation to be able to develop in practice the competences required. Architecture is by nature an interdisciplinary field and a specialisation in conservation requires further multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, as well as a collaborative and critical approach. The most difficult aspects in a conservation project are not the resolution of technical problems, but the capacity to make good judgements about the buildings and their settings and to develop a specific intervention criteria that allows to take good project decisions, based on an appropriate understanding of the philosophy of conservation and a scientific analysis of the evidence. Join us for this CPD with Dr Cristina Gonzalez-Longo to explore the challenges of conserving built heritage, the philosophy of conservation and a look at some case studies of Dr Gonzalez-Longo’s work, highlighting the importance of history, design ideas, innovation, scientific approach and care.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Statutory Protection and Managing Change to Listed Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 30 June, 12:30-13:30 (from 12:15).
Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The third session in the 6-part CPD programme focuses on listed buildings and the legislative framework that protects them. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Head of Designations Elizabeth McCrone, this session will cover the role of designation, recent reviews, applying for listed building consent and general approached to managing change to listed buildings with examples. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 25 August, 12:30-13:30 (from 12:15).
Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Director of Scotland’s Churches Trust
Due to the retirement of the present post holder at the end of 2021, it is looking to recruit a Director who will be responsible for the day to day running of the Trust and related activities, and who will report to the Board of Trustees.
Closing Date: 1 September 2021.

Volunteer with ?Glasgow Doors Open Days
Become a part of one of Glasgow’s largest annual cultural events, by volunteering with Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival! Meet new people, boost your CV, get involved in our city’s heritage and help others enjoy their time at the festival.

 

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BEFS is delight to welcome our new Policy & Strategy Manager, Hazel Johnson, into post. Hazel has previously worked for Historic Environment Scotland and has extensive experience in both the arts and heritage. Find out more about her professional background here

As a new member joins BEFS team, an old one departs. After 5 years as BEFS Communications Manager, Saskia Smellie is off to pursue her research interests full time. Therefore, we are now seeking a new Communications & Membership Advocate. Find out details and how to apply here.

In the last few weeks BEFS has attended events that speak to the bigger actions (climate) and that consider the bigger picture (indicative Regional Spatial Strategies) for our places. The Climate Vulnerability Index, designed by specialists at James Cook University, now working with Edinburgh World Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has meant that this innovative process is being run in an urban setting for the first time. These intense workshops look at both the outstanding values of the Old & New Town World Heritage Site and consider what effects climate change may have within that context. We look forward to sharing more thoughts once the series of events is complete. 

BEFS was also delighted to take part in the Place element of a series of Scottish Government run events on indicative Regional Spatial Strategies (iRSS) in relation to NPF4, facilitated by Kevin Murray Associates. These well attended round-tables involved rapid prototyping of specific issues related to pre-determined geographic areas (different spatial iterations being formed for events relating to Place, People, Carbon and Work); which will then inform both each other, and be considered alongside the iRSS previously submitted for consideration.

RTPI Scotland are working with Digital Planning and Ekos to examine the operating environment to embed digital planning in Scotland. They are asking people working in or with the Scottish planning system to fill out a short online survey.

Opening this June, Scotland’s only independent architecture festival the Architecture Fringe invites you to explore, interrogate and (un)learn about the world of architecture, as it could be. Returning in a new biennial hybrid format across in-person and digital platforms, the festival responds to the thematic provocation of (Un)Learning, bringing together a vibrant and diverse range of practitioners and activists from across the world. Find out more here.

Want the latest updates from world-class Scottish archaeological research? Visit the Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) YouTube channel to discover brochs, Romans, prehistoric rock art and more. The APR is a conference presenting new research findings and best practice in archaeology covering all periods from across Scotland and beyond. It is organised in alternate years by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

In 2016 BEFS supported research carried out by Volunteer Scotland on volunteering in Scotland’s historic environment sector. Key findings indicate that 17,100 people gave their time for free during 2015 and that 46% of organisations surveyed would not exist were it not for volunteers. It is estimated that this figure would now be higher. So, this #VolunteersWeekScot we celebrate and thank the fantastic and dedicated volunteers that work tirelessly to protect, maintain and sustain Scotland’s built and #historicenvironment for all of us to enjoy!

Consultations

The Role of LABSS within the Building Standards System

RTPI Digital Skills Online Survey

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Publications

Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme: Progress Report 2021 (SG 27/05/21)

AHF 2020/21 Impact Report (AHF 26/05/21)

National Outcomes: planning and architecture contribution (SG 26/05/21)

Land measurement for planning and development purposes, global guidance note, 1st edition (RICS 25/05/21)

Building Standards Self-assessment Tool for Verifiers April 2021 (SG 24/05/21)

Building Standards (Fire Safety) Review Panel 2021 (SG 05/18/21)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Impact on Scottish Household Survey and Scottish House Condition Survey fieldwork in 2020 and 2021 (SG 18/05/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Climate campaign launches (SG 02/06/21)
A major TV, radio and digital campaign to encourage people across Scotland to come together to tackle the climate emergency has been launched ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.Promoting tourism (SG 28/05/21)
Tourism organisations will be able to apply for funding to promote key visitor destinations in a responsible and sustainable way, helping the sector to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Engagement on Local Place Plans proposals (SG 26/05/21)
Just before the recent Scottish Parliament election we published proposals for regulations to support the development of Local Place Plans. Accompanying the consultation paper, we published a draft ‘How to’ Guide and asked people to send us comments. You can find out more at www.transformingplanning.scot.

The Role of LABSS within the Building Standards System – Customer Survey (SG 25/05/21)
Optimal Economics is undertaking a research project for the Building Standards Division (BSD) of the Scottish Government to identify and quantify the role and contribution Local Authority Buildings Standards Scotland (LABSS) makes to the delivery of the building standards system in Scotland.

News Releases

Participate in Doors Open Days 2021 – Applications close 18 June (SCT 02/06/21/)
Is your organisation making reopening plans & excited about welcoming back visitors in the coming months? Participate in Doors Open Days in September to be part of a Scotland-wide festival that celebrates places, architecture and culture! Doors Open Days 2021 will be both in-person and online, so get in touch to find out more.Scotland’s historic environment can lead the way to net-zero (HM 31/05/21)
As the world’s attention turns to Scotland while it prepares to take centre stage for the international climate change summit of COP26 in November, at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) we want to seize this opportunity to demonstrate that the historic environment will be fundamental to achieving net-zero.

Reflecting on Black Lives Matter one year on (HES 25/05/21)
A year ago today, the murder of George Floyd in the US sparked a wave of protest under the banner of Black Lives Matter that would ripple across the globe. Here in Scotland, the movement brought into sharp focus the issues of racism and representation within our history and heritage that were crucial for us to confront.

Europe’s Top Heritage Honour 24 Exemplary Achievements from 18 Countries (EN 25/05/21)
The European Commission and Europa Nostra have just announced the 2021 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, the EU prize for cultural heritage funded by the Creative Europe programme.

Save Egyptian Halls (SCT 05/21)
Scottish Civic Trust is spearheading a new attempt to save Glasgow’s A-listed Egyptian Halls. The building was recently listed as one of Europe’s most endangered historic buildings by Europa Nostra, a pan-European heritage organisation. The Civic Trust is setting up a charitable body composed of developers, architects and conservation experts to investigate buying and refurbishing the building.

Helping to protect the things we love about Scotland (NTS 05/21)
By joining our new SCOTTISH HERITAGE LOTTERY you’ll not only have the opportunity to win great prizes but you’ll also be helping us to care for the things we all love about Scotland. It costs JUST £1 PER ENTRY – and each week your entry will go towards ensuring that our history always has a home and that our countryside remains unspoilt.

Rebuilding Heritage (RH 05/21)
The Rebuilding Heritage programme is providing free 121 and group support for organisations and individuals in the heritage sector. Round 5 (to receive support Jul-Aug) is now open for applications. Deadline: 11pm, Tuesday 1 June 2021.

More high streets set for funding boost as reopening accelerates (MHCLG 19/05/21)
Further 57 English high streets to receive a share of over £830 million to improve transport links, build new homes and transform underused spaces.

My Place Awards 2021 – Entries close 29 August (SCT 05/21)
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The 2021 Awards have two categories: the general Award honours recently completed projects (2018-2020); and the Sustainability Award honours projects completed between 2001 and 2011 that demonstrate continued fitness for purpose, as well as having a robust approach to climate readiness.

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

Question S6W-00113: Annie Wells, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to support homeowners who are facing difficulties in selling their properties due to building cladding.

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

East of Scotland Cities Update
Date & time: 03 June 2021 at 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Online: GoToWebinar
An introduction to Dundee’s City Centre Strategic Investment Plan will be provided by David Gray, Senior Manager in Planning, Dundee City Council. Serge Merone, Enterprise and Investment Manager at Perth and Kinross Council will also present on the Perth Smart Energy City Programme. This will be an interesting update with an opportunity for Q&A on some of the exciting work being undertaken in the cities of East of Scotland.The Big Volunteers Week Quiz
Date & time: 5 June, 12pm – 1.30pm
Online: Zoom
Short description: Does your heritage organisation involve volunteers? Celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2021 by rewarding your volunteers with a free virtual pub quiz. At this event, you can meet other heritage volunteer organisers and heritage volunteers and compete for prizes and bragging rights. This event is delivered by Make Your Mark, a new campaign to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland, and the Eden Project Communities Big Lunch.

RTPI Scotland Member Drop-in: Local Place Plans
Date & time: 07 June 2021 at 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Online: GoToMeeting
Scottish government is consulting on secondary legislation for Local Place Plans. In introducing the paper Scottish Government say that “Local Place Plans offer the opportunity for a community led, but collaborative, approach to creating great local places. LPPs can support community aspirations on the challenges for a future Scotland such as global climate emergency and tackling inequalities. It is vital that local people have the opportunity to engage meaningfully and have a positive influence in the future planning of development in their areas”. RTPI Scotland has a member drop in to bring together planners from across sectors to explore how this can be done. The session will be chaired by RTPI Scotland Convenor Barbara Cummins who will introduce contributors from different organisations.

Addressing Inequality in Heritage
Date & time: Tuesday 8th June, 10am-12pm
Online.
Heritage Trust Network in partnership with the Make Your Mark campaign, will explore ways that our projects and organisations can promote equality and connect with new audiences. We are delighted to be joined by Lisa Williams from the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and Cat Telford from the National Trust for Scotland, who will share their experience and guidance for grassroots heritage organisations. The speakers will look at how we can all strive for best practise and make holistic changes for the better.

Business Briefing –  General Tax Update for the Culture Sector
Date & time: Wednesday, 9 June 2021 | 12:00 to 13:00.
Online: via Zoom
In this webinar, Kirsty Murray and Scott Craig from Azets will explain the tax issues and opportunities associated with new activities and highlight tax changes that will affect cultural organisations. They will cover – digital activities and online supplies, international activities, trading and subsidiaries to fundraising, partnerships, capital works and VAT savings.

Granton Waterfront – Collaboration, engagement & climate resilience – presented by AECOM and Collective Architecture
Date & time: 10 June 2021 at 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Online: GoToWebinar
The City of Edinburgh Council has outlined proposals to transform one of Scotland’s largest brownfield sites, Granton Waterfront, into a new coastal town with around 3,500 homes.  At this event, members of the design team will present the Vision, Principles and Strategic Development Framework for Granton Waterfront. They will cover how they collaborated and developed the Framework outlining the engagement process and addressing climate resilience in the design.

June Lecture “The Public and Private Worlds of Sir Walter Scott”
Date & time: June 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Online: Lecture via Zoom
This event will be focusing on the lesser-known aspects of Sir Walter Scott – his life, career and interests, hosted by both the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Chaired by Professor Gerry Carruthers FRSE, this talk will be carried out by two speakers from the societies, Dr Iain Gordon Brown FSA FRSE FSAScot and Kirsty Archer-Thompson FSAScot, who will be discussing: “Sir Walter Scott and the Scottish Antiquarian Tradition: Mr Oldbuck in Context” by Dr Iain Gordon Brown FSA FRSE FSAScot; and “Chewing the Cud of Sweet and Bitter Fancy: Navigating the Unquiet Mind and Life Philosophy of Walter Scott”, by Kirsty Archer-Thompson FSAScot.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery and renewal 
Date & time: Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 11:00 – 13:30.
Online: via Zoom
Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, we are taking our Culture & Business Scotland (CBFS) Roadshows online. These free webinars will give attendees from across the arts, heritage, third, public and business sectors the opportunity to learn about the fund, and how we have adapted the criteria to provide more flexible support for the sectors through a period of recovery and renewal throughout 2021 and beyond.

Training

Digital Heritage Workshops
Date & time: 2, 16, 23, 30 June at 1pm – 3.30pm
Online: Zoom
These free workshops offer tips on how to share heritage digitally. Whether you want to create a virtual tour, video, or podcast, these 2.5-hour-long workshops will help you with the skills you need to share your buildings, landscapes, and stories. Each session will include an overview of the technology, practical guidance, tips and tricks, and where to find free software for your project. Delivered by the Scottish Civic Trust and the Centre for Archaeology, Technology & Cultural Heritage at the University of St Andrews.IHBC CPD Circular – Continuing Professional Development opportunities and much more
As part of the IHBC’s commitment to providing our members and their networks with up to date information on continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and information, this monthly service includes upcoming Branch and National Events, CPD opportunities, Awards, Placements, Bursaries & Scholarships, Calls for Papers and more from across the UK and beyond.

Inverkeithing Stone & Slate Survey Findings Zoom Seminar
Date & time: Jun 18, 2021 08:45.
Online: Zoom.
This Survey will give a better understanding of the condition and conservation needs of Inverkeithing’s significant architectural heritage and will identify the types of building stone and roof coverings historically used in Inverkeithing. This CPD seminar is being offered for FREE through funding grant/scheme. By registering, you agree for your personal details (Name and email address) to get passed on to FHBT for the purpose of providing evidence for their funding grant.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wednesday 25 August, 12:30-13:30.
Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Operations Manager
We are looking to recruit an Operations Manager who will be responsible for ensuring integration and co-ordination across PAS and developing the organisation’s delivery of services in collaboration with the Chief Executive, and other members of the management team. Deadline for applications: 23.59 on Monday 14 June.

Communication and Engagement Officer
Under One Roof are looking for someone from a communication or architectural background whose skills will help expand the organisation’s reach and impact, particularly with tenement flat owners.
Applications received after noon on the 14th will not be considered.

Volunteer opportunity – Shetland Doors Open Days coordinator
Doors Open Days is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer or group of volunteers to help coordinate Doors Open Days in Shetland. This is a great opportunity to help people in your local area freely access heritage sites and events, network with professionals across Scotland’s heritage sectors, and develop skills in project management, communication and website management. You will be supported by a friendly national network of Doors Open Days coordinators.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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BEFS News

The First Minister is returned to post, Cabinet Secretaries have been announced, and new Ministers have been appointed.  It’s all change for culture, heritage and our existing and built environment. BEFS give an overview of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Election outcomes, and consider the initial implications of the changes we’ve noted so far – read more here.

BEFS response to Historic Environment Scotland’s consultation on Managing Change Guidance Note: Working on and near to scheduled monuments supports and reiterates points made by Member organisations. Read the full response here.

IHBC have been considering inclusion and the barriers to engagement and learning: What started as an enquiry from the IHBC, in relation to a conference where BEFS Director had already booked a place – has turned into a blog from IHBC Director, Sean O’Reilly. IHBC were keen to raise awareness across BEFS’ community and voluntary-sector membership, especially of the new access and outreach opportunities at their virtual day conference ‘Historic Places: People Places’. The barriers towards engagement can often tied to past legacy, tradition, and expectation. BEFS was keen to participate and thought that BEFS Bulletin readers could benefit from hearing more about the approach the IHBC have taken. Both in how they’ve framed their approach to a virtual conference, including their innovative approach to the ‘learning’ marketplace, and their pricing structure.

The programme for the Architecture Fringe 2021 (Un)Learning is now live! With 58 projects and events across Scotland and online, from 4 to 20 June, you are invited to (un)learn, to interrogate your own behaviours, beliefs and biases, to acknowledge how the world really is to then reimagine how it could be. Full details here.

Check out the range of fantastic built environment events coming up in the events section below of via our online calendar.

Consultations

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Consultation Responses

Scottish Enterprise’s position statement response to the NPF4 consultation (SG 10/05/21)

Publications

Building standards – verifiers: professional competency framework (SG 10/05/21)

Community right to buy – re-registering a community interest in land: form (SG 09/05/21)

Strategy to address racism against people of colour (SCT 05/05/21)

Mainstreaming and 2021-25 Equality Outcomes Report (HES 30/04/21)

Doors Open Day 2020 Report (SCT 05/21)

Brexit, Intellectual Property Rights and Heritage: What you need to know (HD 03/21)

Bennet Institute for Public Policy, Townscapes, the Value of Public Infrastructure (BIPP 05/21)

Working Better Together in Place – collaborative report from Inspiring Scotland (IS 05/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Scottish Government release details of new cabinet.

News Releases

Renewed calls to save Glasgow’s at-risk Egyptian Halls (SCT 14/05/21)
Conservation experts fighting for the future of a Glasgow architectural masterpiece have announced the establishment of a charity to take forward discussions about restoration.No evidence of boom in sight for Scottish tourism according to industry body (STA 12/05/21)
Research published by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the representative body for tourism business in Scotland paints a stark picture for the sector in contrast to recent speculation that tourism in Scotland is set for a boom this summer.

European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 (EN 12/05/21)
Heritage professionals, volunteers, journalists and supporters from across Europe and beyond are invited to join us for the Live Announcement of the 2021 Winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards on 25 May (11:00-12:00 CET).

Foundation Grants for Maintenance (NCT 12/05/21)
As churches come out of lockdown they will be facing increased maintenance costs. NCT’s Foundation Grants Programme provides grants of up to £5,000 towards maintenance costs and they are particularly keen to see more applications from Places of Worship in Scotland.

Property sector urges immediate political action on key challenges (SCN 10/05/21)
The Scottish Property Federation and RTPI Scotland have welcomed the new cohort of MSPs to Holyrood following the Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 and have called for immediate action on key challenges for the sector.

Update: Strategy to Address Racism Against People of Colour (SCT 05/05/21)
As part of our Strategy to Address Racism Against People of Colour, Scottish Civic Trust issues six-monthly updates on our anti-colour-based-racism work. This ensures that we are transparent about our progress and helps to sustain a sector-wide commitment to addressing racism against people of colour.

My Place Awards 2021 – Entries close 29 August (SCT 05/21) 
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The 2021 Awards have two categories: the general Award honours recently completed projects (2018-2020); and the Sustainability Award honours projects completed between 2001 and 2011 that demonstrate continued fitness for purpose, as well as having a robust approach to climate readiness.

New plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (HES 04/05/21)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has set out its vision to tackle inequalities and increase access to and participation in Scotland’s historic environment with publication of its new Equality Outcomes for 2021-25.

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.
Developing Anti-Racist Messaging & Approaches for Museums
Date & Time: Thu, 20 May 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 BST.
Online: Zoom.
As part of the Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums project and the wider approach to embedding anti-racist practice in the Scottish museums sector, Museums Galleries Scotland is looking at how the sector could work together to manage negative comments on social media. This includes the development of a glossary and set of FAQs that can be used to respond to the types of queries that museums often receive (and that they anticipate receiving in the future). They’re particularly keen on developing a consistent message and a wider shared approach for Scottish heritage organisations exploring these issues – this is where you come in.What if…?/Scotland Opening Event
Date & time: Fri, 21 May 2021; 12:00 – 13:00.
Online.
What if…?/Scotland – Shared hopes, dreams and wishes for the future of the places where we live. The Scotland + Venice partnership invites you to join the launch of What if…?/Scotland. Award winning Edinburgh based architecture and design practice 7N Architects in partnership with Architecture & Design Scotland, will present their Scotland + Venice commission What if…?/Scotland at V&A Dundee from Saturday 22 May until Sunday 21 November 2021.

Crafts and Cultural Heritage Event
Date & time: Wed, 26 May 2021; 18:00 – 19:30.
Online.
Crafts, as indeed all Intangible Cultural Heritage, face immense challenges, some inevitably augmented during the pandemic. The MCICH Network wishes to raise awareness of both, and, by illustrated presentations, offer a cornucopia of slides to inspire.Addressing Inequality in Heritage
Date & time: Tuesday 8th June, 10am-12pm
Online.
Heritage Trust Network in partnership with the Make Your Mark campaign, will explore ways that our projects and organisations can promote equality and connect with new audiences. We are delighted to be joined by Lisa Williams from the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and Cat Telford from the National Trust for Scotland, who will share their experience and guidance for grassroots heritage organisations. The speakers will look at how we can all strive for best practise and make holistic changes for the better.

Engineering Climate Conference
Date & time: 15&16 June; 9.30.
Online.
This conference will look at how our engineering community is managing, developing and enhancing opportunities to improve the ways we address our climate emergency. The first day will focus on ‘Transport’, the second will highlight progress on ‘Energy’ aspects.

Young People and Place Online Festival
Date & time: 16 & 17 June 2021.
Online.
Through presentations, films, workshops and training sessions, the Festival will celebrate the achievements of young people, youth workers and groups who have taken part in the Young Placechangers Programme. As a participants you can can join us for the whole event or attend specific sessions of  interest to you! There are also sessions taking place in the evening for people who are not able to come during the day. The event is for you if you work in a local authority, national agency, third sector or a community organisation/group, and want to include Young People in discussions and decisions about Place, but may not be quite sure where to begin.

The Tallest Timber Building in Scotland
Date & time: 22 July; 18.00-19.00.
Online.
The Ellerslie Crescent Project led by CCG Scotland Ltd. in Yoker, West Glasgow is the Tallest Timber Building in Scotland. This is a mid-market rent residential building with 42 flats, mostly 2-bedrooms constructed in 2016 and 2017. The entire superstructure is made from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) including the lift shaft and communal staircase areas. The talk will kick-off with an introduction to the UK market relevant to the need for CLT, leading onto a simulation-based occupational health and safety analysis of the CLT panels and connectors installation. The event will conclude with a look into the full extents of construction operations on the project.

Training

CPD: Buildings at Risk Register
Date & time: Tuesday 25th May 2021 | 11.30am-12.30pm.
Online: Zoom.
Glasgow currently has around 130 historic buildings listed on the Buildings at Risk Register, half of which have been there for over a decade. Pre 1945 buildings make up more than 40% of Glasgow’s housing stock, and within this, 64% have disrepair to critical elements and 84% have some kind of disrepair. With Glasgow hosting the 2021 COP26 conference, and the city focussing in on Climate Change and Sustainability, GCHT are passionate about highlighting the Buildings at Risk Register and what we can do to tackle this crisis.Digital Skills Day
Date & time: 10 June, from 10am – 5pm.
Online.
Presented by the Arts Marketing Association, this free training day is for anyone working or volunteering for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to build their digital skills and engage new & more diverse audiences. It is part of the Digital Heritage Lab programme which is funded through the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.

Digital Heritage Workshops
Dates: multiple dates in May & June.
Online.
Since the onset of COVID-19, heritage organisations across Scotland have experimented with new technology and virtual ways of connecting with audiences. These free workshops offer tips on how to share heritage digitally. Whether you want to create a virtual tour, video, or podcast, these 2.5-hour-long workshops will help you with the skills you need to share your buildings, landscapes, and stories. Each session will include an overview of the technology, practical guidance, tips and tricks, and where to find free software for your project.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wednesday 25 August, 12:30-13:30.
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Edinburgh World Heritage Conservation Projects Officer
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Conservation Projects Officer to play a key role in the conservation of our remarkable historic city. The purpose of the role is to support the delivery of a diverse range of conservation projects.
Closing date Monday 31st May 2021 at 5pm.Join our Grants Committee

The National Churches Trust are currently recruiting 2 new members to its national Grants Committee. We are particularly interested in applications from professionals with church heritage experience in Scotland.

Scottish Civic Trust seeks Heritage Administration Officer 
SCT are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person to support the administration of Scottish Civic Trust and the delivery of our projects.
Closing Date 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021.

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BEFS News

BEFS is delighted to welcome Director Ailsa Macfarlane into post this week. Coming from a cultural-heritage project management background, Ailsa has wide-ranging experience with partnership working and stakeholder collaboration across Scotland. Find out more about her background here.

BEFS has compiled an overview of policy commitments in the party manifestos that will have implications for Scotland’s built environment. Various heritage and built environment organisations, including a number of BEFS members, produced manifestos ahead of today’s election. The manifestos outline information on specific strategic issues, facts and details, and the corresponding language and messaging that can be adapted and adopted to advocate for the built environment with your newly elected parliamentarians. For advice on becoming an advocate for the built environment check out our Advocacy Toolkit.

BEFS outgoing Director Euan Leitch reflects on why retaining our existing built environment is beneficial and potentially transformative for communities and how crucial it is that we evidence the benefits that arise from investing in heritage going into a new parliament, in our first blog this week.

BEFS submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes. It strongly supports the primary focus around retrofitting existing buildings. BEFS also submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s Heat in buildings strategy – achieving net zero emissions consultation, highlighting that Scotland’s home-owners, businesses, suppliers, and manufacturers need as clear an understanding as possible of who needs to do what, and by when. Both responses can be read in full here.

In a final contribution as Director, Euan Leitch, shares his observations about the extended permitted development rights consultation process, motivations, and unexpected outcomes in our second blog this week.

To help promote the reopening of museums and galleries across Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland have launched the #MuseumsAreGo reopening campaign, on behalf of and with the sector to help reassure and encourage people to visit, as well as support, their local museum and gallery and other museums across Scotland. We are also offering the sector marketing support to those museums who need it most, including an online toolkit and marketing support surgeries in May and June.

Consultations

Scotland’s Churches Trust: Helping Sustain Our Places Of Worship Survey

Working On and Near to Scheduled Monuments
Closes 6 May 2021.

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
8 August 2021.

Publications

Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum – Hustings (CICV 14/21)

The Resolution Foundation Housing Outlook (04/21)

Election Hub – Planning the Scotland We Need (04/21)

Housing in Scotland: Evidence for Scottish Government 2021-26 (UKCCfHE 04/21)

Context – Urban Design (IHBC March 2021)

News Releases

Short-term fixes with long-term consequences (Cockburn Association 03/05/21)
Our thoughts on the long-term implications of recently suggested short-term fixes for the Scottish planning system.

Flow Country: hopes of pressing case for world heritage site at COP26 (FMS 28/04/21)
The Flow Country Partnership is seeking to have the renowned area of peatland stretching across Caithness and Sutherland recognised alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as a natural world heritage site.

Volunteer army put tech boots on ground to save high street (FS 28/04/21)
A new ‘digital footfall’ scheme has been launched in an East Lothian town this week by a volunteer tech army in response to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the high street.

Archaeology Scotland’s Student Prize 2021 (AS 25/04/21)
Archaeology Scotland are delighted to announce that, thanks to a generous anonymous donation, we are running a competition to give recognition to excellence in written work on Scottish archaeology produced in the 2020–21 academic year.

Over £150 million funding to kickstart self-building revolution (MHCLG 24/04/21)
New ‘Help to Build’ scheme will make it easier and more affordable for people to build their own homes.

A New Chief Executive for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS 22/04/21)
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is delighted to announce that Tamsie Thomson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive.

RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2021 (RTPI 2021)
The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 17 May 2021. The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality and impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools and planning practitioners in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

Opinion & Comment

Podcast: Building Sustainability – Fellowships – Karen Ridgewell

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Midsteeple Quarter
Date & time: Sat, 8 May 2021, 14:15.
Online event.
Join Matt Baker, founder and board member of the Midsteeple Quarter project, for a talk on this innovative community-led initiative to revitalise Dumfries High Street! Midsteeple Quarter is a Community Benefit Society set up and run by the people of Dumfries. Their aim is to help shape a new future for our town centre; one that responds to the needs of our community and is run for their benefit. The core principle is that local people have the innovative solutions for our town and that a significant local stake in the future of the town through community ownership and control is the best route towards a sustainable prosperity that is shared fairly amongst everyone.

Insanitary City: Dr Henry Littlejohn and the condition of Edinburgh
Date & time: Thu, 13 May 2021; 18:00 – 19:00.
Online event.
In 1865, Dr Henry Littlejohn – Police Surgeon, Crown witness in murder cases and medical advisor to the Scottish Poor Law authorities – published his Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh. His meticulous research produced penetrating insights into the links between poverty, employment and public health in Victorian cities.It had a significance far beyond the city of Edinburgh and Victorian society. In our latest online event, Edinburgh World Heritage is delighted to welcome Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic * Social History, University of Edinburgh, and co-author of ‘Insanitary City: Henry Littlejohn and the Condition of Edinburgh.’ Please join us as he explores the terrible slum conditions of Victorian Edinburgh and the extraordinary work of Dr Henry Littlejohn.

Developing a heritage project – National Lottery Heritage Fund Webinar
Date & time: Tue 25th May 2021 at 10:00.
Online event.
Join the Scotland team online to find out more about our small grants programme – National Lottery Grants for Heritage £3,000 to £10,000. Are you interested in developing a heritage project? The National Lottery Heritage Fund Engagement team in Scotland are running an informal webinar session on Tuesday 25 May at 10am. At this event we will give an overview of our small grants programme (£3,000 to £10,000), guidance for developing a heritage project and information about our application process. There will also be an opportunity to share your project ideas and ask any questions.

(1) Church Recording and Volunteering / (2) Repair & Maintenance
Date & time: Thursday, May 27th at 10.00am
Online: Zoom
Scotland’s Churches Trust is involved, together with other bodies, in a project to record the contents of our historic churches. This is now more important than ever with buildings closing at a rate not seen before. This is done through photographs and detailed description and sent to a central database. Volunteers are always needed! A second event in conjunction with the National Churches Trust (date to be decided), will focus on fabric maintenance and repair of places of worship.

2021 SURF Awards Launch Event
Date & time: 3rd June, 2pm-3.30pm.
Online: Zoom.
The prestigious national 2021 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration will launch at a virtual event on the 3rd June in partnership with the Glasgow Canal Cooperative, as part of the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership, to celebrate and promote the Scottish Government Year of Coasts and Waters. The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

RIAS Inclusive Design Seminar
Date & time: Tuesday 8th June 2021, 1.00pm to 4.15pm.
Online: Zoom.
Cost: £5.00 / Free for RIAS Student Members
Join RIAS for this seminar which looks at planning for inclusivity at the outset to deliver high quality environments. Our speakers will cover a range of topics relating to inclusive design and how we can produce external spaces, buildings, interiors and products that are as accessible as possible for a diverse population. Speakers: Eugene Mullan, Smith Scott Mullan Associates; Annie Pollock; Colin Wishart, City of Edinburgh Council; Rick McCluggage, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, Emma Berry & Angel Morales Aguilar, LDN Architects, Joann Russell, Historic Environment Scotland; Lucy Richards, StudioLR.

Training

Architectural Conservation CPD: Historic Shopfronts
Date & time: Wednesday 26 May, 12:30-13:30 (log-on from 12:15).
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
Marking 10 years since ‘The Historic Shopfronts of Perth’ was published, the second session in the 2020 CPD programme is a historic shopfront feature delivered by shopfronts expert Lindsay Lennie. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the IHBC and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Architectural Conservation CPD: Statutory Protection and Managing Change to Listed Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 30 June, 12:30-13:30 (log-on with light refreshments from 12:15).
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The third session in the 6-part CPD programme focuses on listed buildings and the legislative framework that protects them. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Head of Designations Elizabeth McCrone, this session will cover the role of designation, recent reviews, applying for listed building consent and general approached to managing change to listed buildings with examples. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Creative Programme Manager, Creative Project Officer and freelance associates
greenspace scotland is looking to recruit an experienced and creative Programme Manager, Project Officer and freelance associates to lead the development and delivery of this important national initiative working with artists, cultural organisations and communities to commemorate and reflect on Scotland’s experiences during the pandemic.
Closing date for applications for both posts: 3pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Development Officer for Northern Ireland
The Heritage Trust Network is recruiting for a new part-time post of Development Officer based in Northern Ireland. The Network has a varied range of members in Northern Ireland including major building preservation trusts in the cities, towns and villages and community and arts organisations.
The deadline for applications is Monday 24th May.

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BEFS News

BEFS is delighted to welcome Hazel Johnson into the role of BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager. From late May Hazel will be joining the team having previously worked for Historic Environment Scotland. Her broad range of sector knowledge, experience, and policy work makes her a fantastic addition to BEFS. We look forward to letting Hazel introduce herself once she starts – for now we’ll just say a big HELLO from the whole team.

BEFS has undertaken an overview of policy commitments that would have implications for Scotland’s built environment found in the manifestos of political parties ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections, with some yet to the published. The most significant change to previous manifestos is that most are giving significant attention to the climate emergency. Read more here.

BEFS has also collated manifestos produced by heritage and built environment organisations. The most recent additions include contributions from the National Trust for Scotland and the Cockburn Association. For advice on becoming an advocate for the built environment check out our Advocacy Toolkit.

BEFS is delighted to share that its application to Rebuilding Heritage was successful. Members of BEFS team will be attending the Rebuilding Leadership Training and the Inclusion in the Workplace Training. The Rebuilding Heritage programme provides invaluable training, free resources and webinars and BEFS would encourage heritage and built environment organisations to apply when round 6 opens in July 2021.

BEFS, Museums Galleries Scotland and greenspace Scotland are delighted that the ‘Surviving to Thriving’ Business Support Programme kicks off next week. To celebrate the programme starting, and our Scotland wide action towards increasing the resilience of the sector, we’d love to hear what resilience looks like to you and your organisation. Find out what participating organisations have to say about resilience on social media and share your thoughts on Monday 26th April with #Thriving and by tagging @MuseumsGalScot@TheBEFS@greenspacescot.

BEFS responded to Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) consultation on the draft ‘Talking About Heritage’ guidance, which closed mid-December 2020. HES are now in the process of incorporating the feedback they received, with a view to publishing the final guidance as an online resource later this year. You can find a summary of the feedback, and an update on what they plan to do next, online at We Asked, You Said, We Did.

HES, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have joined forces to support heritage organisations to create new jobs for young unemployed people though the KickStart programme. They are looking for heritage organisations of all types including third, public and private sector that can offer six months of meaningful work to a young unemployed person. Kickstart will cover minimum wage salary up to 25 hours a week and NIC’s, an additional £1000 will be available for the employer to spend on training or equipment needed as part of the programme. The programme will run until December 2021 and jobs can start anytime within this period.

BEFS extends condolences to all those mourning the sudden passing of Peter Ainsworth. We know our colleagues at many organisations, but particularly The Heritage Alliance who were privileged to have him as their Chair, will feel his loss keenly. A heritage giant has been lost and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Consultations

Scotland’s Churches Trust: Helping Sustain Our Places Of Worship Survey

Consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes.
Closes 30 April 2021.

Heat in buildings strategy – achieving net zero emissions: consultation
Closes 30 April 2021.

Inquiry: Local government and the path to net zero
You can submit evidence until Friday 30 April 2021.

Working On and Near to Scheduled Monuments
Closes 6 May 2021.

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
8 August 2021.

Publications

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 16/04/21)

Scottish Planner – The Journal of RTPI Scotland (RTPI Scotland 04/21)

European Cultural Heritage Green Paper – Full Paper (EN 22/03/21)

European Cultural Heritage Green Paper – Executive Summary (EN 22/03/21)

News Releases

UK enshrines new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035 (DBEIS 20/04/21)
The UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions for the first time, to bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050..

Tesco Community Grants open for applications! (GS 20/04/21)
Tesco Community Grant scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations to fund local good causes whose focus is on supporting children and families.

Apply now for the Scottish Charity Awards 2021! (SCVO 19/04/21)
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is calling for charities and individuals across the country to apply for its annual charity awards.

Call on politicians to protect battlefields (NTS 16/04/21)
We’re calling on politicians to support Culloden’s bid to become a recognised World Heritage Site and increase protection for Scotland’s historic battlefields.

SPAB Receives Culture Recovery Fund Award (SPAB 12/04/21)
We are absolutely delighted to announce that the SPAB is one of the 476 heritage organisations who will share £44M from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Preserving Cultural Heritage, Supporting the Green Transition (ICON 12/04/21)
Icon Chief Executive, Sara Crofts, offers some reflections on amplifying messages about the need to mainstream climate action into cultural heritage.

Placing People at the Heart of Heritage for the Week of World Heritage Sites (EWH 11/04/21)
Europe’s historic cities are individually unique and beloved for their original architecture, varied settings, and distinctive history and heritage. But they face increasingly common problems.

Scottish finalists unveiled for RTPI Awards 2021 (SCN 08/04/21)
Projects, individuals and teams from across Scotland are in the running to win at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021, it has been announced.

Europa Nostra and EIB Institute announce Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2021 (EN 08/04/21)
Europa Nostra – the European voice of civil society committed to cultural and natural heritage – together with its partner, the European Investment Bank Institute, this morning announced the List of 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2021.

The Arts and Cultural Impact Fund calls for more applicants (NLHF 07/04/21)
The Arts and Culture Impact Fund was established to provide loans which will help organisations in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors to build financial resilience and sustainability and support local communities.

How Europe’s World Heritage Cities are tackling common challenges (EWH 04/21)
From the effects of over-tourism, and the need to better conserve our valuable ancient buildings, to addressing the challenges post-COVID-19, there is clearly an opportunity to better manage our historic cities by learning from each other and sharing best practice.

Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal (EN 22/03/21)
Tackling climate change is this generation’s defining task and Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage can help.

Opinion & Comment

Steven Tolson: Housing to 2040 – a dream or promise for real deeds? (SHC 16/04/21)

Urbanistica Podcast: The making of smarter and more livable cities

Putting Town Centres First Podcast Series: Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Jamie McNamara, Chair of SPAB Scotland

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Icon Scotland Group: Take 5 Webinar, Spring Sessions
Date & time: 5 May 2021, 16:00-17:00.
Online: Via Zoom.
A new instalment of Icon Scotland Group’s ideas-sharing events, with 5 new 5 minute presentations by conservators of different disciplines about some of their recent projects: 1) Senses Working Over Time: tactile engagement for written heritage, by Victoria Stevens ACR; 2) Conservation of an Iranian Tile Panel at the National Museums of Scotland, by Holly Daws; 3)Learn by doing: the casting, finishing and patinating of bronzes, by Heleen van Santen; 4) Conservation Live: public engagement from a digital distance, by Lesley Stevenson ACR FIIC; 5) Conditional Confusion: considering variations in language used for object documentation, by Beth Gillions.

Insanitary City
Date & time: 6pm, Thursday 13 May 2021
Online: Zoom
Victorian Edinburgh was a melting pot of industry and people. The industrial revolution created new work, attracting migrants searching for a better life. The reality however was often different, with many families having no choice but to live in the filthy, disease-ridden, overcrowded slums of the Old Town. In our latest online event, Edinburgh World Heritage is delighted to welcome Richard Rodger of the University of Edinburgh as he explores the terrible slum conditions of Victorian Edinburgh and the extraordinary work of Dr Henry Littlejohn.

IHBC Annual School 2021 Brighton: Historic Places, People Places – Making the best of the places we have today, for those who live with them tomorrow
Dates: 17 – 18 June 2021.
All places have history – in landscapes, built fabric and memories – and that history shapes how people live, use and work with them, today and in the future. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of pounds were being invested to support struggling urban and rural places, old and new, and their surrounding areas. Not only has the pandemic exacerbated these familiar problems, but it has also highlighted new ones. The IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School will address these and related challenges, seeking data, connecting thinking and shaping solutions.

Training

Architectural Conservation CPD: Historic Shopfronts
Date & time: Wednesday 26 May, 12:30-13:30 (log-on from 12:15)
Online: via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
Marking 10 years since ‘The Historic Shopfronts of Perth’ was published, the second session in the 2020 CPD programme is a historic shopfront feature delivered by shopfronts expert Lindsay Lennie. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the IHBC and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Architectural Conservation CPD: Statutory Protection and Managing Change to Listed Buildings Presenter: Elizabeth McCrone
Date & time: Wednesday 30 June, 12:30-13:30 (log-on with light refreshments from 12:15)
Online: via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The third session in the 6-part CPD programme focuses on listed buildings and the legislative framework that protects them. Delivered by HES’s Head of Designations Elizabeth McCrone, this session will cover the role of designation, recent reviews, applying for listed building consent and general approached to managing change to listed buildings with examples. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practices, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Volunteer Co-ordinator
PAS are looking to recruit a Volunteer Co-ordinator (on a fixed-term contract until 31 October 2021) to co-ordinate volunteers to support PAS’s activities and to assist with general office support.
Closing at 9am on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

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