BEFS Bulletin – Slavery & Climate Change

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BEFS is pleased to invite you to Community Empowerment & Landscape, in partnership with Community Land Scotland and INHERIT, on 3rd December at the ECCI in Edinburgh. This event will look at pragmatic steps that can be taken to empower community participation. Places are limited so book now!

Just a few days left to submit your ideas on prioritisation within built heritage, and take part in a robust and open discussion on the topic.

With the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming, BEFS Director Euan Leitch reflects on two recent events and urges action before our past catches up with us, in this week’s blog: Slavery and Climate Change.

BEFS attended the first Why Archives Matter conference day from the Scottish Council on Archives. Here we heard about Archives being used in Health, Wellbeing and Community contexts – with very positive outcomes. BEFS is delighted to be partnering a further Why Archives Matter conference at the Engine Shed in Spring 2019. Keep an eye out for their new film on the central role of archives in Scotland.

BEFS was delighted to attend the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018, and hear from the deserving finalists. Many congratulations to the winners.

Finally, do not forget to check out the array of events and training coming up this month, towards the end of the bulletin.


HES Draft Corporate Plan 2019 onwards
Consultation closes on 2 November.

Complete a short TNS TR*M survey to identify how HES are performing as an organisation through stakeholder feedback

A Consultation on the City for Edinburgh Council proposal for a Transient Visitor Levy/ Tourist Tax within the city
Opened 15 Oct 2018 and closes 10 Dec 2018. 

Draft Historic Environment Policy (HEP)
The closing date for feedback is midnight on Monday 3 December 2018.

Open Space Strategy Consultation (Glasgow City Council)
Comments should be received by no later than 10 December 2018.

Consultation Responses

Consultation on Building Standards Compliance and Fire Safety – responses

Tackling social isolation and loneliness: consultation analysis


Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy (Carnegie UK Trust 01/11/18)

Climate Change Plan Monitoring Report October 2018 – Chapter 2 Buildings (SG 31/10/18)

Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected Or Detrimental Land – Information For Communities (SG 31/10/18)

Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land: Information for Landowners and Creditors (SG 31/10/18)

Glasgow City Region sets out first comprehensive climate risk assessment as world leaders discuss city resilience (Climate Ready Clyde 31/10/18) 

Planning Bill: A revised Fifth Marshalled List of Amendments and a revised Fifth Groupings of Amendments have been published for Stage 2.

Environment and Land Reform: Examining the Relations Between Non-Governmental Organisations and Community Groups (SG 30/10/18)

Transport (Scotland) Bill: Pavement Parking and Double Parking (SPICe Breifing 30/10/18)

Planning (Scotland) Bill: amendments lodged for Part 3 – Development Management factsheet (SG 22/10/18)

Scotland’s place in Europe: our way forward (SG 15/10/18)

Broadsheet – Scottish Association of Country House Archivists Special Issue (Scottish Council on Archives)

Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales (WG 10/18)

Reforming Heritage Maintenance Funds: campaign briefing 2018 (Historic Houses)

Response to the Brexit White Paper & MAC report (The Heritage Alliance 12/10/18)

Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure: 1997-1998 to 2017-2018 (near actuals) and 2018-2019 (estimates) (SG 12/10/18)

The economic value of culture: a benefit transfer study (DCMS 04/10/18)

Scottish Government News Releases

Tay Cities Region Deal (SG 26/10/18)
Scottish Government pledges £200 million investment. Infrastructure Secretary, Michael Matheson, is challenging the UK Government to match his funding commitment for the Tay Cities Region Deal.

Mitigating the impact of Brexit (SG 11/10/18)
Councils will play an essential role in preparing for the “extremely serious consequences for communities across Scotland” of Brexit, according to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Sharp rise in European visitors to Scotland (SG 11/10/18)
The number of overseas visitors from Europe increased sharply by 39% in the 12 months to the end of June 2018 according to official statistics released today.

News Releases

National Lottery Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024 (HLF 10/18)
Earlier this year we asked for your views on our future vision and role, how we can support heritage and how our funding programmes might work. We ran two surveys and over 3000 people responded. Over 1500 of these responses were to our longer questionnaire, which looked in more detail at our proposals. Some of the initial results are emerging.

The Museums + Heritage Awards
The 17th annual Museums + Heritage Awards will celebrate innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas. The Awards shine a spotlight on the diversity of this sector, of museums large and small – from the nationals to one-room volunteer-run museums, from iconic buildings and monuments to the great outdoors, all of which have an equal opportunity of winning one of 14 prestigious awards.

MSPs agree to greater regulation of short-term lets in Planning Bill (SHN 26/10/18)
Landlords will be forced to acquire full planning permission to lease homes by the night on websites including Airbnb after changes to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill were agreed by MSPs.

Using the past to inspire the future (HES 26/10/18)
Fresh from a major climate change summit in San Francisco, Historic Environment Scotland Climate Change Scientist David Harkin explores the links between cultural heritage and climate action, highlighting how we can use the past to inspire the future.

Land Value Capture measures added to Planning (Scotland) Bill (SCN 25/10/18)
Scottish Greens have welcomed changes to the Scottish Government’s planning bill which they say will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for housebuilding more affordable, however housebuilders have called the measures “premature”.

Airbnb set to be regulated as short-term lets amendment to Planning Bill goes through (CS 24/10/18)
AN AMENDMENT to the Planning Bill which would see all short-term lets have to apply for council planning consent has passed stage two of the Bill’s passage through parliament.

IHBC, HE & ALGAO’s LA conservation stats out now – 2018 (IHBC 20/10/18)
Local Authority conservation capacity in England: A small annual increase in conservation capacity follows years of conservation cuts.  But still aggregates at 35% cuts over the last 12 years.

Tax Campaigns (Historic Houses 10/18)
At Historic Houses we aim to improve the legislative, policy and regulatory framework within which owners of historic houses look after the nationally important heritage in their care. A key part of this framework is the tax system, which can have a significant impact on owners’ ability to fund the conservation of these places people love to visit.

Coming up for air at Scapa Flow (HES 15/10/18)
Following our online survey, Senior Designations Officer Andrew Fulton reflects on how public engagement is helping to shape thinking about future management of Orkney’s 20th-century wartime underwater heritage.

Opinion & Comment

Monitoring the outcomes of planning – and evaluating its impact (Nick Wright 25/10/18)

Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture on averting climate breakdown (RIBA 23/10/18)

Fairer Scotland – Stage 2 scrutiny of the Planning Bill continues (Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP 19/10/18)

Pulling together: the least we can do in the face of climate change (Daniel Slade RTPI 17/10/18)

How to Turn a Car Town into a Cycling City (Next City 15/10/18)

Supporting Quality Places to Create a Legacy – Ann Allen, Chair of A&DS (A&DS)

The Planning (Scotland) Bill is breaking with key aims (The Planner 11/10/18)

Defending degrowth at ecomodernism’s home (Entitle Collective 2018)

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 S5W-19081: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/09/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what role the Land Commission and SEPA partnership taskforce on vacant and derelict land will have in advancing the introduction of compulsory sale orders.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (23/10/2018)

Question S5W-19082: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/09/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the timescale is for the introduction of the Compulsory Sale Order power.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (08/10/2018)

Question S5W-18849: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with local authorities to promote the use of locally sourced stone in buildings and in streetscapes.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (27/09/2018)


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

Architecture Fringe 2019 – The Journey Starts Here
Welcome to the Architecture Fringe 2019! The journey starts here for June 2019. Our provocation for the fourth edition of the ArchiFringe is In Real Life. Got an idea for a self-directed project, exhibition, event or happening? Interested in joining in or helping out? Join us at one of Architecture Fringe’s monthly meet-ups to share your thoughts and proposals, give and receive help and advice, and connect with others. If you can’t make one of the meet-ups, feel free to drop us a line at

Masterplanning and Urban Development – Putting people first
Date: 13 November 2018
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh, 80 High street Edinburgh, EH1 TH1
We all want to create liveable cities in which people thrive and prosper, but how to make that ideal come true? The Liveable City’s opening seminar focuses on the political process of moving from vision to action, bringing in experiences from recent years where Danish cities as well as cities around the world have undergone a remarkable transformation. Here, examples of successful project proposals to encourage economic development and investment to an area will be presented, including how to attract landmark projects and early adopters.

PSPC Property Repair Seminar: Caring for your Historic Building
Date: Tues 13 November 2018, 17:15-19:00 (light refreshments from 17:00)
Venue: Civic Chambers, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH.
Buildings constructed before 1919 are full of traditional features that make them great places to live.  Such character also brings specific needs and requirements when it comes to the maintenance and repair of historic buildings. If you own or are considering a historic home, this free evening of short talks and Q&A is for you, offering key guidance at an introductory level to help you maintain the condition and value of a historic property. Come along and pick-up some pointers from industry professionals speaking on a range of useful topics:

  • An introduction to practical online repair and maintenance resources for owners of historic homes;
  • Essential strategies and considerations when repairing historic buildings;
  • Timber window maintenance;
  • Finding free technical guidance on maintaining and repairing traditional buildings;
  • Involving conservation professionals in repair projects;
  • Information on available grant assistance for repairing historic buildings through the Perth City Heritage Fund.

If you are interested in attending then please RSVP to: | 01738 635301.

Salvage: Collections & Consequences
Date: 15 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
Join us at the Engine Shed as speakers share their knowledge and experiences around salvage planning and training for collections, and the consequences when it goes right or wrong. Those involved with the care of archives and historic collections in public or private ownership will find this of interest. Price: £27.00 Historic Scotland member; £27.00 Concession; £30.00 Non-member Booking essential.

Insight Tour: Glasgow Cathedral
Date: 15 November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Glasgow Cathedral, Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ
Glasgow Cathedral dates back as far as the 12th century. It is the most complete surviving medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland, having survived the Protestant Reformation of 1560 almost intact. Over time, various bishops left their mark through alterations and expansion, including the addition of the rows of Gothic arches and windows with stone divisions (called slender tracery). On this Insight Tour, our District Architect will guide you through the ongoing programme of conservation works, including the replacement of stone in a pinnacle of the North transept. Booking essential | Suitable for ages 16+ | Personal Protective Equipment provided | T: 01786 234 800. Price: £18.00 Historic Scotland member; £20.00 Non-member

Heritage Trust Network Conference 2018
Date: 19-20 November 2018
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling
Join us in Scotland for our SKILLS-themed conference where we will address some of the many and varied skills needed to successfully run a heritage building preservation project today. On day one we focus on getting your organisation ready, project off the ground and fundraising, and on day two, we explore the skills needed to manage your project on site, how to work well with volunteers and communities, and making the most of your heritage asset after the building works are completed.

Insight Tour: Bothwell Castle
Date: 20 November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Bothwell Castle, Castle Ave, Uddingston, Bothwell, Glasgow G71 8BL
Explore a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently passed back and forth between English and Scottish hands. Although much of the castle has disappeared over time, it is one of the most impressive Scottish medieval strongholds standing today. One of the most striking features remaining is the grand donjon, a circular keep tower that is without parallel in Scotland. On this Insight Tour, climb the scaffolding with our District Architect for a close-up look at the masonry repairs on the Latrine Tower and to hear about the ongoing conservation works. Booking essential | Suitable for ages 16+ | Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided | T: 01786 234 800. Price: £18.00 Historic Scotland member; £20.00 Non-member.

Improving Energy Efficiency
Date: 22 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
Our one-day seminar will be an in-depth look ahead at the challenges of improving energy efficiency in traditional buildings, with a strong focus on meeting current and future standards. A wide range of experts who work across Scotland’s built environment will present on various subjects. Join us to hear from speakers from the Scottish Government and the private and rural housing sector. We will explore issues around Standard Assessment Procedures (SAPs) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). We’ll also look at fabric interventions from our pilot refurbishment projects, as well as the experiences of building owners. Booking essential | T: 01786 234 800. Price £54.00 Historic Scotland members, £60.00 Non-members.

Moisture in Buildings: Analysis & Challenges
Date: 29 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
This short course aims to demystify some of the heritage science techniques available to today’s professionals. Both commonly used techniques and emerging technologies will be demonstrated and explained, including thermal imaging, moisture analysis, X-ray techniques, mortar analysis and stone matching. Delegates will have the opportunity to try some of the techniques first hand, both lab-based and portable; and will learn how to employ the right technique and correctly interpret results to support decision-making and specification. Booking essential | T: 01786 234 800. Price £54.00 Historic Scotland members; £60.00 Non-members.


Confronting Fire: Risks and Prevention for Heritage Buildings
Date: 2 November
Venue: The Dome, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT
Join us for the next instalment of our training series on November 2nd as we take a comprehensive look at the risks, management procedures and preventative measures we can employ to protect historic buildings from fire as well as approaches to restore damaged fabric once a fire has occurred.

APD – Mortars, Plasters & Renders
Date: 6 November, 5 days over 4 weeks: 27.5 taught hours
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
Discover the wide range of raw materials used both in the past and today to make mortars, plasters and renders for traditional Scottish structures. This module has a significant practical element, letting you gain first-hand knowledge of how different mortars, plaster and renders should be worked. You will also try out methods of mortar analysis such as acid digestion, X-ray diffraction and petrographic analysis.
Booking essential | T: 01786 234 800. Price: £645.

Introduction to Being a Board Member
Date: Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 10:30 to 16:30.
Venue: Arts & Business Scotland, 1st Floor, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ.
Cost: £80+VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members; £120+VAT for non-members
This seminar is designed to help new board members/trustees in the charitable arts & heritage sector (and those who would like a refresher) to understand your roles and responsibilities, including the dividing line between your role and that of the professional staff, demystifying your legal and financial responsibilities, & the board and artistic issues.

APD – Documentation on the Historic Environment
Date: 7 November, 7 days over 6 weeks: 36.5 taught hours
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
Learn how to accurately document a site – via archival research or survey – as a vital first step towards the monitoring and evaluation of its condition. You will examine traditional and innovative site documentation techniques, and ways to archive, manipulate and share survey data. You will also learn how to use key Scottish archives and libraries for architectural research to support conservation or repair projects. Booking essential | T: 01786 234 800. Price: £480.

Crowdfunding for Arts & Heritage Organisations
Date: Friday, 9 November 2018, 09:30 to 16:30
Venue: Arts & Business Scotland, 1st Floor, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ.
Cost: £80 + VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members; £120 + VAT for non-members
This event is aimed at organisations who are considering undertaking a crowdfund and who have a project in mind and who want to understand how to plan a crowdfund. The event will cover: The who, what and why of crowdfunding, practical group exercises, methodologies, crowdfunding stories, & developing your network and target audience.

CPD : Patterns of Use of Slate in Scotland
Date: Wednesday 14th November 2018 | 12.30-1.30pm.
Venue: 54 Bell Street, Glasgow.
Scottish slate has been used to roof Scottish buildings for over 400 years. Initially any local stone; flagstone, mica schist or indeed slate, which could be split into slabs, no matter how irregular, was used.  Over time however, true geological slate, from the Highland Boundary, Ballachulish, Foudland or Slate Islands groups of quarries came to predominate. But with the improvement in transport in the 19th century, slate from elsewhere in the UK, principally North Wales, became readily available. Welsh slates are larger and more regular than Scottish and can be split thinner, making their use more economical. Today, although Welsh, Cornish and Cumbrian slate is still available, most roofing slate is imported from Spain. Recent work on Moy Castle on Mull, the Briggait and Paisley Museum and Art Gallery will be used to demonstrate these trends.

The Use of Lime Mortar in the Conservation, Repair & Maintenance of Traditional Buildings
Dates: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th November
Venue: Banff Castle
This highly popular, 2-day “hands-on” Course will address both the theory and practical use of Lime Mortar in the conservation, repair and maintenance of Traditional Buildings, Walls, and other Stone Built Structures. In addition to the importance of using the correct tools and materials, the Course will focus on mixing Lime Mortar, as well as the skills and techniques involved in its use in a wide range of applications, including pointing and harling. For more details and to book simply get in touch by phone, on 01888 511347, or by e-mail, to

A Guide to Tax for Arts and Heritage Organisations
Date: Friday, 16 November 2018, 09:30 to 12:30
Venue: Arts & Business Scotland, 1 Floor, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ
Cost: £40 +VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members; £60 +VAT for non-members
This half-day seminar is a must for all financial or budget holding staff and anyone who wants to know how tax affects (and can benefit) arts and heritage organisations with charitable status in Scotland. It will specifically look at current and common issues including the tax status of grant income, box office arrangements, room hires, trading activities, memberships, fundraising and sponsorship.  It will highlight the tax savings that can be available (including the creative industries tax relief) and the issues and opportunities that frequently affect arts and heritage organisations.

Webinar: Cyber Insurance – why your organisation needs it!
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: Remote
Cost: Free for Arts & Business Scotland members; £10 + VAT for non-members
This webinar will help demystify the cyber risks to business by talking through live scenarios and how cyber insurance can help your business triage any situation, meet legal obligations and get back up and running as quickly as possible. The session covers: the cyber risks to an organisation, an introduction to cyber insurance and claims process as well as cyber theft and the need for a commercial crime insurance policy.

Business Briefing: Social Media – What’s your message?
Date: Wednesday, 28 November, 10:00 to 12:30
Venue: RSM | 69 Wellington Street | G2 6HG Glasgow | United Kingdom
Cost: Free for Arts & Business Scotland members; £10 + VAT for non-members This session will help you think about setting simple goals for your social media strategy. You will come away from the session with a clearer idea of how content can help you bring about change, sell more, recruit volunteers, increase understanding of difficult issues, engage with influencers and beyond. You’ll get to see real-world examples of content in action on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat & YouTube.

APD – Unfired East Conservation
Date: 29 November, 3 days over 3 weeks: 18.5 taught hours
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
Examine the use of unfired earth construction in Scotland’s historic built environment, a practice with ancient and obscure origins yet more relevant than ever. You will touch on repair and restoration techniques using traditional and modern tools, and follow the full life cycle of a repair project – from survey and diagnosis to on-site installation. Conservation repair principles are an important area of discussion throughout. Booking essential | T: 01786 234 800. Price: £270


Heritage Lottery Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund Trustee for Scotland
The Trustee for Scotland presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for an individual with a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for Scotland and rest of the UK’s diverse heritage, to make a lasting contribution.
Application deadline has been extended by DCMS to 7th November.

External Mentors in Geography or Urban Studies
Do you have over 2 years’ work experience in a geography or urban studies profession and have a degree? Want to help inspire and support undergraduates with their future career direction and studies? The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University is looking for interested mentors to take part in the Urban Studies Undergraduate External Mentoring Programme. EGIS has strong and well established links with professional practice, with many of our graduates employed in senior positions in the public and private sector. The programme helps Urban Studies undergraduates at Heriot-Watt University to focus on long-term career planning, and provide a focus for linking their academic studies to the world of work. The feedback from the scheme has been extremely positive, from both mentors and mentees, making it a really valuable experience for all involved! For more information on how to participate please contact Dr Gina Netto-