BEFS Bulletin – Inspiring Fundraising Toolkit

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A new digital toolkit for the cultural heritage sector has been launched. The Inspiring Fundraising Toolkit is specifically designed to build up knowledge and skills in fundraising within the heritage sector. This online resource is the legacy of the four-year Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage partnership programme, led by Arts & Business Scotland with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.

An accompanying report, The State of Heritage Funding Now Report, has also been published. This specially commissioned report shows a continued strong reliance by the heritage sector on grant and lottery funding with only a third of heritage organisations surveyed currently sourcing any funding from corporate support. BEFS Policy Officer Ailsa Macfarlane considers the findings of the report.

Due to high demand, we have released more tickets (and moved to a larger venue) for our upcoming event with the Scottish Land Commission and Inherit. Book your place for Community Empowerment and Landscape on 3rd December at the Scottish Storytelling Centre now!

Stage 2 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill came to a close yesterday (14/11/18). Watch this space for an overview of the amendments and the voting results.

Midway through 1926 the provision of Edinburgh’s council housing passed from the Burgh Engineer to the City Architect. Was there a difference in approach?, asks Steven Robb, from Historic Environment Scotland, in our first blog this week.

In our second blog, BEFS Trustee Jocelyn Cunliffe reflects on the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland’s and Scottish Civic Trust’s recent conference, ‘Destination High Street – restoring vibrancy to Scotland’s towns’.

Finally, BEFS Vice-Chair Peter Burman draws our attention to an inspiring Sheffield-based project. This short film by Masters in Architecture students at the University of Sheffield documents creative community engagement and a community-focused vision for Meersbrook Hall, a grade II listed building and part of the Guild of St George’s ‘Ruskin Museum at Meersbrook Hall’ project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.


Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters: Your Community. Your ideas. Your Future.
Closes 30 November 2018. 

George Street and First New Town Design Project (City of Edinburgh Council)
Opened 9 Nov 2018 and closes 25 Jan 2019.

Open Space Strategy Consultation (Glasgow City Council)
Opened Monday 15 October and closes 10 December 2018. 

Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information


A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness (DCMS 15/11/18)

Quantifying kindness, public engagement and place (Carnegie UK Trust 13/11/18)

Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 – Part 3A – Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land – Full Guidance (SG 11/11/18)

Scotland’s Place in Europe: Science and Research (SG 05/11/18)

Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales (Cadw)

Managing Scheduled Monuments in Wales (Cadw)

Understanding Listing in Wales (Cadw)

Heritage and the Economy (HE)

Changes to the tax treatment of heritage maintenance funds: a cost benefit analysis  (Historic Houses)

Land Value Capture (HCLGC 09/18)

Valuing culture and heritage: Results from new research on museums, historic cities and cathedrals (Nesta)

News Releases

Scotland’s Towns Week: What’s On and How To Get Involved (STP 15/11/18)
On Monday 19 November Scotland’s Towns Week begins: the annual national campaign to celebrate the country’s towns and improvement districts.

Fight for Scotland’s Nature (Scottish Environment LINK 13/11/18)
Fears sparked by Brexit as well as mounting evidence of the global ecological crisis has promoted 35 environmental charities from across Scotland to come together to ‘Fight for Scotland’s Nature’ and gather support for a Scottish Environment Act.

Design for Ageing (LIS 12/11/18)
In August, Amber Roberts was announced as the winner of the £5,000.00 Mark Turnbull Travel Award for her proposal Scotland’s Future Landscapes: Ensuring Resilience for the Profession. The award aims to use overseas travel to gain insight into innovative landscape practice to address the current landscape challenges facing Scotland. Amber’s proposal will investigate design for ageing populations as well as strengthening Scottish Landscape Education through the legacy and influence of Ian McHarg.

Holyrood committee votes against planning appeal amendments (SHN 08/11/18)
Proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process.

Concern expressed over proposed land register (ECCLRC 08/11/18)
Much of Scotland’s land will remain outside the proposed Register of Controlled Interests in Land, whose purpose is to make land ownership more transparent, according to a report by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.

Heritage at Risk 2018 (HE 08/11/18)
Today Historic England publishes the 2018 Heritage at Risk Register, the annual snapshot of the health of England’s historic places.

20 Years of Heritage at Risk (HE 08/11/18)
Twenty years ago, we published our first ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England. It featured 1,930 buildings and structural scheduled monuments that were neglected, broken and unloved. Two decades on, we’re delighted to announce that over two thirds of buildings and structures on the 1998 Register are now safe.

RPA and CIfA launch new Archaeological Ethics Database (CIfA 07/11/18)
CIfA is proud to report that The Register of Professional Archaeologists (the Register) and CIfA have released a new Archaeological Ethics Database as an ongoing joint project. It combines over 500 sources on archaeological ethics in a central, searchable place for students, researchers, and professionals, and is designed to be used internationally.

Housing on tenanted farms to meet the Repairing Standard (SLC 07/11/18)
Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, is advising that the agricultural holdings sector needs to come together to agree a way forward to ensure agricultural housing is subject to the same standards as private rented housing.

Nuclear archive wins Scotland’s best building award (BBC 06/11/18)
A national archive for the civil nuclear industry has won a top Scottish architecture prize. Nucleus in Wick has been constructed to hold more than 70 years’ worth of information and up to 30 million digital records. It has won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018.

Future Parks Accelerator – now open (HLF)
The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a new UK-wide initiative between HLF and the National Trust. Local authorities and communities are now invited to submit expressions of interest for the FPA, which will provide funding and support for organisations to develop bold and ambitious plans for parks and green spaces.

So what’s the value of a Can Do space?
Scotland has 479 localities with a resident population of 1000+, all with empty buildings. That’s £6 billion+ worth of property vacant in Scotland. We also know that 48% of home based businesses plan to grow. What if they collaborated? Watch our short video for our Can Do Places vision.

£5m boost from CITB to get hard-to-reach candidates into construction (CITB 31/10/18)
CITB’s biggest-ever funding opportunity opens today, with a £5 million commission to help under-represented groups into the construction industry.

National Churches Trust_ Visit Churches Survey (ComRes)
Churches Trust commissioned this survey to understand the reasons why the public visit churches, chapels or meeting houses and what would make them more likely to visit for tourism or leisure.

World Monuments Watch – Nominations Now Open
The World Monuments Watch uses cultural heritage conservation to increase community resilience, enhance social inclusion, and build new skills in the conservation field and beyond.

Community Grants now available! (GCHT)
Glasgow City Heritage Trust has recently launched a new Community Grants Scheme, with grants of up to £2000 available to support projects largely developed by community members that engage communities with Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Opinion & Comment

RTPI welcomes Scotland’s lead on statutory Chief Planning Officers (RTPI Scotland 14/11/18)

RTPI Scotland welcomes the LGCC resistance of third party rights of appeal (RTPI Scotland 07/11/18)

Housing in Agricultural Tenancies that are occupied by the tenant (SLC 07/11/18)

Thinking the Unthinkable – Destination High Street: Restoring Vibrancy to Scotland’s Towns (Leigh Sparks 05/11/18)

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-19087: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/09/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out on the relationship between the Planning (Scotland) Bill, and the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (15/10/2018)

Question S5W-19127: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/10/2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many households in each local authority area have (a) applied for and (b) received support for (i) loft, (ii) cavity wall, (iii) room in roof, (iv) solid wall and (v) other forms of insulation from area-based energy-efficiency schemes in each of the last 10 years.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (09/11/2018)

Question S5W-19128: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/10/2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many households in each local authority area have (a) applied for and (b) received support from the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) in each of the last 10 years.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (09/11/2018)


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

Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference
Date: Saturday November 17, 2018
Venue: Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh
This annual conference is organised by City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council. It provides an important opportunity to hear and discuss first-hand accounts of the archaeological fieldwork and research being undertaken in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, and the Scottish Borders.

Improving Energy Efficiency
Date: 22 November, from 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.

IHBC Scotland Branch AGM & Conference ‘Design at the Water’s Edge’
Date: 29 November 2018
Location: Dundee.
The AGM will follow a CPD day on the theme of Design in Dundee (UNESCO City
of Design). How do we assess new design in historic contexts, and how can design work to enhance a sense of place? The morning includes a tour at the new V&A Dundee to discuss the ways that members interface with design issues on a daily basis: design review, design awards etc. Bring an example to share of good/ bad/ ugly design on an A4 page. The afternoon include the SC Branch AGM, the conference on Design in Historic Contexts and option to attend the ICON Scotland Plenderleith Conservation lecture (bookable separately) and a dinner together.
Free to IHBC members. Non-members £10 (pay on the day). Please book with

Talks at the Lane: Niall Maxwell on Rural Office for Architecture
Date & time: 11th December 2018 at 6.30pm
Venue: Custom Lane, Leith.
Talks at the Lane, an eclectic and informative series of lectures and conversations around the themes of design and making, is bringing the innovative Wales-based architect Niall Maxwell to Custom Lane in Leith as part of their Season One programme. Niall, whose practice the Rural Office for Architecture (ROA) has won an RIBA award for every project it has completed since 2012, will be discussing his views on cultural identity and regionalism in the context of design, and will showcase some in-progress and completed work from ROA. For more info about the Talks at the Lane.


Moisture in Buildings: Analysis & Challenges
Date: 29 November, from 9.30am – 4.30pm.
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, FK8 1QZ.
This short one-day course aims to demystify some of the heritage science techniques available to today’s professionals. Scotland’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, with altering patterns of precipitation and an increasing frequency of unpredictable and extreme weather events.
Since the 1960s, annual precipitation has increased by over 20%. This has had serious implications for decay processes in the built environment. You will learn how conservation science can help to detect and monitor the moisture in buildings. This seminar will highlight research into the impact of soluble salts, the biodeterioration processes and the behaviour of moisture following building refurbishments. Please note: Booking essential.

APD – Unfired Earth 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.


Development Management Archaeologist
Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust is looking to appoint a Development Management Archaeologist on a full-time, 1 year fixed term (maternity cover) basis to deliver our archaeological development management service to Perth and Kinross Council and Transport Scotland as well as contributing to our exciting community archaeology and outreach activities.
The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 16 November 2018.    

Policy and Influencing Manager
The Landscape Institute (LI) is looking for a Policy and Influencing Manager. This is a new permanent post which will work with the policy team and LI members, to develop policy and to help ensure that the LI is recognised as a knowledgeable and influential professional body.
The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 2nd December.