Character Building. Putting Heritage at the heart of planning and placemaking

4 October 2016

Our historic environment provides not only a rich architectural and cultural resource, but also a wealth of models of sustainable and healthy living. However, within the planning system, heritage appears to be increasingly confined to an assessment of significance rather than a catalyst for positive change. In this, the eleventh of our London conferences, we intend to redress the balance. We will look at ways in which heritage, urban design and planning professionals can work together to make successful places.

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Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects

13-14 October

Join us on 13-14 October at The Old Library at the Custard Factory in Digbeth for the national conference for everyone involved in creating viable new uses for old buildings and the launch of Heritage Trust Network.

The theme of this year’s conference is Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects and over two days there will be a fantastic line-up of speakers and workshops giving strategic direction, practical advice and plenty of opportunities for peer support and networking.

Speakers include: Sara Crofts (Heritage Lottery Fund), Ian Morrison (Architectural Heritage Fund), David Mitchell (Historic Environment Scotland) and Iain Greenway (Director of Communities Northern Ireland.) There will also be talks and workshops on working and collaborating with young people, crowdfunding, community shares and social media along with case studies from Heritage Trust Network’s members who will share how they are future proofing their organisations.

The event will also mark the official launch of Heritage Trust Network, the culmination of a year of review and change, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

The conference dinner will be held at Highbury, one of Birmingham’s most iconic historic buildings, hosted by the new heritage trust tasked with its future. For more details and to book please visit

The Traditional Paint Forum – 2016 Annual Conference

30 September – 1 October 2016

The Traditional Paint Forum  is pleased to announce that, after the sell-out success of last year’s annual conference, we will be staging a two-day conference on 30th September/ 1st October 2016.

Addressing issues of conserving and preserving historic metalwork, be it architectural or industrial, is often complex and fraught with problems. We will be looking at these issues through the prism of industrial and transport heritage; its history, conservation, repair and restoration.

As a fitting backdrop to this topic, we are excited to announce that the conference will be at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. We will be drawing on the area’s rich history of decorative finishing. The museum is home to an amazing collection of transport and industrial heritage, from trams, cars and buses, to iron houses and wonderful enamel work on iron.

See further details and programme here…

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

23 – 27 August 2016


A 5-day training and profile-raising event led by the The Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF) that sits within Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe programme.

The Scottish Traditional Building Forum is made up of a network of local traditional building forums with representatives across the supply chain. The forums have local representation who work together to raise the profile of specific issues relating to traditional buildings and building practices and to address these.

The fifth Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival is to be opened at Acheson House, 5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD by Sean O’Reilly, Director of The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) at 10am on Tuesday the 23rd August.

Find out more about Acheson House

Information on all of the events can be found on the STBF website events page 


Recording Town Buildings

30 Sep 2016 – 02 Oct 2016

Why do we record town buildings of different types and ages? What are the research and administrative aims? There is increasing demand for accessible historic buildings records, but potential users often find them unsuited to their purposes. What is the relationship between the purposes of a record and what is and is not recorded? To whom are the results of recording disseminated? How is the practical impact of recording or investigation assessed? What do recording and investigation contribute to the aims, and what are their limitations. Covering a range of approaches to towns of different periods, this weekend will provide an opportunity to explore these practical questions which everyone who records buildings should routinely address but are rarely a matter of wider debate.

See all the details and booking information here…