Category Archives: Event

War Memorials: Sharing Success Conference and Workshops (Scotland)

4 September 2018

On Tuesday 4th September War Memorials Trust and Historic Environment Scotland are hosting a war memorial conference at the Engine Shed in Stirling.

The event is designed to review World War I centenary activity, share experiences and consider the repair, conservation and maintenance of war memorials after 2018. Two workshops will further develop keys areas of activity.

An agenda can be downloaded here.

To book a free place, and select an optional additional workshop, please visit our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions or problems, telephone 020 7233 7356 or email Please be aware that due to the centenary we are exceptionally busy so we may not be able to deal with your question immediately but will respond as soon as possible.

English Railway Stations: History & Architecture

11 October 2018

This full-day lecture and tour will be held at the East Anglian Railway Museum at Chappel Railway Station in Colchester. The course is aimed at professionals working with historic station buildings and anyone interested in our historic railway buildings and infrastructure.

The day will commence with two talks about the history and development of the English Railway Station. A lunch will be provided and this will be followed with a guided tour of the East Anglian Railway Museum, including the station building, the signal box and the train sheds.

The course will be led by Professor Steven Parissien, Visiting Professor of Architectural History and Visual Culture at Coventry University and Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford. Steven has written extensively on architectural and cultural history with a number of his publications forming baseline references for some of England’s most significant building typologies. Steven is the author of English Heritage’s 2014 publication TheEnglish Railway Station, which traces how the station evolved into a recognisable building type, examines the great cathedrals and the evocative country stations of the Victorian era, and looks at how the railway station has, over the last fifty years, regained its place at the heart of our communities.

Further details here

Planning the Future of British High Streets: Working Together to Revive City Centres

31 October 2018

British High Streets are witnessing a decline in their ability to attract shoppers and visitors. Footfall has continued to shrink, with 3% less shoppers between March and May 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 (IPSOS 2018). This decline has economic repercussions, and many shops have been forced to close. A BBC report (2017) found a decline of 17% in the number of retailers operating in the towns studied. This is expected to impact the number of retail jobs available in British city centres, with retail positions expected to decline by 900,000 by 2025 (Deloitte 2017). Online shopping has limited the high street’s potential market, as has a decrease in disposable income, with 3% inflation of prices cancelling out wage growth of 2.2% (Bank of England 2018).

The Government has enacted policy aimed at counteracting this decline. In 2017 Chancellor Phillip Hammond enacted the “biggest ever cut in business rates”, with a £6.7bn 5 year package. In autumn of the same year, the Government published its white paper on housing, promising to develop new housing with better access to central urban areas. In 2018 Public Health England published ‘Healthy High Streets’, a series of recommendations to help urban environs become clean, healthy and to improve the experience of both visitors and residents.

Despite this, challenges remain to halt the decline of high street retailers. Mary Portas, who wrote the Government’s own assessment of high street prospects in 2011, has stated the Government needs to completely remove business rates or risk losing a third of shops. The Centre for Cities has also raised concerns about the Government’s spending on infrastructure, seen as key to enabling people to visit high streets. This is backed by an Office for Budget Responsibility report suggesting that the government will only spend half of its planned £5 billion budget on improving infrastructure. The increasing housing crisis is also a challenge, with high inner city accommodation costs pricing out people who otherwise would use their local high street more regularly.

This symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, retailers, planning authorities and landlords to discuss the challenges facing British high streets and to share best practice in order to address these substantial issues.

Delegates will:

Assess methods to maximise infrastructure spending to best support high streets

  • Investigate how relevant stakeholders can collaborate most effectively
  • Analyse how to overcome the barrier of unaffordable housing near high streets
  • Understand the high street’s role in developing a sense of community in urban areas
  • Learn how to use social media effectively to promote high street retail shops
  • Discover the best practices used to promote increased footfall on high streets
  • Understand the effect business rates have on the success of high street stores
  • Identify the way to record footfall and how to use this data effectively

To view our brochure, including the full event programme, click here.

Conserving the Assets of Our Past – RIAS Autumn Seminar

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Venue: The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Time: 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost: RIAS accredited members and members of Practice Services: £24 inc. VAT

RIAS member: £30 inc. VAT

Non-members: £42 inc. VAT 

The RIAS conservation autumn seminar is now open for bookings. Topics will include development of the HES Asset Management Plan, HES Corporate Plan consultation, inspecting tenements and church quinquennials, practical advice on survey specification for digital documentation and the restoration of the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens. 

For a programme and booking form click here.

If you would like to book a place, please complete the booking form and email it to

Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls

6 – 7 September 2018
The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy, near Banff, AB45 2SS

This 2-day Course will provide hands-on instruction and training in the skills and techniques involved in constructing and repairing Dry Stone Walls – and is aimed at Private Individuals, Estate and Farm Staff, Construction Industry Professionals, as well as those involved in landscape conservation and enhancement projects.

Delegates will receive a certificate acknowledging their successful completion of the course.

The course is being  led by Euan Thompson, a highly skilled and experienced Dry Stone Waller and Instructor who, in addition to his work with the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, has carried out numerous highly successful walling projects for a wide range of private and public sector clients.

Those attending will be required to wear stout footwear and outdoor clothing.  Boiler suits, hard hats, safety goggles & gloves are provided.

Delegate places on the course will be secured by sending a cheque for the course fee of £175 made payable to “The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre” by post to: Towie Barclay Castle, Auchterless, Turriff, AB53 8EP. We also accept payment by BACS – please contact us for our Bank Details.

For further information or to reserve a place:                                                                  Telephone: 01888 511347