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 conservation@warmemorials.org. 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

IHBC Yorkshire AGM and Workshop

29 September 2018

A Workshop led by Alan Gardner BSc (Hons), MRICS, SPAB Lethaby Scholar, Principal & Head of Heritage Asset Consultancy, Arcadis entitled: “‘Philosophy Into Practice: 2 case studies (All Souls, Bolton and Gorton Monastery Manchester) that consider the philosophical and technical and examines, ‘where does honesty become rudeness?’

Followed by the IHBC Yorkshire AGM at 12.15pm.

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.

Our Industrial Heritage – Shrewsbury Flax Mill

6 September 2018
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Spring Gardens

All the information you will need regarding this event and a fantastic opportunity to get behind the scenes and up high in this fabulous 18th-century structure, known as a precursor to the skyscraper due to its iron-frame construction is contained in Eventbrite, so whether you are planning on booking or not please visit the website and have a look.  The URL is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-industrial-heritage-shrewsbury-flax-mill-tickets-49056456181

This is a free event and lunch is kindly being provided by Historic England.  Due to restrictions regarding health and safety, there is a limit to the number of people who can do the mill tour at any one time.  There are 2 groups of 12 and anyone not booked onto these will be able to do an alternative tour of the Industrial Heritage around the immediate area – all of this is on the Eventbrite pages.