Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls

21-22 June 2018
The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy, Banff

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 LCEP.

Further information on the ‘Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls_Course’ Prospectus and Course Booking Form is attached.

New Towns Heritage: Post-War Legacy and 21st Century Future

5 July 2018
Coventry University, Technology Park, Coventry, UK

This event is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The increasing interest on the post-war architectural, design and planning heritage of UK and European New Towns engages urban and cultural researchers and practitioners, policy makers and civic society organizations to jointly explore the urban heritage in post-war new towns in the UK and mainland Europe.

The New Towns Heritage Research Network has organised a series of events, concentrating on the diverse examples of Milton Keynes, Harlow, Peterborough and Rotterdam. There is still much to be done in order to study and assess the New Town Heritage and consider ways to promote its value and protect it in the context of contemporary growth and change.

 The Plenary Conference in Coventry which will build on the exploration to date, share wider views and research on 20th century post-war New Town Heritage and develop a strategy for further expansion of the network including a New Town Heritage Research and Policy Agenda.

The conference will be considering a proposal for a New Town Heritage Manifesto.

You are invited to join us for this FREE EVENT.

A detailed programme of speakers and sessions will follow shortly.

Please signal your interest early to Dr Noël James  and feel free to pass on to colleagues.

You can also register on our trial network forum at


The Future of British High Streets and Town Centres

13 June 2018

The British high street is one of our nation’s most characteristic urban features, and acts as a common public asset for all residents. However, for a number of years, the sustainability, vibrancy and prosperity of high streets nationwide have been in jeopardy. Approximately 14 outlets per day closed in the first half of 2017 (Local Data Company), whilst footfall on UK high streets decreased by 4.6% over the last year (British Retail Consortium). The retail workforce has also contracted to 3 million from approximately 3.2 million in 2008, with the BRC predicting a further reduction of 900,000 by 2025. Whilst the determinants of this trend are manifold, online shopping has unquestionably challenged high street retailers in transforming traditional consumer habits. On average, Britons spend £4,611 per person per year online, more than any other nation (The UK Cards Association, 2017).

In response, the Government announced a series of measures aimed at assisting businesses and underpinning their future success. In April 2017, the Chancellor’s business rate revaluation delivered “the biggest ever cut in business rates”, with a £6.7bn 5 year package. Nearly three quarters of businesses saw no change or a fall in bills, whilst 600,000 businesses were exempted from business rates altogether. In addition, business rates will be linked to RPI rather than CPI from 2020, saving businesses approximately £370 million. In January 2018, Public Health England released, Healthy High Streets, publishing a series of recommendations on promoting and improving the health of residents and wider communities through good place making in urban settings.

Further details here>>

Maintaining and Managing Amenity, Estate and Community Woodlands

31 May – 1 June 2018
Duff House, Banff

The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, is presenting a course: ‘Maintaining and Managing Amenity, Estate and Community Woodlands’ which is being held at Duff House, Banff on Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June.

This 2-day Course will combine expert tuition with hands-on skills training to provide those attending with an understanding of the requirements necessary in order to manage and maintain Forests and Woodlands – as well as individual trees, shelterbelts and hedgerows. The Lead Instructor for the Course is Mark Paterson – a highly knowledgeable and experienced authority on establishing, maintaining and managing Forest and Woodlands.

Past experience has shown that this highly popular Course will be of immense benefit to Estate Staff and others involved in Forest maintenance as well as Private Individuals, Landowners, members of Community Woodland Associations, Conservation organisations, and Local Authority landscape maintenance staff.

Please find attached a Course Prospectus, and Booking Form. If you require further information on this, or any other of our Course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone on 01888 511347 or by e-mail,

As places on the Course limited and are filling up quickly, if you would like to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.



IHBC South Branch – Naval Gazing: Mary Rose Museum – Portsmouth Historic Dockyards

18 May 2018


An IHBC South Branch conference exploring how some of the nation’s most precious naval assets are cared for as well as the docks and buildings which house them and their related heritage.

Naval Gazing will be a great opportunity to see some of the Historic Dockyard including the Mary Rose, and to hear conservators and others from the heritage sector talk about the amazing conservation work.  We will have a special tour of Boat House 4 and a presentation about the Mary Rose as well as other fascinating presentations.  Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Open to members and non-members

For further details on the event download the Flyer and Booking Form