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News and Notices from the VAG and other groups or organisations.

Vernacular Architecture Project in Derbyshire

Your Hidden Heritage is an exciting project focusing on the fascinating built environment of north-east Derbyshire. As part of Heritage Lottery-funded Landscape Partnership scheme Limestone Journeys, the project is working with local people, communities and landowners to look after, learn about and celebrate the architectural heritage of the area. The study area is characterised by distinctive Magnesian Limestone geology, which has influenced a unique vernacular building tradition. The cottages, farmhouses and barns built from magnesian limestone with their typical red pantile roofs form an important element of the regional landscape character, although many are falling into disrepair. In a series of workshops led by professional archaeologists, local residents and interested parties are being given the opportunity to learn how to photograph and record individual structures, contributing to an online interactive map of the area’s historic buildings. All the workshops also include visits to heritage attractions in the local area.

The next workshop will be held in Barlborough on Saturday 16 August 2014 (click here to view the poster) and will include a talk on Barlborough Hall with Tony Bak (Barlborough Heritage Project Manager) and a visit to Barlborough Heritage Centre. Subsequent workshops will be held in Glapwell on Saturday 20 September 2014 and Rowthorne (in the parish of Ault Hucknall) on Sunday 21 September 2014. The workshops will be led by Genevieve Carver (Trent & Peak Archaeology) and are free of charge, but if you would like to take part please book your place by emailing or calling 0115 8967409.

July 2014

New course in Conservation of the Historic Environment at Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is proud to announce our new postgraduate course in Conservation of the Historic Environment. This is a flexible course, allowing you to study and develop your continual professional development (CPD) while working. The CPD element to this course is delivered in lectures and seminars as well as practical workshops, enabling you to develop and enhance your practical knowledge and skills of conservation practice as well as building materials and conservation. These courses are also offered as part of the course at MA level. You can undertake the full MA over two years on a part-time basis, or as alternative you can study to Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate level.

The course structure consists of two core modules that offer background knowledge in Historic Environments and Conservation Practice. This inevitably includes the built environment but takes into account wider issues such as conservation areas, historic landscape characterisation, local identity, the rural environment, and collections management. It also covers key skills such as the legislative background, presentation and advocacy, and financing conservation.

All the courses are delivered over two days on a Friday and Saturday. The Lecture courses will take place in the New Birmingham City University Parkside Building and include how to write a Conservation Plan and Conservation ethics and Philosophy. The practical workshops are take place on sites throughout the West Midlands and Key subjects include: training in lime; stone; timber; ferrous and non-ferrous metals; ceramic building materials; twentieth century building materials; building recording; and the management of traditional estates, parks and gardens.

The course will be run by Harriet Devlin MBE who has joined the Birmingham School of Architecture. Harriet was recently conferred with MBE for services to heritage and the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and brings many years’ experience of conservation practice and teaching to the centre of Birmingham.

For any information about any of the courses, please contact: Course Enquiry Team, telephone 0121 331 5595, or Course Administrator, Shajdha Anwar, telephone 0121 331 7880, email For more information on the MA programme visit

July 2014

OASIS Survey: your opinions please

The Archaeology Data Service, as part of the HERALD project, has been commissioned by English Heritage to undertake a user needs survey to help define and shape the future of the OASIS system (

Whether a current OASIS user, or not, we would appreciate your feedback and thoughts to help us redesign the OASIS system to best suit your various needs, while continuing to play a role in the recording of the historic environment. Please complete the survey available at:

The survey is available until Sunday 20 July 2014, should take approximately 15 minutes and your response will be confidential. Completing the survey will give you a real opportunity to influence the redevelopment of OASIS as well as the chance to win either a Google Nexus 7 tablet or £160 of Pizza Express Vouchers.

If you have any questions about this, or the questionnaire in general, please contact the ADS via Jo Gilham on or 01904 323937.

June 2014

Tools and Trades History Society

The Tools and Trades History Society is a small charity, founded in 1983 to promote the study and understanding of early trades, related tools and the people that used them.

We are always seeking new members to join us, and there seem to be many like-minded individuals in charities and other groups that have similar aims to ourselves. Further details are available on the TATHS website at

Jonathan Green-Plumb (TATHS Chairman)
January 2014