HTVF invites applicants to join Board


Are you a senior local authority officer with responsibilities for conservation and design?  The Historic Towns and Villages Forum is interested to hear from members who have local authority experience to join its Board and contribute to the further development of its influence and activities.  The HTVF is now constituted as a not for profit limited company, and the Board meets around four times per year. Directors are expected to take responsibility for elements within the range of the Forum’s activities and promote greater interest in the benefits of membership, and greater participation in the services it offers.  

Now in its 33rd year, the HTVF is developing a refreshed programme of events, reflecting its broader membership and the opportunities and challenges presented to those who wish to protect and enhance the features of historic settlements.  It will continue to provide better practice guidance and undertake research to support those who care for and manage change in historic places. We aim also to build stronger relationships with partner organisations that have complementary interests.  For more information, see our website www.htvf.org

If you are interested, please send your details to the Chair of the HTVF Steven Bee steven.bee@urbancounsel.co.uk by Monday 4th March 2019.
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Annual General Meeting 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

Our AGM was held on 31 January 2019, and was very kindly hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, at 50 Broadway London SW1H 0BL.

You can download the following relevant documents here:
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Congratulations to HTVF Board member Sara Crofts for her appointment as Chief Executive of ICON (The Institute of Conservation) from January 2019.

Sara was formerly at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  as Head of Historic Environment for the last three years.
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Coming up: ICOMOS Xmas Lecture
Keep up with news from the heritage sector with the ICOMOS newsletter available from admin@icomos-uk.org
 
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Thrive & Revive Place




Have you seen the latest issue of Thrive & Revive's Place magazine? Follow this link for more on how to support our town centres https://reviveandthrive.co.uk/revive-thrive-place-magazine/.


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Check out the new details on our events planned in September and October at http://www.htvf.org/page/

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Conservation & Urban Design

Available now and free to download - the special issue of the Urban Design Group's quarterly journal Urban Design featuring articles on different ways of valuing, counting, seeing and saving our heritage:

http://www.udg.org.uk/publications/urban-design-journal-issue/urban-design-144
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BOOK REVIEWS
We are interested in receiving book reviews on recent publications, and are delighted to publish our inaugural review...

The Village News, the truth behind England’s rural idyll, by Tom Fort, Simon and Schuster, 2017 £14.99 HB £8.99 PB
ISBN 978-1-4711-5109-5
According to Tom Fort, there is no such thing as a typical English village. Most are determined by their geography, as manifested partly by their local building materials, others by history. Fort’s cycle rides take him from the Durham coalfields, to picturesque Devon and Cornwall and most counties in between. Many villages are ancient, though some, like his own of Sonning Common, are a mere 100 years old. Those spawned by the Industrial Revolution were thrown up rapidly and cheaply, while others grew in a slow, organic fashion. Yet what links them over a 1,500 year period is that their raison d’être was to work the land, whether on or below the surface.
Fort confirms that the English village is still alive, but barely kicking. Indeed, despite the Black Death, industrialisation, parliamentary enclosures and other losses undermining village life, it managed to survive, until the late 19th century. Then what we now call gentrification and suburbanisation engulfed Bourne near Farnham, as Surrey succumbed. More recently it has been  prosperity (for some) in the form of holiday homes, visited once or twice a year, that  has sucked the communal life from villages further afield, driven its young away to find low-cost housing, and often killed off the civic institutions that kept them alive. The last straw was the mechanisation of agriculture brought about by the two world wars. With agriculture died the crafts and trades associated with rural life, though TV programmes like the Victorian Farm series suggest many people are reviving or still practising old crafts.
Fort delves into the history of each place, often finding a piece of literature, like Sturt’s Change in the Village, Lee’s Cider with Rosie or a written local history like The History of Myddle to compare past with present.  He also talks to the locals, to take the measure of its communal spirit.
Heritage professionals will deplore many of his conclusions. He would like a bonfire of conservation policies like AONBs and Conservation Areas. He castigates the National Trust for preserving picturesque villages at the expense of housing locals in new buildings. But he rightly abhors the volume housebuilders with their dull and derivative designs, while he recommends de-suburbanisation by building at higher densities and the use of local building materials - essential to preserve the variety and character of an area. ‘The best of England is a village’, but that is only true if you can find a beautiful and thriving one.
Dr Linda Hall, Heritage Champion and Councillor, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

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Just a thought from the HTVF team...
If you'd really like to come to one of our events in Oxford, but the thought of getting here for an early morning start is off-putting, please let us know and we can find out whether there is overnight accommodation available in College or other University centres...
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Under Pressure: Working with the form and setting of smaller settlements
Tuesday 6th November 2018, Kellogg College, Oxford (Please note new date) See our Events page for more details http://www.htvf.org/Events/
 
9.30am
Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45
Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
10am
The historical significance of settlement forms, functions and settings
10.30am
Planning for growth: small settlements today, the HELAA process and the market
11am
Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.30am
Sieving or planning for growth? Alternative approaches and the value of place
12pm
Re-shaping growth plans for small settlements: case study
12.45
Q&A
1pm
Lunch
1.45pm
Introduction to Workshop
3.15pm
Tea and coffee
3.30pm
Workshop feedback
4pm
Using historical evidence in neighbourhood planning: case study
5pm
Close
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