EH: English Heritage is hosting a national conference on commemorative plaques 18-19 February 2010, at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London. EH is responsible for running London’s blue plaques scheme, founded in 1866. It aims to consider & celebrate the large number of plaques across the country, to share experiences, and to consider future developments.
The event, the first of its kind, will be held in London over 2 days and will include discussion of key areas such as selection criteria, plaque design & inscription, historical research, the gaining of consents, and the promotion of plaques & plaque schemes.
The outcomes of the conference – and the suggestions of conference attendees – will feed directly into a series of guidance documents to be produced by English Heritage in Spring 2010, covering all aspects of plaques work, from the consideration of suggestions to the organisation of unveiling ceremonies.
Newswire – HCA: Excitement is already mounting for the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as plans for the largest show garden ever start to take shape. The garden, entitled Places of Change, is being developed by homeless people right across the country and has already drawn interest from around 40 homeless agencies keen to contribute towards its creation. It is an ambitious collaboration between the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the Eden Project, Homeless Link, and Communities and Local Government (CLG).
This partnership builds on the success of the silver medal award-winning KeyGarden at Chelsea in 2009 which saw collaboration from 20 homeless agencies and 200 homeless service users involved at all stages of the Garden’s development. Participants involved consistently reported a huge confidence boost, new skills, and renewed hope for their future.