Recommendations – tell us what you think

Our summer survey last year and the focus group workshops held in Autumn 2017 have provided a us with a number of recommendations for the structure of the HistBEKE framework; as well as building types to prioritise for knowledge enhancement, and many other ideas and suggestions.

We would like to hear your views on these suggestions, which will form the basis of our recommendations to Historic England. We have created a survey to help us record your thoughts which can be accessed here:

We would be extremely grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions, which are all multiple choice. A copy of them can be found on the Project Documents Page if you would like to have a look at them first. The first few questions relate to your engagement with the HistBEKE project and your views on the recommendations, followed by a couple of short questions about you/your organisation to provide some context. None of these ask for any personal information.

As a quick reminder for those who might not have read our blog post about the workshops summary report that we published in March (Autumn 2017 Workshops: Summary Report Published), the workshop discussions resulted in an overarching recommendation from attendees that there should be two main elements to HistBEKE:

  1. A Knowledge Exchange – a ‘one-stop-shop’ website that anyone can access for information on building types, conservation techniques, craft skills, materials etc. This should be a Google-style search engine which wione-stop-shop.jpgll provide links/signposts to resources, and should be a wiki-style page that is open access so that anyone can update it.
  2. A research agenda and strategy to fill identified knowledge gaps and thus add to the knowledge exchange above. This should be managed by a network/forum/stakeholder group rather than an open access wiki, but with the opportunity for others to submit suggestions for consideration by the group.

There were a wide range of other suggestions made by delegates too, including not just suggestions for what might be included in the knowledge exchange, such as an events page and details of current projects, but knowledge gaps to add to the research agenda. These included, for example:

  • 20th Century industrial heritage, including industrial estates
  • Makeshift housing / hovels
  • Workers’ buildings – housing / institutes / clubs
  • Significance
  • DSC01362Change in use / adaptive re-use / new use / regeneration
  • Non-designated heritage and assessing the significance of the ‘typical’
  • Building Information Management (BIM) – what role for heritage?
  • Buildings which are at risk either now or potentially in the future, and how to predict this
  • Conservation philosophy and balancing interests – conservation / preservation / sustainability
  • Craft skills
  • Historical associations / social history of buildings and the people who lived in or used them, including building alterations made by inhabitants
  • Responses to climate change, including flooding and increased rainfall

We’re keen to make sure that the suggestions that were made at the workshops, as well as those within comments in the previous survey, and anything emailed or Tweeted to us, reflect the needs of everyone in the sector. Your responses to our survey, therefore, will help us to refine our recommendations to Historic England, and we hope will mean that HistBEKE is something that is useful and relevant to everyone who works in or with the built historic environment.

Please also let us know if there are any knowledge gaps that we have missed, or if you have any other suggestions for how the framework should be both developed and managed.

A summary of our draft recommendations will be published on our website in due course with a request for comments.

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