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Why Archives Matter: Heritage, Memory and Identity conference, Stirling
17th April 2019
The Engine Shed Stirling
Supported by National Records of Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland
10:00-10:20 Introduction & Welcome
10:20-11:50 SESSION ONE: HERITAGE (USING ARCHIVES)
Archives and Me Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Environment Scotland
Archives and the Future of the Past Professor Richard Rodger, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh
Architecture and Authenticity in Art Deco Glasgow Fiona Sinclair, Architect
John Nicolson and Sir Francis Tress Barry: Two Remarkable People, Two Collections, One Archive Lesley Ferguson, Head of Archives, Historic Environment Scotland
11:50-12:05 Coffee Break
12:05-13:15 SESSION TWO: MEMORY (TELLING OUR STORY THROUGH ARCHIVES)
The Impact of War: New Evidence from WW1 Pension Appeals’ Bruno Longmore, Head of Archive Depositor Liaison, National Records of Scotland
Scottish Poor Law Records Dr Irene O’Brien, Archivist, Glasgow City Archives
Our Place in (Scottish Publishing) History: How the HarperCollins Archive Shapes who we are Dawn Sinclair, Archivist, Harper Collins
14:00-14:55 MEMORY (continued)
Voices: Archival Experiences within the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s Bicentenary Celebrations Alison Stirling, Artistic Director, Artlink Edinburgh Miss Annabel Sings, Actor/Singer/Activist Ruth Honeybone, Archives Manager, Lothian Health Services Archive
Beyond 2022: Retrieving Lost Memories Dr Ciarán Wallace, Deputy Director, Beyond 2022, Trinity College Dublin
14:55-15:05 Comfort Break
15:05-16:35 SESSION THREE: IDENTITY (SEEING OURSELVES IN ARCHIVES)
South Asian and Muslim Identity in Scotland Dr Saqib Razzaq, Project Officer, Colourful Heritage
Preserving Jewish Heritage in Scotland: The Work of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre Harvey L. Kaplan, Director, Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
Italian Identity in Scotland: Archival Foundations Dr Terri Colpi, Honorary Research Fellow, University of St Andrews
Scotland’s Census: The Past, The Present and The Future Amy Wilson, Director of Statistical Services, National Records of Scotland 16:35-16:40 Closing Remarks
Director of Conservation, Historic Environment Scotland I will talk about my early experiences of archives and how they have shaped and guided my professional career, particularly around my own research interests.
Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh
In addition to some pointers for the future of archives and archival practice, the presentation will consider a user’s point view in linking historical studies, contemporary practice and future and directions. In summary, the argument is that we need to be less defensive about archives and proactive in developing public interest in heritage through the documentary and material record.
My talk will describe how the use of archive material such as drawings, photographs and newspaper articles is informing a repairs strategy for Kelvin Court in Glasgow which, when built in 1938, was the largest private flatted development in Scotland. With one hundred apartments, the owners of which have collective responsibility for the maintenance of the buildings, the strategy is designed to remind the residents of how iconic the development is, and the use of original marketing brochures, period product advertisements, and architect’s drawings are all key to this.
Head of Archives, Historic Environment Scotland
Caithness was a hive of archaeological activity in the late 19th and early 20th century. Circumstances brought two men together: Sir Francis Tress Barry, a wealthy business man and MP and John Nicolson, a farmer with an artistic talent. Together they excavated a number of archaeological sites, including the broch at Nybster, and illustrated their discoveries through photography and watercolour drawings. Recently re-excavated, the archive provides a wealth of valuable information for modern day archaeologists and community volunteers. Through the surviving archives, the story of Barry and Nicolson is embedded in the biography of the place.
Head of Archive Depositor Liaison, National Records of Scotland
We tend to view the Great War through the prism of commemoration and remembrance. More is written about those who never returned than those who survived and the long-term impact the war had on them and their families. But what happened to those who survived? Over 2 million men received a war pension from injuries sustained during the conflict. Pensions Appeal Tribunals were established to allow ex-servicemen and their dependents to challenge decisions relating to the war pension allocated by government. A National Records of Scotland project, funded by The Wellcome Trust, is cataloguing WW1 Pension Appeal Tribunal records for Scotland. These provide a unique insight into the impact the conflict had on those who fought in it. The documents are an important resource for those interested in the First World War and its aftermath, revealing stories that show why archives matter.
The HarperCollins Publishers Archive is a rich resource for the business to use to not only celebrate our heritage but also as a way to understand who we are as company today. Our history is 3-fold, that of our role within the publishing industry, the local and national history of Scotland and finally the personal history of our employees and authors. This presentation shall showcase the way in which HarperCollins archive plays a vital role in the understanding of our business history.
Artistic Director, Artlink Edinburgh
Miss Annabel Sings
Archive Manager, Lothian Health Services Archive
A short presentation will look at the role and impact of NHS Lothian’s archive within a programme led by Artlink Edinburgh to celebrate the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s bicentenary in 2013: ‘Ever Present Past’. It will be followed by a performance of ‘Voices’, written by Alison Stirling, bringing together the stories found in the archive with those of the contemporary hospital community.
Deputy Director, Beyond 2022, Trintiy College Dublin
In 1922, seven centuries of priceless records were lost in the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland during the Irish Civil War. The loss has limited Irish historical scholarship ever since. As the centenary of the calamity approaches, however, a new research project involving historians, archivists and computer scientists, is virtually recreating the building and – as far as possible – its contents. ‘Beyond 2022’ has already identified extensive volumes of transcripts, summaries, calendars and indexes created by archivists, administrators and scholars in the years preceding the fire (over 20 million words to date). Digitally reuniting them in a Virtual Reality recreation of the destroyed building offers exciting opportunities to restore Ireland’s lost archival and historical record.
Project Officer, Colourful Heritage
The core theme of this presentation draws evidence from the oral video stories archive recorded by Colourful Heritage (www.colourfulheritage.com) as a form of social scientific data. This reflects on feelings of ‘Scottish-ness’ and being Muslim among the older South Asian generation of men and women across Scotland that constitute the data sample. We will explore some of the factors behind why this generation have adopted predominantly a Scottish hybrid identity and what factors within Scotland have positively contributed to this identity. Photographs and documents from the ‘Bashir Maan Archive’ will also be used to establish identity in the 1950s and 1960s and how that compares with today.
Harvey L. Kaplan
Director, Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (SJAC) documents and illustrates the Jewish experience in Scotland since the 18th century, including religious, social, economic, political, cultural and family life. SJAC demonstrates the historical contribution of Jewish people to Scottish society, as well as how Jews have been received here over the years. Immigration is a key theme of the presentation, as many Scottish Jews are descended from immigrants who came to Scotland to make a better life for themselves and their families. SJAC is working with its partners to create a Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre and a Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre.
Honorary Research Fellow, University of St Andrews
Italians have settled in Scotland for 170 years. As knowledge and material evidence of the historic migrations have dwindled within the Italian community, passing into the realm of folk memory, archival source materials and the role of the archive have become ever more important for understanding and reconstructing the past and also facilitating realisation of identity. In particular, the 1933 Census of Italians, conducted by the Italian authorities, provides a unique treasure of retrospective data, giving an accurate picture of 1870s -1930s. Many other sources too offer both family historians and academic researchers opportunity; interest at both enquiry levels has increased steadily in recent years.
Director of Statistical Services, National Records of Scotland
This session will provide a brief overview of the history of the census and explore how it has changed over time. The talk will explore what are the key changes to Scotland’s population that the census has measured over time and will present an outline of what is planned for Scotland’s 2021 Census.
29 Mar 2019
RIAS Announces Strong Scottish Shortlist for RIAS/RIBA Awards 2019
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland announce 19 strong shortlist from 82 entries:
Homes for Scotland Awards shortlist announced
27 March 2019 – Homes for Scotland (HFS) has announced the shortlist for what is the country’s premier home building industry awards as the organisation prepares to celebrate the sector’s achievements at what is the largest annual gathering of its kind.
With entries showcasing the high quality work that the industry produces and the innovative practices it engages in, those companies achieving finalist places are:
Private Development of the Year – large (100+ units):
Barratt & David Wilson Homes East Scotland
Newcraighall Village, Edinburgh
CALA Homes (West)
21 Mansionhouseroad, Glasgow
Stewart Milne Homes Central Scotland
Dargaval Village, Bishopton
Barratt Homes North Scotland
Riverside Quarter, Aberdeen
Robertson Homes Partnership & Urban Union
Pennywell Living, Edinburgh
Private Development of the Year – medium (26-99 units):
A & J Stephen (Builders) & ZeroC Holdings
Tornagrain Phase 1A, Tornagrain
Barratt Homes West Scotland
The Meadows, Aberdeen
Mactaggart & Mickel
Greenan Views, Ayr
Bancon Homes & Halliday Fraser Munro
Monument View, Inverurie
CALA Homes (East)
The Crescent at Donaldson’s, Edinburgh
Private Development of the Year – small (up to 25 units):
Aspire Mews, Aberdeen
The Mews, Edinburgh
CALA Homes (West)
Riverside at Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Ashludie House, Monifieth
Affordable Housing Development of the Year:
Former Caledonian Road School, Perth
Glasgow Housing Association (part of the Wheatley Group) & CCG
Dougrie Drive, Glasgow
Kingdom Housing Association
Fraser Avenue Regeneration, Inverkeithing
Clyde Valley Housing Association
Coatbridge Library, Coatbridge
Muirskeith Road, Glasgow
Anderston Regeneration, Glasgow
Company Innovation and Best Practice:
Building without Barriers
Sustainable Communities Programme
Mactaggart & Mickel
Becoming an Employer of Choice
Supporting Organisation of the Year:
With main categories remaining the same this year, the Innovation and Best Practice award was expanded to allow HFS members to highlight examples of innovative practices they have implemented with a view to having a significant positive impact on their individual organisation.
Reflecting the continued robust nature of the programme and its stringent judging criteria, this year’s independent judging panel will again be interviewing those shortlisted in this category as well as the finalists for the Supporting Organisation of the Year award.
The judges will also be undertaking site visits to all the shortlisted entries in the Private and Affordable Housing Development categories. Those companies shortlisted for Private Development of the Year will also be considered for the prestigious Homes for Scotland Home Builder of the Year award through a rigorous interview process.
Winners will be revealed at the Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch (sponsored by Burness Paull) at the EICC on Friday 17 May which will be hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield. A keynote address will be delivered by Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government Aileen Campbell MSP. Now in its 17th year, over 900 senior industry representatives and guests already confirmed to attend.
Chair of the independent judging panel Andy Mitchell, former Land Director at CALA Homes, said:
“The Homes for Scotland awards are the most credible in our industry, and I was delighted to be asked to Chair the independent judging panel for the second year running.
“This year’s panel now faces the difficult task of determining who should take the top prizes in what is an incredibly impressive shortlist showcasing the high quality developments and innovative practices taking place within our sector, which should be rightly recognised and celebrated.”
26 Feb 2019
Historic Environment Scotland Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation News
Creative Design Director Amanda Jane Tervit, who runs architecture firm Auchenblae Design and Build, has achieved a Scottish first by being the first woman to successfully complete the inaugural Historic Environment Scotland Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation – read the article at:
Auchenblae Design and Build
Auchenblae is owned and managed by Amanda and Brian Wilson, partners in work and life. A truly dynamic and compatible couple with qualifications, skills and experience that create the perfect business in the design and build sector.
Auchenblae Design & Build provides a tailored personal and bespoke service, designing dream homes from specification to desired end use. They project manage from inception to completion, bringing vision to reality.
Amanda is a former pupil of Wallace High School, Stirling and the couple live in Cambusbarron, Stirling. Amanda is a graduate of Forth Valley College and Oxford Brookes University.
For further information please contact: Amanda Jane Tervit on 07919575898 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Engine Shed
The Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Run by Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public.
Our historic built environment is a finite and unique resource, yet its care calls for conservation skills that are in short supply. This new learning and visitor resource will help to encourage a greater understanding of traditional building materials and skills – and inspire future generations to continue to care for Scotland’s built heritage.
19 Feb 2019
Letter about proposed demolition of St Aiden’s Church, Galashiels
This is not so much about any issue that I have but one of which the Scottish Borders Town of Galashiels has: St Aiden’s Church is about to be torn down one of the towns oldest Gothic style Grade B Listed Building is about to be Demolished!! A building that is a vital part of our towns history.
A Building that has stood for well over 100 years, because the people that bought it left it to rot and decay, they bought it out and away from a better offer made on it via a Christian Organisation (under some very discriminating dealings!) who would have restored it and made use of it. But now it is going to smashed and a piece of history is about to be destroyed forever! This is a building that I feel Prince Charles (would support) who I’m aware is a VERY keen supporter of historical Buildings.
History that also includes the desecration of War Memorials from both World Wars that are inside of this church and dishonouring those who fought and died, is this not an illegal act??!
This email should be sent to someone who can save it like Prince Charles (I plan to write to him but time is of the essence) and thus save a iconic piece of Galahsiels from being lost forever a building that needs to be saved before it is too late! Help me to save this building it is scheduled to start demolition within the month it seriously needs to be stopped! Please and thank you!
Michael T Arnot
11 Feb 2019
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland External Review News
The RIAS commissions an external review into historic events and decisions made by the organisation around the time its Secretary and Treasurer Neil Baxter departed, report the AJ: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland External Review
31 Jan 2019
Maven strengthens senior management team with promotion to partner of two property investment directors
Partnership promotions reflect the expertise of Maven’s specialist property investment team and its ongoing expansion
This company is headquartered in Glasgow.
Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has promoted Colin Anderson and Andrew Whiteley from Maven’s specialist property investment team to partnership positions. The strengthening of its partnership base reflects Maven’s continued commitment to expanding Maven’s property investment offering.
Colin Anderson joined Maven in 2014 to further grow Maven’s property investment business, having previously spent 11 years in the corporate banking and real estate finance roles at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Since joining Maven as an investment director, Colin has been responsible for growing the number of property assets from five to 23 and has led investments in the student accommodation, hotel, office space and residential sectors, Colin has also been instrumental in increasing the Gross Development Value (GDV) of these assets from £41m to £295m, prior to recent exits, and has led, or co-led, eight investments with a value of £135m and raised total equity of £47m.
Andrew Whiteley joined Maven in 2013 to help further advance Maven’s diversification into property investment and development and has been instrumental in the division’s growth. Key to this has been Andrew’s relationship with Hong Kong and Singapore based investment group, IP Investment Management (IPIM), with which Maven has collaborated on eight high value property development projects in the student accommodation sector. Andrew joined Maven from Hotbed, where, as co-head of property, he had responsibility for portfolio management, sourcing, structuring and executing transactions on behalf of high net worth investors. Prior to his role at Hotbed, Andrew jointly ran the £2bn flagship UK commercial property fund at New Star Asset Management.
Maven’s specialist property investment team has extensive knowledge and experience of the UK property sector and identifies opportunities to combine capital and project management expertise in order to generate investor profits. The team has led on a number of transactions across a wide range of sub-sectors, including residential developments, hotels, student accommodation and offices and retirement living.
Between them, Colin and Andrew have led investments including:
• the sale of three fully developed and let purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) assets in Dundee, Birmingham and Edinburgh for c.£50m;
• the build of a 200-bed PBSA development in Liverpool, the development of 365 PBSA beds across two locations in Stirling city centre and acquisition of a site close to Southampton University with planning for 204-bed property;
• a £35m development of a 221-bed Hampton by Hilton hotel in Manchester, due to open Q1 2020;
• the development of 129 family homes and affordable housing units at two residential development sites in the Central belt of Scotland;
• an investment in Goldcrest Communities, which specialises in obtaining planning consent and facilitating retirement villages;
• the investment in and board director position of Horizon cremation, developer / operator of new build crematoria facilities across the UK;
• the redevelopment of vacant office buildings in Marlow and Maidenhead to a Grade A office HQ totalling 49,000 sq ft and employing more than £10m of Maven co-investor equity across the two locations;
• The acquisition of a 110,000 sq ft industrial warehouse in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow leased to John McGavigan Limited.
Bill Nixon, Managing Partner at Maven said: “We are very pleased to announce these partnership promotions, which reflect the excellent contribution both Andrew and Colin have built upon over the years as property investment directors at Maven. The appointments are timely, coinciding with rapid expansion for our property business and will only help to enhance our property investment offering by providing investors with access to well-researched UK property transactions whilst offering attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors.”
About Maven Capital Partners UK LLP
Maven Capital Partners UK LLP (Maven) is an independent private equity and property manager, focused on the provision of growth capital and mezzanine finance to SMEs across the UK, as well as funding a range of attractive property investments. Headquartered in Glasgow, and with ten other offices throughout the UK, Maven has £600 million funds under management and available to invest.
Maven has developed a track record in the hotel, student accommodation and office space sectors, sourcing and structuring transactions with a gross development value of up to £30m. With a hands-on proactive portfolio management approach, Maven works closely with property developers to add value and maximise investor returns, and also provides a fully integrated back-office support function to client and third party fund managers.
For more information about Maven visit: www.mavencp.com @maven_cp
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