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The 2018 weekend Autumn conference and AGM will be held in Derbyshire on 15th to 16th September. It shall look at historic buildings in the context of the landscapes in which they developed and how they are changing now and into the future. The Peak District has benefited from the recent completion of the Peak District Farmsteads Project, supported by Historic England, which has provided guidance following mapping of the historic character and survival of farmsteads and field barns across the National Park. 
 
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The DEFRA Historic Building Restoration Grant is being piloted in Dartmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks with £2 million of funding available.

The aim of the scheme is to help save the iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings from today can apply for a grant offering 80% towards the cost of restoration. This can include replacing the roof, weatherproofing the exterior, or other restoration works so that the building can be used again for farming purposes.

The scheme is open for applications until 31 January 2019 and, once approved, agreement holders will have two years to complete the works. 

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What is HistBEKE?

HistBEKE is the Historic Built Environment Knowledge Exchange project. Funded by Historic England it is being run by The University of Liverpool to try and help everyone who works with the historic built environment to increase their knowledge and understanding of the assets that they work with. For more information see: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/history/research/research-projects/historic-knowledge-exchange/