Our friends in Conservation – Alderley Edge School for Girls

Special thanks to Alderley Edge School for Girls for inviting us to share our love for Conservation with their students at their Careers Convention held on Thursday 29th November, something we feel privileged to have been part of!


With a decline in young people stepping into the Conservation Industry, the sector is crying out for young talent; it is vital that the industry pull together to shrug off the negative stereotypes surrounding certain roles.

It is certainly no secret that the industry struggles to attract women into the sector, perhaps that is because girls have been blind to the roles actually out there?

Image credit: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-women-pushing-wheelbarrows-and-working-as-labourers-whilst-the-men-37686454.html

It’s a vibrant and varied sector, construction projects ultimately have a hugely positive impact on the community and work accomplishments have the potential to take their place in history.

Protecting the past at Chester Cathedral – ongoing.

Rebecca Payne from the Heritage Alliance is the perfect example to be used, where she has been a part of the industry now for over 30 years, having been involved with English Heritage, National Churches Trust and the Diocese of London.

“I have worked for 30 years as a heritage professional within public service at national level. For the last 10 years, I have worked specifically with historic places of worship and have built up a specialised knowledge in their conservation and the impact that their extended use by the wider community can have on their sustainability.
I have proven ability to assimilate complex information, write reports, and prepare and deliver presentations to a range of audiences from parish/ community level to Government Departments.
Highly developed interpersonal skills and well able to communicate with people at all levels and backgrounds. Understand the importance of developing strong networks and the mutual benefits of working in partnership. Well practiced in setting own targets and working out how to achieve them. Developed the skills to be able to work under pressure and to meet other people’s deadlines.
Many years’ experience of administrative and office work and have developed good planning and logistical skills as a result of having organised numerous conferences and seminars.
I am keen to remain in the same area of work, and am interested in taking on research projects on anything to do with historic places of worship.
Following another growing interest, I am also a Director of Brixton Energy Solar 2, a co-operative generating community-owned energy in Brixton. I have recently become the Secretary of Repowering Ltd which is an umbrella organisation based in South London which aims to help others set up co-operatives to invest in and generate renewable energy. I would also be interested in making good use of my skills supporting community groups in running sustainable, recycling/alternative energy projects.”


A fantastic compilation of what can be achieved by hard work and dedication in one’s role.

You can contact Becky at:
The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance
The Heritage Alliance
5-11 Lavington St,
DD: 0207 2330 900


Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB. Tel. 0161 442 9850 Fax. 0161 432 8478

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This weeks events list courtesy of:


have the following events happening this week in December on their events diary:

December 2018
5-7 IAFOR Conference on Heritage Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
5 Retrofitting Traditional Buildings: Principles and Practice Exeter
Exeter Library, Exeter
5 The Dykes Bower Lecture: Befriending the City Churches
The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London
6 Polished Plaster
Buckland Filleigh Sawmills, West Devon
6 Maintaining Historic Graveyards
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
6 Commissioning Archaeology
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford
7 Tadelakt Plaster
Buckland Filleigh Sawmills, West Devon
12 Conservation Ethics and Approaches
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
12 The Big Update
St Albans Conference Centre, Holborn
14-15 Financing Conservation
Birmingham City University


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