Partner Events

Cheltenham Racecourse – 12 May
TMI Hot topic

This year's 'Hot Topic' conference is on 12th May at Cheltenham Racecourse, immediately prior to the VisitEngland Awards taking place that night.  Booking is now open, with Early Bird rates available until 5pm on Thursday 24 April, at

There will be a strong DIGITAL theme, picking up solutions for destinations following the recent State Aid guidance from DCMS, along with examples from destinations across the UK and Europe.  Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Mathieu Hoeberigs - 'Tourism - all or nothing' - a personal perspective from the European mainland
  • William Bakker or Rodney Payne, THINK Social Media - Social Media solutions for the tourism industry
  • Val Hawkins, Mid Wales Tourism
  • Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall - 'Visit Cornwall digital marketing approach'
  • Jude Leitch, Northumberland Tourism - an update
  • Stuart Devlin, e-Strategy - Content at the Core
  • Mark Owen, South West Coast Path - Digital Add-ons
  • PLUS more being confirmed by the day

HTF members will be offered the same discount as TMI members.
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National Civic Day

The fourth National Civic day will be held on 21st June. The Day is organised by Civic Voice, which is the national charity for the civic movement in England. It is an opportunity for town and parish councils, community groups and businesses to showcase what is of value in their local area. Civic Voice is organising three events for any interested parties to learn more about the Day and how to participate; in Bristol on 29th March, Wakefield on 5th April and London on 17th April.

Stephen Williams MP, the Minister for Communities will be the headline speaker at the Localism Alliance event in Bristol on 29th March. He will speak on the role of community rights and the increased powers available to communities to protect their local assets. Further Localism Alliance meetings will be held in Wakefield on 5th April and London on 17th April. The Alliance has been formed by Civic Voice, CAMRA, National Association of Local Councils, The Theatres Trust and Supporters Direct to raise awareness of the opportunities available to local communities to protect their alliance.
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London 01 April
National Planning Summit

The inaugural National Planning Summit will be held on 1st April at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. The summit is intended to address the latest, most pertinent issues facing the planning system today.
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Winchester 26-27 April
The University of Winchester Archaeology and Memory

Winchester is one of the most thoroughly excavated cities in Britain, and its excavations among the most fully recorded. Areas for discussion at this conference will include memory and identity, myth, legend and history, power, space, place, architecture and fabric, communications, landscape, art, literature and piety, charity and devotion. The main aim is to demonstrate the material past with modern memory and the implications therein for Winchester’s people, landscape, topography and history. The conference is designed to be accessible to everyone with an interest in Winchester’s past.
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Edinburgh 5-7 June
IHBC Annual School

The Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC) annual school will be held in Edinburgh in June 2014. Professor Jukka Jokhileto will speak on the theme of ‘the philosophy and conservation theory, exploring the relationship with culture and science.’
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London 24 June 2014 - RTPI Planning Convention 2014
Meeting the challenge: how will planners shape the future?

Book your place now for The Planning Convention 2014 and be inspired as they celebrate the RTPI's centenary and 100 years of professional planning. Taking place on Tuesday 24th June in Central Hall Westminster, London, the Planning Convention 2014 will ask what are the big challenges on the horizon that will shape the next 50 years? 

They will address major issues including how to deliver quality as well as quantity in housing, how we build healthier communities and how to overcome the real constraints upon economic growth, such as infrastructure and market failure. Expert practitioners will discuss what these challenges will mean for the quality of life for communities in different parts of the UK.

With a packed and flexible programme, and outstanding opportunities for networking and debate, these critical topics will feature across workshop and plenary sessions with speakers of national and international renown. Join the convention debate about how to make planning fit for purpose in shaping the future of our communities.
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York 11-13 July 2014 
Centre for Conservation Studies and ICOMOS conference

The Centre for Conservation Studies and ICOMOS-UK conference for 2014, titled ‘Engaging Conservation’ will be held in York on 11th-13th July. Proposals for conference papers have been invited on all aspects of engaging conservation - with communities, participation, skills and capacity.
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