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Samuel Neal awarded the Bishopwearmouth Student Bursary

Samuel Neal awarded the Bishopwearmouth Student Bursary

5 October 2021

This bursary and work experience offer is a new venture hosted by the Conservation team at Sunderland City Council. The successful student, Sam, has chosen to study the conservation pathway on the MSc Urban Planning masters programme at Newcastle University. Alongside the £2,500 courses fee bursary awarded, he will have a work experience placement at the council, equivalent to one day per week during term time.

Sam will be involved with the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund until 2023. The scheme offers grant assistance for repairs and enhancement works to historic buildings within Sunderland City Centre, improves public spaces, and promotes a range of events and activities to explore the history of Bishopwearmouth.

I am delighted with this partnership with Sunderland City Council, which will give Sam fantastic experience of conservation practice

Professor John Pendlebury

Sunderland also has a Heritage Action Zone funded by Historic England until 2022. The Sunderland’s Historic High Streets Heritage Action Zone project aims to revive one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods through a five-year programme of research, repair and regeneration. This includes community engagement projects to rediscover and celebrate the city’s unique heritage.

Sam will initially be working on heritage at risk surveys in the Heritage Action Zone, plus producing factsheets on restoration projects and helping with oral history interviews for the Townscape Heritage Scheme.

Judith Miller, Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Project Officer, said, “We are so pleased to support Sam’s continuing education and help him pursue a future career in historic building conservation”

Right: Sam Neal

Samuel Neal