INTO  eNews    February  2014 

Dear Friend.    We are pleased to send you this second edition of the INTO eNews.  So much is happening among our members around the globe, it is impossible to capture all in this newsletter.  You can stay up to date by following INTO on Twitter and Facebook and by checking the website regularly.  If you don't already follow us on social media use the buttons at the bottom of the page to follow us.

Did you know that we also have a Chinese (Traditional) language version of our Facebook site?

Sincerely,   The INTO team.



 Sarah Staniforth   SECRETARY  

From January 2011 Sarah Staniforth has been Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust. She is also a director of National Trust Enterprises and Historic House Hotels. She was Historic Properties Director from 2005-2010 and Head Conservator from 2002-2004. She joined the National Trust in 1985 as Adviser on Paintings Conservation and Environmental Control. She read chemistry at Oxford University, studied paintings conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art and worked in the scientific department of the National Gallery from 1980-1985.

For many years Sarah served on the Council of IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works), initially as a Council Member then as Vice-President. She was elected President of IIC in January 2013. She is currently a Trustee of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons and the Pilgrim Trust, and a member of the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission, the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee, the Council of AIM (Association of Independent Museums) and Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation Committee. Sarah chaired the steering group that developed the UK National Heritage Science Strategy from 2008-2010 and is currently chairing the Board of Trustees of the UK National Heritage Science Forum. She is a Fellow of IIC, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Arts.

Sarah has written and lectured extensively on preventive conservation for collections in museums and historic houses; some of this work is recorded in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping, which was published in 2006 with a revised edition in 2011. She has just completed a book on preventive conservation for the Getty Conservation Institute Readings in Conservation series, Historical Perspectives on Preventive Conservation that was published in April 2013. Her interests include: museums and heritage management; buildings and collections conservation; and bringing historic places to life through excellent standards of access, presentation and interpretation.
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William White  (the National Trust Bermuda) TREASURER

Lt Col (Retired) William White is the President of the Council of the Bermuda National Trust, and has served in that position since 2010.

William traces his ancestry in Bermuda back 11 generations. He has a BA in Economics from Queen’s University, Canada and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Leeds, England. He has been employed as a Chartered Accountant by firms now incorporated within PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and also at the Office of the Auditor General in Bermuda.

William completed his Officer Training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Bermuda Regiment. He has both local and international emergency management experience, and was a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Co-ordination Team for the Americas and Caribbean. He retired as Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Regiment in 2009, after 24 years’ service.

William’s interests include heritage and culture, natural history, and travel. He is married to Peta and has three daughters and a young son.

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Justin Albert the National Trust England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Justin Albert is National Trust Director for Wales with responsibility for the largest conservation and heritage charity in Wales. He is also on the board of Visit Wales, Vice Chair of the International Hay Festivals, and on the board of the Welsh National Opera.

Previous Justin Albert was a 25 year veteran of the broadcast and motion picture industry and some highlights in his career include: Launching UK, and US cable and satellite networks; negotiating long term media deals in China and South East Asia; President of Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts in Los Angeles; running production and operations for the international television station Animal Planet; overseeing all operations, production and management for five of Discovery Communication US’s channels; and personally producing and directing over 100 hours documentaries, including a multi award winning series on world history with Lord Asa Briggs.

A dual-national Justin Albert is trained in law in both the US and UK and has worked and consulted widely in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and India….And now lives on the Welsh borders with his wife, three kids, two old horses, lots of sheep and a scruffy terrier.

Thank You to Simon Murray but not Goodbye! 

Justin replaces Simon Murray as the official NT(EWNI) representative on the INTO Executive Committee and the INTO Charity Board.   SIMON MURRAY has been directly involved with INTO from its beginning and it is fair to say that INTO would not exist now without Simon's dedication and support.   Simon remains a staunch supporter of INTO.  We expect to see much more of Simon and all look forward to celebrating his involvement formally when we meet in Cambridge in 2015.


An inspirational Trust moment.

Drew Grove, the Victorian National Trust's commercial manager submitted this photo within the hour of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro in snow carrying the Trust's flag and Trust brand literally to new heights.

Drew joined the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 2012, and is responsible for the development, delivery ...

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Coastal managment in a changing climate

This week I had the pleasure of meeting representatives of INTO members the Conservatoire du Littoral at the National Trust HQ in London.   Founded on 10th July 1975, the Conservatoire du Littoral is the French coastal protection agency whose mission is the permanent protection of natural spaces and landscapes ...

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Safeguarding the Eastern Coastline of Taiwan

Safeguading eastern coastline of Taiwan -- the good news and the bad

Taiwan Environmental Information Association has been working on preserving our eastern coastline, the environment and the culture based on natural resources.

Unfortunately, many developers now see the beauty of this place as something to ...

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Wisdom from the NTHP FORUM Journal

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (our Washington DC based member) provides an amazing forum for discussion. INTO Executive Committee member, David Brown (NTHP EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PRESERVATION OFFICER) provides this introduction.

learning from the International Community
David J. Brown

The National Trust is delighted to present this special Forum Journal on Study Abroad: Global Perspectives. ...

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Greenbuild 2013: LEED v4 Takes the Stage

A very interesting article from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (USA)

It’s not often a cause or a movement has the opportunity to magnify its reach in one fell swoop, but after attending Greenbuild 2013, the annual gathering of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in Philadelphia this past November, clearly the preservation movement and the green ...

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We are working to increase the capacity of INTO and all of our member trusts while at the same time providing meaningful opportunities for volunteer engagement, training and employment.  The INTO website now lists Volunteer Positions, Employment Opportunities and Training Opportunities.  We will soon be adding a directory of skills available within the INTO family and this will include members who wish to volunteer for interesting assignments.   Visit the site often to see what opportunities have been added.  Below are a few active samples. 

The positions posted below are a sample of positions that INTO hopes to fill. 

Social Media Officers (French or Spanish)

These are long-term INTO volunteer positions. The applicants may be based anywhere in the world with adequate internet access. Responsible for delivery of INTO messages via Twitter, Facebook and other social media in French or Spanish.
A strong knowledge (or willingness to learn) of Social Media and Social Media trends would be a great asset.
To find out more about ...

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Assistant Webmaster

INTO is in need of an Assistant Webmaster. The successful applicant can be located anywhere in the world provided she/he has adequate high speed internet connection. Applicant should have a working knowledge of WordPress and WordPress site administration. Knowledge of HTML and PHP languages would be a great asset. The Administration language of the INTO site is English. This volunteer ...

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Website Translator (French)

This is an INTO position. This is a long-term position. The Website Translator can work from any location that provides reliable internet connection. The successful candidate will have good writing and editing skills in English and French. Content of the INTO website, eNews and social media is translated originally using Google Translate, but then requires review and edit before being ...

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INTO could not function without our volunteers.   Each brings valuable skills and credibility to the organisation; they extend our sphere of influence and they share their passion and enthusiasm for worldwide heritage conservation.  Even if we could afford to pay for this, I’m not sure it is something we could purchase!  

Many of you will have already met our governance volunteers (Chairman, Executive Committee, etc) and Secretariat directors, but you may not know the UK Secretariat team so well.   We now have the following additional long-term volunteers based in Swindon and London:

Susan Van-Schalkwyk manages our Small Grants Programme and is also able to give some ad-hoc advice to INTO members seeking assistance with funding applications.

Julie Thompson joined the INTO team in 2011 as our Volunteer Placements Manager.  With a background in senior level recruitment and having worked extensively in Australia, Julie has made a huge contribution to the Secretariat team.   “When I came to volunteer for INTO, I thought I would be stuffing envelopes. How wrong I was!”  In 2012, Julie participated in a British Council funded visit to China on behalf of INTO which was a vital component to delivering our working holiday collaboration in Tongli.    For the last three years, Julie has lead work to integrate programmes organised by INTO members in the National Trust’s (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Working Holidays brochure.   She has spent time helping our members develop their working holiday programmes, particularly in Spain with Tesouros de Galicia.    Julie also manages the placement of long-term volunteers across the INTO network and has been particularly successful finding volunteer personnel for the National Trust of Fiji.    Now working on an overall volunteering strategy for INTO, Julie says: “This is an interesting and challenging role.   I really appreciate the fact that I've been able to generate my own projects, which add value to the INTO offer.”

Jackie Hunt is INTO’s Membership Co-ordinator and has made a real difference to our membership renewals process.

Margaret Muthemba was our Communications Manager last year but has had to step down due to family commitments.  We are deeply grateful for all Margaret’s help and expertise, especially her work on our latest Annual Report, and look forward to a time when she may rejoin us in some capacity.  We are currently recruiting a new Communications Manager. See Link

Translation of the Website in Chinese (Traditional) and management of the Chinese language Facebook page would not be possible without the help of our translation volunteer Dora of the Taiwan Environmental Information Association (TEIA).  Chinese (Simplified) is thanks to Ding Feng of the Ruan Yisan Heritage Foundation in China.  


Working Holidays provide an opportunity to learn, travel and contribute to saving special places around the globe.   Hundreds of Working Holidays are available every year.  A couple of samples are listed below.  

If you as an INTO member want to host Working Holidays in 2015 it is wise to start the process as early as possible.   Connect with the secretariat by email at

Prince's Trust volunteers working in the grounds of Tyntesfield, North Somerset

National Trust England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland has run working holidays for over 45 years and in 2014/15 the programme is going from strength to strength. People of all ages are getting involved in all types of projects, helping the Trust in its work but, just as importantly, making the absolute most of their spare time. One of ...

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National Preservation Conference 2014 | Savannah GA, USA

Call for papers and for ideas.

Mark your calendars for the National Preservation Conference, PastForward, Nov. 11-14, 2014 in Savannah, GA. As the premier educational and networking event for those who care about saving places, this year’s conference introduces new, innovative programming that will inspire, engage and educate. With expert practitioners leading signature talks, intensive workshops, and educational and field sessions, PastForward will provide you with the tools and resources to push new frontiers in both academia and practice. Sign up to receive conference updates.

Call for Ideas, Proposals and Submissions

Be a part of the premier educational and networking event for those who care about saving places – submit a session Idea, a Field Study proposal or an Affliate Event today. Your expertise, knowledge and ideas will help shape PastForward, the 2014 National Preservation Conference, Nov 11-14 in Savannah, Ga. More than 2,000 preservation professionals are expected to attend, including architects, historians, urban planners, city planners, developers, and public and private-sector professionals. Share your ideas, innovative approaches and knowledge to help strengthen the historic preservation movement.

Call for Ideas

Have an opinion on what you think hot topics are for preservation? Heard an inspiring speaker you think would resonate with the audience at the National Preservation Conference? Have a suggestion on what people need and want to hear in Savannah? Now is your chance to tell us! 

We want to hear your ideas for shaping the seminar-style and classroom programming. Unlike years past where we did a call for session proposals, which required you to be responsible for content and delivery from start to finish, a call for ideas encourages you to submit your thoughts, and we will work with you to potentially bring them to life for the conference.  

The process for submitting an idea is quick and easy.  Simply fill out our form to pass along your ideas by March 17, 2014.

Call for Field Study Proposals

Are you or your organization involved in top-notch preservation work in Savannah? Is there a cutting edge strategy that you employ to revitalize your community? Can preservationists from around the country learn from your experiences, and would you like the opportunity to hear their perspectives?

Showcase your historic project, topic or site, and share your successes, challenges and lessons with attendees. Demonstrate the strategies you’ve implemented to save buildings and local history so attendees can incorporate into their efforts in their communities.

What is a Field Study?

    • A first-hand look at local preservation projects, taking attendees into the community or region (can be up to 90 miles outside of Savannah)
    • The local area’s most significant places, such as a single building, downtown retail corridor,  historic neighborhood,  rural landscape, series of bridges, historic rail or road corridor, park,  culturally significant place,  series of homes or buildings by the same architect, etc.

Submit your Field Study Proposal by March 17, 2014.

Call for Affiliate Event Submissions

Affiliate Events include gatherings such as networking sessions, dinners, luncheons, receptions, board meetings, and the like.  These may take place in an official conference property or off-site. All details are arranged by the Affiliate Session Manager with input from the National Trust. Your affiliate event will appear on the conference website, in the Final Program and may appear in additional promotional emails.

To have your affiliate event included in our conference proceedings, please click here.  Affiliate event submissions are due April 1, 2014.

For more information on submitting a session idea, Field Study proposal, and an Affiliate Event submission please visit or contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference staff at 202-588-6100 or e-mail


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