Past Winner Testimonies
2013 Annual School, Carlisle – Skills
EM Branch Bursary award winner – Liz Blood (Heritage Support & War Memorials Officer, Leicestershire County Council)
“Receiving the 2013 bursary was a great surprise. Without it I would have been unable to attend even the day school. The opportunity to take part in the Carlisle 2013 (my first full school) was a fantastic introduction to how valuable the tours and visits are on the extra days. These helped to put the day school theme of Skills into context, and to see real case study projects on the ground. It also provided opportunities to find out what interesting and inspiring projects others are involved in. It was a privilege to attend, I am most grateful to the EM branch for offering the bursary, and hope that the photojournal-film I produced as a momento will urge you to consider applying for the next – do not miss out!
Bursary Feedback - IHBC 2013 Summer School Carlisle
2012 Annual School, Winchester – Significance: Who Decides?
EM Branch Bursary award winner – Lisa Walton (Conservation Officer, NE Derbyshire District Council)
“In 2010 I was successful in securing a post which allowed me to work as a Planning Officer whilst training to be a Conservation Officer. I enrolled on an IHBC accredited course and became an affiliate IHBC Member. This has been the start of an incredible journey for me. I was encouraged by my local IHBC Branch representative to apply for the IHBC Annual School bursary as a way of building up knowledge and understanding in the field of conservation and gaining some bespoke CPD experience. After finding out I had been awarded the bursary, the East Midlands Branch ensured my full day school place was booked. All I had to do was arrange my travel, the cost of which was also covered by the bursary. Without the assistance of my IHBC Branch I would not have been able to attend and what an experience I would have missed out on! From the fantastic site visits to the expert speakers who spoke on a wide variety of topics to the delegates who were amazingly friendly and interested in the background of others. The whole experience was a seamless series of well-organised events and activities, highlighted by the beautiful city of Winchester. Without a doubt I have benefited from the experience and feel I can now offer my employer and my branch a wider appreciation of the historic environment and understanding of its ‘significance’. It is still daunting for me to think about how much I still have to learn but I am grateful for the opportunity the East Midlands Branch has provided, through its bursary scheme, and it is their belief in me that makes it such a greatly appreciated award. I would encourage anyone starting out in the field to apply for the bursary.”
Following the Annual School, Lisa has reported back the experience of attending the School to her County colleagues and has prepared the following presentation to share her CPD with other members.Bursary Feedback - IHBC 2012 Summer School Winchester2011 Annual School, Llandudno – Navigating the Shallows: Conservation and stewardship in uncertain times
EM Branch Bursary award winner – Catherine Dove (Conservation Officer, Leicestershire County Council)
"I have been an affiliate member of the IHBC for three years and am working towards full membership. I always find the Annual Schools that the Institute runs really useful; previously, I've only been able to afford the day schools, as I have to self-fund the trip. Last year, I applied for the East Midlands bursary as I didn't think I could afford to go, and was delighted to gain the bursary! The full trip is really worth the experience, as you get to go on useful site visits to see how innovative and fascinating projects are put into practice (among other sites, I visited Conwy castle and town walls and a school that had been converted by a local trust for community use) as well as a themed day of interesting lectures, with plenty of time for discussion and networking. The Annual Dinner is also a great experience. I would really encourage you to apply for the bursary, even if you don't think you'll be successful- you may be pleasantly surprised!"
Following the Annual School, Catherine fed back her experiences to the EM Branch Committee and also gave a presentation to the Branch on her work at Leicestershire County Council. This gave Catherine the opportunity to meet the Branch Committee and to contribute to the discussions on Branch publicity and hear about current conservation issues in the other counties.2010 Annual School, London – Going for Gold
EM Branch Bursary award joint winner – Lynda Tomkins (student, IHBC accredited architectural conservation degree, University of Derby)
“The bursary is a great idea. We all need a little help as we enter a new career.”
EM Branch Bursary award joint winner – Liz Bates (Historic Buildings Manager, Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire)
“Overall, the Day School showed how historic building conservation can both inform change and adapt to it. The case studies illustrated the value of the range of professionals working within the sector.”
Following the Annual School, both Lynda and Liz have reported back their experiences of attending the Day School within the September 2010 edition of Context