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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional

IHBC London Branch

Greater London area
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  • Branch Committee
  • Membership
  • Events
  • COG
  • Annual Conference
  • Newsletters
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Branch Committee

Chairman: Sheila Stones
Branch Representative on Council: Sheila Stones, Branch Representative on Council/Branch Secretary
Treasurer: John Webb
Membership Secretary: Kate Jefferson
Events: Christine White
Newsletter Editor: Lauren Way (Turleys)
Publicity Co-ordinator: David Andrews (London Borough of Wandsworth)

Please do not hesitate to contact any of us.

Branch Business Plan

London Branch Business Plan 2012-13

London Branch Business Plan 2008-09

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London’s membership is diversified with representatives from most 33 boroughs, national organisations and associations; and from architects, planners and other professionals of the buildings industry.

This diversity is very important to our membership. It gives us the opportunity to share and develop our knowledge by having meaningful debates, presentations and discussions. In addition to a regular newsletter, we have set-up a Yahoo group e-mail to communicate efficiently between members.

With our members continuous professional development in mind, we organise various events, visits, talks and a yearly conference. Your input to any of those is encouraged, so please do not hesitate to contact any of the committee members to discuss your suggestions.

Finally, if you are interested in becoming a member and would like to discuss the entry requirements informally, please contact us.

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If you wish to suggest a speaker or subject for a talk, or if you have worked on a site you could take a group on, please contact our events organiser, Christine White at
Branch Event dates for 2017:

  • Our first Branch Event of the New Year is a tour of the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry on Saturday 28 January when numbers are limited to 25 Branch Members. Following the Tour potential options include brunch at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and/or a visit to Hawksmoor's Christ church at Fournier Street. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER for details and CLICK HERE to book via Eventbrite.
  • The second Branch Event will be a joint IHBC/CIfA seminar on the afternoon of Tuesday 28 February at The Gallery, Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6EL. Details of topics/speakers to be confirmed but GLAAS will speak about Archaeological Priority Areas.
  • The third Branch Event of the New Year will be an afternoon seminar at Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners offices, Regents Wharf, N1 9RL on Tuesday 4 April when Mark Bray, a freelance Enforcement Officer currently working at Brentwood Council, will provide 'A practical guide to on-site Enforcement at Listed Buildings. There will also be a presentation on the history and importance of building regulations with a focus on London from David Watkins'. Further details tba.

Past events:

Annual Conference

The Regeneration Game
Heritage,Community and Business
Tuesday 7th October 2014

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Conference site

Tour of Sandycombe Lodge / Turners House
40 Sandycombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR
Saturday 17th May 2014

The Inside Story
Dealing with Historic Interiors

Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Website and booking:

Challenging Conservation
Heritage at the Crossroads
IHBC London Branch Day Conference
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St. Andrews Place, Regents Park, London NW1 4LE
Full details

IHBC at The Listed Property Show

Branch Members were on IHBC duty on a stand at the Listed Property Show at Olympia on 19-20 February, a free event which was billed as being designed to 'banish owners' domestic nightmares and ensure another 12 months of healthy home-ownership'. We were among window and door manufacturers, specialist craftsmen and adjacent to Charles Brooking's architectural salvage collection. We had a wide variety of queries from property owners, potential IHBC members and other exhibitors keen to advertise in our publications. We were pleased to take the opportunity to raise the Institute's profile and we actively encouraged a diverse range of people to apply for membership.

Visits to historic places such as:
- The Old Royal Naval College, the painted hall and chapel,
- St Paul’s Church, Deptford and Fulham where Brian Lofthouse of Thomas Ford Partnership lead the tour,
- visit to St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square with the project architect,
- Visit to Strawberry Hill lead by Kevin Rogers and organised by the Strawberry Hill Trust,
- St Paul’s Cathedral – talk and tour by Martin Stancliffe of Purcell Miller Tritton, resident architect,
- Chandos House, built by Robert and James Adam – talk by Philip Little of ESA Design Ltd

Days out to:
- Kew Gardens Marianne North Gallery and the Pagoda and Kew Palace with tour and talks by Donald Insall and Harvey Murray-Smith, house manager of the Palace,
- Danson House, visit with Richare Lee of English Heritage followed by a visit to the Red House, Bexley Heath.

- Conservation of Cinema Theatres by Richard Gray of Cinema Association
- Brunel’s newly discovered bridge at Paddington Station – visit and talk by Graham King of Westminster Council
- Funerary Monuments by Dr Roger Bowdler, English Heritage

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Conservation Officers Group (COG)

We are currently looking at organising a COG event on Archaeology, so watch this space…

We recently conducted an event in partnership with HLT and EH with presentations on the heritage protection, HAP and subterranean developments, and our previous COG event was on the ecclesiastical exemption with talks and workshops by Nick Chapple (English Heritage), Peter Aiers and Charles Smith (Diocese of London), Colin Kerr (Molyneux Kerr Architects) and Timothy Jones (London Diocese Advisory Committee and English Heritage).

We regularly organise a special seminar on a specific subject especially relevant to conservation officers. If you wish to help coordinating the next COG seminar, please contact the secretary or chairman.

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The London Branch committee has organised very successful conferences over the last few years.

Past conferences:

In 2016 - Character Building: Putting Heritage and the Heart of Placemaking and Planning Conference site

In 2015 - Setting the Scene: Identifying and Conserving Historic landscapes Conference site

In 2014 - The Regeneration Game: Heritage, Community and Business Conference site

In 2013 - A Risky Business: Practical solutions for rescuing heritage assets Conference site

In 2012 - The Inside Story: Dealing with Historic Interiors (link to website)

In 2011 - Challenging Conservation: Heritage at the Crossroads (link to website)

In 2008 - Tall storeys - do high buildings complement the historic environment (link to flyer, PDF)

In 2007 - Renewable energy and the historic environment. (link to flyer, PDF)

In 2006 - Retail Therapy, Heritage and Urban Design in Town Centres. (link to flyer, PDF)

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Summer 2015 PDF download
Winter 2015
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Winter 2013/Spring 2014
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Spring 2013
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Summer 2012 PDF download

Winter 2011
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Spring 2011
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Autumn/Winter 2010,
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Spring 2010,
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No.12 Autumn 2009 (
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No.11 Spring 2009 (
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No. 10 Summer 2008 (
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No. 9 February 2008 (
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No.8 October 2007 (
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No.7 June 2007
No.6 November 2006
No.5 June 2006
No.4 January 2006
No. 3 February 2005
No. 2 September 2004
No. 1 May 2004

The above Newsletters are graphical representations which will open in a new window. If you are unable to read the graphics contact the Branch representative to request a hard copy

If you wish to contribute any information to the newsletter, please contact our editor, Marc Timlin on 020 7312 7404.