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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional

IHBC North West Branch

Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside
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IHBC Annual School - Manchester 2017

Transport Infrastructure -

the backbone of civilisation

Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th June 2017

Website and booking

Branch Officers

Chair: Paul Hartley
Vice Chair: David Hayes
Secretary: Kirsten Ryan
Treasurer: Andrew Tegg
Consultation Co-ordinator: Ian Lucas
Newsletter Co-Editor: Jack Haw
Newsletter Co-Editor: Nick Grimshaw
Events Chair: Katie Wray
Membership Secretary: Jason Kennedy
National Representative: Crispin Edwards
NWHEF Representative: Paul Mason

County Reps:

Dave Hayes
Jerry Spencer

Isle of Man
Ashley Pettit

Chris Griffiths
Graham Arnold

Ruth Garratt
Paul Mason

Greater Manchester
´┐╝Marion Barter
Kate Kendall

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Contact for more information.
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*Build up to the National* Historic Transport Infrastructure & Horses
6pm, 11th May, BDP Manchester

*Build up to the National* Recording Castlefield’s historic transport infrastructure
6pm, 6th June, Deloitte Manchester
Further details released soon, but contact for more information or to register your interest.

Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th June 2017
Day School Friday 23rd June 2017 @ MOSI

Regeneration of Historic Ports - Peter de Figueiredo
Enhancement and Management of Canals - Nigel Crowe, Canal & River Trust
Historic railway structures - Simon Bradley
New railway infrastructure & impact on heritage - William Filmer-Sankey, Alan Baxter
Death by Motorcar: The slow strangulation of our historic cities - David Rudlin, Urbed
Re-use of Historic Airports - Katy Martyn & Victoria Perry, Donald Insall Associates
Tours exploring all facets of Manchester’s historic and new infrastructure.
Day trips to Anderton Boat Lift, Liverpool and Preston.

Booking will open at: Contact for further information.
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Meeting housing need in historic buildings and areas

Thursday 6th October 2016

IHBC NW Branch Day Conference
Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool

Conference website

IHBC NW Branch Day Conference
Homegrown architecture… Towards a new vernacular
Thursday 15th October 2015
Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester

Conference website

IHBC North West Branch Day Conference
‘I Can See Clearly Now’

The setting of heritage assets
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Liverpool Medical Institution
114 Mt Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5SR

conference website

IHBC North West Branch Day Conference

Digital Heritage: new technology for the historic environment
Wednesday 16th October 2013
The Co-operative Group Head Office
1 Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG

conference website


Heritage and the High Street

IHBC North West Branch
Day Conference
Wednesday 17th October 2012

Liverpool Medical Institution
114 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool, L35 SR

Website and presentations:

Historic Buildings: Local Action

IHBC Reception and North West Branch Day Conference
Friday 23rd September 2011
Museum of Science & Industry Liverpool Road, Manchester

The annual touring Council and linked conference of the IHBC on 22-23 September will be in Manchester, as the IHBC’s North West (NW) Branch leads in arranging a reception and, on 23 September, its respected annual Branch conference, themed around Localism.

Conference report

Click links to view presentations (more to follow)
These are large files, please be patient if you have a slow connection

Setting the Scene: Localism in the Historic Environment
Empowering Local Communities - Chris Smith OBE, English Heritage
What is localism and what does it really mean for heritage? - Dave Chetwyn, DJC1 Planning
Asset Transfer - Hugh Rollo, Development Trust Association

Local Management of Historic Assets
Developing the Civic Voice - Tony Burton, Civic Voice
Action for Pride of Place - Professor Ian Wray, Oxton Society
Social Enterprise and Sustainable Communities - Elaine Griffiths MBE, Gorton Monastery
Compiling a Local List - Michael Scammell

Project Delivery
Funding Local Action - Sara Hilton, HLF
Raising the Stakes - David Trevis-Smith, UK APT

IHBC NW Branch Day Conference
Liverpool: Understanding Significance
Wednesday 20th October 2010

Liverpool Medical Institute
A day conference organised by the IHBC North West Branch supported by English Heritage.

Conference report by Keith Parsons, Principal Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire (click for PDF)

Click links for presentations

Morning :
  1. The significance of “significance” - How we define the terms we use, and the importance of using them Steven Bee, Director of Planning & Development, English Heritage Presentation
  2. Managing Built Heritage : Different Approaches to Assessing Cultural Significance Derek Worthing, Principal Lecturer at the University of West England Presentation For further information please contact Christopher Pound by email at :

After Coffee :
  1. Significance in Context : Some things matter more than others Marion Barter, Architectural History Practice Presentation
  2. Assessing Significance : from the left field Christopher Pound, Consultant (presentation forthcoming)
  3. Understanding the Unknown : Significance of the Staffordshire Hoard Stephen Dean, Staffordshire County Archaeologist Presentation

  1. The Local Authority Approach : putting PPS5 into perspective and practice Ian Bond, Conservation Manager, West Lancashire Borough Council Presentation
  2. Assessing Significance : some contentious case studies Garry Miller, Architectural Historian Presentation

Facing the Energy Crunch:
Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

Wednesday 7th October 2009
Liverpool Medical Institute

A day conference organised by the IHBC North West Branch supported by English Heritage.

How Traditional Buildings Perform: ‘Breathing Buildings’ Alan Gardner BSc - Alan Gardner Associates

Renewable Energy and Microgeneration Caroline Cattini - English Heritage

Keeping on the Right side of the Regulations David McDonald - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Quart into a Pint Pot James Sanderson - Purcell, Miller, Tritton

Reframing Climate Change: How recent emission trends & the latest science change the debate - Kevin Anderson University of Manchester and East Anglia & Alice Bows University of Manchester

Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings: Existing Building Survival Strategies Mike Robinson - Indipendent Buildings Consultant

The National Trust’s approach to energy efficiency in historic buildings Dr Nigel Blades - The National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Low carbon Georgian Poppy Potter - National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall

The Real Energy Performance of Traditional Buildings Karen Heverin, Oldham MBC contact:
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