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IHBC Annual School: Worcester 2016 – People Power – Catalyst for Change


Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th June 2016
Day School on Friday 24th June 2016

The IHBC Annual School is a ‘must’ whether you are new to the sector, an experienced conservation specialist, or an occasional practitioner.

  • Gain up to 18 hours CPD plus extensive networking opportunities.
  • Explore how communities are integral to the conservation and regeneration of historic
    places. Get to know the people behind conservation.
  • Learn about Worcester’s past, present and future from timber framed buildings to the
    21st century Hive or venture further to Birmingham’s iconic Victorian buildings.

Day School Places start from £130 (plus VAT)*
Full Residential School Places start from £380 (plus VAT)*
*These ‘early bird’ discounts apply until 22 April 2016

For full details and to book visit worcester2016.ihbc.org.uk


Farm Conversions

18 June 2016
Lake District National Park Office

IHBC North Branch and IHBC North West Branch

A short event exploring the topic of historic farm building conversions.

10.30 Refreshments and intros
10.50 Stuart Eve: A barn of my own
11.15 Jules Brown: Camp Farm future
11.40 Peter Messenger: What are we protecting? Getting the evidence
12.05 Dan Elsworth: 10 years of recording farm buildings in south Cumbria
12.30 Q&A / discussion
12.45 Lunch
13.30 End, or set off to optional site visit
14.00 Arrive at Heron Cornmill
15.30 End

To reserve your place, please email: kateihbclets@gmail.com

See details on the Branches page: North West and North


Heritage at Risk Summer School

21 August until 26 August 2016
Cromford,  Derbyshire

Join DERBYSHIRE HISTORIC BUILDINGS TRUST for our summer school in August 2016 and stay in the heart of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site whilst enjoying a five-day residential course (staying at Cromford Wharf Shed) which is open to built environment, archaeology and heritage students and early career professionals. During the week you will discover what heritage building conservation is and gain practical knowledge and skills for saving historic buildings at risk learning directly from professionals who work in the heritage sector.

The action packed event will include the opportunity to visit some of Derbyshire’s historic buildings at risk which do not have public access and also the chance to see behind the opportunity of successfully completed projects.

The programme will include:

  • ‘What is heritage’ and conservation approaches to re-use of buildings/sites
  • The DHBT appraisal methodology – theory and practical application
  • Heritage value
  • Community value
  • Training and Engagement
  • Financial viability and the ‘business of heritage’

There will be 1-2 site visits per day and practical workshops including:

  • Condition monitoring
  • Basic building recording
  • Using archival sources
  • Working with community stakeholder groups
  • Traditional lime/brick work
  • Traditional roofing

The IHBC recognises that this may provide continuing professional
development relevant to membership.

Full details of the course are available here.



Heritage Interpretation Workshop

21 June 2016
Cressing Temple Barns, Essex

Conservation is not limited to physical intervention, but also includes activities such as interpretation, which can increase the potential for the appreciation of the significance of historic buildings, and other cultural and natural heritage assets. This is a ‘taster’ workshop for anyone working in an interpretive environment who has had no, or only limited, formal training in the profession of interpretive communications. This course is ideal for architects, curators, planners, site managers, tourism officers and park rangers based at cultural, environmental and historic sites and visitor destinations. The course is hands-on, and will involve a classroom training session followed by a walk-about critique of the existing interpretation and visitor presentation at Cressing Temple Barns. Topics covered will include Tilden’s Interpretive Principles, recreational learning theory, the interpretive planning model, interpretive theme and objective development, ‘Who’s coming to my site?…Who isn’t!’ and evaluation techniques.

Crispian Emberson, founder of HDC, is a highly regarded international interpretation expert. He is a fully qualified NAI and NPS heritage interpretation professional with over 30 years experience working at a senior level within the international heritage tourism community.

During his career he has undertaken a huge range of heritage interpretation projects for thousands of clients in over 40 countries around the world. A light lunch will be provided.

Further information can be found here.
Book now by emailing traditional.buildingskills@essex.gov.uk



Civic Day

18 June 2016
Across England

Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride. It is a day when communities across the country say “we care about where we live”.

Civic Voice President Griff Rhys Jones said: “Civic Voice believes everyone has the right to live somewhere they can feel proud of. Do people in Coventry have more pride? Is Yorkshire the place with civic at its heart? It doesn’t matter where you live, Civic Day is the perfect time for us to all celebrate where we live and say “I care about where I live”.

As part of Civic Day 2016, some highlights include:

  • The Buckingham Society awarding Buckingham’s Citizen of the Year.
  • The Coventry Society holding a town walk to celebrate “lost public art” as part of Historic England campaign.
  • Ilkley Civic Society in Yorkshire will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary year
  • Merseyside Civic Society will be holding it’s 3rd State of the City event, which aims to bring people from throughout the region together for discussions about the state of the local environment.
  • Leeds Civic Trust are celebrating by giving the public a chance to jump into their ‘time machine’ to view what the Leeds of 2066 will look like.
  • The Potteries Heritage Society are teaming up with Stoke Neighbourhood Forum for two hours of discussion and debate to consider what makes a great place to live!

John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House said “I have long had the honour of attending, and often opening, the Buckingham Civic Day in my constituency, and plan to do so again this year. National Civic Days are an excellent opportunity for individuals to come together and celebrate their communities. I am delighted that this initiative is still going strong, and anticipate that it will continue to flourish in the future.”
Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice said “What do you care about?” “What do you want to protect? What do you want to improve? If we are going to ensure that our villages, towns and cities give everybody living in them a good quality of life, we need everyone to get involved. Civic Day is the perfect opportunity to use your voice, change your community and to join your local civic society and help grow one of the country’s oldest yet most optimistic, energetic and forward looking social movements.”

Details of some of the events being run across England and how to register can be found on the Civic Voice website


Scottish Catholic Architecture and Material Culture Conference 2016

29 October 2016

The Scottish Catholic Historical Association was founded in 1950 by a group of clergy and laity who wished to place Scottish Catholic history in the mainstream of historical research. Conferences, lectures, publications and the invaluable journal of the association – The Innes Review – have successfully achieved this goal set out over 65 years ago.

The Association organises a conference each year. The 2016 conference is entitled, ‘Scottish Catholic Architecture and Material Culture‘ and a detailed conference programme and booking form is available here, in the section “Conference + Seminars“.