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3 October 2017 Back to the Future flyer

The IHBC’s London Branch is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967, which established Conservation Areas, by looking ahead against a ‘background of reduced local authority expenditure and continuing uncertainty over funding’, in our ‘Back to the Future’ conference on 3 October, in London’s Royal College of Physicians.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including:

  • How are conservation areas perceived:
    does expectation match reality?
  • How can we protect their special character from inappropriate development?
  • What is the potential for post-war designations and how to engage communities?

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and archaeologists and as usual, we intend the presentations to be of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.

Once again the venue will be Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade I listed Royal College of Physicians (1960–64); an award-winning conference venue.

To find out more visit the website at backtothefuture.ihbc.org.uk


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Heritage project management: A to Z from the IHBC

18/19 October 2017
Auckland Castle and Bishop Auckland, Durham

Bishop Auckland IHBC event image

IHBC’s new–style local training for UK practitioners: ‘Heritage Project Management’ – A ‘Unique Learning Experience’, on site at Bishop Auckland’s £90million project suite.

From Auckland Castle and Bishop Auckland to Zurbarán: project-based training and insights in heritage and conservation.

Contributors include:

  • Auckland Castle Trust: Jonathan and Jean Ruffer, inspiration for the £90 million heritage project programme
  • CIOB, the Chartered Institute of Building, with CIOB President Rebecca Thompson chairing the day programme
  • Historic England: Carol Pyrah (Assistant Director of Planning) on projects and heritage regulation and advice
  • Heritage Lottery Fund: Sara Crofts (Head of the Historic Environment) on projects and heritage funding and advice
  • IHBC: Fiona Newton (IHBC Projects Officer) on heritage project practice principles
  • HBC/NECT: Jules Brown (IHBC North Branch Chair, NECT and Historic England) chairing the optional evening talk on 18 October
  • Project managers, leads and guides across the range of local works.

Full programme: Wednesday18th and Thursday 19th October 2017
Day Programme: 19 October 2017
See the Programme Options here

Evening talk and networking reception buffet option only: Wednesday 18th October
Optional Castle tours: Weds 18th & Thurs 19th 16.00 (Subject to availability)

Visit bishopauckland2017.ihbc.org.uk to find out more and book your place

Mortar & Stone Analysis Explained Seminars 2017

5 October 2017
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

Boost your CPD hours and come and learn something useful with us here at Charlestown Workshops.

The Mortar Analysis Explained seminar will help you gain an understanding the component parts of historic mortars, plasters, renders and harling through a variety of analysis techniques – key information to developing a repair specification that will perform as a compatible replacement. Choosing the wrong mortar could endanger the very fabric of the building that you are trying to conserve.

The vast majority of our heritage buildings are built with natural stone, some more durable than others. So understanding the importance of the variety of analysis techniques at our disposal for revealing the nature of our building stones and how they might be replicated with currently operating quarries is a vital step in the building conservation process. Choosing the wrong stone could accelerate the decay of surrounding historic masonry, the very opposite of what we want to achieve.

For just £ 15 plus VAT (£ 18 in total) gain 2.5 hours of CPD and be better informed for your building conservation projects.
To book a place on any of these seminars, please visit our website www.scotlime.org, email admin@scotlime.org or give us a call on 01383 872722.

New Towns Heritage

16 November 2017

2017 marks 50 years since the designation of Peterborough as a third-wave New Town and holds an important place in both the legacy and future of new towns.

We are delighted to invite you to a seminar exploring the Peterborough Effect. Graham Walker will be providing the keynote presentation.

There will also be a coach tour of the Peterborough Townships and ample opportunity for discussion and networking.

Please register your initial interest to director@mkcdc.org.uk

How-To-Edit Wikipedia: Workshop

28 September 2017

Over the past decade, Wikipedia has become a valuable source of open knowledge. Created and edited by volunteers, Wikipedia’s content is reliant on accurate contributions from many different fields. This workshop aims to give those from the heritage science community the ability to add their knowledge to Wikipedia.

During the workshop, you will gain the skills and confidence that will enable you to contribute to Wikipedia. Trainers from Wikimedia UK will teach you how to create and edit pages, with follow-up resources provided to help you continue to develop these skills after the session. This will allow you to add your heritage science knowledge to Wikipedia: enhancing publicly-available content and supporting open knowledge sharing both within the sector and more widely.

The workshop is aimed at beginners: there is no need for any prior experience of editing Wikpedia. You will need to bring a laptop to the session.

Check the programme and booking info here…

Heritage Buildings Seminar 2017

9 November 2017

Exova BM TRADA and RSK present a day of technical presentations and case studies from experts, exploring some of the challenges for conservators and how some of these have been overcome in recent heritage projects.


  • Dr Alan Ryder, CEO, RSK
  • Jon Osborn, Technical Director, Exova
  • Matt Stringfellow, Principal Geophysicist, RSK Environment
  • Roger Bloomfield, Architect
  • Nick Clifford, Technical Consultant, Exova
  • Alasdair Beal, Principal Associate, Thomasons Consulting Structural Engineers
  • Jennifer Murgatroyd, Geomaterials Scientist, RSK Environment
  • Neil Woods, Rick Assessment Manager, Exova Warringtonfire
  • Charles Anelay, Pre-construction and Business Development, Heritage Building Conservation Ltd

    Chaired by:

  • Sean O’Reilly, Director, The Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • Richard Ireland, FRSA Plaster and Paint Consultant and Conservator of Historic Buildings

Click here for full information on the event

The Evolution of Middle Class English House Interiors

20 October 2017
Shaw House, Newbury

CPD event: The Evolution of Middle Class English House Interiors
IHBC South Branch 2017 AGM

The IHBC South Branch has an excellent line-up of speakers for our next all-day CPD event which will be relevant to the work of so many professionals involved in historic conservation. This event also includes the SO branch AGM.

Learn about paints, wall-coverings, lighting etc as found in the homes of the ‘middling’ sort.

Fees are only £35 for members and £50 for non-members, to include a buffet lunch.

All are welcome!

See the programme and booking info on the South Branch webpage  ‘Future Events’