Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Evaluation

Urban archaeology in the UK

15 November 2018

ALGAO UK has organised a training day, to be held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham. The theme of the day will be Urban archaeology in the UK and will be run by the Urban Committee.

The provisional programme is below. Attendance is free for ALGAO members, non-members will be charged. 

Please contact Ruth Beckley ( to book your place(s). Please specify any dietary requirements. 

Provisional Programme for the day

  • 10am Coffee
  • 10.30 Welcome
  •  The outcomes of the Urban Archaeological Strategy project (David McOmish, HE).
  • Research agendas and urban archaeology- which way forward? (Dan Miles HE)
  • 11.30
  • Managing the urban archaeology of Edinburgh (John Lawson)
  • Managing the urban archaeology of Ipswich (Abby Antrobus)
  • 12.30-1.30 Lunch (provided)
  • Roman London: the challenges of big data (title tbc) Dominic Perring
  • Anglo-Saxon urban archaeology; does the concept make sense? (John Blair, Oxford University)
  • 2.30-2.45 Tea and Coffee
  • The Challenges of synthesising urban data (title tbc)- Nigel Baker
  • Recent research into medieval towns (Ben Jervis, Cardiff University)
  • 3.45-4pm What next?

The Building Limes Forum Conference

7 – 9 September 2018

The 2018 BLF Conference and Gathering, supported by Roundtower Lime, will be held from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September in Canterbury, England in association with Canterbury Cathedral.  The conference has the theme of Pozzolans, Additives and Natural Cements and is dedicated to the memory of our past Chairman, Simon Swann (1956-2018).

Canterbury was established by the Romans but is best known as the home of the Anglican communion. Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 597 AD by St Augustine, the present building dates from Norman times.

The conference programme consists of lectures in the morning and activities in the afternoon.  The lectures on the Friday will concentrate on the theme of Pozzolans, Additives & Natural Cements, those on the Saturday more on plastering, and the Sunday morning is a miscellany of short papers by members. The Friday afternoon will be spent within the Cathedral precincts with the Cathedral Workshops hosting demonstrations, hands-on activities and tours up the scaffolding. We have trips outside Canterbury planned for Saturday afternoon and will end with walking tours in Canterbury on the Sunday afternoon.

The venue for the lectures is Canterbury Cathedral Lodge and accommodation has been booked at Canterbury Christ Church University, close to the medieval centre.

Although Canterbury is in the far south-east of England, it is close to the high-speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel and direct trains from St Pancras take less than one hour.  Thus, Canterbury is relatively accessible, especially for those coming from outwith the UK.

Further details and bookings HERE

Tour of Turner’s House

11 August 2018

Join the IHBC London Branch for a return visit to Turners House, to see the now completed HLF supported restoration project and worthy winner of the RIBA London Conservation Project of the Year 2018. The tour will be led by Gary Butler of Butler Hegarty Architects.

Built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner, working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself. The Turner’s House Trust was set up in 2005 and with Butler and Hegarty architects has led a fascinating project to restore the house to its original appearance, open it to visitors, display the Livermore Collection of Turner material, and set up a programme of activities and learning opportunities.

Further details and bookings HERE

Clayfest 2018

24 to 27 September 2018
Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland

Clayfest 2018 is at the National Heritage Park, Wexford in Ireland from the 24th to the 29th of September. Clayfest has 8 workshops this year covering a range of earth building and decoration set on a beautiful site with an exciting group of trainers and learners, come and join us! This years conference theme is the Secret Life of Earth, which could be about a technique, buildings, research or program you have never heard of, or about a cultural aspect which no-one knows about, come and and find out what our amazing speakers have to say BOOK NOW.

Clayfest brings people together in different ways, conference allows experience to be discussed, Clayfest allows experience to be shared.

Whether its teaching school children or post-doctoral students with our training tables or joining regional group events we aim for maximum public engagement and share the fruits through our website and social media.


RICS & SPAB Building Conservation Summer School

16 – 20 September 2018
Royal Agricultural University
Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

Now in its 15th year, this five-day event is designed to give you a vital introduction to building conservation, with a view to ensuring that those that conserve our nation’s heritage will have the necessary skills,
knowledge and understanding to ensure its protection.
You will benefit from the ability to tailor your agenda to include a choice of lectures, case studies, practical workshops and site visits with unprecedented access to leading experts in the field.
Examine how historic buildings can be repaired, altered and updated without losing their character. Spanning five days, this event aims to reinforce undergraduate and graduate training in traditional
buildings, construction techniques and materials, as well as support new surveyors and other specialists in this field. The course also provides essential continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for
qualified professionals.

Further details HERE