Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Management

Learning for the Future: How to use evaluation and reporting

21 – 22 February 2018

“Evaluation should be built into your project from the beginning. It has two purposes: proving what has been achieved, and improving as part of an on-going project activity…On-going evaluation will help ensure your project delivers the outcomes that it set out to do from the beginning.”  Heritage Lottery Fund, Evaluation Guidance, 2017

Despite its importance, evaluation is not always understood or given enough consideration. Our final BRICK Conference will provide top tips on how evaluation can be built into a project from day one. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the BRICK programme itself.

The two-day Conference will feature presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions all based around the topic of evaluation and led by experts from throughout the heritage sector. Attendees will also get to hear first-hand from projects at different stages of their  journey and how they are carrying out their own evaluation process. More information on the programme to follow.

*EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON*. Please keep your eye on our website for ticket information or email or call the BRICK team on 0207 613 8553.

How to list Modern buildings (Day conference)

11 November 2017

Modern Movement buildings seem to be treated differently from other buildings, both in terms of listing and of subsequent treatment, but is this really the case? If so should it be? If not, in what ways might current conditions be changed so as to improve the conservation of Modern Movement buildings – a key purpose of our organisation. This listing day will inform you about the listing process and give you a chance to put together a listing application for yourself.


Listing is the primary way to ensure heritage protection for buildings of merit from any period. Historic England, as the government’s adviser on the historic environment, recommends buildings for listing either as the result of thematic work or as the result of individuals or organisations submitting buildings to them for consideration. To assess the “national special interest” of buildings and sites for listing, Historic England uses a series of selection guides, arranged typologically, which lay out guidelines for listing based on architectural and historic factors, and give examples as precedents.

Modern buildings – particularly post-war ones – have had a fascinating and at times controversial relationship with the listing process. At a time when the architectural legacy of the recent past is more in the public spotlight than ever, and the capacity of local authorities and organisations to look after ageing building stock is coming under pressure, listing significant buildings from the 20th century was never more important.

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What’s Your Heritage? Sector and stakeholder event

15  November 2017
The Engine Shed, Stirling

Event overview:

Earlier this year we asked the people of Scotland about their heritage and what it means to them. We had nearly 2,000 responses from all of Scotland’s local authority areas to our online survey and 200 people took part in workshops held across Scotland. The results of the survey and workshops have been published on our website

The What’s Your Heritage? research will guide the review of our Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement which sets out how we manage change to Scotland’s historic environment and how we can explore new ways to deliver Our Place in Time, Scotland’s strategy for the historic environment.

We are now analysing the results of the survey and workshops and we would like you to help shape our future policies and practice. The results so far suggest that there is potential to change the way that we work as a national body. The aims of the day will be to:

•              introduce the findings of the What’s Your Heritage analysis, identify the gaps and opportunities                 and what they mean for HES
•              discuss current policy and share ideas
•              build partnership opportunities

To support inclusive and representative debate HES may be able to offer subsidies to assist delegates with long distances to travel. To apply and for more information please contact

Booking (free): to book please email
Please book by the 6th of November 2017.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage Lecture with Oliver Wainwright

16 October 2017

How can we balance World Heritage Site protection with the demands of a living, breathing city – or are the two hopelessly incompatible? Is World Heritage status an essential brake on steroidal development, or is it, in the words of the mayor of Liverpool, “just a certificate on the wall”? Variously attacked for leading to the “museumification” of sites, the mass influx of tourists, the displacement of local residents, and for being toothless to enforce protection anyhow, is UNESCO listing fit for purpose, or is it an outmoded hangover from another age?

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. Trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, he worked for a number of practices, including OMA in Rotterdam and muf in London, as well as in strategic urban planning for the mayor of London’s Architecture and Urbanism Unit. He has written extensively on architecture and design for a wide range of publications and is a regular visiting critic and lecturer at architecture schools internationally.

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Communicating World Heritage Conference

7 – 10 October 2017
Museum of Iron in Coalbrookdale

As part of the AHRC Collaborative doctoral research between the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and IGMT, a two day conference is planned for the 7-8th October 2017.

The conference is the product of the research programme which started in 2014 and has been focussed on the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The four researchers have been examining the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest in communicating World Heritage Values.

The research themes were Education within the World Heritage Site (Jamie Davies), Specialist groups and World Heritage- Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial World Heritage Site (Joe Raine), Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Coralie Acheson) and the communities of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Malgorzata Trelka).

The event will immediately be followed (9th-10th of October) by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences.

Delegates will hear from some of the most influential Leaders in Heritage before considering the key audiences to target in a series of session themes. It is important that we understand how we can best communicate with ‘Governments and the Public Sector’, talk to ‘Business and Funders’, and address the needs of ‘Young People and Communities’, as well as how we communicate with each other (World Heritage Sites, Europe and the UNESCO family) and with the wider world, including the media.

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