Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Management

Training in Action: From Documentation to Protection of Cultural Heritage in Libya and Tunisia

15 March 2018

Training in Action is a project funded by the British Council-Cultural Protection fund. This project will train 40 staff from respective Libyan and Tunisian national heritage organisations in documentation techniques, preventative conservation and heritage management. It also intends to serve as a replicable model for Libyan and Tunisian heritage professionals to train new staff, creating a sustainable cultural protection model in turn. The main aim of the project is to protect cultural heritage which is of significant local and global socio-cultural, historic, scientific and economic value.

Hiba Alkahalaf is an architect and conservator. She has worked and taught internationally, especially in the UK and Middle East, while her research focuses on integrated heritage management, urban conservation, place identity, and sense of place. She holds a BArch degree (University of Damascus – 2006), MSc in Architectural Conservation (University of Edinburgh – 2010) and a PhD in Architecture (University of Edinburgh – 2017). Hiba is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Classics at King’s College London.

Further details here>>

The heritage of minority faith buildings in the 20th century

12 March 2018

Historic England has been working with partners over recent years to develop and deepen an understanding of the landscape of faith buildings in 20th century England, including the long-standing traditions of Christianity and Judaism. This particular event will instead focus on those faith groups which arrived in the UK in the late 19th and 20th century, and have since made a significant contribution to the heritage of a modern and multicultural historic environment.

For the first time, the Society of Antiquaries London and Historic England will bring together this new body of research on Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian places of worship with heritage practitioners, researchers and theorists. The aim is to provide a platform for a discussion on issues of heritage practice and heritage discourse in the field of multiculturalism, multiple identities and the historic environment. This will provide an opportunity for a long overdue debate on the significance and character of buildings whose quality and importance have not been fully recognised in heritage debates.

Further details and bookings here>>

2018 ASCHB Conference: Conservation-The Future of Building?

16 March 2018


Conservation knowledge and skills have grown enormously over the past 50 years, and can now ensure practical futures for the most challenging historic buildings. Even so – and despite mainstream construction producing problematic buildings that are less long-lived and arguably less energy-efficient – conservation is still widely seen as a niche activity.

A stellar cast of speakers includes Chris Twinn, Ian Bristow, John Fidler, Paul Drury, Adam Menuge, Jacqui Goddard, Frances Cambrook, Heather Newton, Chris Wood, Ingval Maxwell, Dean Sully, Dave Chetwyn, Matthew Slocombe, and Richard Woolf.

Come and join them in the debate, and help celebrate ASCHB’s 50th year!

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Law and the Historic Environment

8 March 2018

Anybody conducting or planning investigations of the historic environment will be confronted by a wide range of issues that may have legal consequences. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area.

The course is designed for those responsible for the supervision and conduct of historic environment investigations, whether in the professional or voluntary sectors. This will include those holding, or working towards, supervisory or higher levels of responsibility within professional practices, as well as those in curatorial or consultancy roles.

The course will cover the law of England and Wales only. Health and Safety will not be covered in this course.

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BRICK Conference 2018

21 – 22 February 2018

Early bird bookings for the final ever BRICK event, our London Conference ‘Learning for the Future: How to evaluate the impact of heritage projects’, are now open!

The BRICK programme will be coming to an end next Spring, and we’re wrapping up four successful years with a final conference on the theme of evaluation – a key element of any heritage project. The event will be split over two days, each with a slightly different focus:

Day 1    Evaluation: What is it and Why is it Important?
The first day will set the scene and provide an overview of evaluation and what it entails. This day will be essential for anyone looking to understand the significance of evaluating heritage projects.

Themes covered will include:
•    The Role and Anatomy of Evaluation
•    The Perspective of Funders
•    National and International Reflections 

Format: The day will consist of presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussions and case studies.

Day 2    Evaluation: Top Tips and Techniques
The second day will focus on how to prepare and deliver high quality evaluation within the heritage sector. This day will also feature an evaluation of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst Programme, including reflections on the BRICK Programme.

Themes covered will include:
•    The Big Five: Benchmarking, Monitoring, Reporting, Outcomes and Legacies
•    Process and Best Practice
•    HLF Catalyst Programme and BRICK: The Story

Format: The day will consist of presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussions and case studies.

We’re delighted to announce our first contributors:
  • Ros Kerslake OBE, Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery Fund 
  • Kion Ahadi, Head of Evaluation, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Plus many more to be revealed soon!