Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Professional

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>>

iUPSS International Urban Photography Summer School, 13th – 25th August 2018

13 – 25 August 2018

The iUPSS International Urban Photography Summer School returns to Goldsmiths, University  of London in August. The course is designed for photographers, architects, artists and academic researchers whose work address notions of urban space and culture, the international Urban Photography Summer School provides a highly intensive two-week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice and research. The programme aims to offer participants a wide range of relevant skills resulting in the production of a photography portfolio drawn from London’s urban environments along with  a collective final exhibition at Goldsmiths’.

The Summer School has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths University London, the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA), UrbanPhotoFest and the International Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU). The programme draws on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners
in the field, and will be taught by tutors from Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department
and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures.

Summer School tutors include: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Course Leader, Goldsmiths, UOL), Les Back (Goldsmiths, UOL), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths, UOL), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Falmouth University), Peter Coles (Goldsmiths, UOL), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths, UOL and UCL), Diego Ferrari (Kingston University), David Kendall (Goldsmiths, UOL) and Gill Golding (Goldsmiths, UOL).

The programme will explore how the practice of urban image-making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and will include assignments and guided fieldtrips in London focusing on (1) Urban Landscapes and Architectures, (2) Urban Materialities and Objects (3) Street-based Photography, Performance and Portraiture.

The Summer School will take place from 13th – 25th August 2018

Application deadline is 30th June 2018 via:

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>>

Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement Conference

15 March 2018

Historic Environment Scotland is undertaking a review of the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement this year and this is an opportunity to influence what direction it may take and potentially shape the future content of Scottish Planning Policy. The conference will bring together the sector for an intensive workshop looking at creative and pragmatic approaches to caring for Scotland’s historic environment.


Culture in Crisis: Spotlight on the WMF Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme

6 March 2018

The project, sponsored by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, has been live since September 2017 in Mafraq, Jordan – twelve miles from the Syrian border – working to provide a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens with traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future; directly helping to repair conflict-affected heritage sites in the Middle East.

The project was conceived with the intention of addressing three major issues; to provide support and practical training for refugees scattered across the Middle East, to increase the number of people in the region who have specialist skills which can be used during periods of conservation and reconstruction and, as an outcome, to preserve and protect the extraordinary monumental heritage of Iraq and Syria.

The event will be an opportunity to take stock of the progress made so far as well as highlighting the project’s future ambitions; including short talks, videos of work to date and a Q&A with the team who join us in London from the Mafraq centre in Jordan.

Speakers include; Tony Steel (the project’s Master Mason), Nour Al Shdaifat (Architectural Engineer) and Bara’a Al Falah (Local Project Manager), as well as John Darlington (Executive Director of World Monuments Fund Britain). The evening will be hosted by Vernon Rapley (Director of Cultural Property Protection and Security, V&A).

Following the event, there will be a reception in the Sackler Centre Lobby from 8pm to 9pm.

This event is part of the V&A’s Culture in Crisis Programme, in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund

Tickets are free and include refreshments

Book here (Booking is essential as capacity is limited)