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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional


Links and partners
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The Ancient Monuments Society was founded in 1924 for the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship. We are recognised as one of the National Amenity Societies, and as such are informed of any application for listed building consent in England and Wales involving demolition.
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Since 1976 The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has operated as a national revolving fund providing short term working capital to historic buildings preservation trusts (BPTs) and other charities to undertake preservation projects. To be eligible, the project must be undertaken by an organisation with charitable status and involve a change in the use and/or the ownership (usually through its acquisition by the borrower) of an historic building in need of repair and rehabilitation.
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The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) is concerned with the protection, preservation, study and appreciation of Scottish buildings. We have about 1500 members throughout Scotland and beyond, with six regional groups organising local activities and carrying out casework.
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Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) is Scotland's national champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment.
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ASHTAV works to unite amenity and civic societies, parish and town councils in small historic towns and villages throughout Britain to preserve the beauty, distinctiveness, social fabric and vitality of our historic towns
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The Association of Environment Conscious Builders (AECB)
The objective and aims of the AECB is to facilitate environmentally responsible practices within building.

Specifically the AECB aims to:-
* promote the use of products and materials which are safe, healthy and sustainable
* encourage members projects that respect, protect and enhance the environment
* make available comprehensive information and guidance about products, methods and projects
* support the interests and endeavours of members in achieving these aims
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The Association for Industrial Archaeology
The AIA is the national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting the great variety of this country's industrial heritage. Industrial architecture, mineral extraction, heritage-based tourism, power technology, adaptive re-use of industrial buildings and transport history are just some of the themes being investigated by our members.
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The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is the premier cross-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. With members in 28 countries, APT connects a network of architects, conservators, tradespeople, consultants, planners, curators, landscape architects, engineers, developers, educators, engineers, historians, apprentices and students.
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The Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) provides a forum representing archaeologists working for local authorities and national parks throughout the UK.Its members are senior professional archaeologists employed by local authorities to provide advice on archaeological conservation and management.
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APT is the representative body for all building preservation trusts in the UK. It offers advice and assist to members and it's website is an invaluable resource for members and non members alike.
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The Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings was founded in 1968 and aims to keep its members informed on all aspects of building conservation by providing a forum for meetings, lectures and discussions, as well as arranging visits to buildings, work-in-progress and places of interest.
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BAPP (Building Appraisal, Pathology & Performance) is an alliance of practitioners and those interested in the range of issues across building pathology. It is a meeting of minds for the development and exchange of knowledge and opinions on Pathology matters, where best practice, technical knowledge and sharing is foremost; and it is not confined to the traditional professional boundaries.
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The Bath Preservation Trust was founded in 1934 with the object of protecting the city's unique architectural heritage. Its first action was to fight plans to pull down parts of the picturesque Georgian city of Bath, England, to make way for a new road. The road was never built. Since this victory, the Trust has saved hundreds more listed buildings from demolition, and emerged victorious from many similar threats to the city.
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Birmingham Conservation Trust exists to preserve and enhance Birmingham's threatened architectural heritage and to promote an enjoyment and understanding of the City's historic buildings.
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Bricks and Brass Interested in Victorian and Edwardian houses? This site is all about houses in London, England built between 1850 and 1914.
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The British Urban Regeneration Association, (BURA), is the leading membership organisation championing regeneration.
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Building Conservation is the Internet sister 'publication' to The Building Conservation Directory, a full-colour, 240-page, printed guide to UK-based specialist consultants, conservators and suppliers of products and services for the conservation of historic buildings.
The website contains a selection of articles covering such subjects as timber decay and the use of lime mortars. It also includes two useful databases providing contact details for all the main advisory bodies and all the main conservation courses and training programmes in the UK.
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The Building Limes Forum exists to encourage expertise and understanding in the use of building limes. It is a charitable organisation with no commercial ties and has about 400 members in the UK and overseas, the majority being actively concerned with the repair of historic buildings
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Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is the only membership forum operating within Scotland that brings voluntary and professional bodies in the built environment sector together, with a view to raising awareness of, and influencing, matters of strategic policy and legislation. Performing an intermediary role, BEFS exists to support its members by raising awareness of, and facilitating joint working on, strategic issues of common interest. Through collaborative action, BEFS influences and promotes relevant issues to policy- and decision-makers.
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Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre-Bánffy Castle Bontida, Romania The purpose of the centre is to promote excellence in the conservation of the historic environment and specifically to teach traditional building craft skills which can be utilised in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings The Centre promotes a policy of Minimal Intervention in dealing with the repair of historic buildings, combined with a strategy of Compatibility in techniques and materials, and the use of local resources. It promotes a philosophy of analysing, understanding, and recording historic buildings before and during intervention.
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Cadw is the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government. 'Cadw' (pronounced cad-oo) is a Welsh word meaning 'to keep'. We welcome over a million visitors to our sites every year. To find out about them, click on 'Places to Visit'. We aim to protect the historic environment of Wales by working with partners and private owners.
Cadw yw gwasanaeth amgylchedd hanesyddol Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru. Rydym yn croesawu dros filiwn o ymwelwyr i'n safleoedd bob blwyddyn. I gael rhagor o wybodaeth amdanynt, cliciwch ar 'Lleoedd i Ymweld â Hwy'. Ein nod yw diogelu amgylchedd hanesyddol Cymru drwy weithio gyda phartneriaid a pherchnogion preifat.
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The Carpenters’ Fellowship: Promoting communication, training and sharing of knowledge amongst those interested in historic and contemporary timber framed structures. We produce a magazine ‘Mortice and Tenon’ four times a year, hold a conference each September, and run courses and other training events, as well as administrating the NVQ in Structural Post and Beam Carpentry.
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The Centre for Education in the Built Environment
As part of the Subject Network of the Higher Education Academy, the Centre provides discipline based support to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in the UK Higher Education Built Environment community.
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The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) represents over 9,000 professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology. CIAT is internationally recognised as the qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) and Architectural Technicians (TCIAT).
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The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) represents on behalf of the public the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry, setting the pace globally for high standards of professionalism in the built environment.
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The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. We’ve saved over 340 beautiful buildings which attract more than a million visitors a year. With our help and with your support they are kept open, in use and free to all – living once again at the heart of their communities.
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Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride.
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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) is the government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space (in England).
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The Construction History Society are an organisation interested in the How?, Where? and Why? aspects of buildings. We are interested in buildings from all periods of history and from all around the world. The CHS can offer a wealth of information from its members and its archives of publications, newsletters and industry documentation. We have members of all ages and from many professional, amateur, academic and construction industry backgrounds.
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The Council for British Archaeology works to promote the study and safeguarding of Britain's historic environment, to provide a forum for archaeological opinion, and to improve public interest in, and knowledge of, Britain's past.