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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional


Links and partners
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The Design Commission for Wales is a national organisation which was established in 2002 and is core funded by the National Assembly for Wales. We are one of four UK Commissions established to champion good design and a high quality built environment.
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DOCOMOMO, International committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement, promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement.
Docomomo International
Docomomo UK
Docomomo Scotland
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Since 2004, the (EMCBE) East Midlands Centre for constructing the Built Environment has been committed to working with the complete supply chain – from clients in both the public and private sectors, through to small SMEs to micro-businesses and to individuals – to improve the social, economic and environmental performance of the East Midlands construction industry.
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The Ecclesiastical Architects' and Surveyors' Association is a learned Society, founded in 1872 as the Ecclesiastical Surveyors' Association, to promote good standards of design and repair of ecclesiastical buildings, be they churches, chapels, halls, parsonage houses or similar buildings, across all denominations.
The Ecclesiological Society is for those who are interested in and enthusiastic about churches. Anyone can join the Society who is interested in the arts, architecture or liturgy of the Christian Church. Members' interests range over all periods and places, from the earliest churches in Britain through to the most recent developments in ecclesiastical architecture, fittings and liturgy across the world. Whether you are an expert on churches and their architecture, or merely curious, welcome! Please contact us with any questions - we will do our best to answer, without charge.
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English Heritage is the Government's statutory advisory body on the historic environment. It also manages hundreds of historic sites and awards grants annually totalling £40M. The Website includes English Heritage's register of Grade I and II* buidings at risk
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The English Stone Forum is working to: encourage greater public interest in and awareness of the stone built heritage of England and the threats it faces; encourage the use of English stone for the public benefit and to; ensure the availability of the stone required for the maintenance of the built heritage and new build.
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The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) offers you two ways to participate in the network via the internet: join the EAHN mailing list and receive occasional announcements and links to the EAHN newsletter when it is published every three months and/or contribute to this website with your ideas and suggestions.
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The European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (EAHTR) is an organisation, formed by the Council of Europe in 1999. Its aim is to promote the interests of historic and heritage towns across Europe.
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European Network of Excellence in Open Cultural Heritage
EPOCH is a network of about a hundred European cultural institutions joining their efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of the use of Information and Communication Technology for Cultural Heritage. Participants include university departments, research centres, heritage institutions, such as museums or national heritage agencies, and commercial enterprises, together endeavouring to overcome the fragmentation of current research in this field.
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Friends of Friendless Churches have campaigned since 1957 for the preservation of ancient and beautiful but redundant churches. We now own 38 former places of worship, half in England, half in Wales, which we have saved from demolition, decay and unsympathetic conversion. We preserve these buildings undertaking repair where necessary as peaceful spaces for visitors and the local community to enjoy. In Wales our work is funded by Cadw and the Church in Wales, however in England grant aid is not automatic and we rely extensively on the generosity of donors and members.
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The Friends of Gwrych Castle have built this web site to raise awareness of the condition of the castle today and how it was in its prime. The site includes Photos, Walks, Interesting facts, Memories, Ghost stories, News and the present condition of the Castle.
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The Garden History Society is widely recognised for its expertise and advice. Its professionally qualified conservation officers are consulted by Government agencies, local authorities and others on a wide range of issues affecting historic parks and gardens, especially those listed in the English and Welsh Registers, and in the Scottish Inventory.
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The Georgian Group is the charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens. Each year we are consulted on over 6,000 planning applications involving demolition or alterations. We are not opposed to change, but our intervention has helped protect many buildings from unsympathetic alterations. It is often through our influence that a better solution is found.
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Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit international conservancy which protects and preserves humankind's most important cultural heritage sites in developing countries.
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Glasgow City Heritage Trust champions the city’s unique architecture and built environment. We are here to promote and encourage the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings for the benefit of the city’s communities and its visitors, now and in the future.
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The aim of Green Space is to be the UK’s leading advocate for the economic, social and environmental benefits of better planned, designed and managed parks, gardens and green spaces and for their positive contribution to our economic, physical and spiritual health, to social cohesion and to biodiversity.
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The Heritage Alliance, established in 2002 as Heritage Link, is the biggest alliance of heritage interests in the UK and was set up to promote the central role of the non-Government movement in the heritage sector.
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Connecting Historic Sites to the Creative Industries
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The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.
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Heritage Help has been created by the JCNAS (Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies) to offer information and advice on matters related to the management and protection of local historic environments.
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Historic England are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. They champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.
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Historic Environment Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
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The Historic Towns Forum (EHTF) has been supporting professionals working in the historic built environment since 1987. The Forum's events and publications focus on perennial and topical issues. This collective then offers a strong platform from which to lobby policy makers on behalf of historic towns and cities.
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The Homes and Communities Academy is the skills and expertise arm of the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). We improve the skills and knowledge of people who create and maintain communities. Our work strengthens HCA's role to create thriving places and affordable homes.
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ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization (IGO) dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. It exists to serve the international community as represented by its Member States, which currently number more than 128.
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ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organisation of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. ICOMOS provides a forum for professional dialogue and a vehicle for the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies.
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Icon is the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. Icon's membership embraces the wider conservation community, incorporating not only professional conservators in all disciplines, but all others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage.
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The Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) advances the practice of archaeology and allied disciplines by promoting professional standards and ethics for conserving, managing, understanding and promoting enjoyment of heritage.
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The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) has been promoting the knowledge, methods and working standards needed to protect and preserve historic and artistic works throughout the world for more than fifty years.
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The Institute for Garden and Landscape History has been established to promote the study and development of gardens, designed landscapes and parks by encouraging academic research, practical horticulture and related traditional skills. It aims to disseminate this knowledge for the benefit and education of the public and, in support of this objective, to preserve and maintain archives and collections