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IHBC Annual School 2013, Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd June 2013, Carlisle

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IHBC Full School 

  • 3 intensive days of lectures, tours, talks, networking and practical learning for all built and historic environment conservation practitioners
  • Up to 18 hours CPD plus extensive networking opportunities
  • Choose from about 14 targeted exercises and events
  • Gain insights into diverse conservation specialisms: digital, clay, project management; communities; marketing; low carbon and much more
  • Experience traditional skills 'tasters', using lead, iron, lime, timber or stone, all part of an innovative public Skills Fair Day in partnership with the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG)  ( )
  • Network at the Annual Dinner & learn about current research through the Gus Astley Student Awards
  • Learn through local issues across Carlisle, Cumbria and the North of England
  • And pack in the IHBC's Day School

IHBC Day School 

  • Up to 7 hours CPD plus extensive networking opportunities
  • Skills insights and reviews
  • Policy and funding considerations
  • 'Green' skills for a low-carbon world
  • Generating learning through building contracts  
  • Design skills for placemaking
  • Spotlights: insights to critical skills
  • Optional Annual Dinner & Student Awards
  • Commercial and educational display stands


The IHBC’s 2013 Annual School examines critical challenges for built and historic environment conservation specialists and placemakers in the 21st century: what are the skills we need to ensure that our heritage is viable and sustainable, and how do we cultivate and manage those skills? 

The IHBC’s 2013 School will provide delegates from all specialist backgrounds and disciplines with a huge range of opportunities to scrutinise the latest thinking on skills resources, priorities and opportunities. Discussions will range across practice, policy, funding, community education, low-carbon priorities and traditional skills as well as the tools of the mainstream construction sector such as contracts and design review.  All of these areas represent strong drivers in conservation skills as well as for conservation itself.

For a more comprehensive explanation of content see the full School website





Welcome to Carlisle, Cumbria’s 2000 year old Great Border City!

Since its beginnings as a Roman fort in the year 72AD, Carlisle has been filled with conflict and its past reads like a roll call of history. Following the arrival of Emperor Hadrian, Carlisle was turned into a thriving town as he set about the construction of Hadrian’s Wall, an 80 mile long stone wall, built to keep out the ‘barbarians from the north’.

Other famous historical figures that have shaped the city’s history include the mystical figure of King Arthur, who was the reputed ruler of early ‘Caer Luel’, the unfortunate Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned in Carlisle Castle, the gallant Bonnie Prince Charlie, leader of the Jacobite rebellions, Sir Walter Scott, who was married in Carlisle Cathedral and the infamous Macbeth, ruler of the city when it was under Scottish control. All have played an important role in shaping the cosmopolitan city that is Carlisle today.

Carlisle Cathedral
Founded in 1122 as the Priory of St. Mary’s, it became a Cathedral on the formation of the Diocese of Carlisle in 1133. Although battered by centuries of warfare, it was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years. Items of special interest include the east window, with its tracery containing some very fine 14th century stained glass, the Brougham Triptych, a magnificent 16th century carved Flemish altarpiece in St. Wilfrid’s Chapel, exquisite medieval wall paintings, a magnificent renovated 14th century barrel vaulted painted ceiling in the choir and detailed carving of the early 15th century choir stalls and misericord. 

Carlisle Castle
The original castle was built in wood in 1092 by William ll, and later rebuilt in stone by Henry l in 1122. Within the castle walls visitors can still see carvings etched in the cell’s stone walls by prisoners of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who later became Richard lll. However, the most famous of all prisoners to be confined to the castle was Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned here after she abdicated the Scottish throne in 1568.

Bonnie Prince Charlie captured the castle in 1745 with his Jacobite troops, but they were forced to surrender when they were unable to maintain the strength of their invasion, and the castle became their prison. In the dungeons, visitors can view the ‘Licking Stones’ which parched Jacobite prisoners desperately used to gain moisture to stay alive.

The Guildhall Museum
The medieval half-timbered Guildhall is one of Carlisle’s treasures, dating back to 1407. There were eight separate guilds in Carlisle (Merchants, Skinners, Tanners, Butchers, Shoemakers, Smiths, Tailors and Weavers) and each guild had a separate meeting room, each with its own character and displays relating to the history of the city and the guild.

Amongst the museum’s exhibits are the stocks used for punishing criminals, the chest in which the city’s valuables were kept during the Middle Ages and two bells from the Elizabethan period that were awarded as prizes for horse racing, a custom that continues to this day.

In front of the Guildhall is the Greenmarket where vegetables were sold on market days, whilst meat and fish were traded in the market place, grain in English Street and potatoes in Castle Street.

The Old Town Hall
Dating from 1669, this replaced a medieval Moot Hall on the same site. The Grade l listed building is currently undergoing essential repair and maintenance work but normally houses the city’s award winning Tourist Information Centre. The 17th century Market Cross stands outside the building and marks the junction of where the A6 from London meets the A7 from Edinburgh. Nearby is a replica of England’s first pillar box which had originally stood in Botchergate.

The Tithe Barn
Here the tithes, one tenth of every farmer’s crop, were stored for the Priory of St. Mary’s. Tithes and other goods were often brought in through the Sally Port, a secret gateway, to avoid paying city tolls.

The West Walls and Citadel
Most of Carlisle’s west walls, which would have linked the twin drum towers of the Citadel to the Castle, remain intact despite centuries of attack, and give a good impression of how the city would have looked in medieval times.

The Citadel’s towers were first built in 1541 to improve the city’s defences, and it was here that tolls were collected for goods entering and leaving the city. Now the West Tower houses the County Court and prisoners’ cells which can still be seen today.

Tullie House Museum
The Jacobean part of Tullie House was built in 1689 replacing a medieval building. This was extended in 1893 and more recently in the 1980’s and lastly in 2000 when a new underground gallery was constructed together with a new underpass to improve the link between the city and the castle. The work revealed key elements of the Roman fort, and the remains of an earlier Saxon fortress.

St. Cuthbert’s Church
The current church is unusually aligned along an old Roman Road rather than in an east-west direction, and dates back to 1778. It also features an unusual moveable pulpit mounted on rails


Thursday 20th June


Thursday 20th June

1230 – 1400   Registration, Crown and Mitre Hotel
1400 -  Study Tours  (Full details on full School site ) - ‘Skills in management & projects’ depart Crown & Mitre Hotel
Tour 1: Carlisle City Walk:  Historic Quarter - John Grundy
Tour 2: Carlisle Castle Study - Future Options - Jane Jackson
Tour 3: Case Study:
Development Potential - Methodist Hall, 
Fisher Street, Carlisle
Tour 4:   Kirklinton Hall, nr. Brampton: History & Development Proposals - Pieter Rol

1700  -  Return to hotel from Study Tours

Depart hotel for evening reception
Evening Civic Reception & Museum Tour at Tullie House

Welcome to the conference:   IHBC Chair or President
Welcome to the City:   Guest Speaker - John Grundy, Author & TV Presenter

IHBC Enterprises gives no assurance that the details provided are accurate and that final changes may be required to the Annual School programme, including speakers, the order of the speakers, the content of their contributions or the study tours.


Friday 21st June


Friday 21st June - Day School

Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle

Visit the Speakers page for more details

0900 - 1000  -  Registration

1000  -  Jo Evans, IHBC Chair &  David McDonald  IHBC Education Secretary & Day School Chair -  Welcome & Introduction

1020  -  Mike Brown, IHBC Policy Secretary -  Legislation & Policy

1050  - Jo Reilly , Head of Learning & participation Heritage Lottery Fund,  Resources for Skills

1120  - Rory Cullen , Head of Building, The National Trust -  Skills Development For A Low Carbon World

1150  Questions and answers

1230 - 1400   Lunch  
A chance to network and view the exhibition stands

Afternoon Session 1 chaired by David Lovie, IHBC Past President

1400  Alan Gardner , Principal Alan Gardner Associates. Historic Building and Traditional Materials Consultancy -  Skills for Change (1): Outreach, Education and Training during Construction Projects

1430  - Colin Haylock  IHBC, consultant & Immediate Past President, RTPI - Skills for Change (2): Practical Approaches to Design in Historic Environments

1500  Break for afternoon tea, networking and exhibition

Afternoon Session 2: Chaired by Jules Brown, North of England Civic Trust (NECT)

1540  Spotlights on practice  Brief case studies introducing current issues in skills

Skills in Community Engagement
Skills for Marketing
Clay Buildings: Skills in a traditional context
Digital Technology: Skills in a changing world
Training the public: Skills for all

1640  Questions and answers

1715  Closing Remarks: Session Chair

IHBC Annual General Meeting

Annual Dinner & Gus Astley Student Award Presentations, Crown & Mitre Hotel

Closing Remarks: Chair


Saturday 22nd June


Saturday 22nd June

SATURDAY OPTIONS: Study Tours and IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair, Day Sampler Sessions

Round off your 2013 Annual School by choosing from across the usual range of high quality Annual School tours and our new half-day Heritage Skills Sampler Sessions options.

The Sampler Sessions are available courtesy of the joint IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair Day which will take place in Carlisle’s Market Square from approx. 10am to 4pm.

Study Tours  

1000  Study Tours depart Crown & Mitre at 10.00am. Bags can be left at the Hotel for later collection 

NB: Only Tours 1 & 2 may be taken with afternoon Heritage Skills Sampler Sessions at the Heritage Skills Fair Day (strictly subject to availability)
1000 - 1200  Tour 1: Carlisle City Walk: Historic Quarter
1000 - 1300  Tour 2: Clay Buildings of the Solway Plain: Vernacular Architecture in a local, regional & national context
1000 - 1500  Tour 3:  The Technical and Philosophical Approaches to the Repair of the Ruin at Lowther Castle and the Restoration of the Gardens
1000 - 1600  Tour 4: Arts & Crafts Study Tour: Broadleys & Blackwell, Windermere.

IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair

1030 -1230   Morning Sessions
IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair: Carlisle Market Square
Choose one of the following:

Lime working - Learn about the Lime Cycle; join a lime slake and use lime to point panels of masonry

Pole lathing – Make a garden’ dibber’ from green wood using traditional bodging technique

Blacksmithying –  Create a key ring using some core blacksmithing skills

Slate and Lead roofing - Learn about Lead welding, bossing, slating and tiling

Stone carving - Carve a  flower onto sandstone using core masonry techniques 

1330 - 1530 Afternoon Sessions
IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair: Carlisle Market Square
Choose one of the following:

Lime working - Learn about the Lime Cycle; join a lime slake and use lime to point panels of masonry

Pole lathing – Make a garden’ dibber’ from green wood using traditional bodging technique

Blacksmithying – Create a key ring using some core blacksmithing skills

Slate and Lead roofing - Learn about Lead welding, bossing, slating and tiling

Stone carving - Carve a  flower onto sandstone using core masonry techniques 






John Grundy

John Grundy:   Cumbrian-born presenter and author John Grundy is a champion of North East architecture and is best known in the region for presenting TV shows like Grundy's Wonders and Grundy's Northern Pride. In the late 1980’s, however, he worked for the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission before beginning a more widely-recognised career as an architecture writer and television presenter, especially in the north of England. He is a retired lecturer of English Literature at South Tyneside College and his interest in architecture has been strongly influenced by reading Pevsner's The Buildings of England.

John does live commentaries aboard the Shields Ferry, which cruises up and down the River Tyne from South Shields to Newcastle and is also chairman of The Friends of Beamish. See Wiki entry at  LINK .

Jo Evans

Jo Evans IHBC  is the Chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and is a historic buildings specialist working for two local authorities as well as numerous and wide-ranging private clients. She was in local government conservation for 12 years at Brighton and Guildford but left in 2000 when her second child was born. She was on the committee of the IHBC’s South East branch for many years, first as the treasurer and latterly as the branch's membership secretary. Jo has served as the IHBC’s Chair since 2010.

David McDonald

David McDonald IHBC  is the IHBC’s Education Secretary and is also Chair of the IHBC London Branch. Until recently he led the Conservation and Design Team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. A graduate of geography and geology before qualifying as a Town Planner and then completing the AA Diploma in Building Conservation whilst working at the London Borough of Camden. He is currently an independent historic environment consultant, specialising in providing heritage training for other built environment professionals. See Linked in entry at  LINK

Mike Brown

Mike Brown, IHBC  is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience of the repair and refurbishment and successful change management of historic buildings and places, both as a practitioner and conservation officer. A consultant heritage and urban design advisor, he is the IHBC's Policy Secretary.

Jo Reilly

Jo Reilly  leads a team providing strategic participation and learning expertise to decision-takers in the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working externally, to demonstrate the benefits of Lottery funding for the UK public and promote better access to grants for under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

Jo’s specialties include: Heritage skills - Programme Director for our Skills for the Future and Training Bursaries grants programmes, together delivering over 1500 work-based training placements across the UK with £27m of Lottery investment ; Young People – Programme, Director of Young Roots, which has invested over £27m in more than 1,250 projects supporting young people aged 11-25 to define, research, and celebrate their heritage. Jo is also HLF corporate champion for young people and leader of our Youth Participation Strategy. See Linkedin entry at  LINK

Rory Cullen

Rory Cullen  is Head of Buildings at the National Trust, a post he has held for ten years. This national role involves writing policies and guidance on building conservation issues and overseeing the training and development of over a hundred Building Surveyors and a hundred and fifty skilled Direct Labour craftsmen, to ensure the highest conservation standards are maintained and shared. It also involves frequent external liaison with Government bodies, conservation organisations and the general public. He has an MSc in Building Conservation, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB), a Full Member of the IHBC and a qualified Assessor for high level Conservation NVQs as well as for the CIOB. See Linkedin entry at  LINK

Alan Gardner

Alan Gardner  is a Chartered Building Surveyor, accredited in conservation, and a SPAB Lethaby Scholar, who specializes in the repair of historic buildings. Alan has worked for English Heritage and was Technical Secretary for the SPAB for four years prior to setting up his own private practice. He continues to be a member of a number of professional technical advisory groups and associations and is in demand as a speaker and practical trainer to a wide variety of audiences on historic building related topics. He remains totally committed to the full integration of training and access, particularly during repair contracts, to historic buildings. See Linkedin entry at  LINK

Colin Haylock

Colin Haylock  is an Architect-Planner with over 35 years’ experience spanning the public and private sectors. He ran a large multi-disciplinary Environmental Design and Conservation Team for Newcastle City Council and managed specialist conservation services for the 5 Tyne and Wear Districts before becoming Urban Design Director for a major architectural practice. He was heavily involved with the work of CABE throughout its life and continues this engagement with Design Council CABE. He is now running an independent specialist consultancy and is a visiting lecturer at UCL and Newcastle University. He is an Expert Panel member with Places Matter! and Northern Architecture and an awards assessor for Civic Trust, RICS and Constructing Excellence and has been appointed member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group advising Boris Johnson through to April 2016. He was a founding member of the RTPI’s Urban Design Network and RTPI President in 2012. See Linkedin entry at  LINK


Conference Venues


Conference Venues

Crown & Mitre Hotel 

Main School venue and accommodation 

Crown & Mitre Hotel,
English Street,

Telephone: 01228 525491


Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Reception venue

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria,  CA3 8TP

Telephone: 01228 618718


Delegate fees


Delegate Rates

Full residential IHBC members £444  (£370+£74VAT)

Full residential non-members £486 (£405+£81VAT)

Non residential with Annual Dinner IHBC member £324  (£270+£54VAT)

Non residential with Annual Dinner non member £366  (£305+£61VAT)

Day School IHBC members £150 (£125+£25VAT)

Day School non-members £180 (£150+£30VAT)

Day School IHBC members with dinner £192 (£160+£32VAT)

Day School non-members with dinner £222 (£185+£37VAT)

Annual Dinner only £42 (£35+£7VAT)

Early bird Booking rates apply until 19th April

Cancellation fees

Before 31 May - 60% refund
On or after 31 May - No refund
All cancellations must be made in writing.
IHBC Enterprises gives no assurance that the details provided are accurate and that final changes may be required to the Annual School programme, including speakers, the order of the speakers, the content of their contributions or the study tours.

IHBC Enterprises does not recommend or endorse any organisations exhibiting, speaking or supporting the Annual School. The views and opinions of speakers at the Annual School, or expressed in material provided by exhibiting or supporting organisations or in respect of the Annual School do not necessarily reflect those of IHBC Enterprises.

IHBC Enterprises makes no representation and gives no assurance or warranty, express or implied, regarding activities, status or financial standing of organisations exhibiting, speaking or supporting Annual School. IHBC Enterprises accepts no responsibility for any acts or omissions of such organisations and is not liable for any direct or indirect losses, costs, expenses or claims arising out of or in connection with any acts or omissions of organisations exhibiting, speaking or supporting the Annual School.





Day School Booking Full School Booking


Directions to School


Directions to School

The Crown & Mitre hotel car park can be found with Sat Nav at CA3 8HB

By Rail:

Carlisle Railway Station and Citadel Railway Station are both a 5 minute walk away from the Crown & Mitre hotel

By coach:

National Express operate direct coach services to a number of major cities including London, Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Carlisle Coach Station on Lonsdale Street is a 5 minute walk away from the Crown & Mitre.

M6 from the south:

Exit at junction 42, take the A6 into the city centre (approximately 2 Miles). Proceed up Botchergate taking the left-hand lane through the traffic Lights at the railway station. When you reach the twin round towers of the Citadel, proceed straight ahead into English Street, taking the left-hand lane (one-way system) to the next traffic lights. Turn left at the lights, then a sharp right into Blackfriars Street (between Chapmans furnishers and Natwest Bank). 

The hotel car park and rear entrance is at the end of Blackfriars Street. There is a bell to the right-hand side of the car park gates.

M6 from the north:

Exit at junction 44, take the A7 into the city centre (approximately 1.5 miles). At the Hardwick Circus round about follow the signs for city centre following the one-way system. When you reach the twin round towers of the Citadel, proceed straight ahead into English Street, taking the left-hand lane (one-way system) to the next traffic lights. Turn left at the lights, then a sharp right into Blackfriars Street (between Chapmans furnishers and Natwest Bank). The hotel car park and rear entrance is at the end of Blackfriars Street. There is a bell to the right-hand side of the car park gates.



Annual School Bursaries


Annual School Bursaries


To promote education and learning in built and historic environment conservation, the IHBC is delighted to be able to offer up to £2,000 of funding for bursaries to assist members in attending the 2013 Annual School.

Bursary awards will be based on need and circumstances, but applications are open to members of all categories: Full; Affiliate & Associate. 


We intend to provide up to 10 bursaries of up to £200 each to IHBC Members attending the Institute’s 2013 Annual School.  Each case will be judged on its own merits, and assessed in line with the criteria identified below.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their bursary application by 31 March, and we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible after that, though clearly the precise timing will depend on the number of applications. 

Please note that individual bursary allocations may be more or less than £200, as we will endeavour to get best value from the entire allocation, and submissions will be judged on a case by case basis.  All applications will be kept confidential.

We cannot guarantee to be in a position to consider applications that are received after 31 March.

When booking a place at the School using our online booking system, any bursary application or awards should be noted in the relevant ‘special notes’ field of the form.  Awards will be deducted from the final charge attached to the delegate place.  No money will be paid to successful applicants and the decision of the IHBC is final.

Successful applicants may be asked to contribute to the organisation or running of the event and/or its promotion, depending on circumstances.  Specific allocations will not be publicised without the express agreement of the recipient.


To apply

Please email the following details in support of your case to :

  • Contact details (including IHBC number, alternative email addresses, etc)
  • The personal and professional benefits attached to your attendance, including links to your career plans in line with your CPD
    (see link )
  • Additional funding that will or may be available (both personal and employer funding is welcome; it does not have to be confirmed, but clearly you can add value to bursaries by generating matched funding)
  • How your attendance will add value to the event.
  • If you are willing to have your award publicised

Branch Bursaries

Contact your branch to see if these are available.


Exhibition space


Exhibitions space and delegate information

Taking display space at the Exhibition or booking the literature distribution service is a unique opportunity for your company to target potential specialist clients, advisers, specifiers and those influencing the choice of conservation products and services.

Exhibition stands will be arranged in and around the refreshment hall and delegates will get the opportunity to visit during all breaks. 

Stand prices begin at just £250 plus VAT and we can include your publicity material in the delegate packs from £100.

Exhibition space

Exhibitors must bring their own freestanding display stands. Products and equipment can be placed in front of stand spaces up to one metre.

Three stand sizes are available 

2m x 1m at £250 + VAT 

3m x 1m at £350 + VAT 

4m x 1m at £400 + VAT

The exhibition areas are in prominent positions in the area where all refreshment breaks will take place offering excellent exposure to your stand space throughout the event.

The IHBC reserves the right to refuse the reservation of exhibition space.

Exhibitor information

Each exhibitor will be allocated one free delegate place as part of the stand package. This is for one person manning the stand to take advantage of the whole day. They can attend School sessions if they wish. Additional delegate places will be required if you wish to have more than one person on the stand and may be booked via the on-line booking pages. Even if you do not wish to attend School sessions a delegate place is still required to attend the event.

Literature distribution Your trade literature can be included in delegate packs at £100 plus VAT for exhibitors and £130 plus VAT for non-exhibitors.

For more on the exhibition venue the Crown and Mitre visit

To book exhibition space click here



Sponsors and supporters


Sponsors and supporters

If you would like details about becoming a sponsor, contact Fiona Newton at


Refreshment sponsor

UK Restoration Services


Reception Sponsor

Carlisle City Council


English Heritage

Tour sponsor

Burlington Stone

Water sponsor

Aqua Pura Water

Open Skills Day


National Heritage Training Group

Carlisle City Council


IHBC-NHTG Skills Fair


IHBC-NHTG Skills Fair Day

Carlisle, Saturday 22nd June 2013

In June 2013 The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) will join in partnership to present a day of heritage skills demonstrations and displays open to public viewing in Carlisle's main civic square.

IHBC’s Annual School on Skills: A civic initiative with the NHTG
The IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair Day is part of the IHBC's Annual School, a 3-day national conference that will bring together in Carlisle conservation specialists and heritage and construction practitioners from across the United Kingdom and beyond. Here delegates will learn from and about the heritage of Carlisle and Cumbria, and develop skills critical to securing the future of traditional and historic buildings and places.

IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair Day
On Saturday 22 June, as just one part of the IHBC’s Annual School programme, up to ten display stands will host heritage skills activities for public viewing, learning and scrutiny. With experts demonstrating traditional crafts and skills ranging from lead welding and bossing in roofing, to the work of blacksmiths and stone carvers, local people and visitors will be able to view non-specialists as they are shown the basics of rare building and traditional crafts and skills.

Delegates from the IHBC's Annual School will be able to participate in any of the following activities, subject to availability, while passers-by look on, explore, question and learn about the activities, guided by skilled practitioners supported by staff from the North of England Civic Trust and IHBC volunteers.

The activities will take place in the square from 10am to 4pm approx. Taster sessions for School delegates will take place in 2 consecutive sessions, from 10.30 am 12.30 pm, and 2pm to 4pm approx.

Sampler sessions

  • Lime working - (8 max) Learn about the Lime Cycle; join a lime slake and use lime to point panels of masonry
  • Pole lathing – (4 max) Make a garden’ dibber’ from green wood using traditional bodging techniques
  • Blacksmithing – (4 max) Create a key ring using some core blacksmithing skills
  • Slate and Lead roofing - (8 max) Learn about Lead welding, bossing, slating and tiling
  • Stone carving - (6 max) Carve a flower onto sandstone using core masonry techniques

Event sponsors
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the UK's principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists:

The National Heritage Training Group is a collective of leading trade, heritage and other bodies that work together to promote traditional building and heritage skills:

The IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair is organised by the Heritage Skills Initiative of the North of England Civic Trust and supported by Carlisle City Council.

The IHBC-NHTG Heritage Skills Fair is part of the IHBC's 2013 Annual School, which is supported by English Heritage.