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3 CONTENTS THE INSTITUTE OF HISTORIC BUILDING CONSERVATION www.ihbc.org.uk Registered as a charity in England and Wales number 1061593 and in Scotland number SC041945 Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England number 3333780 REGISTERED AND BUSINESS OFFICE Jubilee House, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6HA Tel 01747 873133 Fax 01747 871718 Email admin@ihbc.org.uk DIRECTOR’S OFFICE Tel 0131 558 3671 Email director@ihbc.org.uk The institute cannot accept responsibility for the acts or omissions of any Member, Associate, Affiliate or HESPR company and accordingly the institute shall not be liable for any loss or damage or other matter arising from the employment or engagement of any member. IHBC YEARBOOK We gratefully acknowledge the support of firms whose advertisements appear throughout this publication. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this Yearbook is current and correct, neither the IHBC nor the publisher can be held responsible for any errors or omissions which may occur. All rights reserved. The title of the IHBC Yearbook is and shall remain the absolute property of the institute. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recordings, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the institute. This 2018 edition has been prepared for the Communications & Outreach Committee by the IHBC National Office with the help of Cathedral Communications Limited. For additional copies of the IHBC Yearbook please contact the Business Office. EDITOR David Boulting COVER ILLUSTRATIONS Front cover: Carved wooden finial at The Crown Bar, Great Victoria Street, Belfast (Grade A, 1840–59) (Photo: National Trust Images/John Hammond) Back cover, main illustration: View across Donegall Square North, Belfast including the former Robinson & Cleaver Linen Warehouse (upper left) and the Victoria Square dome (upper right) (Photo: Conor Johnston) The IHBC Yearbook is published and produced by Cathedral Communications Limited, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6HA Tel 01747 871717 Email ihbc@cathcomm.co.uk www.buildingconservation.com Copyright 2018 Cathedral Communications Limited ISBN 978 1 900915 93 9 What is the IHBC? 4 Foreword Matthew McKeague, AHF 5 STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP Structure of the IHBC 6 Elected and appointed officers 7 Branch representatives 8 Membership of the IHBC 10 REVIEW AND ANALYSIS Communicating conservation David McDonald 15 Chair’s review James Caird 16 Growth and consolidation Seán O’Reilly 17 Our shared heritage Andrew Shepherd 21 Shared heritage from a social perspective Andrew McClelland 23 The Engine Shed Colin Tennant and Gordon Urquhart 27 The heart of the yard Kerrie Sweeney 31 Sharing capacity Fiona Newton 35 Shared space: people, traffic and historic townscape Jonathan Taylor 39 The Devetaki Project Darren Barker 43 DIRECTORY HESPR companies 48 IHBC promotions and publications 49 Directory of members 50 USEFUL INFORMATION Heritage protection in Ireland Mona O’Rourke 87 IHBC-recognised courses 89 Courses and events 91 National organisations 95 Local authority contacts 97 Products and services 102 Advertisers index 108

4 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 8 WHAT IS THE IHBC? THE INSTITUTE of Historic Building Conservation is the principal body in the United Kingdom representing professionals and specialists involved in the conservation and preservation of the historic environment. Our members include conservation architects, architectural historians, conservation officers in central and local government, planners, surveyors and other specialist consultants, as well as academics and educators, curators, conservators and craftspeople. (Photo: Andrew McClelland) CHARITABLE PURPOSE As a registered charity, the IHBC’s purpose is to promote for the benefit of the public:   the conservation and enhancement of the historic environment in the United Kingdom (including offshore islands)   the highest standards of professional skills in this field   the education and training of professionals and specialists responsible for such work. CORPORATE OBJECTIVES The IHBC’s operations are planned in accordance with the three objects listed in its current corporate plan (see website for details):   helping people by promoting the conservation and management of historic places as a unique and evolving resource for people, both today and in the future   helping conservation by supporting specialists, specialisms and specialist interests across all conservation-related activities, because effective conservation demands skilled care   helping conservation specialists by supporting, encouraging and challenging IHBC members and prospective members, because conservation specialists work most effectively with coordination, advice, inspiration and scrutiny provided by an informed professional body. MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS   Cutting edge news and debate: Weekly NewsBlogs, IHBC’s journal Context (five issues per year), IHBC Yearbook, The Building Conservation Directory and other conservation publications from Cathedral Communications   Professional development: Reduced rates and priority access (as applicable) to regular CPD courses and sector events, IHBC annual schools and branch events, job notices (IHBC Jobs etc), career advice and support, national and regional networking opportunities   Technical support: Access to technical advice and guidance through national, regional and webbased advice and advisory panels   Business support: Access to business support and listings including (for full members) membership of IHBC’s Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition (HESPR) scheme (see page 48), guidance on project development, participation and CPD opportunities in panels and groups, access to advocacy and lobbying, and tax relief on subscriptions   Participation and volunteering: Opportunities for shaping national and regional legislation and guidance through regular consultations, and involvement in all aspects of the work of the IHBC through regional branch activity and, at a national level, through Council+

5 FOREWORD I AM VERY pleased to be able to provide this foreword to the IHBC Yearbook and to introduce its theme: ‘Our Shared Heritage’, which will also be the focus of the IHBC’s 2018 annual school in Northern Ireland. My first trip as CEO of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) was to Derry/Londonderry for the ‘Heritage Means Business’ event, which the AHF organised with the Heritage Trust Network with support from Social Enterprise NI. The event helped to broker new relationships between the heritage and social enterprise sectors, as well as between individual buildings and organisations. A host of heritagefocused organisations attended, but many social enterprises were also present. While some had experience of projects involving historic buildings, many did not, but were very interested in how new projects could utilise heritage assets. I’m sure that the IHBC’s annual school, especially given its theme, will be similarly energising in helping to forge new partnerships. Readers of this Yearbook are doubtless already sold on the benefits that heritage can bring to placemaking and regeneration, and the power of historic buildings to shape the shared community identities which are often the foundation of the social capital of a place. However, those benefits are not always clear to people outside the sector and one of the AHF’s and IHBC’s shared priorities is to get more organisations interested in the opportunities presented by historic buildings. This brokering is helping to spark new ideas, ones we might never have had or been able to deliver, thinking only within our existing networks. Another example from Northern Ireland is the stunning Riddel’s Warehouse (below), where Hearth Historic Buildings Trust, in partnership with local organisations, is regenerating the site for creative use. Sharing expertise and resources is also vital, particularly in a time of financial restraint. This year AHF’s support officers have been part of initiatives and discussions throughout the UK’s regions and home nations to improve the coordination of work between organisations and projects. As IHBC director Seán O’Reilly shows in his article (page 17), an ongoing commitment to this kind of ‘experimental evolution’ is one of the things that unites heritage organisations like ours. While some of the financial and other challenges facing the sector today can be damaging, some have made us more resourceful. For both the AHF and the IHBC, our achievements in the face of these challenges have often been heavily underwritten by volunteer capacity, new partnerships and the efforts of different communities. One project that effectively illustrates the partnership and sharing spirit is led by Future Wolverton, which is working with Slated Row School, a community special school for young people. The partnership will adapt and bring back into use a Grade II school (part-funded by an AHF loan) as a community centre and guest house. The community has been effectively mobilised by the project, so much so that it has bought into the project through the purchase of community shares. The articles offered in this edition of the Yearbook explore the concept of shared heritage in very different contexts and from different professional perspectives. All, however, make clear the huge reserves of goodwill that exist towards the historic environment in the UK. It is this deep attachment to historic buildings and places that energises volunteers and communities like Wolverton’s. The success of organisations like the AHF and the IHBC is only possible thanks to this uniquely fertile environment. Matthew McKeague Chief Executive The Architectural Heritage Fund Replay Theatre Company perform at Riddel’s Warehouse, Belfast (c1865, Grade B1) (Photo: Neil Harrison)

6 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 8 STRUCTURE OF THE IHBC Yorkshire Matt Bentley yorkshire@ihbc.org.uk Scotland Paul Zochowski scotland@ihbc.org.uk South Alison Davidson south@ihbc.org.uk South East Sanne Roberts southeast@ihbc.org.uk South West (Vacant) southwest@ihbc.org.uk Wales John Edwards wales@ihbc.org.uk West Midlands (Vacant) westmids@ihbc.org.uk FINANCE& RESOURCES COMMITTEE Treasurer and Committee Chair Jill Kerry treasurer@ihbc.org.uk Chair of Council James Caird chair@ihbc.org.uk PRESIDENT David McDonald president@ihbc.org.uk CHAIR James Caird chair@ihbc.org.uk B R A N C H C O U N C I L M E M B E R S B R A N C H C O U N C I L M E M B E R S SECRETARY Jo Evans ihbcsecretary@ihbc.org.uk Administrator Lydia Porter admin@ihbc.org.uk EDUCATIONTRAINING & STANDARDS COMMITTEE Education Secretary and Committee Chair Andrew Shepherd education@ihbc.org.uk COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH COMMITTEE Communications & Outreach Secretary and Committee Chair Dave Chetwyn communications@ihbc.org.uk Editorial Board Chair Mike Taylor editorial@ihbc.org.uk MEMBERSHIP & ETHICS COMMITTEE Membership Secretary and Committee Chair David Kincaid membership@ihbc.org.uk NOTES Red text indicates voting posts of council except where currently held by prospective (acting) o cers. Other o cers can attend council as required. For further details of the branch representatives see pages 8-9. The branch email addresses given here and on pages 8-9 are for contacting the branch committee rather than the individual representative. For contact details of all others please refer to the directory of members on page 50. POLICY COMMITTEE Policy Secretary and Committee Chair Roy Lewis policy@ihbc.org.uk Government Liaison Secretary Bob Kindred government@ihbc.org.uk East Midlands Rose Thompson eastmids@ihbc.org.uk London Sheila Stones london@ihbc.org.uk North (Vacant) north@ihbc.org.uk Northern Ireland (Vacant) northernireland@ihbc.org.uk North West Crispin Edwards northwest@ihbc.org.uk East Anglia (Vacant) eastanglia@ihbc.org.uk Operations Director Fiona Newton operations@ihbc.org.uk Learning, Education, Training&Standards O cer Kate Kendall lets@ihbc.org.uk Membership Services O cer Carmen Moran membershipservices@ihbc.org.uk DIRECTOR Seán O‘Reilly director@ihbc.org.uk IHBC NATIONAL OFFICE VICE CHAIR Kathryn Davies vchair@ihbc.org.uk VICE PRESIDENT Mike Brown vicepresident@ihbc.org.uk Branch & Events Support O cer Carla Pianese support@ihbc.org.uk COUNCIL

7 S T R U C T U R E A N D M E M B E R S H I P ANDREW SHEPHERD, EDUCATION SECRETARY is the principal of Andrew Shepherd, Architect, Sheffield. A chartered architect and surveyor, his projects have included Grade I listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments. He has extensive teaching experience in the UK and has also been involved in heritage training programmes in Kosovo, BosniaHerzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Transylvania and Romania. His previous roles include president and education officer of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and convenor of the Conservation Course Directors’ Forum for postgraduate conservation courses. education@ihbc.org.uk ROY LEWIS, POLICY SECRETARY is a chartered town planner who has specialised in architectural conservation and urban design throughout his career. He has held planning and conservation posts in local government, ran an undergraduate conservation programme at the University of Derby and is currently a director of Grover Lewis Associates Ltd, a specialist town planning and built heritage consultancy. He was the East Midlands branch representative from 2006 to 2017 and for a number of years represented the IHBC on the Urban Design Alliance. policy@ihbc.org.uk DAVE CHETWYN, COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH SECRETARY is managing director/partner of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC and D²H Land Planning Development. He is also a Design Council BEE, associate of the Consultation Institute and chair of the board of the National Planning Forum. Previous roles include chair of the Historic Towns Forum, head of Planning Aid England and IHBC chair. communications@ihbc.org.uk DAVID KINCAID, MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY was the conservation team leader at Canterbury until retirement in August 2013. He was responsible for a wide range of projects including conservation area management, listed building and area grant schemes, and world heritage site management. Prior to this he worked for 14 years in South Yorkshire on a range of regeneration and urban design projects. He was IHBC policy secretary between 2013 and 2016. membership@ihbc.org.uk ELECTED and APPOINTED OFFICERS DAVID McDONALD, PRESIDENT is an independent historic environment consultant specialising in providing heritage training for other built environment professionals. He formerly led the Conservation and Design Team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He is the IHBC’s representative at The Heritage Alliance and a trustee of the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC). president@ihbc.org.uk JAMES CAIRD, CHAIR is a retired chartered architect and town planner whose career included posts in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He was director of planning at South Shropshire District Council (1985–2006) and has contributed throughout his career to professional practice in heritage for the IHBC and other professional institutes and bodies. chair@ihbc.org.uk KATHRYN DAVIES, VICE CHAIR is a heritage and planning consultant with over 30 years’ experience, principally in the public sector. She worked first in local authorities in planning and conservation and latterly with English Heritage/Historic England where she worked with historic buildings and areas and then ran the historic places team in the South East. Engaging communities in understanding the significance of the historic environment was a major focus of this work. vchair@ihbc.org.uk JILL KERRY, TREASURER is a semi-retired chartered architect who has worked in the conservation sector for 25 years. She started her professional life in the public sector before moving to the private sector. She was the Northern Ireland branch representative until 2017. treasurer@ihbc.org.uk JO EVANS, SECRETARY is an associate director at CgMs and has held a number of conservation posts in local authorities in Surrey and Hampshire. She was chair of the IHBC from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that she was the membership secretary and the chair of the Membership & Ethics Committee, following on from holding posts on branch and other national committees. ihbcsecretary@ihbc.org.uk The post-holders shown are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change. For the latest information please see www.ihbc.org.uk/page65/index.html


9 S T R U C T U R E A N D M E M B E R S H I P WALES (ALL ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS) Branch contact: wales@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: JOHN EDWARDS WEST MIDLANDS (HEREFORDSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE, STAFFORDSHIRE, WARWICKSHIRE AND WEST MIDLANDS) Branch contact: westmids@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: Vacant YORKSHIRE (ALL YORKSHIRE COUNTIES) Branch contact: yorkshire@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: MATT BENTLEY OVERSEAS MEMBERS (ALL COUNTRIES) Contact: membership@ihbc.org.uk Acting Membership Secretary: DAVID KINCAID SOUTH (BERKSHIRE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, CHANNEL ISLANDS, HAMPSHIRE, ISLE OF WIGHT AND OXFORDSHIRE) Branch contact: south@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: ALISON DAVIDSON SOUTH EAST (EAST SUSSEX, KENT, SURREY AND WEST SUSSEX) Branch contact: southeast@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: SANNE ROBERTS SOUTH WEST (CORNWALL, DEVON, DORSET, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, SCILLY ISLANDS, SOMERSET AND WILTSHIRE) Branch contact: southwest@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: Vacant NORTH (CLEVELAND, CUMBRIA, DURHAM, NORTHUMBERLAND AND TYNE AND WEAR) Branch contact: north@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: Vacant NORTH WEST (CHESHIRE, GREATER MANCHESTER, ISLE OF MAN, LANCASHIRE AND MERSEYSIDE) Branch contact: northwest@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: CRISPIN EDWARDS NORTHERN IRELAND (ALL COUNTIES) Branch contact: northernireland@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: Vacant SCOTLAND (ALL ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS AND ISLANDS) Branch contact: scotland@ihbc.org.uk Branch representative: PAUL ZOCHOWSKI NB: Branch email queries are managed by branch committees – for full details see branch pages on the website www.ihbc.org.uk.

10 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 8 MEMBERSHIP OF THE IHBC THE INSTITUTE offers membership to all those who care for or about the built and historic environment, and our members are drawn from many disciplines. They include, among many other practitioners, architects, town planners, building surveyors, estate managers, structural engineers, landscape architects, curators, buildings and project managers, archaeologists, architectural historians, local authority conservation officers, officers from national conservation organisations, academics and private practitioners. Membership of the institute is aimed at being inclusive rather than exclusive, but all categories of membership require the observance of our Code of Conduct (see page 12). There are three categories of membership available: Full membership of the institute represents conservation accreditation open to all whose principal skill, expertise, training and employment is in providing specialist advice in the conservation of the built and historic environment. Full members have demonstrated to the IHBC their skills, knowledge and experience as interdisciplinary conservation specialists able to offer advice in line with national and international standards and models in conservation and project management. As such, full members are normally expected to demonstrate skills and experience in line with and across the institute’s four areas of competence (see page 12) while significant skills in one or more areas may be seen to outweigh weaknesses in one of the other areas. Anybody who satisfies these requirements and has at least five years’ relevant experience would normally be considered eligible for full membership. For those who have gained a qualification from a conservation course that has full recognition from the institute (see page 89) the necessary period of relevant experience required is reduced from five years to two years. Preparing to inspect Cheshire’s historic Anderton Boat Lift using roped access (Photo: Canal & River Trust)

11 S T R U C T U R E A N D M E M B E R S H I P Associate membership represents conservation accreditation awarded to practitioners who have demonstrated to the IHBC their specialist skills, knowledge and experience in conservation relating to the area of practical competence corresponding to their primary skills or discipline. Affiliate membership is available for those who have not yet demonstrated to council the criteria for full membership, but wish eventually to gain accreditation from the IHBC. Retired members are those accredited members (full or associate) who have retired from practice. FEE SUPPORT Membership is available at concessionary rates for those in need or on low wages. Members of any category who make a case for fee support may secure further reductions. All forms of concessionary membership last only for the subscription year in which they are agreed. Retired This form of membership allows a reduced subscription rate for existing members who are retired from practice but wish to remain in contact with the institute. Those wishing to apply for this form of membership should write to the membership services officer confirming that they are no longer practising conservation. Libraries This is a form of subscribing membership where an organisation, rather than an individual, may access our services and benefits. Those wishing to apply for this form of membership should contact the membership secretary who will advise them of the subscription rate applicable. All members have the right to receive notices, literature and Context. The Membership & Ethics committee, subject to the approval of council, will decide on eligibility for and category of membership. All membership information is kept on a computer database and names and addresses can be used for mailing of appropriate information to members subject to stated preferences on the membership application form and careful control by officers. To apply for membership please see www.ihbc.org.uk/join/index.html MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018 Subscriptions are due annually on 1 April and can be paid by direct debit, credit/debit card or by cheque (made payable to the Institute of Historic Building Conservation). Members, affiliates and associates £120 per annum Concessionary rate £60 per annum (available to those with an annual income below £17,500, subject to proof of income and renewed annually) Retired members £60 per annum Fee support If you are having difficulty meeting the cost of our membership fees you can apply for fee support (www.ihbc.org.uk/join/feesupport/index.html). Successful applicants typically have their fees reduced by 50 per cent of the full rate. Following the introduction of one year’s free membership to students on recognised courses, student membership has increased by almost 100. IHBC membership now stands at 2,602 of which 1,223 are full members. Half are in the private sector and a third are in central and local government. IHBC MEMBERS BY EMPLOYMENT SECTOR Education sector Miscellaneous Students Third sector 6% National government 7% Private sector 50% Not employed Local government 27% NOTE These figures exclude retired members who are no longer seeking work CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The IHBC specifies ongoing training and development as a fundamental duty for an active professional. Consequently, CPD is compulsory for full members and strongly recommended for affiliates, individuals intending to become full members and associates. See www.ihbc.org.uk/learning/cpd for details and registration forms. How much is required? Full members must complete 50 hours of CPD over any two-year period and must supply CPD registration forms when requested by the institute. What qualifies? CPD must be planned on the basis of a Personal Development Assessment related to the Areas of Competence (see page 12) and can include site visits, independent research, volunteering or other activities which broaden a member’s professional horizons. Where can I find CPD events? See pages 91–94 to find short courses and events, including many provided by IHBC regional branches, and for regular updates see ihbc.org.uk/events.

12 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 8 AREAS OF COMPETENCE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICAL Evaluation Management Intervention 1 Philosophy 3 History 5 Legislation and policy 7 Design and presentation 2 Practice 4 Research, recording and analysis 6 Finance and economics 8 Technology The eight IHBC competences AREAS OF COMPETENCE AND COMPETENCES FOR IHBC MEMBERS The IHBC’s ‘areas of competence’, and their underpinning ‘competences’ provide an outline of the skills, knowledge and experience needed to fulfill the requirements of accredited membership of the institute. Prospective members are advised to refer to the institute’s current guidance for applicants, Membership Standards, Criteria and Guidelines (2008) which is posted on our website’s membership pages – see www.ihbc.org.uk/join/ page29/index.html. The following provides a brief summary of the principal headings: AREA OF COMPETENCE Professional 1 Philosophy Appreciation of the social, cultural, political, aesthetic, economic and environmental values that underpin current conservation policy and practice 2 Practice Awareness of the wider context of conservation, including knowledge of and ability to interact effectively with all bodies and individuals who have a significant role to play in the field AREA OF COMPETENCE Practical: Evaluation 3 History Knowledge of the development of the historic environment including the remains of previous periods and cultures, historic buildings and settlements, works of engineering, parks, gardens and other elements of the historic landscape 4 Research/Recording/Analysis Ability to carry out or commission research, analysis and recording of the historic environment, and to maintain records accordingly AREA OF COMPETENCE Practical: Management 5 Legislation/Policy Knowledge of the legislative and policy framework for the conservation of the historic environment, its formulation locally and nationally, and awareness of other relevant legislation and policies 6 Finance/Economics Understanding of the process for the procuring of buildings and facilitating development, including finance, valuation, cost planning and contracts, with specific reference to historic buildings and areas AREA OF COMPETENCE Practical: Intervention 7 Design/Presentation Ability to analyse and evaluate quality of design, existing and proposed, of buildings and areas, and to present the results of such analysis in a way understandable to both professional and lay audiences 8 Technology Knowledge of building construction of all periods, the characteristics of structures, the nature and properties of building materials and appropriate methods of repair and alteration of historic fabric. IHBC CODE OF CONDUCT The object of the IHBC Code of Conduct is to promote those standards of conduct and selfdiscipline required of a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in the interests of the public and the protection of the built heritage. The main object of the institute is the promotion, for the benefit of the public, of the conservation of, and education and training in, the conservation and preservation of buildings, structures, areas, gardens and landscapes which are of architectural and historical interest and/or value in the United Kingdom. This heritage, which is part of society’s common heritage and which should be available to everyone, is, however, a limited and irreplaceable resource. It is therefore the duty of all members to act for and to promote its protection. Subscription to the IHBC’s Code of Conduct for individuals involved in the conservation and preservation of the built heritage assumes acceptance of these responsibilities. Those who subscribe to it and carry out its provisions will thereby be identified as persons professing specific standards of competence, responsibility and ethical behaviour in the pursuit of historic environment conservation work. This code indicates the general standard of conduct to which members of the institute are expected to adhere, failing which its governing body may judge them guilty of conduct unbecoming to a member of the institute and may reprimand, suspend or expel them. IHBC CODE OF CONDUCT For full details see www.ihbc.org.uk/ resources/A4-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

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R E V I E W A N D A N A L Y S I S 15 COMMUNICATING CONSERVATION THIS EDITION of the Yearbook follows the successful format of the 2017 edition by exploring the same theme as the annual school, this year in Belfast. In 2018 the theme is ‘Our Shared Heritage’. What might seem at first glance to be a rather ‘touchy-feely’ sort of title, takes on a much more profound meaning when set in the context of Northern Ireland’s politics and the implications for the UK of Brexit. But what does sharing heritage actually mean? From my own recent experience, it has meant sharing conservation philosophy, values and practice with other built environment professionals. I currently teach on the RIBA’s Conservation Training Course, which includes a lecture on the SPAB’s manifesto, international conservation charters and the importance of significance. It is very rewarding to be able to discuss these topics with practising architects, many of whom have not encountered them as part of their previous training. It is also satisfying to see how this knowledge is absorbed and used in their dayto-day practice by dealing more sensitively with listed buildings. I have also been able to promote heritage values to town planners by contributing to The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking, which was published in 2017 by the RIBA on behalf of Urban Design London. The historic environment chapter ensures that heritage is not lost in other urban design guidance and brings the British Standards Institution’s Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings (BS 7913) to the attention of planners and urban designers. For me, communication is the key element of sharing and it happens to be the title of Session 1 of the day school in Belfast, which will deal with how as professionals we get our message across to others. Session 2 will deal with negotiation, another key skill for the conservation professional, and will include consideration of cultural heritage without borders. Transformation is the theme of Session 3, which will include a lecture on the RMS Titanic and how its history and interpretation are being used to generate tourism and employment in Belfast. For me, this annual school will provide much food for thought and advice in terms of how we communicate and share the art of conservation, both at home and abroad. A keynote presentation by Jukka Jokilehto, author of A History of Architectural Conservation, will provide an international perspective. I hope to meet many IHBC members and non-members at the event. Needless to say, the ability to communicate is an essential skill for conservation professionals. For full members and affiliates alike, the value of the annual school as continuing professional development in communication cannot be overestimated. I also highly recommend the IHBC’s Membership Application Training Events (MATE), a number of which have already taken place across the UK. Run as interactive workshops, they are designed to make the process of applying for full IHBC membership as simple as possible. I have taken part in these workshops as an advisor and on the basis of personal feedback from delegates, I can vouch for their value. The IHBC website provides details of forthcoming sessions. As individuals I hope that we are all skilled at communicating with our colleagues and others, but how does the IHBC advertise the skills of its members to a wider audience? In 2017, we published Conservation Professional Practice Principles in partnership with the Historic Towns and Villages Forum and Civic Voice. This publication, which can be downloaded from the IHBC website, sets out in detail what conservation professionals do, the values of heritage and key issues in professional practice. The final section provides guidance on reconciling heritage values and making balanced judgements. For me, it has been not only a valuable reminder of the wide variety of work undertaken by IHBC members, but also a useful means of promoting our skills to other professionals. I am currently a member of Historic England’s Historic Environment ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeships Group, which has been set up to formulate standards for apprenticeships throughout the historic environment sector with the aim of encouraging a more diverse workforce, from archaeologists to conservators. Conservation Professional Practice Principles has helped me to communicate the important and unique role of the conservation professional to others in the group. Further news on apprenticeships will appear in future editions of Context and in the IHBC’s NewsBlog, but if you would like to know more, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. David McDonald, president@ihbc.org.uk

16 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 8 CHAIR’S REVIEW JAMES CAIRD, IHBC CHAIR INTHIS column it is the custom to give a general review of the IHBC and its current place in the heritage sector. In recent years there have been two predominating themes. First there is the relentless decline in the resources available for heritage regulation, protection and intervention, especially in England. The second is the corresponding emphasis that we, in the IHBC and with others, are developing in the promotion of high quality conservation practice. The IHBC was formed 21 years ago by the members of the Association of Conservation Officers, itself then only 16 years old. The ACO’s focus was, of course, the professional practice of statutory conservation regulation, but it was recognised that the achievement of high standards of conservation practice required far more than the avoidance of unacceptable outcomes. It is within this complex arena that the IHBC was established, with the specific aim of promoting the standards required to achieve the desired outcomes. Given the origins of the IHBC, it is perhaps understandable, much as it might be regretted, that the institute’s role is still misunderstood in some quarters. There are those who still largely think of our function as the assessment and regulation of the heritage impacts of development proposals. But, just as the key to the quality of the UK’s historic environment lies in our implementation skills as much as our regulatory practice, so the key to the maintenance and improvement of conservation practice lies in the IHBC’s work across a wide spectrum of heritage activity. Resources and staffing levels for heritage regulation, enforcement and enhancement have been reduced in recent years by most planning authorities in line with similar declines in many other aspects of locally delivered public service. Furthermore there has been a relaxation of heritage policy. This appears to have been driven partly by the increasing complexity of heritage consent processes in the face of repeated government drives to reduce ‘process inertia’. But it is also partly because heritage is seen by some as one of several inhibitors of new development: nimbyism, wildlife, landscape, etc. I think we are widely agreed in the IHBC that neither of these criticisms of heritage policy ought to be valid. Heritage is a very strong component of ‘place-making’. Heritage places have premium values and host premium economies. People like heritage. Nor should heritage values be considered regressive. Heritage buildings are inherently sustainable, with their embodied energy and enormous flexibility for reuse. Using the appropriate techniques, heritage buildings are widely restored, adapted and reused for 21st-century uses in very appealing and imaginative ways.What is needed is more of such developments, not fewer. This strengthens the core role of the IHBC: the improvement of the whole spectrum of conservation practice, from master planning and place-making, building procurement and design, to restoration practice and implementation. At this latter end of the spectrum lies the all-important aspect of building craft skills. The best of conservation proposals can be undermined by unsatisfactory execution, so maintaining a competent workforce must be a primary concern. To this end the IHBC contributes to the work of the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation. Recently the two bodies have entered into a memorandum of agreement on future collaboration. The IHBC is also exploring how it might extend its work internationally. The alignment of IHBC policy and practice with international standards such as those of ICOMOS has always been important to us. This importance is reinforced by the need for the UK to be outward-facing in the new political and economic structures in which we find ourselves as well as ensuring that the UK’s conservation standards continue to be reinforced by the best practice of the wider world. The constantly changing heritage landscape both at home and abroad means that we have to keep our own governance in active focus.We have been taking active steps to widen the opportunities for members to participate in the running of the institute. This will probably mean a greater stratification of what we do into roles that are more manageable for today’s overworked conservationists. More joint working with other bodies is likely so that we continue to be able to put best practice in conservation in the spotlight for practitioners of all types and the general public as well. As ever my thanks, on behalf of the whole institute, must go to our very able and dedicated staff and volunteers who make the day-to-day work of the IHBC tick along so well. James Caird, chair@ihbc.org.uk

R E V I E W A N D A N A L Y S I S 17 GROWTH AND CONSOLIDATION SEÁN O’REILLY, IHBC DIRECTOR WELCOME TO our regular Yearbook update on the IHBC’s heritage operations and support. I’m delighted to be able to say that we have maintained a high level of operations across 2017, continuing many valued and familiar services while also developing new ideas. It is no easy task trying to make a real difference across the huge range of interests that shape our built and historic environment and its care and conservation, but our corporate planning ensures that we keep a focus on such considerations. So even though our operating capacity was reduced for much of the period due to maternity leave, our services were only partially reduced, as readers will quickly see. Branches and volunteering are always at the heart of our work, especially in any new developments. With Carla Pianese offering dedicated branch support – including leading on web-based support as we respond to the 2017 survey of our branch network – and Kate Kendall’s active leadership in training and guidance on membership applications, most recently through our Membership Application Training Event (MATE) sessions, branches and volunteers clearly remain the focus of our investment in people. Carla’s work makes us more accessible while Kate’s work guides on accreditation. Both are building on earlier initiatives. With their targeted input, we can better guide early career heritage practitioners and those seeking conservation accreditation with the IHBC. The most immediate practical support we offer is the newest membership category of associate (AssocIHBC), which is now well bedded in. With Carla and Kate we can also more easily guide and advise practitioners on the concise application forms for aspiring associates. The new membership category gives assessors the opportunity to recommend staged accreditation where applicants have not quite demonstrated competence across the interdisciplinary practice standards required of full members. Meanwhile, our distinct interdisciplinary approach to conservation standards, including their alignment with the 1993 ICOMOS conservation training guidelines, was underpinned further in 2017 across two particular areas: internal publication and external research. At the Manchester annual school we launched our new joint Conservation Professional Practice Principles, led by communications secretary and past chair Dave Chetwyn. The consolidated statement was produced in partnership with Civic Voice, England’s link body for civic trusts, and the Historic Towns and Villages Forum. More than any standard the IHBC has produced or supported, this concise statement successfully bridged practice standards across our pan-disciplinary membership, while framing plans for our development of more detailed interdisciplinary practice standards. At the same time, new research into accreditation offered by lead professional bodies – carried out by COTAC, the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation, for Historic England – confirmed the IHBC’s distinct and distinguished place in that landscape. Significantly, it registered the IHBC as the only heritage-specific body operating accreditation that is compliant with the 1993 ICOMOS conservation training guidelines. Our wider focus on operational modernisation has been reaffirmed too, not least in the high regard for our ongoing exploration of more modern governance forms and structures. Developing under the title IHBC+, this initiative was best captured by past president Trefor Thorpe, at its inception in December 2014, as a process of ‘experimental evolution’. The IHBC+ framework has let us generate an even higher level of member input and volunteering,

18 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 8 notably through our twice-yearly Council+ forum, while also improving the rigour of our trustee oversight through more regular meetings online. We have also extended capacity with innovative approaches, including establishing a new, flexible and accessible volunteer-led resource to extend the reach of our national and branch committees, currently titled IHBC Groups. These volunteer-led initiatives are managed with a very light touch so they can focus on outcomes and, although nascent as yet, they are full of potential. We have also commenced work on a formal international strategy, the lack of which to date might seem unduly complacent in an organisation that celebrates its global foundations in standards and models offered by international authorities such as ICOMOS and the World Bank. Again, although early days, and starting first with a simple voicing of an aspiration to deliver such a strategy, progress has been very positive. By building on the capacity offered by our members as practitioners and volunteers through IHBC+, these enabling and streamlining strategies consolidated our presence and profile during the year across the complex array of sectors most relevant to conservation outcomes including: heritage and culture; construction, development and regeneration; education; and the environment. Our affirmation of inclusive membership and volunteer support had other valuable impacts too. Membership numbers in recent years had reached a plateau of about 2,200, with a peak of 2,400 last year, and we are now working towards an average of 2,500. Such numbers ebb and flow, especially as we occupy the slipstream of so many mainstream activities, but evidently our investment in volunteer support and new membership structures has reinvigorated interest in the IHBC as a professional institute. Adding to our public profile, objectives and brand were numerous other strands that also built on earlier work: Digital and social media An expansion of the institute’s activities means that we now reach 16,000 core members (23,000 including softer networks) and our redesigned website now receives an average 300,000 visits per month. The IHBC Conservation Wiki home page, a critical information and advocacy channel into the construction and development sector, has been redeveloped. Members and other subscribers also receive regular weekly updates on conservation work opportunities and dedicated news. Funding and awards The institute made the concluding disbursement of the IHBC’s Conservation Areas 50th Anniversary Celebrations awards fund. We also carried out further refinement of the dual Marsh Awards, one for retired IHBC members contributing to their communities, and the other for successful learners. Annual school Our excellent Manchester annual school, led by the North West branch in 2017, delivered top quality CPD as ever. HESPR Membership, which is unique to the IHBC, consolidated at just over 30 service providers. These and other developments are all reported on more fully in our NewsBlogs and other communications. Indeed our new communications strategy, launched at the annual school and on our NewsBlog service, has taken centre stage in refining many of our ongoing operations, to help add value to our existing operations with little additional cost. Developments here are still in the early stages, but are especially useful in focusing efforts on extending our reach and impact through more familiar operations, such as this Yearbook and our journal Context, where we now have an active distribution strategy – often offering some 15 per cent of our print run free to key target audiences to extend Context’s profile and impact. Indeed targeted distribution is now a core item on the agenda of the Context editorial board, the clearest possible sign of our integrated focus on audience and practice standards. Resources launched in more recent years also continue to address recognised needs, including: • ToolBox ‘Notes’ led by consultant Bob Kindred and offering practitioner-focused research insights and guidance • ongoing training resources and programmes such as the TeamStarter, exemplified in the MATE sessions noted above • SelfStarter, our pan-disciplinary online support to help those new to the discipline to understand and build relevant practitioner skills flexibly and for free • ongoing research work on local authority services. While it is always uplifting to focus on the good news, we must also recognise the current need to ease our recent period of cautious expansion. A key element of that expansion has been the increased investment in staff and consultancy reported above, with all its attendant benefits and at no additional charge to member fees beyond inflationrelated increases. However, our easing of extra investment responds to a substantial reduction in one of our major income-generating activities, our Jobs etc service, which fell by about one third on the previous financial year. Any response to that reduction necessarily dominates our plans for 2018 and beyond, as it would for any competent body. Future ambitions are encapsulated in our corporate plan for 2015–20 (CP20), which was approved at the 2015 AGM. We continue to pursue those in and beyond 2018, suitably adjusted to recognise the inevitably limited resources only too familiar in a small voluntary charity with ambitious professional aspirations such as ours. Seán O’Reilly, director@ihbc.org.uk Charles Micklewright (left), trustee of the Marsh Christian Trust, presents Ken Burley with the Marsh Award for community contribution by a retired IHBC member for his long-standing work with the South Yorkshire Buildings Preservation Trust.