IHBC Annual School - Belfast 2018

Our shared Heritage

communication | negotiation | transformation

Full School: Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 June 2018 Day School: Friday 22 June 2018
Full School: Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 June 2018 Day School: Friday 22 June 2018

Make Belfast the centre of your
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

  • Heritage challenges and insights
  • Networking: Leading practitioners, policymakers, businesses & advisers
  • New national and international practices and partnerships
  • Innovative strategies in the city, region and beyond
  • On-site case studies, themes and solutions: *Communicating values *Contested heritage *Shared spaces
  • Up to c.20 hours Continuing Professional Development
  • Exhibition stalls and stands & IHBC 'Spotlights'
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Principal sponsor
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We thank Belfast City Council
for their kind generosity for the use of City Hall
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IHBC SCHOOLS: Heritage insights for everyone

Different IHBC School formats mean that anyone with an interest in heritage, culture and conservation will find much of interest:

  • Day School: A single day of, mostly, presentations, exhibitions, and networking, on the Friday, and
  • Annual School: A 3-day programme around the Day School that includes extensive expert-led tours and on-site discussions, local and regional, as well as important networking and celebratory opportunities that include
  • Annual Dinner, on the Friday evening, in 2018 supported by Belfast City Council, with IHBC Student and Marsh Award presentations, and our
  • School Reception, on the Thursday evening, in 2018 in the University’s remarkable ‘Dining Hall’


Bill Drummond - Scottish artist, co-founder of avant-garde pop group The KLF, and art provocateur known for burning £1millon cash, whose 10 Commandments for Art include ‘Make art for everyone’ and ‘Stand on the outside looking further out’.

Jukka Jokilehto - Celebrated conservation architect, leader in international heritage policy advice and education, and author of the definitive ‘A History of Architectural Conservation’, exploring how heritage professionals can work more effectively with communities.


  • Consultation, politics and heritage
  • Inclusive histories: Historic England’s Enrich the List
  • Crossing borders and boundaries in cultural heritage
  • Technical insights: From design and detail to projects and planning
  • Extensive case studies: Heritage communication, negotiation and transformation!
  • Heritage funds, and funding opportunities
  • Tours – Belfast and beyond: Urban legends to country houses
  • CPD support: Pre- and post-event support and guidance
  • Business: Sponsors, exhibitors, networks, supporters & opportunities and much more!
  • Headline events: *City Hall Annual Dinner


IHBC Schools offer innovative insights and opportunities, and not just for specialists!

Practitioners from across and beyond the UK, working with fabric, materials, sites areas and places that make up our built and historic environment, usually dominate the delegates.

Delegates may be specialists in conservation, but many with a more general understanding of conservation practice look to the IHBC’s School for their regular update and networking opportunity.

Delegate backgrounds include:

  • Planning (from community to strategic)
  • Voluntary and third sector
  • Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Heritage management
  • Landscape
  • Community
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Development
  • Traditional skills
  • Project management
  • Policy makers
  • Specifiers
  • Industry & commercial
  • Innovators

The School particularly welcomes people working in national and local government and related bodies, private practice, education, academia, charities and other voluntary bodies.

Whether starting out on your career or are active in the wider heritage sector, there is no better way than to develop your conservation and heritage-related skills, knowledge and understanding than at our next School, in Belfast.

Enjoy being informed, engaged and above all inspired by the rapidly changing landscape of how we share and extend our roles heritage care and its impacts on the conservation strategies for the historic environment.


Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is the programme’s focus, a city and region where innovative responses to collective cultural opportunities have been evolving following a globally recognised legacy of social conflict. That has highlighted challenges that go far beyond the entire heritage sector and include:

  • Contested heritage
  • Communities and expert engagements
  • Integrating culture and economy
  • Digital implications and opportunities
  • Funding and regulatory strategies
  • And many more

The cultural legacy and richness on offer at our School goes far beyond addressing the outcomes from more recent ‘Troubles’, as tours, talks and celebrations will explore the international standing and relevance of that heritage, and how it can contribute to the future economy, locally, nationally and internationally.

Finally the entire programme sets our examination of the School theme in suitably European contexts – both as regards initiatives from across the UK, and more broadly. Cross-border issues and practice standards for heritage and historic places, both inside and beyond Europe’s own borders, are critical. But sharing locally – and across adjacent traditions and cultures – is recognised as the critical starting point to secure the cultural benefits of inclusive strategies.

Belfast and its environs is the perfect context focus to explore out themes, and its Russel Group University – Queens - the ideal venue for sharing thoughts and discussions.

Watch the introduction of the IHBC Annual School 2018, Belfast on the IHBC YouTube channel

The Annual School offers three exciting days of:

  • LECTURES, networking and practical learning to share skills, knowledge and understanding
  • TOURS On-site case studies, themes and solutions: Communicating values, Contested heritage, Shared spaces. NETWORKING EVENTS; EVENING RECEPTION & IHBC ANNUAL DINNER with opportunities to pause, take stock and stimulate debate in fascinating venues
  • AWARDS AND CELEBRATION: Including the presentation of IHBC’s own Gus Astley Annual Student Awards , which will be presented by Carol Souter and our own IHBC Marsh Awards for ‘Successful Learning’ in heritage and ‘Community Contributions’ by retired members of the IHBC.

The 2018 Day School will:

  • Explain and interrogate new approaches to collective roles and responsibilities in heritage, especially for:
    • broadening inclusion
    • promoting specialists working with communities of interest
    • building capacity and securing sustainable outcomes
    • extending understanding, benefits and ownership of our cultural heritage
  • Offer three narratives themes to help understand how to respond to the opportunities in shared heritage:
    • Communication
    • Negotiation
    • Transformation
  • Intimately link European and local perspectives: it is officially recognised by the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (NewsBlog link & logo) while its content inevitably will focus on the most local of legacy issues for the city and region.


Employers enhance services, practitioners improve skills, and users build understanding, as gain local, national and international experience and networks:

  • Employers, including the self-employed, need informed, dedicated and productive staff: supporting staff maintain skills, gain experience, and revive enthusiasms at the IHBC’s School improves delivery, efficiency and service!
  • Practitioners: Secure your career path and employability with new approaches to the conservation and care of places.
  • Heritage users, from stakeholders to clients of all backgrounds will see how the different roles and priorities can come together to build capacity and help secure better and more cost effective heritage outcomes and conservation results.
Day School from £130*
Full School from £380*
Bursary allocation up to £4,000 *Plus VAT.
These early bird rates apply until 20 April 2018
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