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Maureen Pearce

Jill Himsworth: southwest@ihbc.org.uk


Greg Venn

Council Representative 


Immediate Past Chairman 

Ian Lund

Membership Secretary 

Liz Smith-Gibbons

Historic England Representative

Stephen Guy

Bulletin Editor

Alex Marsh


Colin Ellis

Training & Events


Cornwall & Scilly Isles County Representative


Devon County Representative (incl. Plymouth & Torbay)

Maureen Pearce

Dorset County Representative

James Webb

Somerset County and Bath Representative

Adrian Neilson

Wiltshire County Representative (including Swindon)

Guy Bentham-Hill

Gloucestershire County Representative

(incl. South Gloucestershire and Bristol)

Charlotte Lewis

Private Practice Representative (acting)

Colin Ellis

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Damp, masonry decay & sustainability

2.00-3.45pm online on two consecutive Tuesdays: 4 & 11 May

Free to IHBC members and heritage professionals

For conservation professionals, the association of damp with timber decay needs no introduction. These are the familiar consequences of poor maintenance and ill-considered alterations. However, the need to reduce heat loss and carbon emissions is posing new challenges for the management of moisture in older buildings. A roof structure, for example, will become colder if heat leakage from the rooms below is reduced, leading to greater risk of condensation, mold growth and timber decay. Ventilation may not always be beneficial.

The aim of this conference is to review the science and technology and to explore best practice. The first session will focus on building environments, including Historic England’s latest research. The second will examine the agents of decay and their effects on timber and other organic components. And the third will consider repair options where timber has decayed.

This is the second of two virtual conferences organised by the IHBC’s South West branch with Historic England. The first, held last November, focussed on masonry structures. The Damp, Masonry Decay and Sustainability presentations can be found online here.

(This link takes you through to Historic England’s website)

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IHBC SW Virtual Mate Training Session

4th November 2020
As part of our branch training events we are holding a virtual MATE session with Ramona Usher from the IHBC Professional Development Team. This event is aimed at helping affiliate members progress their IHBC full membership application. This is a specific training event aimed only at those hoping to apply for full IHBC membership. Further details on what is required and how to attend are below.
The event will be held virtually on 4th November 2020 between 14.00 and 17.00 and is aimed only at members of the South West Branch. If you are unable to attend on the prescribed date, the central branch will be sending out details on nationwide events shortly. Depending on demand we may also be able to provide an additional South West event in due course.
Owing to the nature of the event, there are only 10 spaces to ensure everyone has enough time to present one of their case studies and provide the Professional Development Team with time to explain the application process.
Places will be offered on a first come first served basis, so please do make sure you able to attend and able do the coursework expected (see below ‘What do I need to do in advance?’).
About this Event:
You are invited to attend an online IHBC Membership Application Training Event (MATE). This will last approximately 3 hours. This MATE will be led by Ramona Usher/Sean O'Reilly/Fiona Newton.
How will the online MATE work?
  • The format is similar to the familiar in person MATE, helping you to understand the IHBC Application process and how best to complete your application. 
  • The MATE will be delivered through GoTo Meeting. Log in details will be provided closer to the event. GoTo Meeting is similar to many meeting platforms you may already be familiar with
  • All delegates will be encouraged to raise issues specific to their experience and application.
  • All online discussions are without prejudice to any future application.
  • A good internet connection is required.
  • All preparation and event hours qualify as IHBC CPD hours.
What will I need to do in advance? 
As an online event, it requires more advance preparation and more discipline than a physical event.  You will be required to prepare and supply in advance of the event:
  • A brief CV or link to an online profile, such as on Linkedin
  • An example of work that you might use in your application. Text, drawing or photo at the equivalent of A4.  The work should illustrate a significant part of any of the four Areas Of Competence, or their underpinning competences, as described in the application forms or online. This is required so you are able to effectively describe the example to MATE delegates, outlining how it may represent your conservation skills, knowledge, and/or experience during the competence surgery discussions in the MATE session
  • Familiarise yourself with the Full/Associate membership application forms, available at the following link: https://www.ihbc.org.uk/join/apply/index.html
This should be provided by 26th October 2020  will need to send your CV (or online equivalent) and an example of your work that MIGHT be used in your application (if this is a large file you may wish to send this separately).
Please request attendance by emailing the attached form to southwest@ihbc.org.uk
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