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IHBC Annual School – Belfast 2018: Our shared Heritage – communication | negotiaton | transformation

AS2018 flyerFull School: Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 June
Day School: Friday 22 June

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’

Social media links: #IHBCBelfast2018/#Europeforculture/#EYCH2018

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For more details see belfast2018.ihbc.org.uk

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Working Party Open Day

15 July 2018
Eastbury House, Eastbury Square, IG11 9SN, BARKING

Join the SPAB at Eastbury Manor, Barking, London for the Working Party Open Day. See conservation in action at Eastbury Manor, an Elizabethan gem in Barking, the site of the SPAB’s Working Party. Try your hand at traditional crafts under the guidance of experts.

Enjoy guided tours, building craft demonstrations and refreshments from the Eastbury kitchen. The event is free and there’s no need to book, just turn up.

Further information here>>

Under Pressure: Working with the form and setting of smaller settlements

4 July 2018
Kellogg College, Oxford

With small towns, villages and hamlets seeing greater developer interest, what criteria are being used to identify new sites for housing or other land uses beyond major cities?  What can a settlement’s history tell us about its ideal future? What weight should be given to other place-related factors in decision-making?

Spatial planning is intended to determine what and how much development should be located where; yet a key part of the UK planning system encourages land owners and developers to propose specific sites for new development. Given the pressure on local authority resources, time constraints on determining planning applications, and the need for more housing development, place-making is not always at the top of the list of factors considered.

This seminar-workshop will examine:

  • The significance of smaller settlements’ historical form, function and setting
  • Whether the HELAA process makes ‘place’ planning more of a challenge
  • Alternative ways of planning for change that relate to a place’s identity
  • The type of criteria to consider and their relevance
  • A live case study to debate and test factors that matter, and
  • Case studies of how plan-making and neighbourhood planning can draw upon alternative evidence to influence outcomes.

With expert speakers and a hands-on workshop, this seminar will enable delegates to consider whether there are key factors that should be used to plan the future of smaller historic settlements differently.

The seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic societies, amenity and local community groups, and development planning and design consultants with an interest in urban design and planning.

Seminar speakers include:

  • Professor Malcolm Airs, Kellogg College
  • Dr Geoffrey Tyack, Oxford University
  • Louise Thomas, HTVF

This seminar counts as 6 CPD hours.

Book your place at: https://smallersettlementsseminar.eventbrite.co.uk

Bath Iron Festival of Ironwork

14 – 17 June 2018
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Where better to hold a celebration of heritage skills than the heart of a World Heritage City?
At a time when the ancient craft of the blacksmith has almost faded from view, the National Heritage Ironwork Group will be staging a spectacular festival of ironwork in Parade Gardens, Bath from 14th – 17th June 2018

A unique event, not to be missed…drop in for a single day or come over a few days, get one of the last remaining tickets now


Digital Heritage in Conservation

These three one-day courses are an ideal introduction to Digital Heritage in Conservation. The courses are designed to complement each other, but can also be taken as standalone units.

An Introduction to Computer Applications for Conservators and Museum Professionals – Monday 25th June 2018

Although computational techniques proved to be particularly useful for conservation recording and documentation, decision making, restoration and presentation, there are limited opportunities for training. This course provides an introduction for conservators and museum professionals with little or no background in computer applications, with main emphasis on digital recording strategies, virtual reconstruction/digital restoration, 3D fabrication and online dissemination tools, platforms and useful software. It combines theoretical approaches to digital techniques in conservation, practical skills for the best use of computational tools and technical skills for beginners. The course will clarify the use and applications, advantages and limitations of each digital recording technique, focusing on examples covering a wide variety of artefacts types and materials as well as intangible cultural heritage. The basic concepts of 3D modelling, and the most commonly used tools for digital restoration and virtual reconstruction projects will be presented. The applications of 3D fabrication, including replication and storage/preventive conservation, gap filling/ remedial treatment will be explained. Web publication tools and platforms for sharing and accessing useful information and visuals will be presented.

Standard fee: £150 Student fee: £120

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) – Tuesday 26th June 2018

The surface topography of objects is key for understanding their material characteristics, asses their state of preservation, reveal hidden details and explore how they were made and used in the past. RTI is being used for recording texture and colour and revealing surface morphology. It produces interactive relighting files particularly useful for documentation, condition assessment and monitoring, presentation and online dissemination.

The theoretical part of this short course will explain the fundamental concepts, including instrumentation, data acquisition strategies, processing pipelines, viewing software and web publication tools, referring to characteristic examples and applications. During the practical part, participants will get hands-on experience by performing highlight data capture, processing, viewing and online publication. Participants can RTI visualise objects of their choice.

Standard fee: £300 Student fee: £240

Photogrammetry – Wednesday 27th June 2018

3D digitisation is increasingly being used for preservation, analysis and presentation of cultural heritage. 3D models provide enhanced options for documentation, public engagement, preventive conservation, remedial restoration and research. The theoretical part of this short course will provide an overview of theoretical background, principles and instrumentation, as well as characteristic examples and applications of 3D digitisation in cultural heritage. During the demonstration participants will become familiar with capturing, processing pipelines using commercial software for 3D digitisation from 2D images.

Standard fee: £250 Student fee: £200

If you wish to book onto all three courses we offer a discounted rate with a standard fee of £500, and student fee of £400.


Two bursaries are available for this course. Students, early career professionals and researchers are eligible to apply. The online bursary application form is available here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th June 2018. The bursary covers registration fees and refreshments. For further information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Further information here>>


Archaeology in Wales – CBA Wales conference 2018

Date: Friday 31st August 12:30 – Sunday 2nd September 17:00
Location: University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter, SA48

The newest and best of archaeology in Wales.

The programme showcases current innovative projects and fieldwork and provides opportunities for hands-on workshops, CPD, networking, and guided visits to some of the most iconic and interesting sites in Wales. Hear and experience Wales’s archaeology from the Prehistoric to the Industrial, from coastal to gardens, and from poetry to place names, and participate in an exciting programme of social events.

Leading British archaeologists will be on hand running sessions, giving presentations and leading visits. Professor Mike Parker-Pearson will be exploring the latest evidence regarding the origin of the Stonehenge Bluestones – visit the potential quarry site and decide for yourself! Professor Carenza Lewis will provide her reflections on archaeology in Wales as the keynote address at Saturday’s formal dinner and Professor David Austin will be exploring the myths, landscape and future of Strata Florida Abbey.

Further details and bookings here>>