Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Management

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.

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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>>


Cross Party Group on Architecture + the Built Environment

Cross Party Group on Architecture + the Built Environment‘Landscape for Scotland’ – Facilitated Debate

5 June 2018
6pm-8pm, Committee Room 1, The Scottish Parliament

This evening event will discuss in a debate on the role of Scotland’s landscapes in contributing to Scotland’s health, prosperity, communities and beauty. Facilitated by Lesley Riddoch the debate will engage with MSP’s, professionals and organisations and tackle how the themes identified in Landscape for Scotland can be relevant to the ambitions of Scotland is Now and the delivery of aspects of the Programme for Scotland. Questions that will be discussed include:

• Our landscapes serve to define our nation on an international stage – how do we safeguard this heritage and create a contemporary legacy of high quality places?

• Our nation is progressive, inclusive and sustainable – how should we create urban landscapes fit for purpose and a fitting demonstration of our nation’s social and environmental ambitions?

• How might our external environment contribute effectively to our prosperity, health, quality of life, innovation and learning?

• We can harness talent, skills and investment towards this goal, given political will and truly joined-up government, policy and private sector engagement: how can each part of government participate?

This debate will be an opportunity to obtain key outcomes that champion good work, inform policy and drive change. We aim to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach, spanning all areas of the Scottish Governments activities, so that the full range of potential benefits provided by landscape and place can be realised.

 Our vision is to promote, create and manage great places – places that are beautiful, multi-functional, sustainable and embedded in Scotland’s communities. Achieving this will only be possible through collective endeavour, harnessing the energy and expertise of people and organisations that engage with our external environment.


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Understanding Building Conservation

19-20 July 2018


With over 6 million traditional buildings and over 500,000 listed monuments in the UK, there is a considerable need for building professionals to understand the nature and practicalities of conservation.  For this reason, we have developed a course looking at conservation for both residential and commercial property as well as historic monuments.

In accordance with the ICOMOS (International Council On Monuments and Sites) Training and Education Guideline and the latest British Standard on conservation of historic buildings (BS 7913: 2013) the course will introduce the philosophy behind conservation before going into detail regarding the technical analysis of buildings, ensembles and sites, diagnosing issues, identifying the best building conservation solutions, working with the various  stakeholders, and ultimately providing advice regarding best practice.

At the end of the 2 days, you will be confident in your ability to apply practical skills towards building conservation, will feel much better informed in this field of practice, and will receive a certificate of attainment from the CIOB if you pass the end of course test. Moreover, those who pass the course will be eligible for further recognition under the new CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme.

15% of discount to IHBC Members.

Further details and bookings here>>

Inspiring Fundraising: A National Heritage Conference

26 April 2018
Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Inspiring Fundraising, Scotland’s national fundraising conference specifically dedicated to the heritage sector, will take place on Thursday 26th April 2018 at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. By attending the conference, you will have a unique opportunity to learn from leading professionals in their specialist fields to help you overcome your fundraising challenges and set you on your journey to reaching your aspirations and targets. Inspiring Fundraising will also provide you with a motivational space to develop new ideas and new ways of working and the chance to engage with more than 200 peers from different heritage organisations from across Scotland and beyond. Using interactive learning techniques, the diverse programme will cover topics ranging from Embracing Creativity and Innovation to The Voice of the Funders and from The Power of Business and Cultural Partnerships through to Telling your Story on Film.

Further details here>>