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2009 IHBC Annual School

FIT PAST – FUTURE PERFECT? Conservation: a key to sustainable design
Buxton, Derbyshire
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th June 2009

Buxton School Report - Context Issue 111, September 2009
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  • I felt that this was the best organised school ever and I have been to at least 6. Thanks very much, it ran so well.
  • Far outstrips RTPI Summer School especially on friendliness, professionalism and organisation.
  • The organisation was great. People were really kind and helpful. It is a 10 out of 10!


Many delegates were happy with the value for money they got from the School. The costs are always as low as possible and cost management is very. This lead to comments such as ‘well worth the fee’ and ‘extremely good value for money’.

  • The best school that I have ever attended.
  • Couldn't fault it. Went like clockwork.

A number of happy delegates hoped to attend again saying things such as ‘I will attend the next one’ and ‘hope to be back again next year’.

Delegates rated the school venue very highly with 94% feeling it was a good or excellent venue and none feeling it to be unsatisfactory. The booking arrangements were likewise rated as good or excellent by 99% of delegates.

  • Given the numbers attending the whole event, but in particular the Day School which was busiest, went like clockwork.
  • Just very, very well done to everyone involved. It seemed to work like clock work, in the nicest possible way!

Delegates rated the overall experience they had at the conference and its usefulness very highly with 95% rating it as good or excellent.


As well as the formal educational and informative aspects of the Annual School many delegates value the networking opportunities it offers by being able to get together with like-minded professionals. They were also very keen to point out that aside from the formal training obtained from the Annual School one of the key benefits for them were the networking opportunities.

  • Made lots of useful contacts and learned a great deal about building conservation
  • Really enjoyable and friendly event good to meet and make new contacts as well as learn from the speakers.

82% of delegates felt the School met their training requirements completely or sufficiently and that 98% felt the School was invaluable, very useful or useful.


  • I thought the day school was probably one of the best conferences I've been to. The morning was 100% pertinent (the keynote speaker just blew everyone away).
  • Gave very useful and practical insights relevant to day-to-day practice


  • Contained detailed, hard information that will directly help me in my day to day work
  • Enhancing and updating current knowledge and expertise in relevant areas.
  • Speakers were interested in their subject and clear in articulating the ideas and key points.


  • Speakers talked with great enthusiasm and passion for their subject. When this happens you can't help but feel enthused/inspired and ready to take on the world or maybe just a small part of your locality.
  • I thought the whole event ran like clockwork and kept to time really well.
  • Given the numbers attending the whole event, but in particular the Day School which was busiest, went like clockwork

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