IHBC Annual School | #IHBCReading2024

Place & Building Care

Finance, policy & people in conservation practice

12th - 15th June 2024
in person and online - from £30 (+VAT)

MarketPlace:LEARN (free, all welcome) | Full School | Day School

Reading Town Hall
Reading Abbet Ruins
Heading to Reading or staying digital? Do join us, in person or online
  • Explore heritage conservation and planning challenges in managing buildings, property and places together
  • New insights and old lessons when working with finance, policy and people
  • Examine sustainable management and conservation issues and opportunities, for areas, buildings, estates and fabric
  • Learn from expert practitioners and leading advisers
  • Enjoy extensive networking opportunities, in person or online
  • Flexible, low-cost online delegate engagement options and bursaries
  • Expert case studies, practice guidance and what may lie ahead
  • All IHBC CPD Certified: Up to 4 days of learning and networking targeting:
    • IHBC’s Competences: Legislation & Policy’ and ‘Finance & Economics’
    • IHBC’s Area of Competence: ‘Management’

IHBC Annual Schools: Insights, learning and engagement for all disciplines and interests

IHBC School formats and options cater to all players, practices and disciplines in heritage and culture, places and conservation.

Enjoy, engage and learn at IHBC Schools across:

  • One-day conference (Day School, with in-person and online)
  • Free and interactive online IHBC MarketPlace:LEARN, open to all (Online, Zoom Breakout Room format)
  • 3 day conference (Full School) with all the above as well as tours, receptions, Awards and Annual Dinner.

Reading Bridge
Lion statue
Talks, Tours and more: delegate options for #IHBCReading2024 in more detail

  • Free, online and open to all: IHBC MarketPlace:LEARN, Wednesday 12th June: Online launch of the 2024 Annual School, from 5PM, with Zoom Breakout Rooms offering access to advice, services, support and learning in various aspects of building, planning, heritage and conservation services.
  • Day School, Delegate, in-person and online options Friday 14th June: A day of presentations, networking, discussion and learning.
  • Full School delegate in-person option (numbers strictly limited) Annual School, 12-15th June: A multifaceted programme including the above programme as well as expert and specialist tours and on-site investigations, across two days, building on the School theme and location, with unique networking and celebratory opportunities such as:
    • Annual Dinner, on the Friday evening in Reading University's Wantage Hall, with IHBC Student Award and Marsh Award presentations, and our
    • School Reception, on the Thursday evening.
St Laurence Church, Reading
Reading shopfronts
Who should attend, in person or online?

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

Delegates include specialists in conservation from a wide range of disciplines and practice.

For non-specialists with a more general understanding of conservation this conference offers a chance to look to the IHBC’s School for updates in practice and policy as well as offering valuable networking opportunities

Community representatives and volunteers with and interest in local building and area conservation issues of all sorts, from policy to processes and projects, will find an accessible and cost-effective overview of current and new solutions and opportunities.

Typical delegate backgrounds include:

  • Planning (from community to strategic and development management)
  • 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 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 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 Reading.


Town Hall
Reading Bridge
St Laurence Church

Reading Abbey
Maiwand Lion, Forbury Gardens
Castle Street, Reading

See you there


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