IHBC’s new–style local training for UK practitioners: ‘Heritage Project Management’ – A ‘Unique Learning Experience’, on site at Bishop Auckland’s £90million project suite, 18/19 October

Bishop Auckland Conference imageOn 18/19th October the IHBC, with local and national partners, will host a learning day and more on ‘Heritage Project Management’, at Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, offering delegates from across the UK practical insights into the working of heritage-led regeneration projects across Castle, conservation area and building works valued at some £90 million.

Delegates will gain a ‘Unique Learning Experience’ from the IHBC, with select, first-hand, case-based guidance and insights on heritage and conservation projects, exploring an ‘A to Z’ of a remarkable suite of heritage projects ‘From Auckland Castle and Bishop Auckland to Zurbarán’.

Contributors include:

  • Auckland Castle Trust: Jonathan and Jean Ruffer, inspiration for the £90 million heritage project programme
  • CIOB, the Chartered Institute of Building, with CIOB President Rebecca Thompson chairing the day programme
  • Historic England: Carol Pyrah (Assistant Director of Planning) on projects and heritage regulation and advice
  • Heritage Lottery Fund: Sara Crofts (Head of the Historic Environment) on projects and heritage funding and advice
  • IHBC: Fiona Newton (IHBC Projects Officer) on heritage project practice principles
  • IHBC/NECT: Jules Brown (IHBC North Branch Chair, NECT and Historic England) chairing the optional evening talk on 18 October
  • Project managers, leads and guides across the range of local works.

Outcomes include:

  • First-hand, on-site experience of this unique, £90 million suite of heritage-led regeneration projects across Castle, conservation area, town, buildings and display places
  • Understanding and insights into the development and management of signature heritage-led regeneration works, individually and together
  • Insights into heritage project contexts and considerations, including:
    • Funding, private and faith-led philanthropy, as well as public funding
    • Regulation, advice, and the management of heritage values
    • Principles, of project work on heritage fabric and places
    • Communities, including local and faith-led groups.

Supporting benefits include:

  • Experience a major event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Conservation Areas
  • Up to 10 hours CPD (8 hours day & 2 hours evening)
  • IHBC CPD certificates
  • Encouragement and advice for visiting delegates to extend their stays and learn more about County Durham and its remarkable legacy, heritage and future.

A ‘Unique Learning Experience’
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘On offer from the IHBC at Bishop Auckland in October is a first-hand, ‘Unique Learning Experience’ of heritage project management in the regeneration of an area with a unique legacy and, thanks to that legacy and the energy of lead individuals and bodies, a remarkable future.’

A unique leader group
‘Led by a one-off grouping of leading national players – from the IHBC and the CIOB, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, to regional and local leads such as the Auckland Castle Trust charity and public bodies like Durham County Council – this training programme offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appreciate and understand at first hand the spectrum of challenges and opportunities in heritage project management.’

Local learning & National support: Best value for all practitioners
‘To maximise learning opportunities the IHBC offers a new approach to learning support at Bishop Auckland.  Inspired by the IHBC’s national and local Branch partnerships at our celebrated Annual Schools, Bishop Auckland delegates will benefit from an unrepeatable blend of local knowledge and on-site experience, framed by targeted, web-based learning support from the IHBC’s national office.’

‘Our evolving website will carry a range of learning and support material to help delegates prepare for the event.  Using this, delegates can make the most of the talks and on-site experiences offered on the day.  As with our Annual School websites, we will also maintain the website as a future resource for practitioners.’

Adding value for visiting delegates – ‘Take a heritage break!’
‘To maximise the value of this unique learning opportunity, we are encouraging visiting delegates to extend their stay so they can learn from and enjoy the rich heritage and legacy of County Durham and its environs.’

‘Also, to ensure the conference is both as accessible and as beneficial as possible for delegates coming from across the UK, our web support for the event includes some basic extra guidance on travel and local sites.  This way we can ensure that delegates coming from across the UK have access to the best practical learning at the most competitive rates’.

CIOB President
Chair of the day programme, CIOB President Rebecca Thompson, said: ‘I am delighted to be working with IHBC at this prestigious event, it is essential for members of professional bodies to share knowledge and expertise and have a strong network based on quality and excellent ethical practice.  The CIOB and IHBC share many of the same values and expertise in conservation practice and protection and enhancement of the historic environment.  This event provides opportunities for continual professional development and networking, drawing on the highest professional standards, nationally and internationally.’

IHBC’s local Branch
Co-chair of the event, IHBC North Branch Chair Jules Brown, and officer in both Historic England and the North of England Civic Trust, said: ‘Our IHBC Branch is delighted to host and welcome delegates coming to Bishop Auckland for this great learning opportunity.  We look forward to hearing about their impressions of the diverse experience and huge riches our area has to offer.’

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For full details on the conference and our partners, and to book, go to bishopauckland2017.ihbc.org.uk

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