IHBC Marsh Awards 2018 launched: Nominations for retired IHBC members and New Heritage Learners – Closing end Feb 2018

IHBC Marsh AwardsThe IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, has entered its third year with the launch of the 2018 Awards, to celebrate retired IHBC members and successful learners in heritage practice, with prizes that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s 2018 Annual School, and with a closing date of 28 February 2018.

IHBC President David McDonald said: ‘These awards represent a very welcome partnership between the IHBC and the Marsh Awards, one that is focused on celebrating major contributors to heritage conservation, both for today and for the future.’

‘IHBC members often continue in practice long after any formal retirement, but when they forgo their professional conservation activities – and associated obligations such as CPD – often they continue to play active roles as volunteers in local community heritage issues.  Indeed their skills, honed in practice over many years, can still make a huge difference to their local communities.’

IHBC Chair James Caird said: ‘The IHBC’s Marsh Award for Retired Members of the IHBC celebrates how their deep skills, knowledge and experience can continue to help local communities in heritage care and understanding after their professional practice has ended.’

For the Marsh Christian Trust, sponsors of the awards, founder and Chairman Brian Marsh OBE said: ‘We set up these Awards with the IHBC in order to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals in sustaining and passing on vital skills in conservation through collaborative working, teaching and sharing best practice. Hopefully the Awards, in a small way, will help raise the profile of this important discipline and encourage more people to pass on their knowledge’.

The IHBC Marsh Awards write:

  • The IHBC Marsh Award for Community Contribution (Retired Member) celebrates the contribution of a retired IHBC member to the community (e.g. through BPT involvement, neighbourhood planning, civic and local trusts with heritage interests ).
  • The IHBC Marsh Award for Successful Learning in Heritage Skills recognises the potential of an individual based on their significant learning in traditional building activities and craft skills.

Both awards support the IHBC’s work as we help keep the essential conservation skills and knowledge alive through training, teaching, shared experience and example.

Each award is marked by a certificate, and a free residential place at the IHBC’s renowned Annual School in June each year, worth about £500, and £500 cash, with cheques written directly to the winners.

The Marsh Awards are the brainchild of Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Trust, who wanted to support areas such as conservation and volunteering but needed to identify some special way of ensuring a modest sum of money made an impact.

How to nominate
Visit the website for full details and complete the online form RETIRED or LEARNING giving details of the nominee and covering the following points:

  • a brief description of the activities contributed or the skills mastered,
  • how the individual made a difference to the benefit of the historic environment and/ or community through these activities or skills.
  • supporting information, such as a pictures, documents or website references relating to the nomination, which can be uploaded to the online form or included with the postal form.

If you are not able to complete an online application, you can download an application form in either Word or PDF from the website and email the completed form to
marshawards@ihbc.org.uk or post to Marsh Awards, IHBC, Jubilee House, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6HA.

If you would like further guidance on your nomination please contact support@ihbc.org.uk.

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