IHBC 2012 School: ‘Significance’ – ‘early bird’ rates end 20 April

The ‘early bird’ booking rates for the IHBC’s 2012 Annual School in Winchester will finish on 20 April, and as its theme of ‘Significance’ has special urgency following England’s current tight focus on conservation policy, heritage professionals seeking current insights and relevant CPD should book now to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum.

Jo Evans, IHBC Chair said: ‘I would like to urge and cajole all those who are thinking about booking a place at the Annual School to do it as soon as possible to take advantage of the very short time left available to make the most of the early bird booking.’

Theme: The 2012 School examines ‘Significance’, including associated principles such as ‘special interest’ and the processes for assessing value, with a unique and especially timely programme of CPD – up to 18 hours, depending on personal CPD priorities – designed to cater for all specialists working in the historic environment.

Relevance: With the arrival of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in England, and the demise of the PPSs, there is a new urgency to understanding how ideas around ‘Significance’ shape the management of our heritage, and how ‘special interest’ continues to underpin statutory duties.  Consequently, how we identify values in our cultural heritage, and how those values shape conservation advice and strategies, are more relevant than ever.  Indeed the theme of the 2012 School represents some of the most challenging areas for the historic environment specialist today, especially as we try so hard to cater to so many – and such diverse – interests.

Structure & Options: The School has a flexible structure, with options around both a single Day School of lectures, and a 3-day residential or non-residential School that includes relevant tours and visits, all carefully structured to address key areas of CPD – with up to 13 hours of structured CPD and 5 for networking and more informal CPD – altogether ensuring maximum training benefits for delegates and their employers.

Content: Both Full and Day Schools will provide delegates from all specialist backgrounds with opportunities to hear the latest thinking on who decides what significance is, how it can be determined, and what its role is in conservation.  Deciding on the value of our heritage is the essential first step in assessing how best to care for it, because if we don’t understand what is significant, we cannot be sure that we will care properly for what we value, or allocate limited resources efficiently.

Day School: The Day School brings together speakers from diverse specialist backgrounds who will explain and explore how we assess and protect significance of buildings, landscapes and sites today, and consider how we might improve those processes for the future.  It includes access to a wide range of exhibitors.

Full School: This includes specialist site visits, and additional networking events in historic settings.

Support & location: The School, which is supported by English Heritage as well as by a host of other conservation interests, will be based in the historic city of Winchester. The main Day School venue is its Victorian Guildhall.

For full details visit
: 2012school.ihbc.org.uk

For an insight to past Schools, including reports on and links to past IHBC Schools, see: LINK

For exhibition space see : LINK

For sponsorship contact Fiona Newton at: projects@ihbc.org.uk

For information on the IHBC’s CPD see: LINK

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