Context 156 - September 2018

40 C O N T E X T 1 5 6 : S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 IHBC Marsh and Gus Astley Student Awards Friday evening saw the IHBC annual dinner in the palatial surroundings of Belfast City Hall. It was accompanied by the presentation of the IHBC Marsh Awards and Gus Astley Student Awards. Marsh Christian Trust trustee Lorraine Ryan presented Amy Ward, stonemason and con- servator for Mono Masonry, with her Marsh Award and £500 prize for ‘Successful Learning’. Among other considerations, the award judges recognised how Ward’s experience in stone conservation ‘bridges the gap between heritage conservation and stonemasonry’. They noted: ‘Amy shares her skills with others [and] has given training sessions to two apprentices around the traditional skills of draughtsmanship of traditional masonry mouldings; in addition to her paid work at the company, her master’s degree in conservation studies at the University of York is giving her the foundations to progress even further within the company’. Dr Jane Grenville OBE was selected for the IHBC’s Marsh Award for Community Contribution (Retired Member), securing £500 and a place at the school. This award recognised Grenville’s innovative contribution in setting up a student Planning Club with University of  York, which scans the weekly planning lists to make a first sift of significant cases for comment. ‘Jane’s Planning Club effec- tively links volunteer student community effort with positive planning for the historic environ- ment,’ the judges said. Grenville was not able to attend the school, so received her certificate and award at home. The Gus Astley Student Awards judge for the year, Carole Souter, and fund trustee and IHBC research coordinator Bob Kindred both spoke to the successful IHBC submissions for 2017. ‘The prestige of these awards grows from year to year,’ Kindred said. He looked forward to seeing the submissions for the 2018 Gus Astley Student Awards and promoting the results at the annual school in Nottingham in 2019. The winner of the IHBC Gus Astley Student Award for 2017 was Rodolfo Acevedo Rodríguez, then on the IHBC-recognised con- servation course at University of Cambridge, for his work on the history, design and function of Thornton Abbey Gatehouse, Lincolnshire. Carole Souter spoke of this as a ‘clear, informa- tive, well-researched and beautifully produced and illustrated’ representation of current conservation-related course work. Rodríguez received a free place at the IHBC’s school, a £500 cash award and a certificate. Also selected for high commendation, and