Context 161 - September 2019

28 C O N T E X T 1 6 1 : S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 staple A Stitch in Time ); recent consultations from central government; and the IHBC Wiki, an encyclopaedia of anything and everything conservation-related. Given the wealth of guidance documents already produced by Historic England, the guidance section is intended to fill the gaps, not to replicate the high-quality resources already available. For instance, with matters relating to curtilage, where the IHBC has taken an alternative view of theTaunton Dean judgement, this has been set out in an up-to-date position statement (see guidance_notes/index.html). The second spotlight talk related to further written guidance produced by IHBC green panel convenor John Preston, following the government’s recent commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.The talk, very relevant to the overall theme of the day school, brought home the need to be ever more prepared for the increasing pressures placed on traditional build- ings; for a sound understanding of the difference between traditional and modern construction methods; and for appropriate mitigation meas- ures to be applied. The most recent guidance notes available in the toolbox are ‘Retrofitting of traditional build- ings’ and ‘Climate change and older buildings: key sources’, both full of helpful links relating to key standards for conservation such as PAS 2035 and BS7913. The last spotlight talk of the day was given by Duncan Philips of the IHBC South East Branch, who introduced the destination for the annual school 2020, which is Brighton. Philips gave an exciting introduction to the seaside town, with the emphasis on invigoration through regeneration and the strap line ‘Old Towns: New Futures’. While Brighton is probably most closely asso- ciated with the Grade II* listed Brighton Pier, the British seaside town offers a distinctive character relating to its development as a health resort. During the school we will be able to learn more about how the town is being regenerated through focus on economics, experiences and education. More information will be published soon on the IHBC website. We look forward to Brighton 2020! Kerry Walmsley Roy Lewis: look in the toolbox