Context 161 - September 2019

42 C O N T E X T 1 6 1 : S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 This year’s annual school dinner was held in the heart of our host city at the Nottingham Council House. It was a fantastic venue to celebrate a successful school and this year’s awards. The first to be presented were the IHBC Marsh Awards. Now in their second year, the two awards recognise the contribution of an individual for their learning in traditional heritage skills, and the contribution of a retired member and their community contribution. The awards were presented to Rachael Purse in recognition of the work she has done in studying the salvage and repair works at the Glasgow School of Art after the first fire. Purse was specifically recognised for her contribution to the understanding of the salvage process, and the way in which she has so far used the research and knowledge to teach others about their experiences working at the GSA. Second, Bill Brogden was recognised for his work as a retired specialist, with this award recognising his contributions throughout his career ‘dog- gedly supporting appropriate conservation’ and through tutoring many students, and being commended for the contribution he continues to make in his local area, serving on the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and in Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire. The IHBC Gus Astley Student Awards are awarded to students on taught conservation courses. This year the awards were judged by Ingval Maxwell. Although he could not be at the school, he sent a message expressing how much he had enjoyed reading this year’s submissions that were all of an exceptional level (see page 3). Bob Kindred, chair of the Gus Astley Trustees, also sent his apologies, and recognised the exceptional level of work submitted this year. There were six finalists this year, with a special award for shorter work being awarded to Amanda Chester, two special com- mendations awarded to Katie Parsons and Christopher Hamil, two high commenda- tions awarded to Katerina Tzivelopoulou and Marianna Fotopoulou, and this year’s winner Estefania Macci. Parsons’ work was highlighted for its question- ing approach and Hamil’s for his examination of ‘contested’ assets, focusing on heritage in Northern Ireland. Amanda’s conservation man- agement plan for JunctionWorks in Birmingham was recognised specifically by Ingval Maxwell as a ‘well researched and observed study with good outcomes that demonstrated that the underpinning of heritage principles were fully understood’. Fotopoulou’s dissertation was recognised for its graphic and analytical skills and Tzivelopoulou’s was acknowledged by her tutor as an original approach to investigating weak- nesses in the listing process. Finally, this year’s winner, Estefania Macci, was awarded the Gus Astley Award for her work on information management in present and future practice. Maxwell said that he was impressed by its ambition as a multifaceted set of seven documents, demonstrating wide- ranging understanding. It is always enjoyable to hear about the topics that continue to be explored by students across the country, and it is a great feature of the Gus Astley Awards and the Marsh Awards that the recipients are invited to attend the school. The annual dinner is always a great end to the school, providing a really enjoyable way to get to know other delegates in a relaxed environment. Many thanks to the East Midlands branch for organising a very successful evening. Samantha Allen IHBC Gus Astley Student Awards and IHBC Marsh Awards David Booker (left) of the Marsh Christian Trust with award recipients Rachel Purse and (right) Bill Brogden Gus Astley Student Awards winners (from left to right) Katie Parsons, Estefania Macci, Marianna Fotopoulou, Amanda Chester and Chris Hamill