IHBC’s 4th Conservation Course Connection Day: Supporting and celebrating students, learning and research – with future plans…

IHBC CCD2016 image1The IHBC’s Conservation Course Connection Day, this year led by the IHBC’s Support Officer Carla Pianese, is a critical platform for student education and outreach in the sector, and this year it also offers the chance of a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School in Manchester in June, while helping the institute plan support for conservation learning far beyond the IHBC’s ‘recognised’ courses.

(Image courtesy of Irra Radhiya)

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘It was great to see fresh new ideas come into the programme through Carla’s contributions to this, our fourth Course Connection Day. We are all now also sufficiently confident of the format to offer it to students from more varied and diverse professional backgrounds next year.  However our core strategy will remain the same it has always been: free attendance for delegates, including reimbursement of all travel expenses, with delegates disseminating their learning by reporting back on the day to their fellow students.’

‘This year too we are adding an extra incentive for those reporting back: the possibility of a free place at our 2017 Annual School – in Manchester in June, and on Historic Transport Infrastructure.  This is on offer for a suitably effective report to fellow students.  Worth up to £500, this is a great way to both celebrate and incentivise students of conservation, and to help welcome them into the field at the IHBC’s most important event of the year, our Annual School.’

IHBC Support Officer Carla Pianese, who led the preparations for and key presentations on the day, said: ‘Since 2013 the IHBC has hosted its annual ‘Conservation Course Connection Days’ as a support event for students, graduates and undergraduates representing conservation-related courses across the UK, and it has evolved continually.’

‘This year we focused on explaining clearly to students that a postgraduate degree in the field opens a wide variety of career paths in the conservation industry, but it also represents only the first step to get into the sector.’

‘By the end of the day, students were very impressed by the professional support and accreditation that IHBC membership and resources can offer and they were quite amazed by our peripatetic officers across the UK!’

‘And of course, being Italian, I was delighted to see many international students asking questions about our accreditation process and the value to transfer this knowledge not only to their peers in the UK, but also to their home country, in the future.  This is an area where I hope the IHBC can build on the UK’s global reputation for cutting edge conservation, and increase its profile both within and beyond these shores.’

‘Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding more resources from the day to our website, so do please be sure to keep an eye on the NewsBlogs for updates and news.  Indeed a key message on the day was that our NewsBlogs remain by far the easiest way for students to stay up to date in a field that, while focussed on conserving our heritage, seems to change as rapidly as the most progressive of sectors.’

‘Usefully, Oliver Brodrick-Ward, student on the IHBC-recognised MSc in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University asked why we don’t go to every conservation course in the UK and talk about what IHBC does.  While that would be wonderful, capacity in a team as small as ours is the problem.  However, we are definitely committed to expand our outreach and audience and improve this event further for future years.’

‘Indeed I am already looking forward to meeting the new students next year, so keep an eye out for developments and use our NewsBlogs to stay tuned!’

Other early responses and feedback from students confirm the value and benefits of the day.  Duncan Marks, Postgraduate on the IHBC-recognised course, MA in Conservation Studies at the University of York, and co-organiser of the Resilient York day conference, at King’s Manor on 4 November 2016, said: ‘I was intrigued to find out in the IHBC Course Connection Day presentations that the organisation has numerous branches up and down the country (and one overseas!).  This is greatly appealing as it will likely make the IHBC as an organisation more accessible and immediate, as well as providing the prospect of being able to get more involved in the local historic environment that we collectively share.’

‘As a current Conservation Studies in Historic Buildings postgraduate at York University, the local Yorkshire Branch of the IHBC also offers opportunities to network with seasoned professional conservation practitioners and to develop skills as preparation for a fuller membership of the IHBC.’

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