The day-long exploration of ‘Structural repair of historic buildings’, by the IHBC North Branch and partners, and led by Ian Hume, former Head of Conservation Engineering at English Heritage, held in Carlisle on 4 October last, was a big success, as well as great value, all of which was confirmed in delegate feedback.
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘We were delighted to see such relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support on offer from our North Branch, as we know that support nationally for skills linked to our ‘Intervention’ Area of Competence – notably technology and, as here, engineering – is especially hard to both secure and deliver, even without the great value on offer here.
‘And we were especially delighted to hear that the Branch could secure the generous expertise of Ian, and that he could offer his deep learning through discourse as much as presentation, because we know that our members learn best, and enjoy most, in that kind of interactive forum’.
Jules Bown, IHBC North Branch Chair, said: ‘It was clearly a great success and I’m pleased we had so many delegates there and such good feedback afterwards.’
‘This shows the benefit of putting on focused, specialist training to meet widely held professional development objectives, as this increases the chance of a sizeable, eager audience.’
‘The opportunity to bring the IHBC to that audience, which included many non-members, was also really useful, with some delegates expressing an interest in joining and attending the Membership Application Training Event which the Branch is holding in November, too.’
‘Ian was a great, engaging speaker not afraid to take questions and get the debate going throughout his presentations, which were full of insightful and balanced examples from his long career in historic building structural engineering. Carlisle City Council were a very keen host and the Branch is grateful for the effort staff put in to making the event a great success.’
For more background to the event see the IHBC NewsBlogs