IHBC’s May Branch Events Update: Explore Branch CPD events across the UK

IHBC Branches OS MapMore exciting events are in store across the UK, including preparation for this year’s Annual School in Nottingham and next year’s in Brighton. This month’s features include:

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  • South West Branch – ‘Recognising Significance in 20th Century Buildings’, Bournemouth, 17 May, including AGM
  • South Branch – ‘Clay Day’ at the Chiltern Open Air Museum on 7 June
  • West Midlands Branch – ‘The Conservation of 19th Century Urban Parks in the Potteries’, Stoke-on-Trent, 13 June
  • A reminder to book now for the IHBC Annual School – Nottingham 2019 Heritage, Risk & Resilience: Confronting conservation calamities’.
  • MATE (Membership Application Training Event) Sessions to take place in the London Branch on 15 May and the West Midlands Branch on 23 May.

If you want to include any Branch event or news in the next edition just email them to our new service support officer Michael Netter at services@ihbc.org.uk


flyerSouth East Branch
Planning for the IHBC Annual School – Brighton 2020

South-East Branch welcomed its new Committee, following the AGM on 1 March, at a meeting on 13 March. The AGM Minutes have been posted on the IHBC Branch webpage along with details of the new Committee membership.

South-East Branch’s IHBC 2020 working group met on 24 April in Tunbridge Wells to further develop plans for the IHBC Annual School that they will be hosting in Brighton in June 2020; the focus will be on town centres and titled, Old Towns: New Futures. The School will look at economics, place-making, international and technical aspects of successful town centres and will offer a range of speakers, activities and tours around this theme.

Further meetings will be planned in Surrey, West Sussex and also in Brighton – the wider Branch membership is encouraged to participate while the next date has just been agreed as 17 June, location to be confirmed.

IHBC MATE – Upcoming Sessions

flyerLondon Branch – 15 May
5.30 – 8.30pm    Download the flyer

West Midlands Branch – 23 May
2.30 – 5.30pm    Download the flyer

  •  Explore creative ways to guide your IHBC accreditation to Full   Membership
  • Look out for sessions in your area

Feedback from the Yorkshire Branch MATE session held on 30th March
Kate Kendall, IHBC’s lead office delivering our MATE programme, said: ‘It was great to head up to York to talk to prospective full members of IHBC and help demystify the application process. There was a really positive buzz at the session, people felt a lot more confident about the application on leaving the Saturday morning seminar.’

One of the attendees said: ‘It was a really helpful and supportive event. I have a much greater understanding of what I need to do to progress to full membership. It has helped me plan targeted CPD to achieve this goal. I found talking to other candidates invaluable and appreciating I’m not the only one with limited experience.’

The purpose of the MATE (Membership Application Training Event) seminar is to help demystify the accreditation process. You will have the opportunity to talk with full members about your application and hear about how to approach the process.

Any queries or for booking please get in touch with Kate Kendall at lets@ihbc.org.uk

If you need more guidance to upgrade your conservation accreditation with us, and in line with national and international standards, do remember you can:

Looking for Professional Volunteering?
If you would like to get involved with Branch activities & events, please consider volunteering for a branch officer post.  The positions are not onerous, communications happen mainly by email and Branches hold meetings quarterly.

There are currently several interesting Branch Officer positions available. For vacancies see the Branches webpages and select the Branch you are interested in.


May 2019
11 May
York Branch – Conservation Architecture Course
York Central Library, York, Y01 7DS
10.30am – 12.00pm

Tour of York Archives and Local History library with the Archivist for overview.

How to use archives services, what they offer, and the facilities available. Including OS and other map collections and enclosure awards, street directories, publications such as Victoria County History, and Pevsner, on-line resources, Newspaper archives and census returns.


IHBC members £15 (+ booking fee)
Non-members £20 (+ booking fee)

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15 May
London Branch – MATE session
5.30 – 8.30pm

Free event with refreshments

Lichfields, Regent’s Wharf, Kings Cross, London N1 9RL
(Approximately 10 mins walk from Kings Cross Station)

Kate Kendall, IHBC’s Learning Education, Training and Standards (LETS) Officer will be running a MATE session for people interested in either joining the IHBC, or upgrading their membership.

Kate will provide a presentation on the IHBC membership process then move onto breaking down the competences which will allow attendees to ask questions about their own applications and case studies.

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For information on MATE sessions please email Kate Kendall LETS@ihbc.org.uk

See the Events Calendar

17 May
South West Branch – Recognising Significance in 20th Century Buildings

A one-day event with the IHBC SW Branch – AGM included.
Morning presentations to include:

  • Historic England
  • 20th Century Society and
  • Elain Harwood on her new book ‘Art Deco Britain’. Afternoon presentations on 20th Century Bournemouth.
  • Lunch and tour of Bournemouth in the afternoon.

Event programme

9.30 – 9.45      Arrival and coffee

9.45 -10.00     Welcome from the chairman of the IHBC South West                  Committee

10.00-10.40    Samantha Barnes, Historic England: Listing in the South-West

10.40-11.20    Grace Etherington and Claire Price: 20th century society

11.20-11.40    Tea/ Coffee break

11.40-12.20    Elaine Harwood, Historic England: Art Deco Britain

12.20-12.45    Questions and discussion

12.45-13.30    Lunch

13.30-14.20    IHBC SW AGM (IHBC members only)

14.20-15.00    James Weir, Local Historian 20th century buildings of  Bournemouth

15.00-15.30    Ruth Povey, Planning Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council -Guided walking tour of C20th heritage in the heart of the town centre

15.30-16.00    Tour of the Echo building – Grade II listed Art Deco former
offices, press and production building

16.00-16.30    Opportunity for coffee (own expense)

Book your ticket here
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23 May
West Midlands Branch – MATE Session
2:30 – 5:30pm

We are holding another MATE seminar with the West Midlands Branch.

There will be a presentation from Kate Kendall, IHBC Education, Training & Standards Liaison Officer followed by small group discussions.

Kate Kendall said: ‘These events are a great way for prospective applicants to find out how to understand their skills, knowledge and experience in the context of IHBC membership criteria and accreditation.  And all this is free too, offered to anyone interested in IHBC membership as part of the IHBC’s charitable support for the care of the built and historic environment.’

To book your FREE place please email Kate Kendall LETS@ihbc.org.uk by 16th May, 2019.

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June 2019
7 June
South Branch – Clay Day
Chiltern Open Air Museum
9.00am – 5.00pm

Chiltern Open Air Museum COAM has been carefully chosen as the museum has a varied and extremely fine collection of rescued buildings dating from the medieval period through to the 20th century. The buildings illustrate a wide range of structures and local building materials used at the various periods. The day will include formal Power Point presentations, material handling sessions and first hand observations of the buildings.

The mornings presentations will be based in Skippings barn and the afternoon will be spent looking at a wide range of buildings on site so come suitably dressed for the weather conditions of the day.

Parking is available at the Museum


IHBC Member Place(s) at £40 each
Non-Member Place(s) at £60 each

For more information including to request a booking form, please email southbranchsecretary@ihbc.org.uk

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13 June
West Midlands Branch – The Conservation of 19th Century Urban Parks in the Potteries
10.00am – 3.00pm

A day on financing the conservation of 19th century urban parks in The Potteries.

lake and buildingThe day will include presentations on and visits to the £4.5million Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People funding for the restoration of the pavilion, boathouse, canal bridges, lake and fountains at Hanley Park (image on the right) as well as discussion of other Parks for People projects in The Potteries.

water fountain      image:  Burslem Park     
Competences to be addressed:
Professional:  1. Conservation Philosophy; 2. Practice
Evaluation:    3. History – urban parks; 4. Analysis
Management: 6. Finance – Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People projects

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September 2019
17 September
West Midlands Branch – The Sleeping Beauty Awakes: Visit Pitchford Hall
Pitchford, Shropshire
10.30am – 1.00pm

buildingVisit one of Britain’s greatest timber framed houses recently saved from the At Risk register to view the Mansion, the Tree House and current works at the Orangery.


10.30  arrive at the Pitchford Hall  for refreshments

11.00  Branch meeting

11.15  Presentation on the History of Pitchford Hall

11.30  Site visit to the Mansion

12.00  Site visit to the Orangery – current project with Arrol and Snell architects

1.00    Local pub for lunch and networking

Competencies to be addressed:
Professional: 1. Conservation Philosophy; 2. Practice
Evaluation:   3.  History- timber framing; 4. Analysis
Management:5. Legislation
Intervention: 7. Design  8. Technology

Cost: £5 for members excluding lunch costs; £15 for non-members

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November 2019
21 November
West Midlands Branch – Pre-fabs and System Builds: C20th Innovations in Construction in the West Midlands

Presentations on the Wake Green Prefabs and Prefabulous, and Presentation on 20th century construction – system builds

Time & Venue tbc with visit to the Wake Green Road Prefabs

buildingsThe Grade II listed Phoenix prefab bungalows in Wake Green Road were designed and manufactured by John Laing, McAlpine and Henry Boot, as part of a consignment of 2,428 prefabs supplied to the Ministry of Works under the Temporary Housing Programme. These temporary homes were only expected to be in use for ten years but 70 years on they are still in use.  There are no other known surviving Phoenix prefabs still lived in which makes these extra special.

image: Wake Green Road Prefabs

All but one of the prefabs are owned by Birmingham City Council.

Back in 2014, Birmingham Conservation Trust became involved and commissioned an Options Appraisal on behalf of the City Council to look at the potential for the Trust to take on one or more Prefabs to run as a museum and holiday lets.

In early 2017 the “Prefabulous” partnership was formed when BCT, the 20th Century Society and the Prefab Museum decided to join forces to work towards saving the Wake Green Prefabs.  Funding was secured from Historic England was secured in May 2017 to allow the group to undertake a scoping scheme.This was followed up in 2016 by Lou Robson’s “Conservation plan: Wake Green Road Prefabs” which explored the context for the Prefabs and highlighted not just their rarity and their importance as a group, but also the rarity of their listing and the significance of their interior fittings.

In spring 2018 the scheme was completed and negotiations are currently underway with Birmingham City Council to secure a future for these time-warp homes.

Competences to be addressed:
Professional:   1. Conservation Philosophy; 2. Practice
Evaluation:     3. History; 4. Analysis
Management:  5. Legislation
Intervention:   7. Design 8. Technology

See the Events Calendar

If you want to find out more about CPD events, talks, workshops, conferences and many more happening across the UK and beyond, visit our new Events Calendar on the main IHBC website which includes more flexible ‘search’ and ‘view’ options, together with handy details such as cost ranges and locations where available.


IHBC at the STBA / SPAB Conference 2019
11 June

The IHBC will host a stand at the STBA / SPAB Conference & Expo, at Alan Baxters in London, so please be sure to visit us there.  The conference explores the sustainability of traditional buildings including the current situation of regulations and initiatives, as well as the skills training that enable our built environment to include a wealth of healthy buildings with heritage and aesthetic value.

For further details see the IHBC Events Calendar and BOOK HERE


IHBC Annual School – Nottingham 2019
‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience: confronting conservation calamities’ nottingham2019.ihbc.org.uk

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Book the Full School: Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 July
Book the Day School: Friday 5 July

Main Venue: Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton St, Nottingham NG1 4BU

Event Description
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation will hold its 21st Annual School in Nottingham, from 4-6 July 2019, hosted by the IHBC East Midlands Branch.
This year’s Annual School focuses on the theme of ‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience: confronting conservation calamities’ and explores:

  • Heritage challenges and insights into solutions for Fire, Flood & Structural Failure
  • Case studies – Technical, practical and strategic advice
  • Planning for the worst: dealing with the aftermath

The Annual School includes three exciting days of:

  • Tours – Nottingham, Leicester, Derby & the East Midlands
  • CPD support: Up to 20 hours Continuing Professional Development linked
  • Business opportunities: Sponsors, exhibitors, networks & supporters
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