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

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

  • South Branch – ‘Clay Day’ at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, 7 June
  • West Midlands Branch – ‘The Conservation of 19th Century Urban Parks in the Potteries’, Stoke-on-Trent, 13 June
  • Scotland Branch – Contemporary Design in Historic Places, Dunfermline, 19 June
  • North West Branch – Dreadnought Tiles factory tour, 19 June
  • North Branch – Citizen Jane: A Battle for the City screening, Newcastle, 20 June
  • South West Branch – Workshop visit of sculpture plasterer Geoffrey Preston, 28 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 Northern Ireland Branch on 12 June.

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

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flyerSouth East Branch
Planning for the IHBC Annual School – Brighton 2020
South-East Branch’s IHBC 2020 working group will meet on Monday 17 June 2019 19:00 – 21:00 at the Function Room, Market Stores, 2 High St, Reigate RH2 9AY 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. See the Branch webpage for contact details

IHBC MATE – Upcoming Sessions 

Northern Ireland Branch – 12 June
2.00 – 4.00pm 

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

Feedback from the London MATE session held on 15 May
 ‘I found attending the MATE session very helpful.  It was extremely interesting to gain an insight into the kinds of skills and experiences I should endeavour to cultivate while working in the heritage/conservation industry.  I can see the IHBC full membership application process will be a lengthy one, but I’m actually rather looking forward to it!  I think it’s excellent the way it encourages people to evaluate their careers to date, and to scrutinise the value which they bring to the world of conservation.’

‘In attending your seminar and receiving additional information it became much clearer as to the requirements and the expectations needed to attain IHBC Full Membership.’

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 Branch webpages and select the Branch you are interested in.

IHBC Northern Ireland Branch Facebook Page now Live
Take a look and remember to ‘like’ the page!


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

See the Events Calendar

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.

The 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 as well as discussion of other Parks for People projects in The Potteries.

lake and building

Hanley Park

water fountain

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

See the Events Calendar 

19 June
Scotland Branch – Contemporary Design in Historic Places
10.00 – 16.00 

IHBC Scotland Branch 2019 CPD Training, jointly with Fife Council, takes the theme of contemporary design in historic places. Case studies in Dunfermline will stimulate discussion on issues that IHBC members regularly face in the adaptation of old buildings into new uses; the contemporary alteration or extension of a historic building.

Our venue, the world’s first Carnegie Library in Dunfermline re-opened in 2017 and is now also a museum, the Edinburgh Architectural Association Building of the Year and the holder of the RIAS Andrew Doolan prize. It is a place to inspire debate about the interface of new and old. We shall also learn about the future of the late medieval Abbot House next door, and the ongoing transformation of a large Dunfermline linen damask factory into a residential and commercial development.

See the Events Calendar

19 June
North West Branch – Dreadnought Tiles Factory Tour
Dreadnought Works
12.00 – 15.00 

Dreadnought Tiles have offered IHBC NW members a factory tour on 19th June from 12 noon to 3 p.m. with minibus transport from Stockport Railway Station (and back) including a buffet lunch, presentation and tour. There will be no charge for this event.  See the Dreadnought Tiles website for further detail

If you are interested please email Paul Hartley at paul.hartley@stockport.gov.uk Places will be limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

See the Events Calendar

20 June
North Branch – Citizen Jane: Battle For The City
Newcastle University
17.30 – 20.00

Jane Jacobs’s 1960 book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” sent shock-waves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of the large-scale reconfiguration of cities which still resonates today. Jacobs was also an activist, involved in many fights to save historic New York City in an era of redevelopment in the 1960s. This film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016 to mark the centenary of Jacobs’ birth and sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

Join IHBC North and Lichfields for a screening of this powerful documentary and take part in the Q&A afterwards. We hope to see you there.

See the Events Calendar

28 June
South West Branch – Visit the workshop of the sculpture plasterer Geoffrey Preston

Visit the workshop of the sculpture plasterer Geoffrey Preston at his workshop.

Further details to follow on the IHBC Events Calendar

29 June / 6 July TBC
North West Branch – Anthony Grimshaw retrospective, a joint event with Manchester Modernist Society

Born in 1936, Grimshaw formed Anthony Grimshaw Associates in Wigan, Lancashire in 1962. He had studied at Manchester Art School followed by Town Planning and Urban Design at Liverpool. The work of the office went from individual (strongly Modernist) house projects in the 1960s to schools and churches in the 1970s and ’80s, to Wigan’s first purpose-built hospice in the 1990s, and more recently church conservation work. His £57,500 garden gazebo in the grounds of a Modernist house at Alderley Edge – also designed by Grimshaw – won an RIBA award, together with the very first Architects’ Journal Small Projects Award in 1996.  Two recent conservation projects were shortlisted by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings for their John Betjeman Award and there were several mentions in Pevsner over the years.

Further details to follow on the IHBC Events Calendar

September 2019

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

Visit 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.


Pitchford Hall


10.30  arrive at the Pitchford Hall  for refreshments
11.00  Branch meeting11.15  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

See the Events Calendar

October 2019

Date TBC
North West Branch – Albert Dock 175 Interpro: Architecture
18:00 – 20.00

The seventh in the interpro lecture series celebrating the range of built environment professionals that have contributed to the successful regeneration of the Albert Dock. Led by RIBA and the Liverpool Society of Architects, this event will focus on the architecture, past and present, of the Albert Dock.  Free to attend. 

November 2019

21 November
West Midlands Branch – Pre-fabs and System Builds: C20th Innovations in Construction in the West Midlands
Time TBC & Venue TBC with visit to the Wake Green Road Prefabs

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

The 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.

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.


Wake Green Road Prefabs

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


‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience: confronting conservation calamities’


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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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