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

IHBC Branches OS MapAs the Annual School in Nottingham kicks off July, more exciting events are taking place across the UK including preparation for next year’s school in Brighton. This month’s features include:

  • Yorkshire Branch – Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse, 13 July
  • London Branch / CIfA London – HS2 in London & IHBC London Branch AGM Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse, 25 July
  • Booked Up! Looking forward to a full IHBC Annual School – Nottingham 2019 Heritage, Risk & Resilience: Confronting conservation calamities’.

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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 and 17 June in Reigate 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.

A further meeting is being planned in West Sussex in July, with more information forthcoming – the wider Branch membership is encouraged to participate.

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.



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.


13 July
Yorkshire Branch – Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
10.30am – 1.00pm

Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the great stately homes of England, largely unknown, as until recently it has remained in private ownership and not been open to the public.  As the seat of the Stafford Wentworth Fitzwilliam dynasty it was a Whig powerhouse in the eighteenth century.  In 2017 it was acquired by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust to save for the nation.  Bookings are now open for a visit to the Mansion and Gardens with their many monuments.

25 July
London Branch / CIfA London – HS2 in London & IHBC London Branch AGM
The Gallery, London
2.00pm – 4.55pm

The enabling works are under way and construction works are due to start this year. What have been the key heritage considerations? How are the decisions being made and who’s doing the work? What are the various roles of heritage professionals in a large-scale infrastructure project such as HS2? Have they found anything yet? What lessons have been learned?

Answers to these questions and more from those involved at both strategic and project levels in the private and public sectors – HS2 and Atkins, Historic England, Camden Council and MOLA Headland Infrastructure.


South East Branch – Visit to Keymer Tiles
Ewhurst, Surrey

Further details to be provided



Pitchford Hall

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.


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

See the Events Calendar

20 September
South Branch – Forget me Not Conference
Wessex Centre, Winchester Cathedral

A look at many different aspects of caring for listed memorials. with a wide range of speakers.  Topics Covered:

  • Care & Maintenance
  • Moving Grade I listed memorials
  • H&S issues in Graveyards
  • How to manage controversial issues as peoples perceptions change from earlier times e.g. Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris, Cecil Rhodes, The Bomber Command memorials etc


October 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.

18 October
South Branch – Wood is Good Conference + AGM
Shaw House, Newbury

Topics Covered:

  • Repair and Conservation of Historic Timber
  • Dendrochronology
  • Timber Identification / Use
  • Dating Timber Paneling
  • Timber Decay
  • Sourcing timber for conservation
  • Timber Treatments

Speakers still being sought.


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


Wake Green Road Prefabs

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.

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 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.

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 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. 


flyerIHBC Annual School – Nottingham 2019
‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience: confronting conservation calamities’

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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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