IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham Annual School opens and closes, as records break and spotlights beam

peopleEarly feedback indicates that as well as being one of the IHBC’s most populous Schools – thanks not least to the IHBC’s new forward planning strategies and the skills-focussed hosting by the IHBC’s East Midlands Branch – the IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School will be remembered for its combination of authoritative speakers, urban experiences and accessible learning, including the IHBC’s Spotlights.

logoIHBC President and Chair David McDonald said: ‘The success of this year’s Annual School has also reminded me of the value of high quality CPD tailored to the specific needs of the full spectrum of our interdisciplinary membership, IHBC accredited and otherwise.’

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘As well as the volunteers and staff, we would also like to thank especially all the speakers.  They generously volunteer their time in ways that would otherwise make these superb annual events – the IHBC’s Annual Schools – unaffordable to the majority of the heritage community.’

‘As it is we can manage the School to generate funds that allow us to offer extensive awards, support and bursaries – both to IHBC members as well as to other practitioners, and at all stages of their careers.  This strategy ensures we offer an event that is both worthy of the IHBC’s brand and charitable objects, and of the time, funds and efforts both organisers and delegates put into it.’

Justin Webber, Chair of the Annual School’s Branch Organising Committee, said: ‘The East Midlands Branch would like to thank everyone who attended the sold-out event this year.  We hope all those who made it enjoyed it as much as we did. The success of the event reflected the efforts of a wide range of people who contributed their time and we are particularly grateful to our local volunteers and the team from the national office.

‘The Day School was a particular highlight and the speakers delivered on a range of talks that were both engaging and packed with useful learning points.’


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‘In sunshine and rain, the tours provided a positive snapshot of heritage work and the historic landscape of the region and we hope delegates have the opportunity to come back and explore more in the future. We send our best wishes to the South East Branch in their ongoing planning for what will no doubt be an excellent Brighton School in 2020.’

Alice Ullathorne, Heritage Strategy Officer at Nottingham City Council, and co-organiser and co-chair on the Day School, said ‘Nottingham City Council were so pleased to welcome the national IHBC conference to Nottingham. We hope all delegates enjoyed their experience of the city and came away with a wealth of information about how to assess risk, manage threat and deal with incidents when the worst happens. Thanks for coming and see you at the 2020 Brighton School.’

Kathryn Moore, volunteer social media link for the School, said: ‘Social media engagement throughout the Nottingham school was brilliant, especially on twitter.’

‘It was great to have some many individuals adding their thoughts and opinions, and sparking additional discussions online.  I hope that this aspect of the school will only grow even more in future years.’

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