As she heads into a much deserved Christmas break, Kate Kendall, IHBC’s LETS (Learning Education Training and Standards) Liaison Officer offers our members a short reminder of just what has been happening with her role since she started up in September.
After almost 4 months in my new part-time post, it’s been a whirlwind start to the job. I’ve had the opportunity to go to some great places and meet the lovely people who are the members of the IHBC and make up the wider heritage sector.
The Branches I have had chance to get out and visit so far have made me welcome including; West Midlands, Wales, South, South East, Northern Ireland and my home patch in the North West. I’ve also attended various Committee meetings, the Branch and Course Connection Days in Birmingham and finally Council in December.
In September West Midlands welcomed me to Leominster and subsequently Worcester, the location for the 2016 Annual School. I made the trip to Cardiff in early October to assist the Branch with the affiliates seminar, the first, in my new role, of more to come. South East Branch were Farnham based for their annual conference which included an afternoon of site visits in the town including the castle which provided some great views in the late autumn sunshine. South Branch hosted their wittily but very interesting day conference ‘Tales of the unexpected’, dealing with disaster in Winchester in October. This was preceded in Liverpool by the North West Branch’s equally humorous title of ‘I can see clearly now’ considering the setting of heritage assets. All the Branches had great attendance and provided me with the opportunity to meet with members and colleagues.
One of my key tasks has been in supporting Northern Ireland Branch’s renaissance. The new Branch committee was welcomed in mid November at the AGM at Clifton House in Belfast. We were joined by a good turn out of members and hopefully soon to be members to wish the new committee well. They have had their first committee meeting making plans for the forthcoming year’s events. The first of which will be an affiliates and non-members support seminar to provide advice and guidance on the full application process.
I’ve also been out and about reinforcing our links with the AABC, SPAB and NHTG to name a few. I was asked to speak at the NHTG seminar discussing the importance of the links between the professional practitioners and vitally important crafts persons within the sector. This and other events have provided opportunities for the IHBC to spread the word about what we do and encourage new members to join us.
I feel like I’ve been everywhere in a very short space of time however this is not true as there are a number of Branches I have yet to visit. It’s just not been possible but I am hopeful to get out and about to all the regions by the spring. I am looking forward to heading up North, Eastwards and South Westwards in the New Year. So far in the diary is a trip to the other side of the Pennines, Yorkshire Branch to assist with their membership support seminar. I’m also heading to the North, bound for Newcastle to attend their seminar in March. I’d be happy to assist and facilitate similar events in any of the other regions. I will be in touch but please do let me know when Branches will be meeting and any events you may be hosting.