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IHBC at the Natural Stone Show 2019

website30 April-2 May

The IHBC will host its regular stand at the Natural Stone Show’s Conservation Area in April, in London’s ExCel, so please be sure to visit us there, and remember that this busy event also offers lots of free IHBC-recognised CPD including the regular Conservation Day, on Thursday 2 May.


The Natural Stone Show’s Conservation Area provides free advice, enlightening case studies and a forum for the exchange of information experience and opinions, helping you select the correct stone for building repair. Stone is an important part of the £3.6 billion conservation sector and has a thriving community of specialists committed to safeguarding the UK’s built heritage. This is represented at the show through a dedicated conservation area coordinated by Historic England and English Stone Forum, together with partner organisations including the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Conservation Conference
Historic England and the English Stone Forum will oversee day three of the Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference.

The free to attend Conservation Day takes place on Thursday 2 May 2019 with seminars addressing the selection and sourcing of stone for conservation projects. The Conservation Day is fully CPD-accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Seminars include:

  • Sourcing stone for repairing historic buildings: resources and guidance
  • Repair and conservation of historic slate and stone slate roofs: training and guidance
  • Stone Masonry and Conservation Training
  • Concrete repair: an international review project

The morning session, hosted by the English Stone Forum and chaired by Dr Tim Yates, considers the issues of material selection and appropriate skills for repairing England’s stone heritage.

In the afternoon, Historic England offers a selection of updates of current conservation research, chaired by Chris Wood.

View the full programme

For background see the IHBC NewsBlog

Find out more about the conference and register

Join the IHBC at the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) Show


9 – 10 February 2019

IHBC will lead 4 free one-hour CPD sessions at the The Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC’s) London Property Show, in association with Historic England, on 9-10 February 2019 at London’s Olympia.

FREE places for IHBC Members & FREE CPD! – see below for details

FREE CPD from IHBC at the London Property ShowFrom heritage statements & enforcement to ‘at risk’ & new policyDon’t forget to sign up in advance, 9/10 Feb, Olympia

The Listed Property Show is a two day event where you can gather more information and expert advice in one weekend than you can through months of personal research! We’ve brought together the industry’s best, all under one roof, to save you money, time and stress.

IHBC Director, Seán O’Reilly said:

‘We’re delighted to be contributing to the 2019 London Property Show, especially as our partnership in the 2018 Show proved so very popular with members and the wider public.

‘The 2019 Show offers another great opportunity for IHBC volunteers, members and staff to get together with the a huge range of public and informed client interests in traditional and historic buildings and places.

In 2019 we hope to build on our successful partnership with the LPOC and its members as we help offer our usual high quality free CPD to all practitioners, as well as guidance to ensure that their clients look after their properties as best and as sensibly as they possible can’.

Book your tickets here

Seminar on PINS, IHBC, SAVE

14 February 2019 
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL

Join the IHBC London Branch for this not to be missed opportunity to hear from Christa Masters of HM Planning Inspectorate, David McDonald of IHBC & Henrietta Billings of SAVE.

The Planning Inspectorate
PINS deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales. Christa will review some recent appeal decisions on the interpretation of legislation and policy relating to the conservation of historic structures and sites, as well as best practice to help Inspectors on heritage cases (covering content and presentation of cases).

Modernising the IHBC
David McDonald, IHBC President will introduce plans to review the IHBC’s governance. Since its inception over twenty years ago, the Institute’s constitution has not been changed. It has been recognised that it has some inherent weaknesses with regards to a number of issues including the requirements of the Charities Commission, the ability to act internationally and possible working towards chartership status. This will be an opportunity for London Members to hear more about governance and comment on how the IHBC can take it forward into the future.

Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage will talk about the organisation’s work and campaigns with particular reference to its role in appeals.

  • 1.30 – 2.00 Welcome
  • 2.00 – 2.45 Christa Masters, PINS
  • 2.45 – 3.30 David McDonald, IHBC
  • 3.30 – 3.50 Tea/coffee
  • 3.50 – 4.35 Henrietta Billings, SAVE
  • 4.35 – 4.50 Q&A
  • 4.50 – 5.00 Closing remarks
COST: £5 (inc Eventbrite booking fee)

North West Branch – MATE session

28 February 2019

We are holding another MATE seminar with the NW 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 

Further info on the Flyer NW Manchester MATE 28.02.19

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