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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (the IHBC) is the UK’s professional body for historic environment conservation specialists. IHBC members work in areas that help secure the conservation of historic places, buildings, sites or areas that we value. If you are interested in historic environment conservation as a career, or you are already working in it, you will want to become a member of the IHBC.


Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition

HESPR is a recognition and promotional service for companies operating in any area of historic environment conservation. Those companies using the service adopt IHBC membership as a standard for quality control.



A professional body is defined by the skills of its membership, and by how that expertise develops. To ensure that we keep our skills up to date, the IHBC currently requires its members to undertake a minimum of fifty hours of relevant professional development over a rolling two year period.


The IHBC offers a wide range of online and other resources to our members and, as part of our charitable services, for wider public use and advocacy.

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