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    Branch Officers

    Chair: Paul Hartley
    Vice Chair: David Hayes
    Secretary: Kirsten Ryan
    Treasurer: Andrew Tegg
    Consultation Co-ordinator: Ian Lucas
    Newsletter Co-Editor: Jack Haw
    Newsletter Co-Editor: Nick Grimshaw
    Events Chair: Katie Wray
    Membership Secretary: Jason Kennedy
    National Representative: Crispin Edwards
    NWHEF Representative: Paul Mason

    County Reps:

    Dave Hayes
    Jerry Spencer

    Isle of Man
    Ashley Pettit

    Chris Griffiths
    Graham Arnold

    Ruth Garratt
    Paul Mason

    Greater Manchester
    ´┐╝Marion Barter
    Kate Kendall

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    IHBC NW Social Drinks
    26th June 2014
    Bear and Billet, Chester

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    IHBC NW Summer Season Events

    ‘I Can See Clearly Now’

    Wednesday 15th October 2014

    The IHBC NW Branch is delighted to announce that booking is now open for their popular annual conference. This year the theme is the setting of heritage assets and the conference will take place on 15th October in Liverpool.

    The conference will explore the inter-related concepts of setting, context and character, and consider the different ways in which new development can be sensitively designed as well as how its impact can be measured and assessed. The role and contribution of views assessment and historic analysis will be examined alongside a range of case studies drawn both from the North West and nationally in order to highlight examples of best practice. The conference will consider how these concepts can be applied to World Heritage Sites, conservation areas, individual historic buildings and wider designed landscapes.

    The conference will be of interest to planners, architects, developers, property owners, amenity societies, and all those who manage and care for the historic environment.

    Further details, including a program, speakers and how to book can be found on the booking website:

    IHBC North West Branch Day Conference

    Digital Heritage: new technology for the historic environment
    Wednesday 16th October 2013
    The Co-operative Group Head Office
    1 Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG

    conference website


    Heritage and the High Street

    IHBC North West Branch
    Day Conference
    Wednesday 17th October 2012

    Liverpool Medical Institution
    114 Mount Pleasant
    Liverpool, L35 SR

    Website and presentations:

    Historic Buildings: Local Action

    IHBC Reception and North West Branch Day Conference
    Friday 23rd September 2011
    Museum of Science & Industry Liverpool Road, Manchester

    The annual touring Council and linked conference of the IHBC on 22-23 September will be in Manchester, as the IHBC’s North West (NW) Branch leads in arranging a reception and, on 23 September, its respected annual Branch conference, themed around Localism.

    Conference report

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    Setting the Scene: Localism in the Historic Environment
    Empowering Local Communities - Chris Smith OBE, English Heritage
    What is localism and what does it really mean for heritage? - Dave Chetwyn, DJC1 Planning
    Asset Transfer - Hugh Rollo, Development Trust Association

    Local Management of Historic Assets
    Developing the Civic Voice - Tony Burton, Civic Voice
    Action for Pride of Place - Professor Ian Wray, Oxton Society
    Social Enterprise and Sustainable Communities - Elaine Griffiths MBE, Gorton Monastery
    Compiling a Local List - Michael Scammell

    Project Delivery
    Funding Local Action - Sara Hilton, HLF
    Raising the Stakes - David Trevis-Smith, UK APT

    IHBC NW Branch Day Conference
    Liverpool: Understanding Significance
    Wednesday 20th October 2010

    Liverpool Medical Institute
    A day conference organised by the IHBC North West Branch supported by English Heritage.

    Conference report by Keith Parsons, Principal Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire (click for PDF)

    Click links for presentations

    Morning :
    1. The significance of “significance” - How we define the terms we use, and the importance of using them Steven Bee, Director of Planning & Development, English Heritage Presentation
    2. Managing Built Heritage : Different Approaches to Assessing Cultural Significance Derek Worthing, Principal Lecturer at the University of West England Presentation For further information please contact Christopher Pound by email at :

    After Coffee :
    1. Significance in Context : Some things matter more than others Marion Barter, Architectural History Practice Presentation
    2. Assessing Significance : from the left field Christopher Pound, Consultant (presentation forthcoming)
    3. Understanding the Unknown : Significance of the Staffordshire Hoard Stephen Dean, Staffordshire County Archaeologist Presentation

    1. The Local Authority Approach : putting PPS5 into perspective and practice Ian Bond, Conservation Manager, West Lancashire Borough Council Presentation
    2. Assessing Significance : some contentious case studies Garry Miller, Architectural Historian Presentation

    Facing the Energy Crunch:
    Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

    Wednesday 7th October 2009
    Liverpool Medical Institute

    A day conference organised by the IHBC North West Branch supported by English Heritage.

    How Traditional Buildings Perform: ‘Breathing Buildings’ Alan Gardner BSc - Alan Gardner Associates

    Renewable Energy and Microgeneration Caroline Cattini - English Heritage

    Keeping on the Right side of the Regulations David McDonald - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

    Quart into a Pint Pot James Sanderson - Purcell, Miller, Tritton

    Reframing Climate Change: How recent emission trends & the latest science change the debate - Kevin Anderson University of Manchester and East Anglia & Alice Bows University of Manchester

    Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings: Existing Building Survival Strategies Mike Robinson - Indipendent Buildings Consultant

    The National Trust’s approach to energy efficiency in historic buildings Dr Nigel Blades - The National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    Low carbon Georgian Poppy Potter - National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall

    The Real Energy Performance of Traditional Buildings Karen Heverin, Oldham MBC contact:

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