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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional

IHBC South East Branch

East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex
  • Officers
  • Event reports
  • Future events
  • Papers
  • Newsletters
  • HPAs - The Rochester Pilot Study
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Chair - Duncan Philips
Vice Chair - position vacant
Branch Representative on Council - Sanne Roberts
Secretary - Clare Dales
Treasurer - Lone Le Vay
Membership - Eimear Murphy
Surrey rep - position vacant
Kent Rep - Ollie Chapman
West and East Sussex Rep - Sanne Roberts
Officers Without Portfolio -
Jo Evans
Jason Clemons
Duncan Philips
Tab 2
IHBC Annual School 2016 report - People Power: Catalyst for Change
South East Branch visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard
Friday 26th June 2015
Knowing Knole
Conservation Philosophy and its application at Knole House
IHBC South East Branch Day School and AGM Stag Community Arts Centre, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ
Friday 4th October 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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Visit reports and pictures ..
IHBC South East Branch visit to Hadlow Tower
Wednesday 13th June 2012

Visit report and pictures ..
Branch Seminar
Heritage Crime Initiative
Held on 10th November 2010 at the Joiners Shop, Chatham Historic Dockyard

The Annual Day School
“Material Considerations – Stone and stone working in the South East”

Report and pictures..
Branch visit to the Brooking Collection

Report and pictures..
Report on Branch Visit to the Eleanor Cross, Charing Cross, London

Report and pictures..
Lecture notes on
The Cultural Olympiad in the South East
held on Thursday 6th August 2009
A seminar presentation by Caterina Loriggio, Creative Programmer for London 2012.

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Report on recent visit to Inns of Court

Report and pictures
Tab 3
Architecture of Optimism
Challenges for Conservation in the 20th Century

IHBC South East Branch Day School and AGM

Martello Suite, The View Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4DN
Friday October 14th 2016 9am – 4.30pm

The day will comprise a series of talks relating to case studies across the UK, The SE Branch AGM will be held during the lunch break.

Cost, including lunch: £45 IHBC members, £50 non-members. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite. Please note a small charge is made for booking. Invoices can be raised on request

Please confirm any special dietary and/or access requirements when booking. Should you have any questions, please email

CPD Certificates will be available on request.

The advertised programme may be subject to change. Due to ongoing delays and cancellations by Southern Rail, please check your journey plans.
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Heritage Partnership Agreements - The Rochester Pilot Study

The South East branch organised a conference about the new Heritage Partnership Agreements on 17th October 2007. Rochester cathedral is a pilot study for these new partnerships and the opportunity was taken to explore what is involved and how they will work. Peter Kendall’s Powerpoint presentation to the conference is accessible by clicking here? (opens in new window)
The proposed Heritage Protection Reforms include a new type of “Heritage Partnership Agreement” between owners, managers, Councils and English Heritage that will cut time-consuming consent administration and encourage strategic management of large sites.Owners of sites such as large estates, which have many similar assets under single management, will be able to avoid the need for multiple consent applications.
English Heritage will help negotiate single consent agreements for sites that stretch across many local authority boundaries, such as stations on underground lines.

Consent can be provided in advance for a large number of agreed works on complex sites such as university campuses and housing estates. Owners of archaeological sites under cultivation would be able to take part in a management agreement allowing them to be able to work protected land.
There has been an increasing appreciation in the heritage sector of the potential of management agreements that set out guidelines for the management of a historic site or monument over a given period. The forerunner of these is the agreement brokered in 1993 by Ipswich Borough Council, in conjunction with English Heritage, for the Willis Corroon building in Ipswich. There have been others since, notably a recent agreement for the Barbican in London. For the archaeological environment, management agreements are well established.

The government was not breaking entirely new ground, therefore, when it set out in The Way Forward the view that in future ‘statutory management agreements could be employed wherever that approach would work better than the system of individual specific consents’. To test the proposals set out in The Way Forward the government asked English Heritage to undertake a number of pilot studies. The pilot studies include both Rochester Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral. These began in 2003 and where appropriate have explored the potential of statutory management agreements – currently named Heritage Partnership Agreements (HPAs).