2007 Yearbook

INSTITUTE OF HISTORIC BUILDING CONSERVATION YEARBOOK 2007 3 FOREWORD Now in its seventh stupendous year, the IHBC Yearbook once again provides an unbeatable and indispensable guide to the world of building conservation. In it you will find our usual easy-access directory of our 1,500 members, information on the structure and workings of the IHBC itself, vital national and local addresses, exciting dates for your diary and details of many valuable conservation products and services. This year there are also six fascinating articles exploring the lives of some of our affiliate members, highlighting the astonishing range of expertise and skills encompassed by our institute. Our Yearbook is essential reading and reference for all those people who value and work with the extraordinary historic environment we are lucky enough to enjoy in the UK. Our grateful thanks go to our officers, our members, our director and to Cathedral Communications for providing us with such an invaluable product for 2007. I suggest you keep it handy, preferably on the shelf closest to your personal computer! It will not have occurred to everyone yet, but the year 2007 is rather special for IHBC. Yes, on 1 April 2007 we will be ten years old! After at least three years of complex preparation by many members, which I viewed from the lofty heights of the chair of the institute Working Party, the comfortable chrysalis of the old Association of Conservation Officers burst forth into the radiant butterfly of the institute and was officially launched in London (at St Pancras Station) and in Bradford, Yorkshire (at Saltaire) on Thursday, 9 October 1997. In the ten years since the heady euphoria of that wet October day, much has been achieved so that we now punch well above our weight in so many critical areas of building conservation. We are most grateful for the efforts of the many dedicated members and friends who have given so generously of their time and talents to put us where we are today. We will, of course, be celebrating this momentous event by ourselves as well as with our friends, of whom we have earned many over the past ten years. But at the same time, we will not be resting on our laurels; that has never been the IHBC way. Rather we will be building the next ten years on the foundations of the past ten, after the true example of the IHBC pioneers. So, as we raise our glasses to past achievements, we will, as always, still be keeping a wary eye out for the main chance that the future may offer. Happy 10th birthday to the IHBC and to all who sail in her! David Lovie IHBC President