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Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire

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Welcome to the homepage for the East Midlands Branch. From here you can find out what the branch is doing this year, information on forthcoming events and contacts within Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Based on the decisions made at the Branch AGM held in Derby in September 2018, our key objectives for 2018 / 2019 are:

  • Supporting Members – continued response to member’s needs / requests to help develop the profession
  • Increase number of East Midlands members.
  • Building Partnerships – through continued representation by branch members on advisory committees, panels and forums.
  • Maintaining an Active Branch – through regular Branch meetings, links though County groups and County Reps and CPD events and electronic networking.
  • Organise a successful and profitable IHBC Annual School 2019 through the Conference Subcommittee.
  • Send 2/3/4 people to the 2019 IHBC Conference Day School.
To read the full Business Plan, go to:
Business Plan, 2018-19 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting)
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Chloe Oswald explaining at the 2018 AGM CPD event the extent of the flood defences recently installed in Derby

East Midlands Branch IHBC Annual School Day School bursary places

Since 2010, the Branch has utilised funds generated by the Annual School when it was held in our region at Buxton in 2009 to help East Midlands Branch members attend the Annual school by way of a regional bursary.

As the Annual School is in Nottingham this year between Thursday 4 July and Saturday 6 July, the Branch is able to provide three Bursary Awards to cover the costs of three Day School places on Friday 5 July. The Day School places will include the Annual Dinner on Friday evening but successful candidates will be expected to pay their own travel expenses and any accommodation costs. If this is something you would be interested in, please take a look at the Branch’s Eligibility Criteria and if you want to apply submit your application to the Branch’s Chair, Liz Mayle, by email to lizmayle@googlemail.com by Friday 26th April 2019.

Branch Social Media Plan
At our Branch Meeting on 4th December, the Branch Committee approved our draft Social Media Plan and this sets out how the Branch will engage with social media as part of our public communication to achieve our Branch’s goals and the goals of the IHBC nationally. The Plan outlines the following social media goals for the Branch:
  1. To promote the 2019 IHBC Annual School in Nottingham;
  2. To promote the activities of the IHBC East Midlands Branch, in particular its CPD events and Branch Committee meetings;
  3. To support the Branch’s members and build partnerships with like-minded organisations, particularly where these are based in the East Midlands.
Following approval by the Branch Committee, the draft Social Media Plan was sent to the National Office for formal approval and this was received in December 2018.

Forthcoming Branch Committee Meetings
The dates and venues for the forthcoming meetings of the Branch Committee are:
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2019 Annual School Day School bursary places

Since 2010, the Branch has utilised funds generated by the Annual School when it was held in our region at Buxton in 2009 to help East Midlands Branch members attend the Annual school by way of a regional bursary.

As the Annual School is in Nottingham this year between Thursday 4 July and Saturday 6 July, the Branch is able to provide three Bursary Awards to cover the costs of three Day School places on Friday 5 July. The Day School places will include the Annual Dinner on Friday evening but successful candidates will be expected to pay their own travel expenses and any accommodation costs. If this is something you would be interested in, please take a look at the Branch’s Eligibility Criteria and if you want to apply submit your application to the Branch’s Chair, Liz Mayle, by email to lizmayle@googlemail.com by Friday 26th April 2019.

Past Winners and Testimonies

2018 Annual School, Belfast – Our Shared Heritage

No award.

2017 Annual School, Manchester – Transport Infrastructure: the backbone of civilisation

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Emilie Wales (Conservation Officer, ENGIE)

2016 Annual School, Worcester – People Power: The Catalyst for Change!

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Liz Mayle (Principal Historic Buildings Consultant, Liz Mayle Heritage Consultants)

2015 Annual School, Norwich – Cultural Connections: Conserving the Diversity of Place

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Rose Thompson (Assistant Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, Historic England)

2014 Annual School, Edinburgh – The Art of Conservation

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Simon Revill (Architect, Simon Revill Architecture)

“The Edinburgh School was most beneficial, particularly the conservation workshops and preservation of sculptural work, while the lectures during the day school were thought-provoking as well as discussions with other delegates after the formal lectures. Overall my Annual School visit has improved my conservation skills and knowledge and it was particularly useful to see how others dealt with similar conservation issues.”

2013 Annual School, Carlisle – Skills

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Liz Blood (Heritage Support & War Memorials Officer, Leicestershire County Council)

“Receiving the 2013 bursary was a great surprise. Without it I would have been unable to attend even the day school. The opportunity to take part in the Carlisle 2013 (my first full school) was a fantastic introduction to how valuable the tours and visits are on the extra days. These helped to put the day school theme of Skills into context, and to see real case study projects on the ground. It also provided opportunities to find out what interesting and inspiring projects others are involved in. It was a privilege to attend, I am most grateful to the EM branch for offering the bursary, and hope that the photojournal-film I produced as a momento will urge you to consider applying for the next – do not miss out!
Bursary Feedback - IHBC 2013 Summer School Carlisle

2012 Annual School, Winchester – Significance: Who Decides?

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Lisa Walton (Conservation Officer, NE Derbyshire District Council)

“In 2010 I was successful in securing a post which allowed me to work as a Planning Officer whilst training to be a Conservation Officer. I enrolled on an IHBC accredited course and became an affiliate IHBC Member. This has been the start of an incredible journey for me. I was encouraged by my local IHBC Branch representative to apply for the IHBC Annual School bursary as a way of building up knowledge and understanding in the field of conservation and gaining some bespoke CPD experience. After finding out I had been awarded the bursary, the East Midlands Branch ensured my full day school place was booked. All I had to do was arrange my travel, the cost of which was also covered by the bursary. Without the assistance of my IHBC Branch I would not have been able to attend and what an experience I would have missed out on! From the fantastic site visits to the expert speakers who spoke on a wide variety of topics to the delegates who were amazingly friendly and interested in the background of others. The whole experience was a seamless series of well-organised events and activities, highlighted by the beautiful city of Winchester. Without a doubt I have benefited from the experience and feel I can now offer my employer and my branch a wider appreciation of the historic environment and understanding of its ‘significance’. It is still daunting for me to think about how much I still have to learn but I am grateful for the opportunity the East Midlands Branch has provided, through its bursary scheme, and it is their belief in me that makes it such a greatly appreciated award. I would encourage anyone starting out in the field to apply for the bursary.”

Following the Annual School, Lisa has reported back the experience of attending the School to her County colleagues and has prepared the following presentation to share her CPD with other members.
Bursary Feedback - IHBC 2012 Summer School Winchester

2011 Annual School, Llandudno – Navigating the Shallows: Conservation and stewardship in uncertain times

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Catherine Dove (Conservation Officer, Leicestershire County Council)

"I have been an affiliate member of the IHBC for three years and am working towards full membership. I always find the Annual Schools that the Institute runs really useful; previously, I've only been able to afford the day schools, as I have to self-fund the trip. Last year, I applied for the East Midlands bursary as I didn't think I could afford to go, and was delighted to gain the bursary! The full trip is really worth the experience, as you get to go on useful site visits to see how innovative and fascinating projects are put into practice (among other sites, I visited Conwy castle and town walls and a school that had been converted by a local trust for community use) as well as a themed day of interesting lectures, with plenty of time for discussion and networking. The Annual Dinner is also a great experience. I would really encourage you to apply for the bursary, even if you don't think you'll be successful- you may be pleasantly surprised!"

Following the Annual School, Catherine fed back her experiences to the EM Branch Committee and also gave a presentation to the Branch on her work at Leicestershire County Council. This gave Catherine the opportunity to meet the Branch Committee and to contribute to the discussions on Branch publicity and hear about current conservation issues in the other counties.

2010 Annual School, London – Going for Gold

EM Branch Bursary award joint winner – Lynda Tomkins (student, IHBC accredited architectural conservation degree, University of Derby)

“The bursary is a great idea. We all need a little help as we enter a new career.”

EM Branch Bursary award joint winner – Liz Bates (Historic Buildings Manager, Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire)

“Overall, the Day School showed how historic building conservation can both inform change and adapt to it. The case studies illustrated the value of the range of professionals working within the sector.”

Following the Annual School, both Lynda and Liz have reported back their experiences of attending the Day School within the September 2010 edition of Context.

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IHBC East Midlands Branch:

An afternoon with Charles Mynors

9 Nov (13:00 – 16:45)

Dr Charles Mynors is a lawyer with specialist expertise in planning and ecclesiastical law. He is also a Fellow of the RTPI and the RICS, and a member of the IHBC. After almost ten years as a planning officer in local government, he practised for over 25 years as a barrister from chambers in the Temple. He now heads up a team in the Law Commission, simplifying planning law in Wales; the Commission’s consultation paper, published in November 2017, has been described as “surprisingly readable”.

He has written a number of books on his specialist areas, three of which (those on listed buildings, trees, and advertisements) have gone into subsequent editions; each has become the standard textbook in its field. He is an adviser to the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. He lectures widely, and is a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and regular lecturer at Bath University.

Charles’s latest book – “Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets” (published by Swet & Maxwell in September 2017), 5th edn written jointly with Nigel Hewitson – is a comprehensive guide to the increasingly complex law in this area. It is an indispensable guide for practitioners, lawyers and judges and many others; it covers all the new legislation, the NPPF, and over 100 new cases, and applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Delegate fee to be confirmed – open to non-members
Maximum 50 places on a ‘first come first served basis’

Venue: City of Lincoln Council Chamber, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DD

As a Branch, we try to organise two low-cost CPD events a year so that we can support our members to access local and relatively cheap training - important in these days of austerity - and also to meet their CPD requirements.

One event is held in September as part of the overall AGM package and the other event is usually held earlier in the following year to tie in with our regular Committee meeting.
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Recent Events

September 2013
Visit to the Lincoln Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire

Following the Branch 2013 AGM, the Branch members were addressed by three speakers about the development of the Heritage Skills Centre.

Mary Powell of Lincoln Castle Revealed described how, having carried out several smaller projects in the Uphill Area, the Historic Lincoln Project focussed on the issues surrounding the Castle. The Castle had been identified as an underperforming attraction that was not generally accessible and in a poor state of repair. It was also recognised that the Cathedral had a highly skilled workforce but these were not generally seen by the public, they therefore wanted the public to see the Cathedral’s craftsman either at work or in training.

So with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and European funds the project was able to undertake a combination of repair and new build projects at the Castle.

The site for the Heritage Skills Centre was easily identified, having been previously been used for car parking and general storage. This was also combined with the refurbishment of the Victorian Prison and the creation of a new display area for the Magna Carta, along with repairs to the curtain wall. Although the continuation of the High Court within the Castle grounds created several logistical problems, particularly in terms of noise and disturbance and general access issues.

Rob Green of the architects Arrol and Snell, appointed to undertake the works, described in more detail the nature of the works and the objectives to create a complete circuit of the walls, using newly constructed links and bridges, along with the provision of disabled access.
The works within the Victorian prison were intended to provide an accessible tourist attraction with education facilities and a restaurant together with the development of suitable accommodation in which to display the Magna Carta, making use of a subterranean cellar under the prison. Rob also described the philosophy and approach to the repair of the curtain walls, very much informed by the detailed analysis carried out by the archaeologists that revealed substantial additions and repairs to the original Medieval walls.

Finally Dr Jonathan Clark of the archaeologists FAS Heritage gave an entertaining presentation describing the extent of the archaeological works within the Castle grounds and the survey work to ‘reconstruct’ the Lucy Tower.

Jonathan also described the uncovering of an interesting sanitation system beneath the site of the Heritage Skills Centre with its 19th Century toilet remains.

The archaeologists also uncovered evidence of a substantial pre-Conquest building under the North lawn, an area that had been thought to be undeveloped and the excavations for the Magna Carta Building revealed layers of buildings showing various periods of occupations beginning with the relatively recent Victorian and Georgian periods, going back through the through the Medieval period with evidence of a Norman hall and an Anglo-Saxon church and ending with a Roman town house.

The archaeologists were also able to uncover various graves cut into the floor of the Anglo-Saxon church including an undisturbed sarcophagus.

After these introductory talks there was the opportunity to climb the steep stairs to the Lucy Tower and to walk along sections of the newly created wall walk, viewing the owl boxes cut into the curtain wall and viewing areas of stone repairs.

Stephen Bradwell

Past events

For more information about past events click on the ‘AGM and general archive tab’ above.

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The Branch Committee comprises a number of key posts, such as Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, the East Midlands Branch representative to the national Council and representatives of each of the five counties. Together, the Committee seeks to implement the Branch’s Business Plan and provide a lead for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in the region.

The Committee for 2017-18 is as follows:

Liz Mayle
Emilie Wales
Alice Ullathorne
Branch Representative:
Rose Thompson
Membership Secretary:
Jason Mordan
Education Representative:
Communications Officer:
Chris McKinney
Derbyshire County Representative:
Michael Faulkner
Leicestershire County Representative:
Paul Grundy
Lincolnshire County Representative:
Emilie Wales
Northamptonshire County Representative:
Nottinghamshire County Representative:
Jason Mordon
General Committee Members:

Fiona Newton
Roy Lewis
Chloe Oswald
Rebecca Waddington
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What’s happening in Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire Conservation Officers Group (LCOG) generally meets on a quarterly basis and is attended by Conservation Officers from authorities across Lincolnshire. English Heritage, Heritage Lincs and a representative from the Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) also attend. The representative for Lincolnshire on the IHBC East Midlands Branch Committee is Kelly Appleton, kelly.appleton@heritagelincolnshire.org.

The December LCOG meeting was hosted by North Lincolnshire (Eddie Rychlak) and the venue was The Old Tile Yard at Far Ings in Barton upon Humber. The yard has been making tiles since 1840 and still uses the original kilns and dryings sheds. The kiln, Mill House and drying sheds were listed when the Harrison family bought the buildings in 2004. They renovated the buildings and built a new visitors centre; funding the project themselves and using traditional materials.

The meeting was held at the visitors centre and we were well supplied with mince pies and a roaring log fire! As part of the agenda there was a brief talk on the development of tile and brick yards along the Humber estuary and their decline. The talk was given by John French MBE who is a member of the Barton Civic Society. After lunch the group where given a tour and John French was joined by Harry Harrison who spoke about the renovation of the Tile Yard. There was then a short drive to another tile works at Hoe Hill which is still active and where the tile making process could be viewed in more detail.
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The Old Tile Yard at Far Ings in Barton upon Humber
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LCOG members inside the pottery
What’s happening in Derbyshire

The Conservation Officers in Derbyshire (CODs) met on the 4th November, at Elvaston Castle (South Derbyshire), to discuss whether to carry on with the forum due to poor attendance and increasing work pressures.  There was overwhelming support for the forum to continue.  However, it was decided to reduce the frequency of the meetings to two meetings per year and these will follow a format.  The first meeting, to be held in the first half of the year, will be themed.  The second meeting, to take place in autumn, will be a site visit to look at good practice projects across Derbyshire.  The site visit meeting will be open to all Derbyshire IHBC members. The 4th November meeting was followed by a tour of Elvaston Castle, including the roof repairs recently carried out by Derbyshire County Council.

The next CODs meeting will take place on the 21st March 2016, at County Hall, Matlock, and ‘windows’ will be its theme.’

The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust website hosts the minutes and agendas for CODS. The representative for Derbyshire on the IHBC East Midlands Branch Committee is Becky Waddington Rebecca.Waddington@peakdistrict.gov.uk

What’s happening in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Conservation Officers Forum meets twice yearly.  The last meeting took place on July 16th 2015.  It was hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council at their offices in West Bridgford and was well attended.   The meeting was followed by a tour of West Bridgford Hall lead by James Bate of Rushcliffe Borough Council (grade II).  The Hall is owned by the borough council and was last used by the county council as offices, including a registration service with a very popular venue for wedding services.  Following an examination of possible new uses, including ‘soft’ market testing, the borough applied for and has been granted a Heritage Enterprise grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for scheme of conversion to an apart/hotel and upgraded wedding facilities.

The next meeting of the NCOF will take place in early 2016.

What’s happening in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Conservation Officers’ Forum

The Conservation Officer’s Forum generally meets on a 6 month basis and is attended by Conservation Officers from Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and the other District and Borough Councils. The representative for Leicestershire on the IHBC East Midlands Branch Committee is currently Liz.Blood@leics.gov.uk. The meetings are usually followed by lunch and an opportunity to visit a building or site of relevance in whichever district is hosting the meeting. The next meeting is hoped to take place in July 2014.

Current projects in Leicestershire

There are a number of projects currently in operation in Leicestershire:
For more information on these, contact the lead organisation. Alternatively, you can email Liz.Blood@leics.gov.uk who will forward your enquiry.

What’s happening in Northamptonshire

More to follow.
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Branch Committee Minutes, 10th July 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 20th April 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th February 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 5th December 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 31st October 2017
Business Plan, 2016-17 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting
AGM minutes (as recorded but will be formally agreed at next AGM)
AGM papers, 15th September 2017 at The Cosy Club, Stamford

Branch Committee Minutes, 18th July 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 11th May 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 6th February 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 6th December 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 25th October 2016
Business Plan, 2016-17 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting)
AGM minutes (as formally agreed at 2017 AGM)
AGM papers, 9th September 2015 at Philip Gaches’ Workshop, Deeping St James

Branch Committee Minutes, 12th July 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 28th April 2016
Branch Bulletin, February 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd February 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd December 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 27th October 2015
Business Plan, 2015-16 (as agreed at AGM and approved at December IHBC Council meeting)
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 4th September 2015at The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton

Branch Bulletin, August 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 14th July 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 16th April 2015
Branch Bulletin, March 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 3rd February 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd December 2014
Branch Bulletin, November 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 28th October 2014
Business Plan, 2014-15 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting)
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 11th September 2014at Hallmark Hotel, Derby

Branch Committee Minutes, 15th July 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 25th April 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th February 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 10th December 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 29th October 2013
Business Plan, 2013-14
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 13th September 2013 at Lincoln Castle

Branch Committee Minutes, 16th July 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 26th April 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 5th February 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th December 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 30th October 2012
Business Plan, 2012-13
Training Event, 7th September 2012 at British Geological Survey
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 7th September 2012 at British Geological Survey

Branch Committee Minutes, 10th July 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 29th May 2012
Training Event, 13th April 2012 at Stanford Hall
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th April 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 7th February 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 1st November 2011
Business Plan, 2011-12
Training Event, 2nd September 2011 at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre
AGM papers, 2nd September 2011 at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre

Branch Committee Minutes, 5th July 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 17th May 2011
Training Event, 13th July 2011 at Magnus Buildings in Newark
Branch Committee Minutes, 11th April 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 22nd February 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 11th January 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd November 2010
Business Plan, 2010-11
AGM papers, 3rd September 2010 at Cusworth Hall, near Doncaster

Older papers
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Branch Committee Minutes, 6th July 2010
Training Event, 24th June 2010 at Hathern Terracotta, near Loughborough
Branch Committee Minutes, 18th May 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th April 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 23rd February 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 12th January 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 3rd November 2009
Business Plan, 2009-10
AGM papers, 4th September 2009 at Harlaxton Manor, near Grantham

Branch Committee Minutes, 7th July 2009
IHBC Annual School, 11th-13th June 2009, Buxton
Branch Committee Minutes, 19th May 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 7th April 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 24th February 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th January 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th November 2008
Business Plan, 2008-09
AGM papers, 5th September 2008 at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham
Training Event, 24th April 2008 at Taylor’s of Loughborough, Bell Founders

Older AGM papers
AGM papers, 14th September 2007 at The Cathedral Centre, Lincoln Cathedral
AGM papers, 6th September 2006 at Bolsover Castle, Bolsover
AGM papers, 15th September 2005 at New Walk Centre, Leicester
AGM papers, 8th September 2004 at Cromford Mill, Derbyshire
AGM papers, 12th September 2003 at University of Derby, Derby
AGM papers, 17th September 2002 at The Workhouse, Southwell
AGM papers, 23 October 2001 at The Sessions House, Northampton
AGM papers, 26th September 2000 at The Gilstrap Centre, Newark
AGM papers, 3rd July 1999 at Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire
AGM papers, 5th June 1998 at The Inland Revenue, Nottingham

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The Conservation and Heritage Education Pack, CONSERVING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - KEY STAGE 2 GEOGRAPHY, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Nottinghamshire County Council, (as referred to in the press release below) was launched on 14th June 2004 by David Lovie the President of the Institute.

It can be downloaded by clicking on this link. (This is a 19Mb download of a PDF file and is therefore unsuitable for slow internet connections) Requires Adobe Acrobat reader which is a free download from www.adobe.com
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