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Chair - Jo Saady SEBranch-chair@ihbc.org.uk
Vice Chair - Joao Lopes (Acting)
Branch Representative on Council - Sarah Mayfield, Helen Parvin, Eimear Murphy
Treasurer - Lone le Vay SEBranch-treasurer@ihbc.org.uk
Secretary - Heather Hall SEBranch-Secretary@ihbc.org.uk
Membership Officer - Stephen Gray (Acting) SEBranch-membership@ihbc.org.uk
Events / Social Media Secretary - Chris Reynolds and Sarah Mayfield 
Surrey Rep - Chris Reynolds
Sussex Rep - Tanya Szendeffy
Kent Rep - Debbie Maltby
Officers without Portfolio - Maggie Henderson, Sarah
Sullivan, Duncan Phillips, Lisa Brooks, Richard Morrice, Michael Foley, Simon Richard
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IHBC South-East Branch invites you to:

Site Visit and Tour of St John's Catholic Seminary,
Cranleigh Road, Wonersh GU5 0QX

Friday 3rd Nov 2023 and Saturday 11th Nov 2023: 10.30 - 14.00

Prices: Members £10, and Non-Members £15.

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite: Friday 3rd November or Saturday 11th November.

St John's Catholic Seminary, Wonersh

IHBC South-East Branch Site Visit to St Johns Seminary, Wonersh for a presentation on the history of the seminary and a tour of the building.

IHBC South-East Branch Site Visit to St Johns Seminary, Wonersh for a presentation on the history of the seminary, a tour of the building and short film about the proposals for conversion of the building to residential use. Two dates are available on Friday 3rd November and Saturday 11 November from 10.30am to 1pm.

This is an unique opportunity to visit the St John's Seminary that was established in 1891 as the diocesan seminary for the then Diocese of Southwark. Listed Grade II, the original building was designed by Frederick Arthur Walters and built largely of red brick in the Dutch/Jacobean style. The building incorporates a striking feature comprising an ambulacrum, ‘a place for walking’ 210 feet long and 19 feet wide, which runs the full length of the main building on the ground floor.

The day will include refreshments and sandwiches.

10:30 - 11:00am Registration and refreshments off The Ambulacrum into the Staff Dining Room
11:00 - 11:45am General presentation of History of St John's - Jo Saady, Ecotecture
11:45 - 12:30pm Tour of the seminary building
12:30 - 12:50pm Film on the Proposals (20mins) (Chapel)
12:50 - 1:00pm View of exhibition stands (Recreation Room)
1:00 - 2:00pm Sandwiches and refreshments in dining hall

CPD Certificates will be available on request

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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)
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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.
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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).

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