Historic places attract people, activity and investment, giving new life to their communities and helping make places more competitive. They play a central role in regenerating towns, cities and rural areas all around the UK, in particular, helping to repopulate inner-city areas.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in the United Kingdom. It exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all. It has a network of regional and national branches around the UK.
IHBC members come from a range of professional disciplines in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including conservation officers, planners, architects, regeneration practitioners and academics. The work of members varies from overseeing small-scale traditional repairs to managing multi-million pound area regeneration projects.
Using internationally-recognised standards, IHBC assesses and regulates conservation practitioners. It works to provide regular training, continuing professional development (CPD) and education events, as well as lobbying at international, national, regional and local levels.
For more information, see the IHBC’s website.
IHBC is passionate about making knowledge freely-available. This helps defragment the industry, spread best practice, promote innovation and prevent mistakes.
Conservation Wiki has been created to further this ambition and IHBC is calling on its members, and others to contribute to this valuable and growing resource for the benefit of all.
Featured articles and news
The Guardian reports on the dangers of gentrification - join the debate at IHBC NewsBlogs
Our Toolbox offers easy access to the essential tools in conservation practice including links to Standards, 22 Practice notes, Consultations and much more.
Second World War structures at Scapa Flow have been recognised as being of national importance by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
The image of a covered reservoir in London's Finsbury Park has won the best architecture photograph of the year at the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016.
The London Council’s plans are given the go-ahead to management development in five unique specialist clusters.
An independent report has been issued relating to flood protection, aiming to help with flood resilience.