IHBC add their 100th article to Conservation Wiki
In June 2016, in a bold move to put conservation at the forefront of digital collaboration, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) launched knowledge-sharing platform Conservation Wiki. The free-to-use, open-access platform was the first expert portal to be created as a microsite within Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW). Ref IHBC launch Conservation Wiki.
By the beginning of 2018, Conservation Wiki included more than 300 articles, and on 5 January 2018, IHBC announced that it had added it’s 100th article.
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said:
“Our partner service through Designing Buildings Wiki now reaches more than 3.5 million users… The IHBC’s heritage leadership on that free, Wiki-based information service means that the hard work producing critical heritage and conservation CPD in Context (IHBC’s official magazine), as well as the institute’s own project research and advisory programmes, reach directly into the heart of the construction and development sector – exactly where we, and our members, need to be most active.
“Regular headline features on DBW from Context ranging from post-great fire London Churches, to posts from our Worcester School – ensure that our hard-working Context Editorial Board members really do make a difference by supporting conservation objectives and outcomes on the ground.
“Similarly, embedding our own research and resources on the Wiki, as a heritage thread through our own Conservation Wiki platform, means that even our more specialist operations – from the IHBC’s exemplary heritage consultancy activities to our tools and standards provided through our Toolbox – can be easily accessed directly by the mainstream construction sector.”
Ireland’s Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, announced a new funding stream to support Local Authorities (LAs) to purchase vacant buildings that could be converted and developed for community use.
Eleven pubs across England have been recognised for their historic or unusual interiors, as they have been listed, upgraded or relisted.
The Heritage Sector Resilience Plan, developed by the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) with the support of Historic England, has been launched.
An ‘All-Island’ commitment to Ireland’s vernacular heritage has been established with the signing of the North South Agreement on Vernacular Heritage, supporting traditional buildings etc.
Canons House, a landmark building on Bristol Harbourside, has been awarded Grade II (GII) listed status having been built as a regional headquarters for Lloyds Bank between 1988 and 1991 (Arup)
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced a new project with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to improve and modernise the home energy rating scheme used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK homes.
Sector lead the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has recognised the IHBC’s professional accreditation and support (CPD etc.) in awarding its PQP (Professionally Qualified Person) cards.
Work to repair a fire-hit medieval hotel in Gloucester is underway as crews have started work to strip back some of the modern trappings and reveal the historic framework.
The Secretariat to the European Heritage Heads Forum has has coordinated its declaration of solidarity and support for Ukraine’s cultural heritage institutions.
2022 will see the IHBC mark a quarter of a century since our incorporation as a professional body supporting and accrediting built and historic environment conservation specialists. We’re kick-starting it by inviting your ideas on how to mark this special year!