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IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School postponed to 2021, as 2020 School goes virtual, on ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ confronted by a global pandemic
June 19, online and interactive.

IHBC Annual School - Brighton 2020


Evolution Economy Experience
Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 June 2020
Day School Friday 19 June 2020

Make IHBC’s Brighton School your heritage learning hub for 2020!

Day School, Annual Dinner & Full School Accommodation at Hilton Brighton Metropole Keep updated via the IHBC Newsblogs and #IHBCBrighton2020

Flexible Sponsor & Supporter Opportunities always available
Contact: services@ihbc.org.uk

Keynote Speaker 1

Carole Souter CBE

Master of St Cross College, Oxford
Chair of the Planning Committee of the Oxford Preservation Trust
Keynote Speaker 2
Kris Declercq
Burgemeester (Mayor) of Roeselare, Flanders, Belgium

Principal Sponsor

Heritage Collective UK Ltd logo


Conference Content


Billions of pounds are being invested today to support towns – old and new – as well as their surrounding regions.  Most of that money comes from the UK’s cultural, business and community purses, but often is tied to separate, even contradictory outcomes.

At the same time core heritage funds are more constrained than ever, and the pressures on our making locally valued places sustainable can put those places most at risk.

What can be done by those who care, shape advise on such places actually do to make our towns succeed in the future?

Built and historic environment practitioners and advisers, community leaders, policy makers, investors and funders need to work in unison if we are to make the most of any opportunities.

The IHBC School

The IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School and conference takes a timely and forensic look at how the planning, heritage and related sectors can make the most of the opportunities on offer, help players learn from colleagues and others, and broaden understanding of the drivers, barriers and responses.

This unique learning opportunity from the IHBC – in Brighton, from 18-20 June 2020 – will ensure that practitioners can uncover new solutions to some surprisingly historic challenges.

IHBC Schools offer:

  • Learning and advice
    • Case studies: Regional, UK and beyond

    • Networking: • Policymakers • Businesses • Charities
    • Intelligence: Stalls • Stands • Advice
  • Career and profession initiatives
    • IHBC ‘Spotlights’: Targeted practice support
    • IHBC Bursaries: c£4,000+
    • Accessible CPD: IHBC-certified and recognised, online and in person
  • Member benefits
    • Reduced rates across all School options
    • Targeted cross-sector and interdisciplinary networking
    • Tailored CPD, with unique conservation and heritage priorities
Day School: (Friday 19 June 2020)

The IHBC’s one-day conference, designed for IHBC members and non-members, explores issues while also challenging delegates on issues such as:

  • Evolution
    • The changing context of towns, including the needs of their communities, businesses and users, as well as their inter-connections with surrounding places, near and far
  • Economics
    • Exemplars, cases and insights, including financial opportunities, drivers and measures, from those already in place as well to those planned and projected
  • Experience
    • Lessons and aspirations from specialists in design, heritage, community and funding, across private, government and charity sectors.


The Day School, including the IHBC’s AGM (non-members welcome), also offers:

  • Up to 9 CPD hours, IHBC-certified
  • Networking and wider interdisciplinary connections
  • Exhibitors, from commercial bodies to specialist advisers
  • Unique event options:
    • Annual Dinner
    • Award presentations.
Full School (3 days: Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 June 2020)

Specialist issues, opportunities and events across the 3 day school include all the Day School options as well as more local first-hand case study tours, themed to the School as well as having wider practice application, exploring:

  • How communities, commerce and places work together
  • Investment, funding and commercial considerations
  • Helping historic places work for people’s needs


The 3-day, Full School offers:

  • IHBC’s Day School, offering practical challenges, lessons, stands and networking (see above) AND
  • Site visits & tours: Expert-led – Interactive  – Topical
  • 20+ CPD hours, self-assessed, IHBC-certified
  • Wider networking opportunities
  • Event options:
    • Buffet reception (Thursday)
    • Annual Dinner (Friday)
    • Award presentations (Friday)
    • Residential and non-Residential options.

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