Thursday 18th June


12:00 – 16:30: IHBC Registration & tour departure and arrival points

Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Register here and collect your Full School delegate pack.

Day School delegates will register at Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU, on Friday 19 June.

  • Refreshments and luggage storage.  NB: Latest luggage pick-up time is 17:20, for building  closure at 17:30.
  • Departure and return point for most Thursday study tours (see individual tours for full details).


Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU

16:00  on: Hotel check in 


13:30 – 17:30: Thursday Study Tours
Most tours start and end at the Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YD.  Please see individual tours for full details.

Please note the following:

  • All times are approximate but start times cannot be delayed for late arrivals
  • Most tours involve walking – please bring sturdy shoes and wet weather gear
  • Some may require hard hats and these will be provided
  • All tours necessarily are subject to change.

PierStart Time 13:25

End Time 16:45


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Palace Pier (15 minute walk back to Brighthelm Centre)


Tour Lead: Toni Manuel, Seafront Development Manager, Brighton & Hove City Council. 

Branch Lead: Sanne Roberts



Brighton & Hove's iconic seafront is a major tourist attraction recognised around the world.  The City Council is working to preserve the historic seafront whilst bringing in new investment and future attractions.  The tour will look at the Council's approach to the seafront, taking in various recent projects of repair, restoration and new intervention.


The route will pass Regency squares, the restored Victorian bandstand, Shelter Hall, and arches (now providing new business spaces) and the prominent i360 attraction at the West Pier.


A trip on the world's oldest electric railway (opened 1883) will allow a view along the length of the currently closed off Victorian Madeira Terrace, to consider the challenges and opportunities this part of the seafront presents.


CPD References


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Regency Town House

Start Time: 13:30

End Time: 16:30


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton


Tour Lead: Nick Tyson, Curator and Founder, Regency Town House

Branch Lead: Helen Parvin



The grade I listed Regency Town House (TRTH) is a terraced property built in the 1820s being developed as a heritage centre and museum. Designed by the Regency architect Charles A Busby, it is located in a seafront square at  the heart of Brunswick Town, an early 19th century 'new town' project built to the western edge of historic Brighton & Hove. The visit will appeal to anyone wanting to learn more about the architectural devices and features of Regency period terraced housing and its conservation.


Tour lead Nick Tyson, Curator and Founder, will set out the factors underpinning the development of the seaside resort itself, the materials and methods used to build and decorate its terraced properties, the lifestyles of occupants and the contemporary challenges associated with conserving the House today. The property has survivals of many original architectural features with clear definition of where the families lived and the servants’ quarters to the rear of the house. We will see rooms that have been pared back and understand how the fabric analysis techniques inform their ongoing conservation.

Learning outcomes will include what is bungaroush, the use of chalk work for foundations, the reason for basements, external and internal wall construction techniques and the role of the floors for structural integrity in the terrace. There are interesting surprises such as the architectural devices used to bring the context of the seaside into the property.


The Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail

We are privileged to have Charles Brooking himself to join our group at the end of the tour to present a small selection of Regency architectural objects and illustrate the coverage of The Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail along with the CPD opportunities available at the Cranleigh, Surrey site.


The Brooking is an educational charity created to advance the education of the public and professions in the field of architectural detail. The Brooking was founded in 2013 upon the donation of the 'Brooking National Collection' by founding member Charles Brooking, a vast and unrivalled collection of British windows, doors, staircase parts, rainwater goods and fire grates spanning over 500 years of design and making.


NB: Please note there are no refreshment facilities available at the property. There are five sets of stairs and the House is not accessible for wheelchairs. There is one staff toilet.


CPD References


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The Royal Pavilion

Start Time: 13:40 

End Time: The guided behind the scenes tour will end by 15:30, at which point delegates are free to visit the Royal Pavilion and make their own way back to the Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton.  The Royal Pavilion closes at 17:45 NB: Latest luggage pick-up time from the Brighthelm Centre (registration point) is 17:20, for building closure at 17:30 sharp.


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Royal Pavilion


Tour Lead: Tim Thearle, Senior Keeper of Conservation, Royal Pavilion

Branch Lead: Heather Hall, Lone Le Vay



Led by Tim Thearle, Senior Keeper of Conservation, this tour gives a behind the scenes glimpse of Brighton's famous Royal Pavilion.  Designed as a seaside pleasure palace for the Prince Regent (later King George VI), the Royal Pavilion mixes Regency grandeur with oriental styles to create a building like no other.


The tour will explore the rooftop domes and minarets that make up the building's famous skyline, to provide a unique view of its history, use and construction.  This will be combined with a tour of the Pavilion's Conservation Studio, providing an insight into the ongoing work of specialists to conserve the buildings and collections of the Pavilion Estate for present and future generations.


The tour will also provide access to the Royal Pavilion main areas where delegates will be free to view the public areas at their leisure.


CPD References


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Brighton Old Town & Cultural Quarter
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Start Time: 13:30

End Time: 16:00


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Middle Street Synagogue (10 minute walk to Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton)


Tour Lead: Tim Jefferies, Principal Planning Officer (Conservation), Brighton & Hove City Council

Branch Lead: TBC



What is now the Old Town conservation area is a small but densely developed area that formed the economic, social and civic core of Brighton throughout its transition from fishing settlement to city. This has resulted in a distinctive character and identity, centred on the network of interconnecting, intimate narrow streets and ‘twittens’ that are colloquially referred to as ‘The Lanes’. But the conservation area is now regarded as being at risk and has been the subject of a recent Management Plan.


Immediately to the north of Old Town is a small cultural quarter that developed in the 19th century and into the 20th century following the building of the Royal Pavilion.


This walking tour will take in the main streets, public spaces and buildings of these areas. With an eye on the annual school’s theme, it will have particular focus on the developments and public realm interventions that have sought to reinvigorate these areas, from the 1960s until the present day.


The walk will conclude with a visit to the sumptuous interior of the rarely-used Middle Street Synagogue, one of the buildings that is key to future regeneration of this ‘problem’ street.


CPD References


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Brighton Dome
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival / CC BY-SA

Start Time: 14:10

End Time: 16:30 TBC


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton


Tour Lead Sarah Mayfield



Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange were built as stables and riding school for the Prince Regent within the grounds of the Pavilion. The buildings were adapted into assembly rooms, a WWI hospital for Indian soldiers and a library; they are now a theatre and performance space. With much of the historic fabric retained, the Corn Exchange was undergoing an exciting refurbishment in 2019 that stripped much of the fabric back to the original form and sought to bring the services and facilities up to date - all until the main contractor went into receivership midway through the project.


This tour seeks to understand the logistics and pitfalls of renovating such a significant site and will be a rare review of the exciting archaeology and original drawings that have enriched the process.


CPD References

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North Laine

Start Time: 14:45

End Time: 16:45


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton


Tour Lead: Peter Crowhurst, co-producer of 'North Laine Book

Branch lead: TBC



North Laine is an iconic part of modern Brighton today brimming with independent shops and cafe bars, set alongside terraced housing and commercial uses.  In the Victorian period it was Brighton’s industrial suburb with water, animals and wood being processed into beer, ginger beer and mineral water, meat and furniture. Much of the North Laine’s Victorian townscape is still there to be seen and in recognition of this North Laine became a Conservation Area in 1977.


CPD References

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Places of Worship graphic

Start Time: 15:00

End Time: 17:00


Starting point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton

End Point: Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton


Tour Lead: Henry Russell OBE

Branch Lead: Seán O’Reilly



A unique Brighton experience, a walking tour around a small and personal selection of Brighton’s churches led by a longstanding IHBC supporter, church specialist and conservation education lead, Henry Russell.


The tour sites will be selected from on the customised IHBC School app, ‘#IHBCBrighton2020 Churches’ (currently under development; link to come) which is offered as a free public download from our School website.  Texts are sourced from Historic England’s list descriptions to encourage direct engagement with that public resource.

Image: Hassocks5489 [Public domain]


As a personal selection that will vary according to taste and circumstances, many churches on the tour will be viewed only from outside, though we imagine St Bartholomew’s, Ann Street, is at least one likely candidate for close scrutiny of the interior.


Tour Delegates – and all school delegates – will be able to supplement the tour experience by using the app to explore more of Brighton’s many fine churches.


Delegates will be able to find other listed buildings as they tour by using Historic England’s new GPS ‘Map Search’ facility for mobile users, which lets anyone find nearby listed buildings and other nationally designated resources.


CPD References

  • IHBC app under development: Download from the School web site
  • Historic England’s Search the List now may be searched using your location on its ‘Map Search’ facility - just make sure the ‘location’ facility on your mobile phone or tab is switched on.  So as well as using the ‘IHBC 2020 Brighton Churches’ app, delegates and he wider public may use the ‘Map Search’ facility to find other listed buildings as you tour the churches.

For more touring suggestions see and follow the links for other self-guided tours of Brighton and beyond.



IHBC logoThe Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the UK’s lead professional body for built and historic environment managers and practitioners working for the conservation, care, regeneration and future of our places. The IHBC supports and regulates standards, promotes effective protection and enhancement, and encourages heritage-led regeneration and access for all.

Evening Reception

Reception sponsor: OPEN

19:30 – 21:30 Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, UK, BN1 1AG

Join us for drinks, a hot supper and a chance to network with colleagues from across the sector.

19:30 Arrival

19:40 Welcome to the evening – IHBC South East Branch Chair/Committee

19:45 Welcome to Brighton: Liz Hobden, Head of Planning, City Development and Regeneration, Brighton & Hove City Council

19:50 Introduction 

20:00 Reception Sponsors welcome (Open for sponsorship))

20:02 IHBC Chair opens the Annual School 

20:05 Drinks, food and networking
21:30 Close

Fabrica is a visual arts organisation based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton, which commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building.


Designation Type: Listing
Grade: II
List UID: 1380934

Summary History (derived from list description and Fabrica)

The former Holy Trinity church originated first as a nonconformist chapel built in1817 to the designs of Amon Wilds for Thomas Read Kemp.  The chapel was consecrated as an Anglican chapel of ease in 1826.  It was considerably lengthened at that time, with the chancel added 1869 in place of former vestry.

Interior alterations and the south front were carried out in 1885-7 to the designs of George Somers Clarke junior and John Thomas Micklethwaite, the latter dated 1886 on the fleche.

Holy Trinity church closed in 1985 and the Council intended the building for use as a museum of Brighton history.  Ultimately that role was taken up elsewhere, so the building came to serve as a Brighton arts venue, ‘Fabrica’.

Fabrica was established by a group of artists from Red Herring Studios in Brighton as a focus for contemporary visual art practice, with the support of South East Arts, Brighton Borough Council, The Foundation for Sport and the Arts, and the Chichester Diocese.  They opened Fabrica in March 1996.

The name Fabrica was chosen because of its association with making, blending the words fabricate in English and fabriquer in French. Additionally, Fabrica, with slight variations means factory in many European languages. The desire for Fabrica to be a place of creation was important to the founding artists.

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