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Welcome to the homepage for the East Midlands Branch, where you can find out what the branch is doing this year, information on forthcoming events and contacts within Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Read our latest bulletin here.

Based on the decisions made at the Branch AGM held in September 2021, our key objectives for 2021 / 2022 are:

  • Supporting Members – continued response to member’s needs / requests to help develop the profession
  • Increase number of East Midlands members.
  • Building Partnerships – through continued representation by branch members on advisory committees, panels and forums.
  • Maintaining an Active Branch – through regular Branch meetings, links though County groups and County Reps and CPD events and electronic networking.
  • Send 1 full place to the 2021 IHBC Conference unless virtual and then decision within the branch committee regarding how many places

To read the full Business Plan, go to:
Business Plan, 2020-21 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting)

Chloe Oswald explaining at the 2018 AGM CPD event the extent of the flood defences recently installed in Derby

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IHBC East Midlands Branch
2022 Annual School Bursary

IHBC Annual School - Aberdeen 2022

Heritage on the Edge

Full School - 16th to 18th June 2022
Day School - 17th June 2022

The East Midlands Branch is pleased to announce that once again it is able to offer:

  • one Bursary for the full IHBC Annual School (inclusive of accommodation, not travel)
  • up to 5 virtual Day School places

The Aberdeen event will highlight the relationship between urban and rural with physical and virtual content from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, looking at aspects such as

The physical impact of climate change and the environment upon architecture and place

The drive for innovation and adaptation in heritage practice

The role of heritage led regeneration in overcoming economic and social challenges

1. Eligibility Requirements
The Bursary is open to all IHBC East Midlands Branch affiliate, associate and full members.

2. Bursary Information
The East Midlands Branch is providing a number of Bursary Awards to cover to cost of the school (please specify which day(s) you wish to attend your application).

The successful recipients must confirm which bursary they are applying for and which days they can commit to attendance for either Full School or Day School.

It will be a requirement of the successful recipient to also confirm they are willing to:

a) Attend at least two branch committee meetings per year, one of which must be either the April peripatetic meeting or the September AGM, and;

b) Produce a short article and photographs from an IHBC event to include on our branch webpage.
If you are interested in applying for the Bursary you should submit your application in writing to the Branch’s Chair, Liz Mayle by email to lizmayle@googlemail.com by Tuesday 5th May 2022.

3. Selection Criteria
Your application should set out, in no more than 500 words, your case for receiving the award and what you may be able to contribute in return that would benefit the activities and/or promotion of the IHBC either at Branch or national level (in addition to the eligibility requirements).

The Branch Committee will be responsible for selecting the recipient of the Bursary, based on the merits of the case and according to need. Whilst the Bursary is open to all IHBC East Midlands Branch members, in selecting the successful candidate the Branch Committee will give preference to applicants who are:

a) Either unwaged and/or full time student on a conservation course, or

b) New entrants to the profession (under 5 year’s full time employment) and whose employer is unable/unwilling to fund a place on the school.

c) Those members wishing to upgrade to full membership this coming year.

Past Winners and Testimonies

2019 Annual School, Nottingham - Heritage, Risk & Resilience confronting conservation calamities

EM Branch Bursary award winners
  • Kerry Walmsley (Assistant Conservation Officer, South Kesteven District Council)
  • Vicky Mellor (Archaeologist, Acorn Archaeology, Lincolnshire)
  • Tyler Barton (Planner, Leicester City Council)

IHBC Annual Day School 2019 – Testimonial by Tyler Barton
“Primarily, I want to express my gratitude to the IHBC’s East Midlands regional branch for granting a bursary that allowed me to attend the IHBC’s Annual Day School 2019. By way of giving thanks, I hope to highlight the success of the school by detailing my own experience, whilst also trying not to be too bias (of course!) given that my work friend Justin Webber was chair of the school.

Nottingham, the ‘Queen of the Midlands’, was an excellent choice to host the school. Not only does the city have an abundance of built heritage which delegates were able to enjoy throughout the day; it is also a UNESCO City of Literature, the ‘Home of English Sport’ and the homeland of Robin Hood. It also has several pubs that lay claim to be the oldest in England, but more on that later! It was especially enjoyable to visit the city as an enthusiast of Victorian architecture, with Nottingham also being known as a ‘Victorian Lace City’.

Some other delegates, including myself, were already able to see some of the city’s-built heritage during the pre-school event on contemporary challenges and solutions for protecting heritage in the East Midlands. The event was very generously held by the IHBC East Midland’s branch for free and took place just short of a month before the school in Nottingham’s ‘Urban Room’, an exhibition and events space dedicated to improving our built environment. Of particularly topical interest, and tying in with the theme of the annual school, was Dr Cathy Daly’s presentation on climate change and the built heritage.
Travelling by train to the day school, the first piece of the Nottingham’s built heritage to appreciate was the Grade II* listed Nottingham Train Station, built in 1904 for the Midland Railway Company in the Neo-Baroque Style. After departing the station and with some time to spare, the ‘school day’ began in perfect fashion with a coffee from Nottingham’s home-grown coffee shop: ‘200 Degrees’. The shop on Carrington Street is housed in a former Victorian Railway Hotel, aptly located close to the Station, and adjacent to the Nottingham Canal. The seating area gave a picturesque view of the canal and the Carrington Street bridge, a cast-iron flat bridge of the mid to late 19th century.

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200 Degrees overlooking the Nottingham Canal and Carrington Street Bridge (Source: Author)

School 2019 flyer

Annual School Programme (Source: Author)


Newton Building, Nottingham Conference Centre (Source: Author)


NMott Macdonald’s Exhibition (Source: Author)


Keynote Speaker (Source: Author)

Lyn Wilson's lecture

Dr Lyn Wilson's presentation (Source: Author)

School 2019 flyer

Keynote Speaker (Source: Author)


Picture of the canal’s arm taken from a bridge that was inside the pub (Source: Author)

Delegates travelling from the station to the venue were also able to appreciate what is my favourite building in Nottingham, and the building chosen as the cover for the school’s programme, the Prudential Assurance Offices: a grade II red brick and terracotta listed building built 1880-1890 in the Flemish Renaissance Revival Style by Alfred Waterhouse.

The choice of venue for the school was also an excellent one, namely Nottingham’s Conference Centre which is housed in not one but two Grade II* listed buildings: Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building (1956-1958) and the Arkwright Building (1877-81). Both were in a beautiful architectural setting and made for a visually impressive arrival to the school. The wonderfully clear blue skies of the day also made for some good picture taking, as I hope that you will agree! Delegates walking from the station to the venue would have also appreciated Cecil Hewitt’s most notable work en-route, the Nottingham Council House. Many delegates were also able to explore the interior of the building in the evening, during the school’s annual dinner.

Upon arrival to the school, there was the first opportunity for refreshments and exhibition networking within a bustling atrium. Especial thanks to McParland Finn Ltd for sponsoring the refreshments that catered well even for a fussy lactose-intolerant such as myself!

The exhibitions were comprehensive in their range, from Historic England’s Technical Conservation Department to the Heritage Trust Network. Having only worked for the public sector in my conservation career thus far, it was interesting to discuss all things heritage from different perspectives. The image below shows the Mott MacDonald’s exhibition on their consultancy for heritage on archaeology.

Of particular interest to me was the exhibition on the East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework, an interactive digital resource. As an unexpected benefit, it sparked an idea in me for possible research during the IHBC accredited Masters in Urban Conservation that I am currently studying for.
Once the first session of refreshments and exhibition networking had finished, it was time for the day school to be launched to a well-attended lecture theatre. The theme for the school was Heritage Risk and Resilience: confronting conservation calamities. By cruel serendipity, the school followed several national news stories of conservation calamities in recent times, including a fire in 2018 to the very same Nottingham Train Station that many delegates arrived to earlier in the day. Another such story was the, again cruel, second fire to the Glasgow School of Art in June 2018. Liz Davidson, the Senior Project Manager for the Glasgow School of Art, detailed in an interesting but sombre fashion the reconstruction of Mackintosh’s masterpiece as well as dealing with the aftermath of the fire - the single biggest threat to heritage. Accordingly, the first session of the day was concerned with fire, including a presentation given by Oxford University’s Fire Officer on working with the fire and emergency services.

The school was divided into four sessions covering fire (Session 1), Structural Failure & Heritage at Risk (Session 2), Security, Digital Technology and Legal Issues (Session 3) and Flooding (Session 4). Within each session there were several expert speakers who each gave 20-minute ‘short-and-snappy’ presentations to keep delegates engaged throughout.

Like the exhibitions, the presentations for the day school were also comprehensive in their coverage. They looked at the potential impact of various conservation calamities, both man-made and natural, on historic buildings and the historic environment. Far from being only about the harm that these conservation calamities cause, the presentations also positively explored the development of practical solutions to help protect buildings and areas from threat, as well as how to deal with the consequences when disasters do strike. Thus, the event provided ample opportunity for continuing professional development and gave me an abundance of vital information for when I hope to one day become a conservation officer. Perhaps most relevant to this future goal was the very informative presentation delivered by Nigel Hewitson, who was legal director at English Heritage for several years, which focused on the legal powers of saving heritage assets in disrepair.

Hewitson’s presentation was followed by his co-author, Dr Charles Mynors, who presented in an enthusiastic and charismatic manner on the legal consequences of the destruction of heritage assets. Mynors is a lawyer for the Law Commission of England & Wales, showing the high calibre and quality of the speakers in attendance.
As already alluded to, I have an interest in the use of the digital for conservation. As such, my interest peaked with Dr Lyn Wilson’s presentation on digital technology for future proofing against disaster. Dr Wilson is the Digital Documentation Manager for Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and her presentation covered many interesting points, including 3D digitisation of heritage assets. Perhaps most interesting of the presentation was the ‘Scottish Ten’, a five year project that aims to use technology to create accurate digital models of Scotland’s five world heritage sites (WHS) in addition to five other WHS elsewhere in the world, in order to better conserve and manage them.

Whilst it is not possible for me to detail all of the presentations that were held throughout the ‘school day’, it would be wrongful of me not to mention the presentation given by the keynote speaker Dr Zaki Aslan, a conservation architect and Director of the ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. Having almost exclusively focused on English conservation throughout my education and career thus far, it was interesting to learn about international approaches to recovery and disaster management of historic environments.

It was pleasing to note that whilst the event was held in the East Midlands, the presentations were comprehensive in their geographic coverage, ranging from the international level right down to the local level. Much to my work friend’s surprise, a photo of her family’s bookshop in the historic town of Cockermouth (Cumbria) was included in Helen Brownlie’s presentation on the recovery and improvement of the historic town after it experienced flooding.

The school also included ‘spotlights’ with the last one shining on Brighton’s IHBC Annual School 2020. The success of the 2019 school has set the bar very high and will be a tough act to follow, but I am sure that the IHBC’s South East branch will be up to the challenge.

But the day didn’t end there. Very dutifully, a pub list was published for the annual school which was given to delegates on arrival. It may be claimed that the pub list is a conservationist’s essential for Nottingham, given that the city hosts several pubs which claim to be the oldest in England. Up for debate are the Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem, Salutation Inn and The Bell Inn public houses, which are all housed in Grade II listed buildings. It was only right and appropriate then that the day school should be unofficially finished with a trip to one of Nottingham’s many historic pubs!

We ventured to The Canalhouse, which the pub list informed us is a grade II listed building consisting of a characterful conversion of a former warehouse built in 1895. An arm of the canal runs into the building with narrowboats moored inside.

The pub also gave me an opportunity to network further as I was able to have a detailed conversation with a former PHD student at The University of Leicester’s Centre for Urban History. With the hope and intention of studying for a PHD in Urban Conservation one day, the advice that she gave me was invaluable and the cherry of top to an enjoyable day of learning about all things heritage – thanks again to the IHBC East Midland’s branch. “

2018 Annual School, Belfast – Our Shared Heritage

No award.

2017 Annual School, Manchester – Transport Infrastructure: the backbone of civilisation

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Emilie Wales (Conservation Officer, ENGIE)

“I came across the 2017 bursary when writing my membership upgrade application from Affiliate to Associate, my sponsor suggested I apply. It was sold to me that the additional CPD at the annual school would help towards my eventual full application, so I applied – and was successful! The event was held in Manchester, the venues and talks where both interesting and informative. However, it wasn’t just the CPD that was of benefit, as a lone conservation officer it’s not often I get to meet with other conservation folk so it was also a great opportunity to socialise. It was also humbling to see that the problems I face in North East Lincolnshire are the same everywhere. For my sins I also volunteered to take a position on the Branch Committee… I have been secretary ever since... Branch also gives me the chance to meet new people and network. The support received throughout my early career has been invaluable.”

2016 Annual School, Worcester – People Power: The Catalyst for Change!

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Liz Mayle (Principal Historic Buildings Consultant, Liz Mayle Heritage Consultants)

2015 Annual School, Norwich – Cultural Connections: Conserving the Diversity of Place

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Rose Thompson (Assistant Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, Historic England)

2014 Annual School, Edinburgh – The Art of Conservation

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Simon Revill (Architect, Simon Revill Architecture)

“The Edinburgh School was most beneficial, particularly the conservation workshops and preservation of sculptural work, while the lectures during the day school were thought-provoking as well as discussions with other delegates after the formal lectures. Overall my Annual School visit has improved my conservation skills and knowledge and it was particularly useful to see how others dealt with similar conservation issues.”

2013 Annual School, Carlisle – Skills

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Liz Blood (Heritage Support & War Memorials Officer, Leicestershire County Council)

“Receiving the 2013 bursary was a great surprise. Without it I would have been unable to attend even the day school. The opportunity to take part in the Carlisle 2013 (my first full school) was a fantastic introduction to how valuable the tours and visits are on the extra days. These helped to put the day school theme of Skills into context, and to see real case study projects on the ground. It also provided opportunities to find out what interesting and inspiring projects others are involved in. It was a privilege to attend, I am most grateful to the EM branch for offering the bursary, and hope that the photojournal-film I produced as a momento will urge you to consider applying for the next – do not miss out!
Bursary Feedback - IHBC 2013 Summer School Carlisle

2012 Annual School, Winchester – Significance: Who Decides?

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Lisa Walton (Conservation Officer, NE Derbyshire District Council)

“In 2010 I was successful in securing a post which allowed me to work as a Planning Officer whilst training to be a Conservation Officer. I enrolled on an IHBC accredited course and became an affiliate IHBC Member. This has been the start of an incredible journey for me. I was encouraged by my local IHBC Branch representative to apply for the IHBC Annual School bursary as a way of building up knowledge and understanding in the field of conservation and gaining some bespoke CPD experience. After finding out I had been awarded the bursary, the East Midlands Branch ensured my full day school place was booked. All I had to do was arrange my travel, the cost of which was also covered by the bursary. Without the assistance of my IHBC Branch I would not have been able to attend and what an experience I would have missed out on! From the fantastic site visits to the expert speakers who spoke on a wide variety of topics to the delegates who were amazingly friendly and interested in the background of others. The whole experience was a seamless series of well-organised events and activities, highlighted by the beautiful city of Winchester. Without a doubt I have benefited from the experience and feel I can now offer my employer and my branch a wider appreciation of the historic environment and understanding of its ‘significance’. It is still daunting for me to think about how much I still have to learn but I am grateful for the opportunity the East Midlands Branch has provided, through its bursary scheme, and it is their belief in me that makes it such a greatly appreciated award. I would encourage anyone starting out in the field to apply for the bursary.”

Following the Annual School, Lisa has reported back the experience of attending the School to her County colleagues and has prepared the following presentation to share her CPD with other members.
Bursary Feedback - IHBC 2012 Summer School Winchester

2011 Annual School, Llandudno – Navigating the Shallows: Conservation and stewardship in uncertain times

EM Branch Bursary award winner – Catherine Dove (Conservation Officer, Leicestershire County Council)

"I have been an affiliate member of the IHBC for three years and am working towards full membership. I always find the Annual Schools that the Institute runs really useful; previously, I've only been able to afford the day schools, as I have to self-fund the trip. Last year, I applied for the East Midlands bursary as I didn't think I could afford to go, and was delighted to gain the bursary! The full trip is really worth the experience, as you get to go on useful site visits to see how innovative and fascinating projects are put into practice (among other sites, I visited Conwy castle and town walls and a school that had been converted by a local trust for community use) as well as a themed day of interesting lectures, with plenty of time for discussion and networking. The Annual Dinner is also a great experience. I would really encourage you to apply for the bursary, even if you don't think you'll be successful- you may be pleasantly surprised!"

Following the Annual School, Catherine fed back her experiences to the EM Branch Committee and also gave a presentation to the Branch on her work at Leicestershire County Council. This gave Catherine the opportunity to meet the Branch Committee and to contribute to the discussions on Branch publicity and hear about current conservation issues in the other counties.

2010 Annual School, London – Going for Gold

EM Branch Bursary award joint winner – Lynda Tomkins (student, IHBC accredited architectural conservation degree, University of Derby)

“The bursary is a great idea. We all need a little help as we enter a new career.”

EM Branch Bursary award joint winner – Liz Bates (Historic Buildings Manager, Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire)

“Overall, the Day School showed how historic building conservation can both inform change and adapt to it. The case studies illustrated the value of the range of professionals working within the sector.”

Following the Annual School, both Lynda and Liz have reported back their experiences of attending the Day School within the September 2010 edition of Context.

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East Midlands IHBC Peripatetic Meeting and CPD in Lincoln
Friday 8th April 2022

We are very much looking forward to re-connecting at our Lincoln Peripatetic meeting and CPD event. This will be our first in person event since 2019 and will be an opportunity to meet new faces and share best practice looking at two of the regions most exciting heritage projects; Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Repairs and Conservation of Lincoln Medieval Bishops Palace. There will be an opportunity to see the recently opened Lincoln Cathedral Connected project, a £12.4M project for a new visitor centre, a larger café and shop, new toilets and a changing places facility, and an interpretation centre to display some of the Cathedral’s treasures. The welcome, meeting, presentations and lunch will be held in the Dunlop Room of the Old Deanery Visitor Centre at Lincoln Cathedral. These are newly refurbished rooms which are now linked to the cathedral by the new extension. The event is also available as a virtual offer and more information will follow on this via email to members.

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Here’s a breakdown of the day:
09.30 - Arrival and coffee at Lincoln Dunlop Room, The Old Deanery Visitor Centre, Minster Yard, LN2 1PX
10.00 - Welcome
10.05 - Presentation: Nicholas Rank Buttress Architects Lincoln Cathedral, a Thousand Years of
10.25 - Presentation: Adam Lewis Buttress Architects Conservation of Lincoln Medieval Bishops Palace
10.45 - Group tours
12.00 - 12.45 short IHBC East Mids Branch Meeting (members only) 12.45 - Buffet Lunch
13.45 - Group tours
15.00 - Finish
The event is open to all IHBC members (all categories of membership) and the fee is £20 paya- ble upon booking including buffet lunch. If you would like join us please go to Eventbrite.

Branch Meeting Agenda

Forthcoming Branch Meetings
For the time being meetings will remain ‘virtual’. For any members who would like to attend please contact Branch Secretary, Emilie Wales, ejravenscroft@hotmail.co.uk who will arrange for the appropriate virtual invitation.

  • Monday 6th June
  • Friday 8th April 2022
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021
  • Wednesday 2nd February 2022
  • April peripatetic in-person meeting Lincoln, date and time TBC
  • Wednesday 6th June 2022

As a Branch, we try to organise two low-cost CPD events a year so that we can support our members to access local and relatively cheap training - important in these days of austerity - and also to meet their CPD requirements.

One event is held in September as part of the overall AGM package and the other event is usually held earlier in the following year to tie in with our regular Committee meeting.
We hope to offer a virtual CPD event for East Midlands Branch members in April 2021, please keep an eye on your inbox for details.
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Recent Events

IHBC East Midlands Virtual Membership Application Training Event (MATE), Wednesday 13th October 2021.
September 2019
Bolsover Model Village

The afternoon CPD event followed our AGM and began with an excellent overview of the New Bolsover Model Village project presented by Kim Wyatt and her colleagues. It was really good to see both the District Council’s Building Surveyor and the project Architect there to answer questions about the project. We had a brief but highly enjoyable visit to Bolsover Castle on a bright sunny day with a smashing view over New Bolsover Model Village, which was a lovely start to our afternoon tour.

Research regarding energy efficiency appropriate to historic buildings, transposing the findings to well over 180 houses, the reinstatement of excellent joinery which has restored integrity and unity to the model village, incorporating double glazing and vastly improved yet appropriate thermal efficiency, increasing property values despite decreasing the number of bedrooms, and working with residents and local community to transform the Model Village. This project demonstrated how to bring together the best of the old balanced with the very discreet new to make comfortable, energy efficient homes fit for the future. Thanks from all those who attended to Kim Wyatt and Chris McKinney for arranging the event.

Liz Mayle, photos Fiona Newton, Vicky Mellor
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April 2019
Collyweston Slate Heritage Centre

Messenger construction were marvellous hosts for our April 2019 peripatetic meeting held at their brand new Collyweston Slate Heritage centre. Collyweston is a distinctive local material of the East Midlands that takes its name from the village of Collyweston and has been used as a building material since the Roman period. The day began with a potted history of how the slate has been mined, the frosting method which has been developed by messenger in partnership with Historic England and a virtual tour of the mine which is on site. Messenger’s historic paint specialist, Karen Morrisey gave an illuminating talk on historic paint layers, and how the philosophy of conservation underpins her work with examples from Cardiff Castle to Ordsall Hall. The day was topped off by a practical stone slating demonstration showing the unique ways that the slates are fixed and laid in diminishing courses and a showcase presentation of Messengers Collyweston projects on some of the nation’s finest historic buildings. Special thanks go to branch member Matt Webster and his colleagues at Messenger for a superb day. See www.messengerconstruction.co.uk for more information, Kerry Walmsley.

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September 2013
Visit to the Lincoln Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire

Following the Branch 2013 AGM, the Branch members were addressed by three speakers about the development of the Heritage Skills Centre.

Mary Powell of Lincoln Castle Revealed described how, having carried out several smaller projects in the Uphill Area, the Historic Lincoln Project focussed on the issues surrounding the Castle. The Castle had been identified as an underperforming attraction that was not generally accessible and in a poor state of repair. It was also recognised that the Cathedral had a highly skilled workforce but these were not generally seen by the public, they therefore wanted the public to see the Cathedral’s craftsman either at work or in training.

So with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and European funds the project was able to undertake a combination of repair and new build projects at the Castle.

The site for the Heritage Skills Centre was easily identified, having been previously been used for car parking and general storage. This was also combined with the refurbishment of the Victorian Prison and the creation of a new display area for the Magna Carta, along with repairs to the curtain wall. Although the continuation of the High Court within the Castle grounds created several logistical problems, particularly in terms of noise and disturbance and general access issues.

Rob Green of the architects Arrol and Snell, appointed to undertake the works, described in more detail the nature of the works and the objectives to create a complete circuit of the walls, using newly constructed links and bridges, along with the provision of disabled ac
The works within the Victorian prison were intended to provide an accessible tourist attraction with education facilities and a restaurant together with the development of suitable accommodation in which to display the Magna Carta, making use of a subterranean cellar under the prison. Rob also described the philosophy and approach to the repair of the curtain walls, very much informed by the detailed analysis carried out by the archaeologists that revealed substantial additions and repairs to the original Medieval walls.

Finally Dr Jonathan Clark of the archaeologists FAS Heritage gave an entertaining presentation describing the extent of the archaeological works within the Castle grounds and the survey work to ‘reconstruct’ the Lucy Tower.

Jonathan also described the uncovering of an interesting sanitation system beneath the site of the Heritage Skills Centre with its 19th Century toilet remains.

The archaeologists also uncovered evidence of a substantial pre-Conquest building under the North lawn, an area that had been thought to be undeveloped and the excavations for the Magna Carta Building revealed layers of buildings showing various periods of occupations beginning with the relatively recent Victorian and Georgian periods, going back through the through the Medieval period with evidence of a Norman hall and an Anglo-Saxon church and ending with a Roman town house.

The archaeologists were also able to uncover various graves cut into the floor of the Anglo-Saxon church including an undisturbed sarcophagus.

After these introductory talks there was the opportunity to climb the steep stairs to the Lucy Tower and to walk along sections of the newly created wall walk, viewing the owl boxes cut into the curtain wall and viewing areas of stone repairs.

Stephen Bradwell

Past events

For more information about past events click on the ‘AGM and general archive tab’ above.

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The Branch Committee comprises a number of key posts, such as Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, the East Midlands Branch representative to the national Council and representatives of each of the five counties. Together, the Committee seeks to implement the Branch’s Business Plan and provide a lead for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in the region.

The Committee for 2019-20 is as follows:

Liz Mayle
Emilie Wales
Alice Ullathorne
Branch Representative:
Rose Thompson
Membership Secretary:
Jason Mordan
Education Representative:
Communications Officer:
Kerry Walmsley/Vicky Mellor
Derbyshire County Representative:
Leicestershire County Representative:
Paul Grundy
Lincolnshire County Representative:
Matthew Bentley
Northamptonshire County Representative:
Peter Chowns
Nottinghamshire County Representative:
Jason Mordon
General Committee Members:

Fiona Newton
Roy Lewis
Chris McKinney
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What’s happening in Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire Conservation Officers Group (LCOG) generally meets on a quarterly basis and is attended by Conservation Officers from authorities across Lincolnshire. English Heritage, Heritage Lincs and a representative from the Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) also attend. The representative for Lincolnshire on the IHBC East Midlands Branch Committee is Kelly Appleton, kelly.appleton@heritagelincolnshire.org.

The December LCOG meeting was hosted by North Lincolnshire (Eddie Rychlak) and the venue was The Old Tile Yard at Far Ings in Barton upon Humber. The yard has been making tiles since 1840 and still uses the original kilns and dryings sheds. The kiln, Mill House and drying sheds were listed when the Harrison family bought the buildings in 2004. They renovated the buildings and built a new visitors centre; funding the project themselves and using traditional materials.

The meeting was held at the visitors centre and we were well supplied with mince pies and a roaring log fire! As part of the agenda there was a brief talk on the development of tile and brick yards along the Humber estuary and their decline. The talk was given by John French MBE who is a member of the Barton Civic Society. After lunch the group where given a tour and John French was joined by Harry Harrison who spoke about the renovation of the Tile Yard. There was then a short drive to another tile works at Hoe Hill which is still active and where the tile making process could be viewed in more detail.

The Old Tile Yard at Far Ings in Barton upon Humber


LCOG members inside the pottery

What’s happening in Derbyshire

The Conservation Officers in Derbyshire (CODs) met on the 4th November, at Elvaston Castle (South Derbyshire), to discuss whether to carry on with the forum due to poor attendance and increasing work pressures.  There was overwhelming support for the forum to continue.  However, it was decided to reduce the frequency of the meetings to two meetings per year and these will follow a format.  The first meeting, to be held in the first half of the year, will be themed.  The second meeting, to take place in autumn, will be a site visit to look at good practice projects across Derbyshire.  The site visit meeting will be open to all Derbyshire IHBC members. The 4th November meeting was followed by a tour of Elvaston Castle, including the roof repairs recently carried out by Derbyshire County Council.

The next CODs meeting will take place on the 21st March 2016, at County Hall, Matlock, and ‘windows’ will be its theme.’

The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust website hosts the minutes and agendas for CODS. The representative for Derbyshire on the IHBC East Midlands Branch Committee is Becky Waddington Rebecca.Waddington@peakdistrict.gov.uk

What’s happening in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Conservation Officers Forum meets twice yearly.  The last meeting took place on July 16th 2015.  It was hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council at their offices in West Bridgford and was well attended.   The meeting was followed by a tour of West Bridgford Hall lead by James Bate of Rushcliffe Borough Council (grade II).  The Hall is owned by the borough council and was last used by the county council as offices, including a registration service with a very popular venue for wedding services.  Following an examination of possible new uses, including ‘soft’ market testing, the borough applied for and has been granted a Heritage Enterprise grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for scheme of conversion to an apart/hotel and upgraded wedding facilities.

The next meeting of the NCOF will take place in early 2016.

What’s happening in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Conservation Officers’ Forum

The Conservation Officer’s Forum generally meets on a 6 month basis and is attended by Conservation Officers from Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and the other District and Borough Councils. The representative for Leicestershire on the IHBC East Midlands Branch Committee is currently Liz.Blood@leics.gov.uk. The meetings are usually followed by lunch and an opportunity to visit a building or site of relevance in whichever district is hosting the meeting. The next meeting is hoped to take place in July 2014.

Current projects in Leicestershire

There are a number of projects currently in operation in Leicestershire:
For more information on these, contact the lead organisation. Alternatively, you can email Liz.Blood@leics.gov.uk who will forward your enquiry.

What’s happening in Northamptonshire

More to follow.
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Branch Bulletin, March 2022

Business Plan 2020-21
Branch Committee Minutes, 12th May 2020
Branch Committee Minutes, 7th July 2020
Branch Committee Minutes, 27th October 2020
Branch Committee Minutes, 1st December 2020

Branch Committee Minutes, 4th February 2020
Business Plan, 2019-20 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting
AGM minutes (as recorded but will be formally agreed at next AGM)
AGM papers, 20th September 2019 at Bolsover Assembly Hall
Branch Committee Minutes 2nd February 2020

Branch Committee Minutes, 9th July 2019
Branch Committee Minutes, 5th April 2019
Branch Committee Minutes, 5th February 2019
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th December 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 30th October 2018

Business Plan, 2018-19 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting

AGM papers, 7th September 2018 at Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Branch Committee Minutes, 10th July 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 20th April 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th February 2018
Branch Committee Minutes, 5th December 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 31st October 2017
Business Plan, 2016-17 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting
AGM minutes (as recorded but will be formally agreed at next AGM)
AGM papers, 15th September 2017 at The Cosy Club, Stamford

Branch Committee Minutes, 18th July 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 11th May 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 6th February 2017
Branch Committee Minutes, 6th December 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 25th October 2016
Business Plan, 2016-17 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting)
AGM minutes (as formally agreed at 2017 AGM)
AGM papers, 9th September 2015 at Philip Gaches’ Workshop, Deeping St James

Branch Committee Minutes, 12th July 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 28th April 2016
Branch Bulletin, February 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd February 2016
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd December 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 27th October 2015
Business Plan, 2015-16 (as agreed at AGM and approved at December IHBC Council meeting)
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 4th September 2015at The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton

Branch Bulletin, August 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 14th July 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 16th April 2015
Branch Bulletin, March 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 3rd February 2015
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd December 2014
Branch Bulletin, November 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 28th October 2014
Business Plan, 2014-15 (as agreed at AGM and approved at the December IHBC Council meeting)
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 11th September 2014at Hallmark Hotel, Derby

Branch Committee Minutes, 15th July 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 25th April 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th February 2014
Branch Committee Minutes, 10th December 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 29th October 2013
Business Plan, 2013-14
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 13th September 2013 at Lincoln Castle

Branch Committee Minutes, 16th July 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 26th April 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 5th February 2013
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th December 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 30th October 2012
Business Plan, 2012-13
Training Event, 7th September 2012 at British Geological Survey
AGM minutes
AGM papers, 7th September 2012 at British Geological Survey

Branch Committee Minutes, 10th July 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 29th May 2012
Training Event, 13th April 2012 at Stanford Hall
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th April 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 7th February 2012
Branch Committee Minutes, 1st November 2011
Business Plan, 2011-12
Training Event, 2nd September 2011 at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre
AGM papers, 2nd September 2011 at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre

Branch Committee Minutes, 5th July 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 17th May 2011
Training Event, 13th July 2011 at Magnus Buildings in Newark
Branch Committee Minutes, 11th April 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 22nd February 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 11th January 2011
Branch Committee Minutes, 2nd November 2010
Business Plan, 2010-11
AGM papers, 3rd September 2010 at Cusworth Hall, near Doncaster

Older papers
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Branch Committee Minutes, 6th July 2010
Training Event, 24th June 2010 at Hathern Terracotta, near Loughborough
Branch Committee Minutes, 18th May 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th April 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 23rd February 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 12th January 2010
Branch Committee Minutes, 3rd November 2009
Business Plan, 2009-10
AGM papers, 4th September 2009 at Harlaxton Manor, near Grantham

Branch Committee Minutes, 7th July 2009
IHBC Annual School, 11th-13th June 2009, Buxton
Branch Committee Minutes, 19th May 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 7th April 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 24th February 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 13th January 2009
Branch Committee Minutes, 4th November 2008
Business Plan, 2008-09
AGM papers, 5th September 2008 at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham
Training Event, 24th April 2008 at Taylor’s of Loughborough, Bell Founders

Older AGM papers
AGM papers, 14th September 2007 at The Cathedral Centre, Lincoln Cathedral
AGM papers, 6th September 2006 at Bolsover Castle, Bolsover
AGM papers, 15th September 2005 at New Walk Centre, Leicester
AGM papers, 8th September 2004 at Cromford Mill, Derbyshire
AGM papers, 12th September 2003 at University of Derby, Derby
AGM papers, 17th September 2002 at The Workhouse, Southwell
AGM papers, 23 October 2001 at The Sessions House, Northampton
AGM papers, 26th September 2000 at The Gilstrap Centre, Newark
AGM papers, 3rd July 1999 at Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire
AGM papers, 5th June 1998 at The Inland Revenue, Nottingham

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The Conservation and Heritage Education Pack, CONSERVING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - KEY STAGE 2 GEOGRAPHY, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Nottinghamshire County Council, (as referred to in the press release below) was launched on 14th June 2004 by David Lovie the President of the Institute.

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