IHBC’s 2020 Yearbook now online, and on its way: Layla Moran MP, Griff Rhys Jones and more, explore ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’, and #IHBCVirtualSchool2020

More than 5000 copies of the IHBC’s 2020 Yearbook are being distributed to members, and sector leads, with features linked to the IHBC’s 2020 and 2021 School theme ‘OLD TOWNS |NEW FUTURES’ – including our pandemic-compliant 2020 Virtual School, on 19 June – with a foreword from Layla Moran MP, who will introduce the School sessions and chair the IHBC’s forthcoming ‘Conservation, People and Places’ initiative in the UK Parliament, as well as an introduction from Griff Rhys Jones, President of the Victorian Society and of Civic Voice.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘Not only does the Yearbook offer our members and networks a stunning reference resource to complement our School, but now we work even harder getting that message out to even more people, so they know just what IHBC members do, what we support, and why!’

‘Extending the reach of the IHBC and the 2020 School with this outreach, we know we are making the very best use of all the IHBC can offer – including from our volunteers, our members and our networks.’

Layla Moran MP writes:

I am delighted to introduce this 2020 edition of the IHBC Yearbook and its highly relevant theme, ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’, which focusses on the economy of historic urban environments and managing change.

The publication of the latest yearbook coincides with the establishment of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conservation, People and Places. This new group, which I am very pleased to have been invited to chair, will champion the conservation of the historic environment as a means to deliver successful places that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable…. [Layla Moran (MP)]

Griff Rhys Jones writes:

…. Wherever citizens still live close to the hub of the busiest town centres (as in London and Edinburgh for example), and wherever important manifestations of the character and imagination of previous inhabitants are preserved as an intriguing and uplifting record of individuality and artistic expression, cities thrive.

Icons do work – be they Gothic style orphanages in Preston, cathedrals in Peterborough, museums in Bury (on the outskirts of Manchester) the excitements of the close city streets of Leicester or the grandeur of Liverpool.

With care, we can provide something unexpected, even peculiar and, above all, usefully interesting to our grandchildren. Because in a car-free, less commercial and less retail-focussed urban world, careful conservation of the unique heritage of our towns and cities will mean that people will want to live, use and experience them. [Griff Rhys Jones]


  • Foreword, Layla Moran MP
  • ‘Old Towns : New Futures’, Griff Rhys Jones
  • Welcome from the IHBC President, Mike Brown


  • High streets heritage action zones, Owain Lloyd-James
  • Cities, heritage, tourism and the historic environment professional, Ian Baxter
  • Aberdeenshire: heritage on the edge, Douglas Campbell
  • Heritage conservation and the sustainability of cities, Donovan Rypkema
  • The Valleys – past, present, future Judith Alfrey 43


  • Chair’s review, David McDonald
  • Director’s Update, Sea?n O’Reilly
  • Structure of the IHBC (Officers, Branches)
  • IHBC Membership guidance
  • Sustainability & conservation, Roy Lewis


  • HESPR companies
  • Directory of members
  • IHBC-recognised courses

USEFUL INFORMATION (Conservation Courses, Local authorities etc.)

  • Courses and events
  • National organisations
  • Local authority contacts
  • Products and services
  • Advertisers index

For more on the Virtual School’s background, speakers and CPD support see the website

See more on the IHBC’s 2020 School, ‘Old Towns | New Futures’… Reflections and Speculations from a Global Pandemic, June 19 2020, at #IHBCVirtualSchool2020 and virtualschool2020.ihbc.org.uk

For more background to the 2020 School and regular updates, including on CPD, see the IHBC NewsBlogs

See more on Yearbook Resources

See the Yearbook links back to 2007 and at yearbook.ihbc.org.uk

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