IHBC’s first ‘Virtual School’, #IHBCVirtualSchool2020: Initial feedback, update and future plans

The IHBC has successfully concluded its first Virtual School on 19 June, ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’ Reflections and Speculations from a Global Pandemic, sponsored HCUK Group: Heritage Collective, with interim delegate feedback and plans now available.

‘99% would attend another IHBC virtual event – average performance rating of 4 out of 5!’

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘We’re really delighted with the initial feedback from across the School’s two sessions, with 99% of respondents saying they’d attend another IHBC virtual event, and an average performance rating of 4 out of 5!’

‘This is quite a triumph given that this School was our first stab at devising such an alternative School and linked CPD programme.  Also, with the technology so new to us, and the global reach so experimental, our challenges were substantial, so such success is especially satisfying.’

 ‘recordings available to all who booked’

‘We’ve also just now initiated our wider, post-School programme of feedback and support to delegates, starting with a survey already issued to all who booked.  Remember too of course, that even if you could not attend on the day,  there’s lots of opportunities in the survey for those involved to offer useful feedback.  In particular we’re keen to hear about your take on our CPD support – including on the technical issues of conservation professionals engaging with, and even hosting, webinars.’

‘For all who booked places too, we’ll have the recordings issued on Monday 29 June, so if you missed any content due to poor connections or work commitments, you can savour the full event – though without the live participation – at your convenience.’

‘We’re also in touch with the Virtual School’s speakers, offering them the opportunity to respond further to questions and issues raised during the event but, due to time, not detailed in the discussions.  We’ll get back in touch with delegates on those issues as soon as we can.’

‘advocacy will focus on the forthcoming APPG on Conservation People and Places’

‘As all know, we’ll be continuing our interrogation of the School topic in the coming months and years. We’re ready now to build on the Virtual School lessons both through our planned in-situ Schools – in Brighton (2021), Aberdeen and Swansea – and through enhanced advocacy.’

‘That advocacy will focus on the forthcoming All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Conservation People and Places.  Indeed the School’s inspiring introduction by the APPG’s nominated Chair, Layla Moran MP, has set the terms for our entire programme in these matters, and its focus on places for people!’

‘Through these initiatives – and regardless of what the pandemic brings – the IHBC is committed to refining and even extending our support to help members and the sector stakeholders and the great work they do is helping value, manage and sustain historic places of all types and character.’

DOWNLOAD the CPD guidance to delegates

See more on the IHBC Schools

For the IHBC’s original Brighton 2020 School plans – and inspiration for Brighton 2021, see brighton2020.ihbc.org.uk

See more on HCUK Group: Heritage Collective and its IHBC HESPR membership web page

For more background to the Virtual School see the IHBC NewsBlogs

For your ‘First contact’ with Brighton 2021 and for more updates see #IHBCBrighton2021 and our NewsBlogs

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