IHBC’s opening ‘BIG thanks’ to Brighton School (& MarketPlace) contributors, delegates, & sponsor MFL Affinity, as 96% offer 3 stars or more for our pandemic-led, 2-day School experiment, and 96% want more on-line learning from the IHBC!

The IHBC is delighted to offer early and all-encompassing appreciation to all involved in the IHBC’s pandemic-pivoted Brighton 2021 School & Heritage MarketPlace, with special thanks to informative speakers, splendid Stallholders, participating delegates and our Principal Sponsor MFL Affinity, as 96% offered 3 stars or more in first feedback, while 96% also could even join in another 2-day Virtual School experiment!

… IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School does not end here…

David McDonald, IHBC Chair and Chair for the Day School webinars said: ‘It was a privilege and pleasure to be able to chair the IHBC’s second virtual Day School, opened most appropriately with a welcome from Lord Kerslake, Vice Chair of the IHBC-supported All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Conservation, Places and People (CPP APPG).’

… especially good to continue our international reach from 2020…

‘The quality of the speakers and the wide-ranging debates made for a most stimulating event. It was especially good to continue our international reach from 2020 with particularly strong contributions from Denmark’s Jan Gehl, on designing places, and Donovan Rypkema from the US, on the economics of heritage.’

‘This was a very successful School in a decidedly experimental 2-day virtual format, and a special tribute to how IHBC staff, trustees and South East Branch worked together to benefit the historic environment sector’.

Host South East Branch School committee Chair – and Thursday Retrofit webinar organising Chair – Jo Saady said: ‘I am so pleased with how the whole event went, and particularly want to reiterate thanks to all the Branch members who gave their valuable time helping put the event together.’

…[Jo Sadddy] I personally also enjoyed the more personal sessions at the learning-led MarketPlace

‘What a range of informative and inspiring speakers, and great CPD points too! I personally also enjoyed the more personal sessions at the learning-led MarketPlace with Donovan Rypkema in person, and hearing about examples of fellow IHBC member Eimear Murphy’s amazing work.  The ability to engage and directly ask questions with the MarketPlace Stallholders was especially appreciated. ‘

‘We hope Jan will return ‘in person’ in September too, for any programme then, and we’ll keep everyone posted via the IHBC’s NewsBlog: you can sign up for our news HERE!’

… can’t wait for next year’s event in Aberdeen…

‘Thank you to all who attended and helped make the school so special.  And I can’t wait for next year’s event in Aberdeen, in fact I’m booking my train ticket now!’

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘Initial delegate responses show that our highly experimental format – shaped around one of the pandemic’s most intimidating nightmares: 2-days of ‘screen time’ learning and practice reviews – was a resounding success, with some 96% of respondents saying they’d return for more!’

‘Hopefully, as the COVD-19 impacts recede, we’ll never need to repeat the format exactly, but with 96% also offering 3 stars or more too, this proves that your institute once again has delivered on a core corporate and charitable duty!’

‘Supporting accessible learning and continuous professional development (CPD) across our members and networks is a basic responsibility for the IHBC.  As in the 2020 Virtual School, it seems our experimental re-modelling has once again succeeded, despite the pandemic!’

‘And of course we will apply the lessons learned at Brighton 2021 across all our future events, not least our next School: Aberdeen 2022: #IHBCAberdeen2022!’

‘As in the 2020 Virtual School too, we will continue the dialogue on places far beyond the 2021 School event itself, across speakers, delegates and MarketPlace stallholders.’

‘Many reports are yet to come – records and presentations, reports, detailed feedback, delegate insights, sector advocacy, speaker responses and more – and these will appear in the coming weeks, months and even years.  Remember, the IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School does not end here!’

See our latest special school edition CPD Circular, and its background

See updates on sample feedback from the 2020 Virtual School HERE

See more on MFL Affinity and details of the IHBC’s Professional Indemnity Insurance scheme at m-f-l.co.uk/ihbc

For more on MFL Affinity’s welcome as School Sponsor see the NewsBlog

See more background on the IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School at brighton2021.ihbc.org.uk

Follow updates and more at #IHBCBrighton2021

See the IHBC’s CPD-led Heritage MarketPlace, the Stallholder listing, and sponsor MFL Affinity’s MarketPlace STALL

For more on the IHBC’s forst foray into ‘Virtual’ School programmes, in 2020, see the NewsBlog

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