New IHBC Context out: Surveys the Severn

The IHBC’s newest issue of Context (No 170) is now available to members and online, with the valley and values of the Severn – ‘Great Britain’s longest and most voluminous river’ – its main subject, alongside the usual variety of special and regular features.

Themed features include:

  • PETER BROWN, The Severn navigation: Although Thomas Telford complained that it was too dry in droughts and too prone to flood in the rainy season, the Severn was a major transport route for millennia.
  • DAVID VINER, The heritage of the lock islands: The lock islands on the River Severn, with their weirs and associated buildings, are some of the most substantial structures to have been constructed on the canal network.
  • AMY REYNOLDS and ALEXANDER TURRELL, Powis Castle: a great survivor: Powis Castle has stood for 800 years as a physical connection between the historic landscape of the Severn valley in mid-Wales and the people who lived there.
  • NIGEL BAKER, Paddling into the urban past: With unpowered river leisure traffic increasing, the age of the aquatic tourist may be about to dawn for our historic river towns on the River Severn and elsewhere.
  • ANTHEA JONES, Forthampton Court and the Severn: The medieval country retreat of the abbots of Tewkesbury, remodelled by Philip Webb in the 19th century, has always had an intimate relationship with the River Severn.
  • BILL KLEMPERER, Repairing the Iron Bridge: English Heritage undertook an extensive programme of strengthening and repair to Ironbridge World Heritage Site’s celebrated landmark between 2017 and 2020.

Special features include:

  • . IAN WRAY AND DAVE CHETWYN, What was UNESCO up to in Liverpool?: In July Liverpool became only the third place to lose its world heritage status. Ian Wray and Dave Chetwyn, both based in the city, reflect on what happened there and why.
  • PAUL KENYON, Restoring Broadbent’s Bath House: Broadbent’s Bath House, built to serve the workers of an engineering firm, has been restored and converted into an art gallery and cafe for the University of Huddersfield.
  • REBECCA BURROWS, A tale of two pubs: The fate of two historic public houses demolished by unscrupulous developers highlights aspects of the protection of heritage assets in England and Australia.

General features include:

  • Briefing
  • Out of Context
  • Periodically
  • The writer’s voice
  • Notes from the chair
  • New members
  • Director’s cut
  • Vox pop
  • Book reviews
  • New member profile
  • Inter alia

Reading Context helps IHBC members develop their skills across all of the IHBC’s Areas of Competence, and so is a critical baseline in addressing priorities in Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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