Reminder: IHBC opens #IHBCAberdeen2022 School Booking; Hear Griff Rhys Jones (on film) and more explore ‘heritage on the edge’ with virtual and in-person options

The IHBC has opened booking for the 2022 Aberdeen School on 15 & 16-18 June, supported by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils and sponsored by MFL Affinity, and including a film featuring Griff Rhys Jones ‘in conversation’ with the IHBC at the ‘blended’ Day School on 17 June.


The School offers a variety of delegate options and experiences for IHBC-linked practice support and CPD across as many as 4 days.

These range from the IHBC learning-led School Heritage MarketPlace (15/06: all welcome) to the Day School (blended: 17/06) and the Full School (15/06-18/06: includes tours and events for in-person delegates on 16-18/06) .


The IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School conference looks at ‘Heritage on the Edge’.  It examines how practitioners and stakeholders can and should manage change to the most challenging of heritage.  That heritage may be ‘on the edge’ for any of many reasons, including geography, technology, changing taste, new environmental awareness etc.

The IHBC is especially excited that Griff Rhys Jones – President of the Victorian Society and of Civic Voice among his many other roles – will explore the challenges of conserving Victorian and other heritage that is  ‘on the edge’, in a recorded conversation with the IHBC’s Chair David McDonald.’

Griff Rhys Jones said: ‘I wrote in my introduction to the IHBC’s 2020 Yearbook that ‘I believe more than anything that conservation is about the future’, and that conservation is there ‘to help manage change.’

…I am delighted to explore….and help shape discussions at the IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School…

‘I am delighted to explore these matters further in conversation with the IHBC, and help shape discussions at the IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School in June.’

The Day School and tours are the heart of the Aberdeen 2022 School.  These are detailed on our website, while Full School delegates will access both a drinks reception on the Thursday evening and the Annual Dinner/Civic Reception on the Friday evening.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said; ‘Don’t forget that both virtual and in-person delegates are invited to the IHBC’s learning-led, virtual School Heritage MarketPlace, on the late afternoon and evening of 15 March too.’

…this year the MarketPlace also features a virtual ‘Happy Hour with the IHBC…

‘Alongside specialist virtual stalls, this year the MarketPlace also features a virtual ‘Happy Hour with the IHBC’, offering the chance for some more informal chat and conversation with our trustees, officers, members and networks.’

Day School speaker include:

  • Laura Sinclair Willis, Chief Executive – Government of South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands: Managing places in environmental extreme
  • Ditte Lysgaard Vind, CEO & Founder, The Circular Way: Rethinking built heritage and the circular economy
  • Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and President at International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage: Aberdeen before and after ‘peak oil’ – heritage futures in a global industry
  • Egle Rindzeviciute, Associate Professor, Kingston University): Heritage in the nuclear industry – Identification and understanding
  • Dara Parsons, Head of Designations, Historic Environment Scotland: Engaging with communities: Communicating values in modern places
  • Bjorn Lindberg, Head of documentation and Research at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum:  Curating unfashionable heritage
  • John Edwards, Director Edwards Hart Consultants and Professor in Practice Professor in Practice, UWTSDSustainable conservation in practice – Tools and standards
  • Sandy Beattie, Aberdeen City Council: Masterplanning for Aberdeen’s City Centre
  • Sandy Halliday, Director, Gaia Group Ltd: ‘A Short History of Good Ideas and their Design ImpactsGaiaSEDA and more’

Tours include:

School Events include:

The IHBC writes:

‘The details of our planned hybrid 2022 School programme are now available, as booking opens, and the Branch School Committee and IHBC National Office partnership has an impressive line-up in place.   However prospective delegates should be aware that in-person places are limited while both in-person and virtual delegates must be clear that arrangements are subject to substantial change as future pandemic impacts have not been discounted.’

For booking and more  see the #IHBC Aberdeen2022 website, which also links to the School Heritage MarketPlace.

See delegate options HERE

See more on MFL Affinity

Keep up to date on School changes and developments on the IHBC NewsBlogs.

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