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IHBC Annual School - Manchester 2017

Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th June 2017
Day School - Friday 23rd June 2017

Transport Infrastructure
the backbone of civilisation

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The 2017 IHBC Annual School examines the rich legacy of transport infrastructure, exploring both its continuing role as a future driver of change and economic growth as well as its impact upon historic places.

The emergence of transport networks brought massive physical change to the urban and rural landscape and the structures associated with road, river, canal, rail and air transport continue to shape the world around us. New modes of transport and communication were critical to the industrial revolution and ongoing expansion continues to stimulate economic, social and cultural exchange and interaction. Much of this accumulated historic transport legacy survives and remains in operation, often adapted to serve new needs and sometimes reinvented and converted for new purposes.

As the birthplace of the industrial revolution and now heralded as the beating heart of the Northern Powerhouse, Manchester and the North West is a fitting location to experience the legacy of historic transport infrastructure and consider the potential impact that ambitious new projects might have upon the historic environment. The region is home to a wealth of pioneering and iconic transport structures, from the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station in Castlefield, Manchester; Liverpool docks, now a key part of the Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage site; the Bridgewater Canal, the country’s first industrial canal; to twentieth century motorways, bus stations and airports.

The Day School will explore:

The Annual School includes three exciting days of:

Who should go?

Who? Not just the specialists!

Practitioners from across and beyond the UK, working with fabric, materials, sites areas and places that make up our built and historic environment, usually dominate the delegates.

Delegates may be specialists in conservation, but many with a more general understanding of conservation practice look to the IHBC’s School for their regular update and networking opportunity.

Delegate backgrounds include:

  • Planning (from community to strategic)
  • Architecture
  • Urban design
  • Heritage management
  • Landscape
  • Community
  • History
  • Charity
  • Archaeology
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Development
  • Traditional skills
  • Project management
  • Policy makers
  • Specifiers
  • Industry & commercial
  • Innovators

The School particularly welcomes people working in national and local government and related bodies, private practice, education, academia, charities and other voluntary bodies.

Whether starting out on your career or are active in the wider heritage sector, there is no better way than to attend the IHBC's 2017 Annual School to be informed, engaged and above all inspired by the rapidly changing landscape of transport infrastructure on our historic environment.


Employers gain as practitioners improve;

  • Employers, including the self-employed, need informed, dedicated and productive staff: supporting staff maintain skills, gain experience, and revive enthusiasms at the IHBC’s School improves delivery, efficiency and service!
  • Practitioners recognize how historic and modern transport infrastructure has brought massive physical and cultural change and the contribution that it makes to the significance of the historic environment.

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