IHBC London Annual Conference: Challing Conservation - Heritage at the Crossroads

Wednesday 5 October 2011 - 9:00
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

At the beginning of the second decade of the twenty first century the historic environ­ment is facing a number of challenges which may be heading in new and unforeseen directions. The increasing use of English Heritages Conservation Principles, followed by the publication of PPS5 have changed not only the terminology of heritage but also the issues to be considered and means of analysis. If we add the volatile mix of Big Society and Localism, there is a real sense of the historic environment being in a state of flux.

Is this leading to Heritage Creep where seemingly anything that is of some age or cultural interest must be preserved? Or is it closer to the truth that the established values of conservation are being eroded and anything goes as long as some sort of public benefit accrues?

In this the sixth of our IHBC London conferences, speakers -commenignwith a keynote addressfrom Eric Parry -will examine these changing aspects of conservation,including how PPS5 is being used; significance and proportionality; localism in practice; and changing practices in listing including' Local Lists'. Case studies will illustrate current practice. Our speakersare from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and from the private, public and third sectors.

The conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, architects, planners, urban designers, surveyors and archaeologists.

For further details see http://challengingconservation.ihbc.org.uk/.