Conservation in Common: On Demand

Conservation in Common 2022 was a cross-disciplinary series of events for professionals working in the built heritage sector. The programme included four online lunchtime talks which can now be purchased as a bundle on-demand package.

Check out the programme below and purchase at the bottom of the page – links to the video recordings will be sent to you automatically.

Talk hosted by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Northern Ireland Branch

The talk provides an overview on the subject of Informed Conservation, a holistic, values-based approach to conservation, based on understanding the asset and its setting, and reflected in the recent draft NI Conservation Principles. It attempts to explain the concept of Significance, which provides the essential foundation for all projects involving change to the historic environment, regardless of their scale or complexity, firmly rooted in international heritage protection policy.  The subject will be relevant to all professionals who will have a role in managing or implementing change within historically sensitive places, including planners, architects, archaeologists and surveyors, and students.

Talk content

  • Values-based conservation – what is significance and why does it matter?
  • International context
  • NI legislative and policy context
  • Competencies
  • Application in practice – some examples, includeing:
    • understanding the asset: conservation-based research
    • new design in historic environments
    • re-use of vernacular buildings
    • conservation management planning

The event meets the IHBC competencies of Conservation Philosophy and Recording, Research and Evaluation

About the speaker

Delia Graham is a specialist historic environment consultant based in Northern Ireland, with a broad range of experience in assessing significance and collaborative working, having spent several years as a consultant working for architectural conservation practice Alastair Coey Architects, and subsequently having founded her own practice, Arris Heritage Consulting.  Delia’s expertise reflects a career that has covered statutory listing and its equivalent in different regions of the UK and Ireland, the preparation of heritage statements, conservation management plans, and heritage action plans, for a range of sensitive sites and places.  Delia is secretary for the NI Branch of IHBC, and serves as a professional membership assessor for the organisation.   Delia has the knowledge, skill and expertise to ensure that change in the historic environment is sensitive and well-considered, providing the foundations for a well-cared for and vibrant historic environment for all. 

Talk hosted by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Archaeology is a necessary and positive element of many construction projects, and the successful management of archaeology as part of construction is integral to sustainable development. Based around the newly revised Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) Archaeology and construction: good practice guidance, this talk focuses on the social, environmental and economic gains to be achieved when archaeology is integrated within construction projects. Using case studies to illustrate the benefits successful management of archaeology in construction can bring, the session will be of interest to a wide range of built environment professionals who engage with archaeology as part of their work. The workshop covers:

  • the policy and good practice drivers for archaeology in construction
  • the benefits of early engagement and an integrated approach and the risks of not doing so
  • how archaeology can contribute to wider scheme objectives and targets
  • practical examples of what good looks like

About the speakers

Kate Geary is Head of Professional Development and Practice at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), where she is responsible for CIfA’s professional standards and professional development strategies. Prior to joining CIfA in 2005, she worked in a range of heritage management roles including planning and agri-environment advice, HER management and public engagement. Ciara Brett has worked in the Strategic, Planning and Economic Development Directorate of Cork City Council as City Archaeologist since 2005. She has worked on a broad range of projects, as a licensed archaeologist, including excavations in the medieval city of Cork. Her particular interest is in urban archaeology and the role of planning and archaeology. Edited publications include Cork City’s Burial Places and Archaeological Excavations at the South Main Street, Cork 2003-2005. She served on the Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) as Membership Secretary from 2012-2015. She is currently Vice-President of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.

Talk hosted by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects

This session explores the social, economic, environmental and cultural value of 20th century buildings and discusses some of the typical technical challenges of conserving these relatively modern buildings. The expert speakers use cases studies and draw on research to help shed light on many of the issues that will increasingly be faced by clients, developers and conservation professionals over the next decade. An in-depth look at the ongoing restoration and development of The King’s Hall in Belfast forms the primary case study for this session.

About the speakers

Peter Robinson has worked with Alastair Coey Architects since 2010 and is project architect for a number of the firm’s projects, including the restoration of two five-span B1 listed bridges at Shane’s Castle, a £2M phased restoration of Sir John Soane’s Grade A listed Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the historic demesne at Boom Hall, Londonderry and St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. Peter has completed the RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) Conservation Diploma and was admitted to the RIBA Conservation Register at Specialist Conservation Architect level in 2015. He is also a full member of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation and sits on the RSUA Conservation Committee, and until 2019 was an assessor on the RIBA Register of Conservation Architects. Graeme Moore is and RIBA Accredited Specialist Conservation Architect and has worked with Consarc Design Group in Belfast since 1998. His experience includes working on the repair of, and interventions to, a variety of Listed Buildings and Historic Structures ranging from the Scheduled Monuments, Georgian Houses to Historic Ships and Listed Buildings of the Modernist Era. He sits on the Heritage Building Council and the CITB National Heritage Skills Committee as well as teaching on the RSUA Conservation Course.

Talk hosted by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The climate crisis is the single biggest challenge facing humanity, and the construction industry must play a huge role in tackling this. However, as the saying goes, the greenest building is the one that already exists, so carefully examining how existing building stock can be re-used in a sustainable way is crucial. SPAB strongly believes that sensitive improvement and repair of historic buildings is a sustainable approach, which can reduce the impact of the built environment on the climate. This approach to building conservation offers a ‘simple message of sustainability’ since, in William Morris’s words, ‘we are only trustees for those that come after us’. This talk examined why we should value our historic buildings for both their beauty and their sustainability, the role that building maintenance has to play in protecting our built heritage, and some ways that greater energy efficiency in old buildings can be achieved.

About the speaker

Tríona Byrne is a co-founder of the Irish branch of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and served as Chair for 5 years from its foundation in 2017 until 2021. She is a Structural Engineer working on conservation projects on buildings of all ages, style and size in the greater Dublin region. She completed the SPAB Scholarship in 2017 and is a SPAB Trustee. She is on the Conservation Group committee of Engineers Ireland and has been involved with the ICOMOS Ireland National Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change. She is a member of the Building Limes Forum of Ireland and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Ireland.