IHBC applauds presentation of Marsh IHBC Award for Community Contribution to IHBC’s David Blackburn at 2024 Reading School Annual Dinner

The IHBC has welcomed the presentation of the 2024 Marsh IHBC Award for Community Contribution to David Blackburn IHBC, at our 2024 Reading School Annual Dinner.

… David has committed his time to Ilkley Civic Society, demonstrating his wealth of community conservation activity…

The Marsh Trust writes:

This Award celebrates the contribution of a retired IHBC for their contributions to civic and heritage projects and encouraging the preservation of local heritage. This could be achieved through involvement with a building preservation trust, neighbourhood planning or civic and local trusts with heritage interests.

The Award aims to help keep the essential conservation skills and knowledge alive through training, teaching, shared experience and example.

Anyone interested in how people care for our places may nominate an individual for the Award, whether they are, for example, a teacher, fellow practitioner, client, civic representative, property owner or planner. Nominations for the Award can be made via the IHBC website.

Entries for the Award are judged by a panel consisting of representatives of the MCT and IHBC and the Awards are presented at the IHBC Annual School in June each year.

David Blackburn 2024

David retired in 2016, latterly as British Waterways’ Conservation Manager in northern England, IHBC Yorkshire Council representative, and expert adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Since retirement he has given his time and expertise free of charge to civic, community and amenity works, conservation and regeneration. David has committed his time to Ilkley Civic Society, demonstrating his wealth of community conservation activity. He has developed applications for Assets of Community Value to local lists, created heritage walks, provided guidance for residents, commented on local planning, and he developed the annual Awards Scheme for Conservation and Design projects in Ilkley. David has worked with local councils to identify and campaign to get certain buildings listed through evidence based proposals. David has worked with the Bradford Building Preservation Trust to run a new project that aims to conserve and find a reuse for a cemetery chapel. He was also a volunteer national assessor and judge for the Waterway Renaissance Awards that recognise and reward canal and river-based projects. David is a volunteer for the Leeds and Liverpool Canal shortboat ‘Kennet’ where he assists with crewing the vessel and provides education about its history and heritage to the public. Throughout his career and in retirement, David has lived and breathed for the conservation of built heritage.

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