SAHGB-IHBC Heritage Research Award 2024 opens: Celebrating ‘research… in heritage and conservation practice’, enter work from 2022 by 1/09 2024

The IHBC is delighted to announce the opening of the 2024 joint Heritage Research Award with the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) to celebrate ‘the quality of architectural-historical research.. in heritage and conservation practice’, with submissions welcomed to 1 September 2024 for research carried out from 2022 on.

… celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research…

The SAHGB & IHBC write:

The Heritage Research Award… Celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research produced by colleagues in heritage and conservation practice. Nominations may be made for work falling within 2 broad categories. Please ensure your submission meets the criteria, eligibility, and deadlines. Full submissions should be received by 1 September 2024. For any questions relating to this form, please contact

This award – a joint venture between the SAHGB and IHBC – recognises and celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research produced by colleagues in heritage and conservation practice, as private consultants or on behalf of Non-Governmental Organisations, public bodies or comparable clients. Research undertaken for statements of significance, conservation management plans, listing, other forms of statutory protection, and to directly inform decision making in the planning and wider heritage sphere makes a significant, but all too often under-recognised contribution to the discipline and indeed to the quality of the historic environment. Moreover, methodological reflection on this work, and on heritage and preservationism more widely, adds much to the practice of architectural history. Our Heritage Research Award will provide an opportunity to understand better the diversity of this work, celebrate the very best of the research that goes into it, and make it better known to other professionals and the public.

The Award celebrates research and critical reflection.  It excludes specifically consideration, assessment or endorsement of any plans, projects, sites, advocacy or arbitration etc. linked in ANY way to the research, or the success, merits, demerits or otherwise of resulting advice, decisions or interventions.  This separation between research and conservation outcomes mirrors the separation that the IHBC recognises between the advice given by an IHBC member to a client or employer and the potential decisions and outcomes that ultimately may be associated with that advice.

Winning work will receive a medallion, to be presented at the SAHGB’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Winners will also be offered a free place at the corresponding IHBC Annual School. Additionally, we may contact winning researchers to request a feature for publishing on the Society’s website or members’ magazine.

Judging Panel

  • John Cattell FSA IHBC (Retired, former Head of Research, Historic England  (Chair)
  • Kathryn A Morrison FSA (Independent scholar and former joint head of Historic Places Investigation with Historic England and Former SAHGB Chair)
  • Henry Russell OBE (Programme Leader, MSC Conservation of the Historic Environment, University of Reading)
  • Matthew Saunders MBE (IHBC representative), Former Secretary of the Ancient Monuments Society; Former Director of the Friends of Friendless Churches
  • Sally Stradling (Heritage Consultant, Trustee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings)

Eligibility and Research Categories

Independent researchers, practices, heritage consultancies, amenity societies, relevant departments of religious bodies, and non-departmental public bodies are all invited to submit or nominate work that demonstrates significant and original work and that develops our understanding of the built environment.

We are looking for two broad categories of research:

CATEGORY 1: Research carried out for specific projects in support of the planning process, e.g.:

  • Heritage statements
  • Statements of significance
  • Listing proposals
  • Heritage/conservation management plans

CATEGORY 2: Thematic and/or reflective work, e.g.:

  • Thematic/typological/topographical studies
  • Critical/reflective/propositional essays on conservation/heritage theory and practice…

… NB: Our Award celebrates research and critical reflection; we are not assessing or endorsing particular projects or sites, or arbitrating on success or demerits of resulting planning decisions or architectural interventions.

The Award is open to UK-based researchers and practitioners and/or work on UK sites/subjects. We are seeking original research: work should not have been produced as coursework for degrees or professional accreditation, been published as a book, or substantially published elsewhere. It should be research undertaken and/or written up within the last 2 years (i.e from 1 January 2022)…

… The winner will be publicly announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony in December.

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