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Institute of Historic Building Conservation

- evolved out of The Association of Conservation Officers. Objectives are to "promote for the benefit of the public the conservation of and education and training in the conservation and preservation of buildings, structures, areas, gardens and landscapes which are of architectural and historical value in the United Kingdom insofar as it lies within the duties and responsibilities of any person whose principal professional skills are to provide specialist advice in such conservation and preservation". Membership is open to anyone completing a course recognised by the Institute and having two years practical experience. Members are expected to maintain a continuing involvement in appropriate conservation work. There are three categories of membership, Member, Affiliate and Associate. The Institute publishes its journal "Context" - undoubtably the best source of topical conservation issues - on a quarterly basis.
The Institute had its official launch on October 9th 1997.