The Marsh IHBC Award for Community Contribution

This Award recognises the outstanding contribution that retired IHBC members have made, and continue to make, towards positive community interaction with their local heritage environment. This Award was presented for the first time in 2016 and was created to promote the continuing exchange of skills and knowledge for the benefit and continued preservation of heritage.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in the UK.

Pictured: The Dean Road Chapel, a community heritage project worked on by the 2016 Award Winner, Chris Hall

The 2016 winner is Chris Hall

Chris has, and continues to make considerable contributions to countless heritage projects in the Scarborough area. He is Director of two not-for-profit building restoration projects, The Old Parcels Office at Scarborough Railway Station and Dean Road Chapel. Chris is also a Voluntary Ranger and Heritage Volunteer for the North York Moors National Park Authority. He has been a Field Officer for the Scarborough Archaeological Society for over eleven years and is also a committee member of the Friends of Ayton Castle. Chris consistently goes the extra mile, helping out at Heritage Open Days, giving talks to local groups, reviewing the factual accuracy of heritage publications and getting involved in practical work. The impact of Chris’ contribution is clear – the Old Parcels Office is no longer an at-risk building and in October 2015, Scarborough was placed third in a national Heritage Index by the RSA.

Pictured: Chris Hall (top), The Old Parcels Office which was one of the community projects that Chris worked on (bottom)


3 Stafford Rd
Tunbridge Wells



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