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Reading School 2024: Delegate options

The IHBC’s 2024 School offers both in-person and ‘virtual’ options for delegates.

All delegate options include access to the open, free and learning-led virtual Reading School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June 2024).

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BEFORE BOOKING PLEASE NOTE:

Terms and Conditions

  1. Be sure to check the arrangements as outlined below, as our ‘in-person’ Reading Full School programme (13-15 June 2024) may have different arrangements to previous Schools. The programme is summarised below.
  2. If you are considering attending the Full School in person, please review your personal travel and accommodation options BEFORE booking your Full School place. Please note that the IHBC School’s refund policy is very strictly observed.
  3. Accommodation is included in the IHBC’s Full School Residential delegate fee. The number of reserved places in our hotel, the Ibis Reading Centre on 25A Friar St, Reading RG1 1DP, is VERY limited so early booking for these is essential. Non-residential delegates are free to choose accommodation to suit their own needs, including at the Ibis.
  4. The Day School (14 June) options include in-person attendance – with numbers strictly limited and allocated on a ‘first booking’ basis - as well as digital access for ‘virtual’ or ‘online’ delegates. We appreciate that virtual participation brings special challenges even as it extends access. Breaks in programme broadcasts and access to recorded sessions after the School are designed to encourage flexible participation by our online delegates.
  5. Digital access to the Day School (14 June) is included for all ‘in person’ delegates, offering more flexible participation options within the programme.
  6. The IHBC-recognised, CPD-certificated and learning-led virtual Reading School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June) is included in all delegate options. This offers dedicated ‘Zoom Rooms’ offering specialist and informal advice and guidance from a wide range of Zoom Room hosts, with details to be circulated closer to the date.
  7. All delegate options offer substantial and cost-effective IHBC-recognised and certified CPD hours.
  8. Please be sure to have appropriate insurance cover in place for all expenses as refunds are strictly limited.
  9. Please also remember that, if joining tours you follow the guidance on clothing etc.
  10. General updates on the School will be advertised on our NewsBlogs service, so please be sure you sign up HERE.
  11. We do hope that in 2024 the pandemic uncertainties of previous years are behind us but the School’s arrangements will still be dictated by circumstances and an approach to risk appropriate to the IHBC as a small charity. All arrangements may necessarily be subject to change or even cancellation in line with feasibility, regulations and guidance.
  12. Cancellation fees:
    • Before 12 May - 60% refund
    • On or after 12 May - No refund
    All cancellations must be made in writing.
  13. IHBC Enterprises gives no assurance that the details provided are accurate and that final changes won't be required to the Annual School programme, including speakers, the order of the speakers, the content of their contributions or the study tours.

    IHBC Enterprises does not recommend or endorse any organisations exhibiting, speaking or supporting the Annual School. The views and opinions of speakers at the Annual School, or expressed in material provided by exhibiting or supporting organisations or in respect of the Annual School do not necessarily reflect those of IHBC Enterprises.

    IHBC Enterprises makes no representation and gives no assurance or warranty, express or implied, regarding activities, status or financial standing of organisations exhibiting, speaking or supporting Annual School. IHBC Enterprises accepts no responsibility for any acts or omissions of such organisations and is not liable for any direct or indirect losses, costs, expenses or claims arising out of or in connection with any acts or omissions of organisations exhibiting, speaking or supporting the Annual School.
Delegate Fees

NB: IHBC member fees apply to ALL IHBC member categories
Less VATVATTotal
Full residential IHBC members44088528
Full residential non members 49098588
Non residential with Annual Dinner IHBC member30060360
Non residential with Annual Dinner non member 35070420
Day school IHBC members15030180
Day school non members18036216
Online School IHBC members30636
Online School non members35742

Full School, In-person & Virtual School Delegate options

Full School

The Full School programme follows the traditional 3-day IHBC School programme:

  • Thursday: Local afternoon tour options and networking evening drinks-only reception at Reading’s celebrated Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), from 6.30PM with reception formalities to end by 8PM and last departures by 8.30PM.

    We are extremely grateful to sponsors VELUX for its support.

    NB: While access to MERL’s galleries at the evening reception is restricted to the public area, café and, weather permitting, the garden, dedicated tour options of the venue are available on the Thursday (including its library and archives) AND the Saturday (excluding its library and archives).

  • Friday: This includes the ‘Day School’ programme, with refreshments and lunch, followed in the evening by the Annual Dinner, at Reading University’s Wantage Hall.

  • Saturday: Local and bus tour options, with day and part-day timings, with lunch included for those staying for tours running into the afternoon.

Full School: Residential
Attending the Residential Full School ‘in-person’: 12 June (virtual MarketPlace:LIVE) & 13-15 June 2024: Fees from £440 +VAT (non-members £490 +VAT)

(NB: Includes accommodation and all linked events and networking programme etc.)
  • For delegates joining the 3-day Residential Full School, from Thursday 13 June to Saturday 15 June, this INCLUDES THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT RESERVED ACCOMMODATION IN THE IBIS READING CENTRE HOTEL as well as the virtual School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June).

    This package includes ‘in-person’ attendance at the Friday ‘Day School’ (including the option for virtual access) and associated networking drinks reception (Thursday) and Annual Dinner (Friday) as well as CPD-led tours.



  • The IHBC-recognised, CPD-certificated learning-led virtual School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June) is included in all delegate options.
Full School: non-Residental
Attending the Non-residential Full School Full School from 12 (virtual MarketPlace:LIVE) & 13-15 June 2024: Fees from £300 +VAT (non-members £350 +VAT)

(NB: Excludes accommodation but includes all linked events and networking programme etc.)



  • For delegates joining the 3-day Non-residential Full School, from Thursday 13 June to Saturday 15 June, this EXCLUDES ACCOMMODATION but includes the virtual School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June).

    This package includes ‘in-person’ attendance at the Friday ‘Day School’ (including the option for virtual access) and associated networking drinks reception (Thursday) and Annual Dinner (Friday) as well as CPD-led tours and discussions. This ensures that Non-residential delegates can enjoy all the opportunities for direct networking across the School

  • NB: Non-residential Full School delegates are wholly responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodation, travel etc. as well as for meals not identified in the programme information above (including Thursday evening). This is reflected in the 2024 Non-residential Full School fee.



  • The IHBC-recognised, CPD-certificated learning-led virtual School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June) is included in all delegate options.

Day School
Attending the Day School ‘in-person’, 14 June 2024: Fee from £150 +VAT (non-members £180 +VAT)



  • For delegates joining only the Day School ‘in person’, attendance is through the 1-day, Day School-package, which includes lunch and refreshments but excludes any other programme events such as receptions and dinners. NB: Numbers are strictly limited.

  • The IHBC-recognised, CPD-certificated learning-led virtual School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June) is included in all delegate options.

Virtual Day School


Attending the virtual Friday ‘Day School’ as a virtual or online delegate, 14 June: Fee from £30 +VAT (non-members £35 +VAT)



  • This delegate option includes access to all recorded sessions and the opportunity to raise questions in advance, as described on the Day School page and HERE, and win the cost of a Virtual School place


  • The IHBC-recognised, CPD-certificated learning-led virtual School MarketPlace:LIVE (5PM-6.30PM, 12 June) is included in all delegate options



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