2014 IHBC Annual School
The Art of Conservation
Edinburgh, Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th June
Thursday 5th June
Conservation as artistic challenge: from conserving engineering to engineering conservation
12.30 – 17.30 Registration
Ground floor foyer, Chancellor’s Court, Pollock Halls. Refreshments available in the basement Common Room
Study Tours: 14.00 onwards
Study Tours all depart from Pollock Halls but some tours can be met later at different locations.
Rooms should be available for check in after 1pm on Thursday, so arriving soon after 1pm will ensure luggage can be put in your room before tours start. Please allow plenty of time between arrival and the start of your tour.
In a busy capital city like Edinburgh, most travel is best done by public bus or by foot, or occasionally for longer distances, by taxi. Unavoidably, this may lead to some variations in programme timing, so please be patient. For city centre tours each Branch lead will supply delegates with bus tickets for use to make sure the process is as efficient and as cost effective as possible.
14.00 – 17.00: Tour 1 FULLY BOOKED
Dean Village and the Water of Leith: Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) projects and perspectives
Well Court (c EWH)
A projects-based tour of the picturesque waterway bordering the northern New Town, led by Edinburgh World Heritage
Tour Lead – Fiona MacDonald (EWH)
Branch Lead - Jane Jackson
Arrangements: 2.00 pm Leave Pollock Halls by taxis to meet at 25 Learmonth Terrace at 2.30pm.
Return options include bus or IHBC commissioned taxi from Stockbridge.
15.00 – 17.00: Tour 2 FULLY BOOKED
Edinburgh Old Town projects: World Heritage projects and perspectives
John Knox House (c.EWH)
A projects-based tour of the Old Town led by Edinburgh World Heritage
Tour Lead – Adam Wilkinson (EWH)
Branch Lead - Devon DeCelles
Arrangements: 2.40pm Depart Pollock Halls by public bus, to meet 3.00pm at the Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, EH1 2NE.
Dispersal and return as suits around 5.00pm
15.00 - 17.00: Tour 2 (B)
Upper Old Town, West of the bridges, with RCAHMS & SHBT
Figs by Thomas H Shepherd taken from The Modern Athens or Edinburgh in the 19th Century (1831)
Tour lead: Simon Green, RCAHMS
Branch lead: Sangeetha Kanekal Tilak, Architect, Edinburgh College of Art
Arrangements: 3.00pm Departs Pollock Halls by public bus from Salisbury Arms to meet at 3.20pm at Nicholson Square, Brassfounders’ monument. 5.00pm concludes in the Old Town, and those who wish may return to Pollock Halls by bus #14, 30 or 33 from the Bridges (North or South).
14.00 – 18.00 (approx.): Tour 3 FULLY BOOKED
The Forth Bridge:
Engineering excellence and conservation art:
Tour Lead - Mark Watson
Branch Lead - Victoria Murray
Arrangements: Departing Pollock Halls 2.00pm sharp, and returning around 5.40pm.
© Crown Copyright Historic Scotland (Mark Watson)
A property newly-nominated to UNESCO for possible inscription as a World Heritage Site. Review its Outstanding Universal Value, discuss setting (buffer zone or other ways of measuring impact?), literature, management and visitor access plans.
(i) Masterpiece of human creative genius
(ii) Interchange of human values and
(iv) Representing rail and engineering construction methods at a new zenith.
Wear safety boots (steel toes and mid soles) or stout walking boots. Network Rail will provide vests and hard hats. NB: trainers, high heels, crocs, sandals etc. will result in denial by Network Rail of access to the top of the bridge
14.00 bus leaves Pollock Halls. We cross the Forth Road Bridge, 50 years old, listed category A, and the launching point for Queensferry Crossing, to be completed in 2016
15.00 Induction by Network Rail. Take lift to big platform at top of the Fife Tower. Discuss the recent refurbishment, the partnership management agreement and proposed visitor access with Ian Heigh, Network Rail, and Mark Watson, Historic Scotland.
16.00 Leading light at Town Pier restored by North Queensferry Heritage Trust (James Lawson, chair, will guide us here and introduce North Queensferry Conservation Area
16.40 Leave North Queensferry, cross Forth Road Bridge
17.00 pause for view from Queensferry
18.00 arrival at Pollock Halls.
All images © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland (Mark Watson)
NB: Wear safety boots (steel toes and mid soles) or stout walking boots. Network Rail will provide vests and hard hats. NB Access will be denied to those wearing trainers, high heels, sandals or similar shoes.
14.00 - 17.00: Tour 4
Conservators in action: conservation and craft studios FULLY BOOKED
Material conservation & the fabric of heritage – in action, in the studios:
Tour Lead - Stuart Eydmann
Branch Lead – Leigh Johnston
A walking tour of local studios of heritage craft specialists and conservators.
Arrangements: 2.00pm sharp depart from Pollock Halls by taxi to Graciela Ainsworth workshop at Units 4& 10, Bonnington Mill Business Centre, 72 Newhaven Road, Leith, EH 6 5QG. 4.00pm arrive Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s ‘Bill Scott Sculpture Centre’, 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JL. Note that taxi fares are included.
Return to Pollock Halls 6.00pm or as suits. Those remaining in the city centre prior to the civic reception will be guided to it via the bar of the Café Royal where refreshment can be taken in the historic interior.
14.30 - 17.00: Tour 5 FULLY BOOKED
Leith: Port, THI and urban regeneration
Back from the brink depicted in “Trainspotting”
Tour Lead: Stephen Dickson, City of Edinburgh Council
Branch Lead: Luke Wormald
Arrangements: 2.00pm sharp departs Pollock Halls by public bus (#14) directly to the foot of Leith Walk and the statue of Queen Victoria. Those already in the town centre may meet 2.30pm at the Duke of Wellington’s statue, Princes Street, outside General Register House. Tour concludes c.17.00 for return by bus to Pollock Halls or city centre as suits.
A guided walking tour exploring the art of urban regeneration, beginning at the Duke of Wellington’s statue, Princes Street, opposite the north entrance to Waverley station, then by bus to Queen Victoria’s statue at the foot of Leith Walk, and on foot from there.
Leaves at 2.00pm from Pollock Halls and 2.30pm at the Duke of Wellington’s statue, Princes Street, opposite the north entrance to Waverley station.
Branch Lead – Luke Wormald; Tour Lead: Stephen Dickson, City of Edinburgh Council
A tour of an ancient and once proudly independent sea-faring burgh, its churches, merchants’ houses and public buildings built on maritime trade and industry. A small river mouth became the main Scottish port for wine imports and whisky exports. Forced marriage to Edinburgh, and hard times in the 20thC have led to a renaissance, fragile and frayed at the edges, carefully guided by a now more sympathetic local government and the arrival here of the organs of central government. Partly rescued from significant social problems and widespread dereliction, old Leith is reinvented as a hub for smart restaurants and apartments in converted warehouses. Gentrification or revitalisation?
New design in a historic city.
Design Review at the heart of Scotland’s capital
Tour lead: Steven Robb, Historic Scotland
Branch lead: Charles Strang
Arrangements: 2.10pm sharp leave Pollock Halls by public bus to meet
2.30pm at the North Bridge, Scotsman Steps (above Waverley Station).
Tour ends 5.00pm followed by dispersal to Pollock Halls, pubs, or late night shopping, before civic reception.
The tour will look at recently completed and current developments in the historic centre of Edinburgh, discussing the challenges and opportunities of designing in a historic city. There will also be time to discuss the role of design guidance for new buildings and in particular the role of the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel.
17.00 - 18.00
Optional return to University from study tours
18.15 Optional walking tour to Civic Reception: No booking required
Arrangements: 6.15pm Start from the Scots baronial St Leonards at Pollock Halls.
Those now at Pollock Halls can either take a public bus to the Civic Reception or at 6.15 join a pedestrian-friendly walk with Mark Watson at Pollock Halls to pass by the original St Trinnean’s School building (whose name and pupils helped inspire Ronald Searle’s St Trinian’s) the Scots baronial Salisbury Green; the Historic Scotland HQ and parts of the Blacket, Grange and South Side Conservation Areas into the Old Town via the Meadows, former Royal Infirmary and George IV Bridge.
19.00 Civic Reception at the European Room, Edinburgh City Chambers, The Royal Mile.
Reception Sponsor; City of Edinburgh Council
Drinks reception with hot supper
19.15 Welcome to the School:
Welcome to the City!
IHBC President, Trefor Thorpe
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