2014 IHBC Annual School

The Art of Conservation

Edinburgh, Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th June

Saturday 7th June

Art of conservation: in practice – in Scotland


9.00 - 10.00am Study tours depart from outside the main Reception Centre at Pollock Halls.

All delegates should collect a packed lunch at Pollock Halls except for those visiting Jupiter Artland where lunch will be provided on the tour.

For city centre tours delegates will be given bus tickets. Bags can be left at the University but coach tours (tours 3, 4 & 5) will also call at Waverley Station on return.



(for the ‘Orkney Opportunity’ see separate booking arrangements: CLICK HERE)


Round off your 2013 Annual School by choosing from across the usual range of high quality Annual School tours.


This year you can also add an entire new dimension to your School experience and avail of a unique ‘Orkney Opportunity’ (separately organised and offered by Orkney Islands Council Development & Marine Planning Team). To find out more CLICK HERE

NB: Please note timings of tours especially if interested in the ‘Orkney Opportunity’. Do not book sessions that require you to be in two places at once or do not match your travel arrangements.


All options are strictly subject to availability, and are filled on a ‘first come’ basis. BOOK EARLY TO SAVE MONEY AND AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.


Study Tours depart Pollock Halls. Bags can be left for later collection. Some tours will call at Waverley station on return, when luggage may be taken.

9.30 - 11.30: Tour 1

Edinburgh – Old Town Burgh of Canongate     FULLY BOOKED

A specialist architectural history and conservation walking tour of parts of the Old Town:


Dovecote studios in Infirmary Street Baths


Canongate in 1831

Fig. 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

LINKS: Edinburgh Old Town, EWHT


Arrangements: Departs 9.30 am from Pollock Halls by public bus, #2, 14 or 30 from the Salisbury Arms, (over Dalkeith Road at the pelican crossing) to Nicolson Square. At 11.30am at Caltongate those with a train to catch may walk to Waverley station but the tour will continue for those who can stay longer.



9.30 - 11.30: Tour 2

Edinburgh: New Town - Design in Designation    FULLY BOOKED


Edinburgh model on the Mound, between the RSA and the National Gallery of Scotland

c. Deborah Mays


A specialist walking tour of Edinburgh’s New Town looking at the interaction between history, conservation and designation

Tour Lead: Dr Deborah Mays

Branch Lead: Nick Haynes

LINKS: Edinburgh New Town, EWHT


Arrangements: Depart Pollock Halls at 9.30am or before by bus (#30), or walk, starting when suits, to meet at 9.45am by the model of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, between the National Gallery and the RSA (see picture). The tour will end at 11.30am at St Andrew Square, which is easily accessible both to train and to bus stations, and to starting points for airport buses.



9.30 – 17.00: Tour 3

Sir Walter Scott and Scott-Land

A Scott-ish tour around its Borders

Tour lead: Mark Douglas with Andy Millar

Branch lead: Devon DeCelles

LINKS: Abbotsford, Scottish Borders


Arrangements: Depart Pollock halls by private bus at 9.30 and return there by 17.00, via Waverley station as required. For programme details see above.












9.30 - 15.00: Tour 4

Jupiter Artland

A remarkable combination of estate landscape rejuvenated as outdoor ‘art gallery’, with building conservation also in there for good measure:

Tour lead: Ben Tindall

Branch Lead - Jane Jackson


Arrangements: Depart Pollock halls by private bus at 9.30am and return there 3.00pm, via Waverley station as required.


Robert and Nicky Wilson bought Bonnington House, a Jacobean manor house within a 100-acre estate, in 1999. Within a few years, the formal gardens, fields and woodlands surrounding this historic house began to suggest the perfect milieu for Nicky Wilson's long-held ambition to create a sculpture park.


Works by many of today's leading artists, sculptors and land artists have been commissioned and then constructed in situ.


The garden is a garden of discovery - an earthwork here, a copse of cradled rocks there, the entrance to a fathomless burrow right before your feet. Visitors to Jupiter Artland are given a map indicating the location of the artworks within the grounds. But there's no set route. Clockwise or anticlockwise is your choice. As is a left turn here or a right turn there; or the retracing of steps for a second look. The artworks are land marks, events, confrontations on a journey of discovery; an open-ended journey. If you enjoy Jupiter Artland we hope you will return. If you do, over time, you will come across new installations in the park and hopefully come to appreciate more fully the concept of this continual work-in-progress. Come and discover, contemplate and delight.


Arrangements: Depart Pollock halls by private bus at 9.30 and return there 15.00, via Waverley station as required.






9.30-13.00: Tour 5

Rosslyn Chapel

A guided tour exploring conservation challenges confronted when architecture and sculpture demand conservation in total harmony, and probably the Scottish building best known both in Hollywood AND Holyrood:

Tour Lead: Brian Park, Page & Park architects

Branch Lead - Charles Strang


Arrangements: 9.00am private bus leaves Pollock Halls to arrive Rosslyn Chapel at 9.30am, followed by welcome by Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust and introduction to the Trust’s work there. This is followed by breaking up into 2 groups (Group 1 & 2), each of which will undertake a self-guided walk-around to survey the fabric, setting and character of the place.

10.30am Group 1 talk by Brian Park; Group 2 continue walk-around.

11.00am Plenary talk in Chapel (NB: please ensure that you are all seated in the Chapel at 11.00am sharp as other visitors will be present for this).

11.30am Group 2 talk by Brian Park; Group 1 resume walk-around 12.00am Concluding review and walk-around including Q&A opportunities

12.30am Bus leaves Rosslyn Chapel site to return to Pollock Halls at 1.00pm via Waverley Station as required.


Although surviving for over 500 years, Rosslyn Chapel has not escaped the ravages of time. This, together with the Scottish climate and human intervention, meant that urgent work was required to safeguard the Chapel's future.


For 13 years, a canopy helped to keep rain off the Chapel roof and allowed the building to gradually dry out. The canopy was erected in 1997, and was finally removed in August 2010. This is one part of the major conservation project which included work not only to the roof, but also to the stone, the carvings, the stained glass and organ.





Anytime: Tour 6

Edinburgh University

A self-guided for anyone who’d prefer to find their own way around!


Maps will be made available for delegates.


LINKS: University Heritage Trail, World Heritage City app





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