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.


LINKS: Water of Leith, Dean Village



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


LINKS: Old Town Edinburgh, EWHT



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.


Nominated criteria:

(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.


LINKS: Forth Bridge World Heritage, North Queensferry Heritage Trust, Forth Bridge Experience





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?



Tour 6

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


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.



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.



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

Civic Welcome





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