The IHBC’s Aberdeen 2022 Day School, on 17 June, offers options for both in-person attendance and ‘virtual’, online participation.
08:30 - 09:00 Registration for in person Day School delegates & Refreshments
IHBC Chair David McDonald will chair the programme, with delegates participating ‘virtually’ being welcomed at 9:00.
At 09:15 - 09:20 delegates and speakers in the venue will be welcomed.
To help delegates prepare for the talks, links and other learning and CPD resources will be posted here as they are compiled.
Regular ‘Question and Answer’ sessions take place across the day. To be sure to get your question to the top of the list, please submit yours as soon as possible HERE.
NB: Virtual Day School fees (or equivalent) will be reimbursed to the delegate with the most useful question submitted in advance, as selected by the Chair.
Miles is President of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), and is also Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, the national body responsible for the built heritage in Scotland. He has worked with international partners on industrial heritage, notably in Norway and Japan, and led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge in 2015. He also advises ICOMOS on industrial World Heritage related issues.
He has edited, authored and co-authored a number of books and papers relating to industrial heritage, and energy in particular.
Even before the arrival of North Sea oil and gas, Aberdeen was an important industrial city, with a thriving hinterland extending across north-east Scotland well beyond Aberdeenshire. However, change was already under way by the time the first oil and gas came ashore in the mid-1970s, with major consequences for the historic environment. This presentation focuses particularly on the industrial heritage of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, reflecting on what has been a period of major transformation.’
The Heritage of Oil and Gas of Scotland
Capturing the Energy | The University of Aberdeen
The Heritage of Oil and Gas in Norway
Heritage – Documentation projects from the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
The history and heritage of Aberdeen
Doric Columns | The History & Heritage of the City of Aberdeen
Aberdeen’s Industrial History
Category:Town - Aberdeen - Graces Guide
Historic Environment Scotland website
Ditte is a circular economy and design expert currently writing her second book Danish Design Heritage and Global Sustainability. She is author of A Changemakers guide to the future she is the founder of The Circular Way, Director of partnerships at Lendager and Chairwoman of The Danish Design Council as well as a member of the Executive board of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation and global SDG innovation hub UNLEASH.
Circularity is a tool to build within our planetary boundaries through transformation, reuse and recycling. I will talk of our experience and my philosophy on transforming the built environment by moving from despair, towards repair and to ultimately reimagine our existing building structures. I will also look at how, if we can’t transform them, we can make sure that materials are harvested and recycled.
Laura is the Chief Executive of the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, a small but globally significant group of uninhabited UK islands in the South Atlantic ocean. Formerly a member of the Senior Management Team for National Trust Wales, she is responsible for ensuring that the unique human heritage of these islands is managed and preserved sympathetically and appropriately, without inflicting any further damage on the islands’ fragile ecosystems.
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a remote UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, approximately 800nm South East of the Falkland Islands. The territory is home to a unique industrial heritage in the form of abandoned shore-based whaling stations and sealing sites, dating back to the 18th-20th centuries. Managing and preserving these unique sites, in one of the world’s most geographically remote and meteorologically inhospitable locations, is an ongoing challenge for the Government. This talk aims to summarise some of the challenges, as well as some of the solutions, to heritage management at the very edge of the world.
5 minute outreach video – summarising the work of the territory and the government
South Georgia Heritage Framework & Strategy 2017
Live picture from the South Georgia webcam
South Georgia government website
South Georgia Association website
South Georgia Heritage Trust
11:00 - 11:40 BREAK
Egle joined the Department in September 2015 from Sciences Po, the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Following a PhD, Egle taught and did research at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Linköping in Sweden as well as Sciences Po, France. In addition to this, Egle was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the University of Cambridge, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Bremen University, the Humboldt University of Berlin and Gothenburg University.
Egle maintains links with the Nordic academic community as an Honorary Research Fellow at Gothenburg Research Institute, Gothenburg University, and an Associate Professor in Culture Studies (docent) at the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Linköping University, Sweden.
The presentation of nuclear power as valuable cultural heritage.
Nuclear superpowers : art, culture and heritage in the nuclear age. Baltic Worlds, XIV(1-2), pp. 102-106. ISSN (print) 2000-2955
Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė (2021) Nuclear power as cultural heritage in Russia. Slavic Review, 80(4), pp. 839-862. ISSN (print) 0037-6779
Rindzeviciute, Egle (2020) Strange fossils. Blok, ISSN (online) 2719-4973
Rindzeviciute, Egle (2020) Chernobyl as technoscience. Technology and Culture, 61(4), pp. 1178-1187. ISSN (print) 0040-165X
Dara Parsons has recently taken up the role of Head of Designations at Historic Environment Scotland and is responsible for listing, scheduling and the Inventories of Gardens and Designed Landscapes and Battlefields. Before that, he spent 15 years at HES and its predecessor Historic Scotland providing heritage advice within the planning system, principally in the West and North of Scotland.
I will talk about recent casework, new and emerging practice and some of the challenges and opportunities involved in increasing public participation in decision-making.
Historic Environment Scotland website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/
Current public engagement on a proposal we have received to list Cumbernauld Town Centre. Share your views on Cumbernauld Town Centre | Historic Environment Scotland
Late 2021 Appeal decisions on Aberdeen multi-storey blocks. Listing of Aberdeen multi-storey flats | Historic Environment Scotland
Björn is curator and head of research and documentation at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Norway. Lindberg completed his Ph.D in geology in 2004 at the University of Tromsø, Norway and subsequently joined the Equinor (then Statoil). For 15 years, he worked primarily with exploration for oil and gas, including several leadership positions. He joined the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in 2019 where he now heads a department consisting of researchers, photographers, librarian and collection caretakers.
The history of oil and gas on the Norwegian shelf started in the 1960’s and has generated great value for the nation, but it has not been without problems. As the first generation offshore platforms were going to be removed in the late 1990’s, discussions came about on what will be the physical legacy of the industry in the future. Given the offshore location and high maintenance requirement, it was not realistic to preserve platforms, and so the question was asked: how do we document that which cannot be preserved?
Now, some 20 years later, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum has extensive experience in documenting offshore fields, their installations, the people, the work and the influence on society. This has shaped thinking on what physical remnants from the industry could not only be left in situ, but also those that might be given an elevated industrial heritage status.
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
John is a Director of Edwards Hart Consultants where he leads on building conservation and sustainability. Until 2014, John was Assistant Director of Cadw.
He has developed a specialism in energy efficiency and building pathology and been involved in the development of standards and guidance which includes leading in the development of BS7913 and co-authoring BSI standards for retrofit being a member of the steering groups producing PAS2030, PAS2035 and PAS2038. John also authored the IHBC Toolbox guidance on retrofit. He is a part-time educationalist, which includes his professor role at the University of Wales Trinity St David, while he developed with CITB’s National Construction College the only short course in retrofitting older buildings that achieves a qualification. He has been delivering this at the Environment Study Centre for nearly seven years.
John will focus on how we can improve the energy performance of older and historic buildings in a sustainable way. John will reference the IHBC Toolbox Retrofit Guidance based on BS7913, and look at BSI standards on retrofit PAS 2035 and PAS2038 and consider the challenges in making these work for older and historic buildings.
IHBC ToolBox Guidance Notes: Retrofitting of Traditional Buildings PAS 2038:
Risk from IHBC’s Conservation Wiki:
BSI PAS2035 for Traditional Buildings
Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Older Buildings
Sandy Beattie is Masterplan Manager for Aberdeen city centre. Following completion of his diploma in architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen, he attained membership of both RTPI and IHBC.
Of nearly 30 years in local government, 25 years have been in conservation, masterplanning and design in the city’s planning service. Sandy served for 10 years on the board of Architecture and Design Scotland; Scotland's design champion.
A series of ambitious public realm and development projects form part of a strategic 25 year City Centre Masterplan vision to transform Aberdeen, with many projects located in Aberdeen's City Centre Conservation Area. Delivery of Union Street improvements, market building redevelopment, a reimagining of Belmont Street, Schoolhill, Upperkirkgate and Queen Street plus enhancement of linkages to Aberdeen Station are important elements of the vision.
City Centre Masterplan:
City Centre Masterplan News Items
Sandy Halliday is a chartered engineer and internationally respected author, thought leader and communicator with extensive experience of trans-disciplinary working in the field of sustainable buildings and places. She has been a researcher and educator in built environment issues and a sustainability adviser to the private, public and third sector since 1986. Her ability to bridge gaps between sustainable architecture and engineering is double honoured but the RIAS, 2018 and the RIBA, 2020.
Her working scope covers research, dissemination, teaching and real time guidance in achieving sustainable buildings.
Sandy is going to shift focus to the heritage of ideas and useful cultural concepts. She will discuss some important ideas that have emerged in her lifetime and their impacts on her approach to design … and consider how adopting these as core principles might aid our resilience and our route to recovery .
Sandy will refer to a number of concepts and more information can be found on these at http://www.gaiagroup.org/work-in-progress/ and www.gaiagroup.org
There is extensive best practice information in Sustainable Construction at https://www.routledge.com/Sustainable-Construction-2nd-Edition/Halliday/p/book/9781138200289
See a 3-minute tour at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJtLb4nDUU
15:30 - 16:10 BREAK
Nick is a Chartered Town Planner and Architect who is well known in North East Scotland area being passionate about community, the environment and quality of life. He has received over a dozen national or regional awards for work in various fields, has made many successful applications for external funding, and has negotiated significant private sector leverage and volunteer time for NE communities. As well as being a founding member of IHBC and the Scottish Ecological Design Association, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities in Scotland, an active member of the Scottish Vernacular Building Working Group, and is one of only a handful of architects in Scotland to be accredited in both Conservation and Sustainable Design.
Christine has led the regeneration and town centres team at Aberdeenshire Council since 2015. inspiring businesses, communities and individuals to improve their places. The place plans for north Aberdeenshire are economic, physical and social interactive interfaces which have delivered everything from a Grade A listed Victorian Glasshouse and bothy into a 3rd sector operated wellbeing hub, to a cinema, digital sector and seaweed projects. Building driven and dynamic partnerships is a speciality to achieve hard outcomes in localities where change is needed. Prior to working with Aberdeenshire Council, Christine delivered projects for Scottish Enterprise, in both Dumfries and Galloway and Fife, ranging from a national shipbuilding strategy, to renewable energy, food and drink and community regeneration in Wigtown and Kirkcudbright.
This ‘interview’-style discussion will centre around the benefits of taking a more strategic and heritage-led approach to economic improvements in one of Aberdeenshire’s more challenging conservation areas. Fraserburgh is an area of significant depravation, and has suffered economically not least due to its geographic location.
The talk will cover the challenges faced and the more innovative approaches to delivering improvements in an area where there are widespread and varied economic and social issues.
Fraserburgh 2021 - Heritage Regeneration | Facebook
Fraserburgh 2021 Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme | Fraserburgh 2021
Ian was appointed Director of Policy and Evidence at Historic England to help shape the future direction and strategies of the organisation and lead the delivery of its specialist services, strategy and central listing and research functions. Ian’s primary role is to champion and strengthen protection for England’s historic environment and to maximise its value to the public.
Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) and prior to joining the AHF, Ian was Head of Historic Environment at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). His early career was spent with Historic England (formerly English Heritage).
Ian will reflect back on the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and give some insight on the need for and design of the Culture Recovery Fund and its operation in England. He will also share some observations of what the pandemic has shown us and how we might use this information to improve the appreciation of the historic environment and how it is managed going forward.
17:30 CLOSE of the Day School & Thanks: David McDonald
We are especially grateful to Aberdeen City Council for their support for the venue.
*All programme arrangements subject to change
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