2014 IHBC Annual School

The Art of Conservation

Edinburgh, Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th June

Friday 6th June - Day School

The John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh



Day School Programme:



Registration and refreshments: Networking & business displays & stands

Refreshment Sponsor: Purcell



IHBC Welcomes

Emilia McDonald, IHBC Vice Chair, Chair for the morning session, and Mike Brown, IHBC Chair



Session 1: Art of Conservation - Philosophies & policies


10.05-10.40 Art in conservation theory and practice

Prof Jukka Jokilehto, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM & author of ‘A History of Architectural Conservation’


Philosophy and conservation theory: International perspectives

Art of conservation: connections across culture & science


LINKS: A History of Conservation, Conserving the Authentic


Scoping & sampling IHBC Research Notes for the Annual Schools

Dr Deborah Mays, 2014 School 'Context' co-ordinator Heritage Consultant


• Discretion, process & standards in UK conservation planning practice

• Scoping research by the IHBC


Deborah will introduce an interim scoping draft paper from the IHBC, presented to School delegates as a ‘work in progress’ for development as an ‘IHBC Research Note’ following the IHBC’s 2014 Annual School.  The paper currently offers an overview of 2 recent conservation practice statements in the UK – English Heritage’s Conservation Principles (2008) and the new British Standard BS 7913, Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings (2013) – in terms of how each addresses discretionary judgement in the provision of conservation advice: a central consideration in the ‘art of conservation’.




Session 2: Art in Conservation in practice



Art and conservation in architectural design

Neil Gillespie, Director, Reiach and Hall Architects


• Design in architecture & conservation

• Conservation: opportunities for creativity


Neil offers an architect’s response to conservation issues in the context of design, practice and regeneration, looking in particular at the creative opportunities available to the architect when responding to, and seeking sympathy with, existing fabric and places.


LINKS: Reiach and Hall, 'The Black House'



11.15- 11.40

Steps towards the revitalisation of ‘Scotland’s best modern building’ and its setting: St Peter’s Seminary & Kilmahew

Angus Farquhar, Creative Director, NVA


• Conservation, charity and the arts

• St Peter’s Seminary Cardross and Kilmahew woodlands


Angus will review NVA’s ambitious plans for this contested site on the banks of the Firth of Clyde have been garnering international support since they were presented as a compelling narrative for change at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition in 2010.


The consolidated historic buildings, improved path network and new learning pavilion with a groundbreaking programme of public art, events, and performance will provide original ways to actively participate in the future of Kilmahew. The works will partially restore the stunning chapel within a wider consolidation of the derelict seminary buildings and reinvigorate the surrounding 45 hectare woodland and productive gardens, gradually bringing the site back to life through a wide range of productive activities. This support represents a defining moment for the imaginative re-use of a public rural space and retention of a defiantly modernist building, many of which have been destroyed during the last 30 years.






11.40-12.00: Questions and answers




Keynote address

12.00-12.30 (including Q&A)

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, introduced by IHBC Scotland Branch Chair, Stuart Eydmann







Refreshments, and a chance to network and view the stands


Refreshment Sponsor: Purcell



Session 3: Conservation around the edges

Chair: Ruth Smith


14.00 – 14.20

Dundee and the art of conservation at a Masterplanning level

Mike Galloway, OBE, FRSA, Director of City Development, Dundee City Council


• Masterplanning Dundee’s Waterfront: new places & old resources

• V&A to the Frigate Unicorn


Mike explores the School’s theme through a major case study, the Dundee Waterfront Masterplan, and how it is reconnecting Dundee's historic urban form with the River Tay.  Discussions also will encompass critical urban and planning features in the city, such as the Unicorn and the V&A, and how they operate as elements in the wider master planning strategy.


LINKS: Dundee Waterfront; V&A at Dundee; Frigate unicorn



14.20 – 14.40

Home Is Where The Art Is: Conserving Artists' Studios

David McDonald, Consultant


• The artist’s studio: role; status; history; development; typology and significance

• Protection & conservation in the 21st Century


Exploring the overlap between settings for creative activities and creativity in conservation, David will examine the role and status of the artist in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and examine how these shaped the history and development of the artist's studio, both as regards their typology and significance, as well as their protection and conservation in the twenty-first century.




Hill House harl: Getting under the surface of Mackintosh

William Napier, Lead Surveyor, National Trust for Scotland,


• Conservation priorities in fabric repair

• Case study at Mackintosh masterwork: Hill House



William will look at challenges in the fabric conservation at a modern Scottish icon, The Hill House in Helensburgh, Since its completion in 1904, designed by Charles Rennie-Mackintosh for Glasgow publisher William Blackie, the Hill House has suffered from the effects of moisture penetration though its external plasterwork – a then relatively untried cement based harling applied at the behest of Blackie to give him a house devoid of ‘adventitious ornamentation’ with ‘grey rough cast’ to complement the grey Ballachulish slate roof finish.  William will explore the preservation of the Mackintosh external design and internal finishes, and the extent to which allowing replacement of failing harling is acceptable, and if it should take precedence over the preservation of the original external plaster finishes that may contribute to the poor environmental conditions.





Break for afternoon tea, networking and business displays & stands


Refreshment Sponsor Purcell




Session 4: Spotlights on conservation:

Food for thought, in the art of practice


15.40 – 15.55

‘Touching the intangible’: Why intangible cultural heritage is important in the conservation of the historic environment’

Máiréad Nic Craith, Professor of European Culture and Heritage, Heriot Watt University




Conservation and the art of judgement - some legal niceties

John Campbell QC & Chair SHBT




Creative financing at Greenlaw

Andy Millar, Built and Natural Heritage Manager, Scottish Borders Council



16.30 Questions and discussion



17.00 A personal response to the IHBC’s Day School

Jukka Jokilehto


17.10  Introduction to Norwich Annual School 2015


17.15  Closing remarks & close: Session Chair


















18.30: Progress to the Annual Dinner:


18.30: Optional guided walking tours from the School venue to Summerhall

Branch & Tour Leads – Devon DeCelles, Luke Wormald & Mark Watson



19.15 Tour of Summerhall, Summerhall Place, EH9 1QH



19.30 (for 20.00)

Annual Dinner: Summerhall, Dissection Room



Conservation Grace: Charles Strang


After dinner programme:

Gus Astley Student Award Presentations 2013:

Judge: Jeremy Musson, Architectural historian & writer

Chair: Bob Kindred MBE, Trustees: Gus Astley Memorial Fund



Closing Remarks:

Mike Brown, IHBC Chair and Trefor Thorpe, IHBC President



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IHBC Annual General Meeting 2014: Chair Trefor Thorpe – IHBC President

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