'Current Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation'


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Although the Congress live programme is over, we hope you enjoy the session reviews and Congress blogs here.

Our 2020 Congress ‘Current Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation’ was devised to bridge the divide between built heritage and in-situ collections. Since we first started planning in 2019, months of lockdown, uncertainty, reduced travel and social distancing have meant we have had to bridge not just disciplines, but fissures in the world as we know it. It was inevitable that our Edinburgh Congress would need to go largely online. Our Congresses are renowned for the quality of their papers, but also for the quality of the event itself, providing an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of conservator networks - we will continue these objectives online.

Access to the Congress Site

All recorded video presentations will be made available to view for free on the Taylor and Francis website, accessible here. ** To note we are currently migrating content (January to February 2021) and hope to have this in place shortly.

We were delighted to be able to make access to the Congress online free for IIC members this year – and we have also taken measures to make membership affordable to all and as accessible as possible. Whether you are in Addis Ababa, Lima, London, Singapore or Sydney, we welcome everyone with a passion for cultural heritage and a professional interest to attend, knowing that it has never been easier to do so.

Our events will experiment with the boundaries of the possible, making us ask new questions about community, sustainability, travel and access, which we expect to shape our thoughts long after coronavirus has passed. However, in other respects we will be on familiar ground – presenting the newest ideas in the field, relevant case studies and demonstrating professional excellence to help you learn, share knowledge and experiences, network and develop your own skills.

A Special Thank You
We must recognise the support of our headline partner Historic Environment Scotland and title sponsor,CXD International for helping us make this Congress possible. We are also fortunate to have the support of the Getty Foundation and Tru Vue alongside our wonderful local organising partners.

We look forward to you participating in what promises to be an extraordinary Congress for our profession.

Julian Bickersteth
President IIC