IIC 2020 Edinburgh Congress

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Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation

The 28th IIC biennial congress will take place in Edinburgh, UK, 2-6 November 2020.

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This conference will bridge the divide between built heritage and in-situ collections including decorative surfaces as well as moveable objects - ceramics, curtains, furniture, glass, paintings, sculpted ornaments, tapestries etc. – housed in the buildings for which they were collected or commissioned.

Whilst primarily looking at the work of conservators and conservation scientists, proposals that demonstrate collaborative working between built and moveable heritage conservation specialists will be of particular interest. We are looking for new and original, unpublished work, relevant to the Congress theme and to conservation.


The location for this congress will be Edinburgh, which is well positioned to offer a specialism and backdrop to the congress theme. The venue of the McEwan Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in central Edinburgh, designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in 1894 with lavish interiors by William Palin and located within a UNESCO World Heritage site which spans the city's Old Town and New Town.