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Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation

Call for Abstracts Extended to 14 June 2019

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

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 We are looking for new and original, unpublished work, relevant to the Congress theme and to conservation.

Preference will be given to abstracts that record new research and the application of innovative conservation techniques; case studies will be considered but only where they record significant new information about the application of conservation practice. Papers and posters pointing the way to future challenges and research needs will be welcomed.

The closing date for proposals to be submitted has been extended to 14 June 2019. Further details about the submission process can be found here.


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.