Carved stones and objects inside buildings often present significant conservation challenges. Exposure to poor environmental conditions causes the decay and eventual loss of these monuments.

Historic Environment Scotland is Scotland's largest employer of conservation specialists, from traditional craft skills to specialist stone conservators. 

Our inaugural conference, Monuments in Monuments 2019, brings together conservation practitioners, students and professionals to investigate the challenges facing monument conservation. 

From Monday 2 - Wednesday 4 September 2019, hear from specialists and experts in the field, and explore how traditional skills, emerging technology and conservation science are helping to overcome these challenges. 

See monument conservation in action as you enjoy unrivalled access to some of the most iconic sites in Scotland.

Keynote Speakers

One keynote speaker will join us each day to discuss key themes in stone monument conservation:

  • Dr Christine Blaeuer from Conservation Science Consulting Sàrl in Fribourg, Switzerland  will start the first day with the theme ‘Investigations and Survey’
  • Audrey Tepper from the National Park Service (US) will join us on day two to discuss the theme of ‘Conservation Challenges’
  • Sara Crofts, Chief Executive from the Institute of Conservation UK (ICON), will speak on day three about ‘Conservation of Living Buildings’

Additional information

Booking required. Please advise of any dietary requirements in advance at the point of booking. 

On our site visits, please wear sturdy/sensible footwear as the ground may be uneven.

Please note

Our exciting programme will be announced soon. 

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Starts Duration Location Contact
Monday 2 September 2019 a 10:00 am 6 Hours Engine Shed
Tuesday 3 September 2019 a 10:00 am 6 Hours Engine Shed
Wednesday 4 September 2019 a 10:00 am 6 Hours Engine Shed
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