Edinburgh, a city of contrasts: an exploration of the conservation and management issues of its two World Heritage sites

Edinburgh Study Tour
1 and 2 April 2016

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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland since the fifteenth-century, has two distinct areas: the Old Town, which is dominated by a medieval fortress, and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the eighteenth-century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning.  The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character.  It is these two areas of the city which comprise the first of Edinburgh’s two World Heritage sites, and was inscribe in the UNESCO list in 1995. Continue reading


YCAA autumn 2015 study tour: Brodsworth Hall

by Duncan Marks

Photo - Brodsworth Hall
Brodsworth Hall, photo by Dena Tasse-Winter

On Saturday 2 October, in early-autumn sunshine, the latest cohort of York University Conservation Studies postgraduates, their Director of Studies, Dr Gill Chitty, and a healthy turnout from the York Conservation Alumni Association, all embarked on a field trip to Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster. The trip, which was kindly arranged and paid for by the YCAA, brought to a close a busy introductory week for the MA students, and was most certainly welcomed for it. Continue reading

Highlights from the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) 3rd Student and Emerging Conservator Conference

Warsaw, Poland
15-17 October 2015

by Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox

Photo - IIC Conference 2015 delegates
IIC Conference 2015 delegates, photo by Tymon Rizov-Ciechanski

This recent conference in Warsaw followed on from the success of two previous IIC Student and Emerging Conservator conferences, the first of which was in London in 2011, and the second in Copenhagen in 2013. The aim of the series is to provide students, recent graduates and those in the first stages of their career with information to help prepare them for a career in conservation. It also presents a valuable opportunity to network with conservators from around the world, and to discuss and engage with the issues in conservation training today. Continue reading