Our new season of talks and events starts next Tuesday 26th September at Cowcross Street, when Bill and Hamish Harvey will talk to us on Masonry Bridges, Dynamic or Static (see our Meetings page for details).
2018 sees our 50th anniversary since a group of staff and students of the Institute of Archaeology’s diploma course founded the Society to encourage the free exchange of ideas and practical experiences.
To date, we have published 39 Volumes of Transactions, covering the wear and tear on a range of buildings and the philosophy of their repair, ruins, fires, saving by salvage and worldwide practice, and we have looked at the contribution made by individuals.
For this season, a series of events during the year will mark our anniversary. The annual conference will examine conservation education in the widest sense. It will examine what we think we have learned, how we have learned it and how education in conservation has changed. However we do not just wish to gaze retrospectively, but would like to address the challenge of developing and disseminating conservation knowledge in the years ahead. Conservation practice and its education have become more institutionalised over the last half century. What are the pros and cons of that? As sustainability considerations encourage adaptation and refurbishment of existing buildings conservation approaches are likely to become more useful in mainstream construction. How will they be managed? Landscapes, city quarters, and transport infrastructure are now all considered for conservation. Should we adopt a more integrated approach as well as focusing on individual artefacts? How do we teach that? These are just examples that we might examine. We would like you to share with us your thoughts on the burning issues of the future, what we should be researching, and how conservation education should be conducted. Please email us through our Contact Page.
We are asking for suggestions for the discussion on November 21st, ASCHB at 50: Influential Books. Please email us through our Contact Page with your nominations for the five most influential books for conservation over the last fifty years. Do include those that might now be regarded as mistaken, and add a brief paragraph in no more than 50 words, on the effect the book has had. We will debate the merits of the top five at our meeting. Find the list so far on our Book Review Page.
The 2018 Forum, What key project or occurrence to a historic place really made a difference? will take place next May. We would like you to propose seminal conservation repair works on historic buildings, conservation disasters or key events that have befallen historic buildings and have led to a change in conservation practice. Send us your proposals through our Contact Page.