Coverage provides practitioners with the latest information on the value of heritage, traditional materials and new research and innovations.
If a subject holds personal significance for us, we may want to supplement our knowledge by researching it further – and “significance” is a concept that is central to conservation practice.
What is building conservation? This question, posed by Dr Henry Russell, opens our last issue of 2017.
Variety is the spice of life, as they say – and in the world of conservation this is no different, with new projects beginning all the time.
As Editor of the Building Conservation Journal, I constantly find myself looking at material that is completely new to me.
From risk management to digital surveying — both of which are covered in this issue of the Building Conservation Journal — so much can be gleaned from just talking to people.
When you see the word “conservation”, the terms “protection” and “prevention” are never too far behind. The presence of heritage buildings, materials and other artefacts is a direct consequence of this. But what goes on behind the scenes?
Heritage can present itself to us in many forms. Traditionally, the word conjures up monuments of positive significance, so we rarely think of its potentially negative connotations. But it is wise to challenge our preconceptions and open ourselves to new ideas.
In times when national issues may prove divisive – the recent referendum on UK membership of the EU being a prominent example – institutions such as ours have a duty to reaffirm our commitment to cooperation and the promotion of our standards and ethics.