Heritage and Conservation Seminar - Current issues in heritage and conservation: challenges and opportunities

30 Jan 2019, 2.00PM–7.00PM
Pathfoot Building, Lecture Theatre A96
Heritage and Conservation Seminar - Current issues in heritage and conservation: challenges and opportunities

Sponsored by the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, this free half-day seminar is targeted at Stirling MSc Environment, Heritage and Policy students and staff, BA Heritage and Tourism and PhD students, and from 17 January is open to other students and staff.

Leading practitioners will explore current issues in heritage and conservation, supported by concrete examples. Each 20-minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The aim is to encapsulate:

  • different types of heritage (cultural and natural landscapes, buildings, monuments, intangible, collections)
  • different aspects of heritage work (knowledge and understanding, understanding value, managing change, protection and conservation, engagement and enjoyment)
  • different types of organisations (central and local government; heritage bodies; umbrella organisations, etc.)
  • strategic and coal-face activities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle in an informal environment over a break and wine reception. Biographies of speakers follow.


14:00-14:15 hrs

Welcome from Siân Jones, Director of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy, Professor of Environmental History and Heritage, University of Stirling

14:15-14:45 hrs

Elizabeth McCrone (Head of Designations, Heritage Directorate, Historic Environment Scotland)

Whose opinion counts? How we decide what parts of our heritage become designated

14:45-15:15 hrs

Dr Daniel Rhodes (Archaeologist, National Trust for Scotland)

Where does the money come from? Circling the square of commerce and conservation

15:15-15:45 hrs

Dr Gavin MacGregor (Director, Northlight Heritage)

From Archaeology to Heritage: delivering outcomes with impact

15:45-16:15 hrs

Tea break in Crush Hall

16:15-16:45 hrs

Jo Hambly (Research Fellow, The SCAPE Trust)

Reflections on 20 years of SCAPE: some things we have learnt from Scotland’s eroding coastal heritage

16:45-17:00 hrs

Final questions and reflections on papers from practitioners

17:00-18:00 hrs

Student open discussion about employability and how to improve CVs with Mrs Diana Murray (Chair of Arts and Business Scotland), facilitated by Elaine Watson Employability and Skills Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling

18:00-19:00 hrs

Wine reception in Oskars, Pathfoot Building

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For other queries

Please contact Dr Sally Foster, Lecturer in Heritage and Conservation, s.m.foster@stir.ac.uk  Tel. 01786 467500.

Biographies of speakers

Elizabeth McCrone

Elizabeth grew up in Fife and developed an interest in heritage at an early age. She studied History of Art at University and (after some time trying to get a heritage-related job!) started working for Historic Environment Scotland in 2002 assessing grant applications. Elizabeth then went on to work in a number of roles, including assessing buildings for listing and managing change to listed buildings before taking over as Head of Listing in 2010 and then becoming Head of Designations in 2015.  Elizabeth is a full member of the IHBC and is a member of their assessor’s panel. She has previously been a board member and acting chair of the board for a charity and worked as a volunteer mentor for young people leaving the care system.

Daniel Rhodes

Daniel is an Archaeologist for the National Trust for Scotland and responsible for the research and conservation of some 11,000 archaeology sites ranging from Mesolithic settlements in the Cairngorms to World War 2 plane-crash sites on Fair Isle. Daniel studied Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Wales before embarking on a career in commercial archaeology in Ireland. He returned to academia in 2003 to study an MSc in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Ulster followed by a PhD focusing on European Colonial Architecture in Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan. Prior to joining the NTS in 2009 he held posts as Associate Lecturer at the Open University and Teaching Fellow at the University of Ulster. Daniel has also worked as a researcher for the British Institute in East Africa and the National Museum of Iceland. His most recent work includes publications on historic interiors on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the public presentation of slave heritage in East Africa, and class division within 18th-century Scottish designed landscapes. Daniel is also director of ALIVE (Archaeology and Landscape at Inverewe), a project aiming to utilise archaeological information about past land use in order to inform sustainable management practices today.

Gavin MacGregor

Gavin has worked in both research and consultancy contexts and is currently a Director at Northlight Heritage where he has been responsible for a range of applied heritage projects and programmes. He has significant experience of Archaeological and Historic Environment assessment (including cultural heritage environmental impact assessments), evaluation and mitigation works, involved in a significant range of landscape-scale and linear-route projects. He has also provided consultancy services about wider community development and heritage management issues including to a range of Landscape Partnership Schemes.  His interests also extend to wider creative practices, with a range of sculptural and performative works having been produced in recent years.

Jo Hambly

Whilst at college, a friend talked Joanna into volunteering on a dig and she has been involved with archaeology ever since. Her first degree was at Sheffield and she went back to University many years later for a post-graduate degree in Quaternary Science. Archaeology has taken Joanna all around the world including stints with the government archaeology service in France and with UNESCO in Sri Lanka. She worked in curatorial archaeology in Lincolnshire before joining SCAPE in 2009 where she is in the happy position of being able to combine archaeology with her passion for involving volunteers and her enjoyment of being on the coast.

Diana Murray

Diana Murray studied archaeology at Cambridge University. She has devoted her career to Scottish cultural heritage, including Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), then joint CEO of Historic Scotland. She is currently Chair of Arts and Business Scotland. Diana is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has served as a trustee on the councils of both. She is an Honorary Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Scottish Royal Geographical Society and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

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