Inaugural International Conference Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage


Craft Skills Exhibtion

The Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle will host a Chinese traditional skills showcase from the 31st August to 30th September 2017. The exhibition will showcase around 100 Chinese artisan traditional craft objects. These objects will be of Chinese origin, made in traditional materials and using traditional techniques. Some of them will be contemporary in design and material combined with traditional style, employing innovative craftsmanship. Exhibits include iconic bronze reproductions, jade craft, wood carvings and other creative productions made using traditional techniques.



Historic Environment Scotland will run a series of workshops at the newly opened Engine Shed and Stirling Castle. The Engine Shed is Scotland's building conservation centre where visitors can explore the stories of the structures all around them, With interactive exhibits, 3D theatre, augmented reality experiences and hands-on activities that bring Scotland's built heritage to life.

Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.

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Stirling Castle: Visitor Interpretation and Collections Management

Join the team that manages and interprets the historic royal apartments and collections at Stirling Castle for a behind the scenes look at how one of Scotland’s premier visitor attractions is presented. You will also have the opportunity to find out how HES collections are managed across the estate in non- traditional museum spaces and learn how the team mitigates the risks to the objects, especially those which precipitated by climate change.

Stirling Castle: Visitor Management and Infrastructure

Managing large visitor flows around historic sites requires an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the risks presented and restrictions imposed by the cultural significance of the monument. Join the HES staff at Stirling Castle to appreciate how the often conflicting needs of visitor and monument, access and conservation, are managed. Gain an understanding of how the infrastructure required to operate the Castle is maintained and developed, and how the team work together to ensure a great visitor experience is delivered, whilst the Castle is conserved for the future.

Engine Shed: Digital Documentation and Conservation

Come to the Engine Shed and experience how Historic Environment Scotland is using the latest technology to digitally document and conserve our heritage. The team will take you through practical demonstrations of how data is captured and processed. Sit in our 3D 4K auditorium and be taken to sites around the world and learn how these innovative methods are enhancing our knowledge and understanding, as well as enabling heritage to be presented in new, engaging and accessible ways.

Engine Shed: Building Pathology and Conservation Science

Join the HES Science and Technical Research and Skills teams at the Engine Shed to find out how we are using science to better understand the materials our buildings are made from and the threats to the historic environment. Watch our skilled stonemasons at work and even have a go yourself to see whether you have the potential to be a stone mason.



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