Category Built Heritage

Environmental control for collections in an international context: a Canadian case study

  *by Scott A Orr  Environmental control is an inconceivably important aspect in managing heritage collections for which many guidelines and specifications have been developed. These guidelines should be contextualised by international climate variability and consider the integral contribution of building envelopes in managing heritage environments. Temperature and relative humidity are two important factors in […]

The Role of Science in Building Conservation

By Craig Kennedy, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Following several years undertaking analysis of a variety of historic materials, in 2006 I entered the field of built heritage conservation as a scientist working with Historic Scotland. There, I was fortunate to share an office and lab space with the […]

Water and historical buildings: modelling from the global- to micro-scale

By Scott Allan Orr In celebration of British Science Week (11–20 March 2016), we are highlighting some heritage science projects, news, and topics that may be of interest. Many people are interested in the interplay between moisture and historical buildings to understand the governing physical principles and inform conservation policy. This is especially pertinent in […]

‘How can my building still be damp after restoration?’ — public perception of historic buildings and physical realities

Scott Allan Orr | OCTOBER 12, 2015 It’s a common story: a private owner or public body responsible for a building pours resources and money into a historical property that needs a bit of TLC [tender love and care]. Work is completed, and everything looks wonderfully renewed and well-kept. A few months later — or […]

Churches at Risk, Some French Considerations

by Lucie Fusade   A few weeks ago I attended the Conference organised by the Churches Conferences Trust (CCT), the England national charity saving historic churches at risk. Having All Souls, Bolton, as a framework, a newly regenerated church[1], the focus was on ‘Revealing the Past Securing the Future’[2], discussing the importance of community involvement […]