Conference presentations



Communities and Place – Professor Jukka Jokilehto, Visiting Professor, University of York, UK


Community involvement in cultural mapping and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage – Nerupama Modwel, Director of Intangible Heritage, INTACH, India

Decision-making in a post-crash world: ontological security revisited – Dr Jane Grenville, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, University of York, UK

Fengshui and the conservation of cultural heritage in Taiwan – Dr Bor-Sheunn Chiou, Associate Professor, Institute of Architecture and Cultural Heritage, Taipei University, Taiwan

Everyone loves a good story: narrative and public participation in conservation – Nigel Walter, Archangel Architects, Cambridge, UK

Collaborations between communities and conservation professionals – Dr Kate Giles, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

Maintaining treasures on earth: supporting volunteers to care for places of worship – Henry Russell & Phillip Leverton, College of Estate Management, Reading, UK

Community involvement matters in conserving World Heritage Sites: urban and remote cases of Japan – Aya Miyazaki, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan


The language changes but the practice stays the same: can community conservation be different? – Dr Keith Emerick, Research Associate, University of York, UK

The Queen’s Mill project, Castleford, West Yorkshire – Alison Drake, Castleford Heritage Trust, UK

The devil is in the detail: building conservation skills at the Borrowbeck Store – Sophie Norton, Regional Heritage Skills Coordinator, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

York Castle area: a study in community involvement – Peter Brown, Chief Executive, York Civic Trust, UK

Heritage conservation: the forgotten agenda in Victorian terraced communities – Joanne Harrison, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

Conserving community housing: case study of Garib Zarthostiiona Rehethan Fund properties – Vikas Dilawari, Architect, India

Community empowerment as the basis of heritage conservation: the experience of Beitou borough in Taipei City, Taiwan – Wen-Tsung Den, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

Reconnecting the Dunston Staithes to its community – Craig Wilson, University of Northumbria; and Martin Hulse, Director, Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, UK

Community restoration of a Nyingma-pa Buddhist monastery in the village of Langtang in the Nepalese Himalayas: a window on local attitudes to conservation, heritage, and their management – Dr Hayley Saul, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK



A people-centred approach: improving engagement and conservation and management capacities for cultural heritage – Sarah Court, Jane Thompson and Gamini Wijesuriya, ICCROM, Rome

A perfect partnership: building capacity for planning and local participation – Seán O’Reilly, Institute for Historic Building Conservation, UK


The heritage agenda and healthy societies – Dr Cath Neal, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

York: living with history – how should decisions about heritage be made? – Dr Helen Graham, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK; Paul Furness, York’s Alternative History Group; Richard Brigham and Lianne Brigham, York Past and Present Facebook Group

Drystone Walls: a landscape for the future – Linda Clarkson, Drystone Walling Association, UK

Researching with the public, conserving with the community – Laura-Melpomeni Tapini, Diadrasis, Greece

Engaging conservation: how CCT helps communities save historic buildings – Crispin Truman, Chief Executive, Churches Conservation Trust, UK

Conservation live at Holy Trinity Goodramgate: valuing engagement with practice – Dr Gill Chitty, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK


Developing evaluation strategies for engagement projects in conservation – Danai Koutromanou, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

Knole unwrapped: exploring group volunteer participation in preventative conservation – Emily Watts, National Trust, UK

SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives: a move towards meaningful community participation? – Stella Jackson, SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Coordinator, UK

Benefits and impacts of engagement in heritage – Jon Humble, English Heritage, UK

Till death us do part: routes to community engagement at the Coffin Works, Birmingham – Simon Buteux, Director, Birmingham Conservation Trust, UK

Engaging and conserving industrial heritage in the 21st century: the work of the Industrial Heritage Support Officer – Ian Bapty, Industrial Heritage Support Officer, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, UK

Volunteering and heritage: a Heritage Lottery Fund perspective – Miranda Stearn, Policy Advisor: Learning and Volunteering, Heritage Lottery Fund, UK


Roșia Montană in peril – Ştefan Bâlici, Romania


Conference feedback

It’s hard to capture last weekend’s conference in a few words: a rich diversity of papers from international scholars, national heritage bodies, local community heritage groups, York students, staff and research associates.

The abstracts from papers are available here, and some comments and pictures speak for themselves.

‘…exploring new possibilities for this new era we are all experiencing’
‘…sharing expertise not expert roles’
‘Less emphasis on managing change, more on managing continuity through change…’
‘…negotiating the top down and bottom up, we need both’
‘…the variety of papers was brilliant’

Stefan Balici’s closing address for the conference was inspirational. To support the Rosia Montana campaign you can find out more here.

Adopting Archaeology – a good day in Grantham

Really positive feedback to report from the community conservation dayschool with CBA earlier this week.

Lincolnshire has some great community conservation projects, supported by Heritage Lincolnshire. The day brought them together with colleagues from Archaeology Scotland (Adopt a Monument), CBA Wessex (Friends of Ancient Monuments), the SPAB’s Maintenance Co-operatives Project and the Industrial Heritage Support project. We shared experiences, innovative ideas, common issues and challenges, and found common cause across a wide range of exciting projects. So much happening in this field.

“Sharing best practice – great ideas”
“We are not alone, others in the same boat. Thanks for the contacts”
“Amazing ideas, Brilliant methodologies”
“Found out about what goes on in my county”
“High calibre. Diversity. Knowledge. Empowering”

And ideas for a national event too?  More suggestions hopefully still to come back from participants.  Thank you everyone for your brilliant contributions.

Conference programme published today

The detailed programme for the Engaging Conservation conference is published today. An impressive array of UK and international speakers, and particularly looking forward to welcoming colleagues from ICCROM, India, and Taiwan, and Stefan Balici from Romania.

There are still some places left before booking closes on 4 July.

To book online click here or download an application form to register.

The York Conservation Alumni Association will be hosting a dinner at the King’s Manor on Saturday 12 July 2014 at 7.30pm. For further details and to book online click here.

Conservation ‘Live’ at Holy Trinity, York

This week we started our ‘live’ conservation events with the Churches Conservation Trust at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, in York. As part of the ‘Engaging Conservation’ project we’re collaborating with the CCT on a series of open days to engage different audiences with the conservation work on the crumbling, limestone masonry of the medieval building. It’s a chance to observe the work at close quarters, to talk with the conservator-stonemason and architect, and to understand the thinking, techniques and experience that inform the choices made in the conservation of a building, stone by stone.

The open events – for local students, young people, architects and the public – get people behind the scenes to see what’s involved in conservation of a medieval church. The open public events will be on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June.

The Churches Conservation Trust are always keen to find new volunteers to help them keep this very special church open to the public.  If you’re interesting in helping them, please contact Graham White (

Holy Trinity Poster

Engaging Conservation Conference – Programme highlights

Following a great response to the call for papers, the outline programme for the Engaging Conservation conference is taking impressive shape.  There will be two main strands: Communities & Place and Capacity Building, explored through sub-themes in parallel sessions.

With keynote addresses from Professor Jukka Jokilehto and from ICCROM, the programme includes contributions from conservation practitioners and projects in Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, and the USA, as well as from around the UK. This will be a fantastic opportunity for sharing international experience and developing community practice with papers on outreach and public engagement, community involvement and ownership, evaluation and impact, volunteering and skills development, case studies in tangible and intangible heritage and new theoretical perspectives.

The provisional programme will be published later in April – early booking for the conference is recommended as numbers are limited.  Special discounted rates are available for members of ICOMOS-UK, York Conservation Alumni Association and York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship.  Book here or download an application form to register.