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Building Conservation conference: Stone

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Our 2019 building conservation conference will focus on Stone in historic buildings: conservation, materiality and skills

There will be plenty of time for discussion, a chance to view various materials at the Museum during the break or after the end of the formal presentations, as well as networking opportunities.

9.30 am Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 am Welcome

Introduction to day from the Conference Chair

Dr Gill Chitty, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Studies at the University of York.

10.20 am Overview of stone conservation – developments and trends over four decades

David Odgers FRSA ACR, David Odgers Conservation Consultants

11.00am Recent research in problems with stone used on historic buildings
Chris Wood, Senior Architectural Conservator, Historic England
11.30 am Tea and coffee
11.45am Horsham Stone for roofing; availability and use

Martin Higgins, Historic Buildings Officer, Surrey County Council

12.15 pm Training case study: Trends and developments in training in the UK
Adam Stone, Managing Director of Chichester Stoneworks and the Worshipful Company of Masons
1.00 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Training case study: Comparisons between training in the UK and Germany

Matthias Garn, Master Mason

2.45 pm Medieval setting out techniques; a case study from Winchester Cathedral

Ross Lovett, Head Mason at Winchester Cathedral

3.15 pm Tea and coffee
3.30 pm Frome, Somerset and the Wessex region: 25 years of vernacular stone repairs

Andrew Ziminski, Mason Conservator, Director of Minerva Stone and SPAB William Morris Craft Fellow 1998

4.15 pm Closing remarks from the Conference Chair


Fee and refreshments

  • Standard ticket, £90
  • Early bird ticket, £80 (buy ticket before 24 August)
  • Weald & Downland Museum MSc student/alumni £50

All include teas, coffees and a sandwich buffet lunch. Please let the Museum know in advance of any dietary requirements (information on dietary requirement to be advised a minimum of a week before the conference please).