Demand for the seminar, which was at the Holiday Inn, Hemel Hempstead, UK, was so unprecedented that the seminar organisers ran parallel sessions in two rooms to cater for the large number of delegates. The attendees included archaeologists, architects, conservators, planners, structural engineers and consultants.
A distinguished panel of conservation professionals discussed a range of topics in the field of historic building conservation. Themes included structures as cultural heritage; structural investigation techniques for buildings at risk; material analysis of historic building materials; geophysical investigation of historic structures; and site investigations for conservation and repair. After the seminar, about 50 of the delegates opted for a tour of the RSK materials laboratory, where they were treated to demonstrations of the high-power microscope, stone and slate testing, thin section production and ground penetrating radar.
RSK development director David Jones commented, “It was fantastic to see such a high level of interest in this seminar, as shown by the number of delegates who attended. I would like to thank our seminar chairmen Richard Ireland (director of Plaster & Paint: Consultancy & Conservation of Historic Buildings) and John Williams (senior technical consultant at Exova BM TRADA), and our speaker panel, Tom Marriott, Jennifer Murgatroyd, Matt Stringfellow (all of RSK) and Daniel Jackson (curator of buildings, Hampton Court Palace), who ensured that the presentations were relevant, interesting and informative. We look forward to running similar events in the future.”