Monthly Archives: November 2021

Survey: digital building data longevity and interoperability issues

Ahmed Khalil is a PhD researcher at the University of Greenwich. I would like to invite you to participate in my online questionnaire concerning digital building data longevity and interoperability issues, and their impacts on the documentation of heritage buildings. This questionnaire is a part of my PhD project, and I would greatly appreciate your contribution.

You can access the questionnaire through this link:

The online questionnaire is composed of two parts, the first part is exploring potential problems of digital data storage and re-accessibility as well as potential issues of data interoperability in the architecture and construction industries. the second part is specific to the heritage buildings sector.

This questionnaire is relevant to professionals and academics working in the architecture and construction industries who deal with digital building data. if you think you are suitable for this questionnaire, I would appreciate it if you would fill it in and/or forward it to other colleagues you would think are suitable.

All of the information collected will remain confidential. All information will be kept on secure encrypted devices. As soon as data is collected, all personal data will be anonymised. Any personal data will be deleted after the study. Anonymous answers will be used for research purposes only. Only anonymised questionnaire data will be kept for two years for further analysis and publications.

Workshops at St Machar’s Cathedral 2022

St Machar’s Cathedral is looking for tradespeople to do workshops for families and the general public in 2022. The workshops will have demonstrations on different aspects of the trade industry from roofing, carpentry and masonry to joinery, painting, construction and stained glass. The workshop leaders and teachers will be financially compensated so if you or you know anyone who would be interested then please get in touch with Phoenix Archer, Outreach Officer at St Machar’s Cathedral.

St Machar’s Cathedral, The Chanonry, Aberdeen 

Study Historic Preservation and Conservation in Italy this Summer

We are delighted to announce, after two years pause due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now accepting applications for our summer 2022 field school in Italy. Now in its 22nd year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in restoration and conservation.

Session One (June 6 – July 1)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings

(Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*)

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration

Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*)

Book Bindings Restoration

The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings

Introduction to the Preservation and Preventive Conservation of Books

(Program includes lectures and practical workshop*)

Session Two (July 18 – August 12)

Paper Restoration

Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents

(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop*)

Traditional Painting Techniques

Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues

(Program includes lectures and painting workshop)

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy

Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues

(Program includes lectures and discussion)

*Field Projects:

  • Restoration of the San Giovanni City Gate (13th century)
  • Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
  • Restoration and conservation of artifacts from the Office of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage for the Abruzzo Region
  • Restoration of the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of Terni
  • Archaeological research of the Roman Baths in the Ancient City of Carsulae

Short Intersession Program (July 3 – 12)

Preservation Field Trip – Italy A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, with emphasis on the urban and historical development of each town, including specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.


SGPS is a program of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies, based in New York. An academic relationship has been established with West Virginia University that offers our students the opportunity to apply for and receive credits through the WVU Art History Department. Also, a significant 3-year cooperation agreement has been signed with the Office of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage for the Abruzzo Region to study and conserve archaeological objects held in their museums, as well as a collaboration with the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of Terni for SGPS participants to study and conserve archival documents.

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.
If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource. Click here to print our summer 2022 flyer.

The Heritage Alliance – Become a Trustee

Are you passionate about heritage? Would you like to play an important voluntary role in leading and supporting heritage organisations? The Heritage Alliance is looking for new trustees.

The Heritage Alliance is the largest collaboration of independent heritage organisations in the UK, with over 160 members representing more than 7 million volunteers, trustees, and staff. We are a charity that is passionate about promoting the importance of heritage to prosperity, wellbeing, our environment, creativity and social resilience. We are committed to promoting new thinking and conversations, and to ensuring that our sector better reflects the varied geographical, cultural and age characteristics of the UK. 

We are looking for up to three new trustees, and are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in academia; communications and media relations; income generation, and membership development. 

Find out more here.