Our 2020 Congress ‘Current Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation’ was devised to bridge the divide between built heritage and in-situ collections. Since we first started planning in 2019, months of lockdown, uncertainty, reduced travel and social distancing have meant we have had to bridge not just disciplines, but fissures in the world as we know it. It was inevitable that our Edinburgh Congress would need to go largely online. Our Congresses are renowned for the quality of their papers, but also for the quality of the event itself, providing an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of conservator networks – we will continue these objectives online.
We are delighted to announce that attendance will be free for IIC members – and we have also taken measures to make membership affordable to all and as accessible as possible. Whether you are in Addis Ababa, Lima, London, Singapore or Sydney, we welcome everyone with a passion for cultural heritage and a professional interest to attend, knowing that it has never been easier to do so.
All the papers and posters are published in advance online with Studies in Conservation, and are available to IIC members to view months ahead of the Congress. This has been made possible through the hard work of our Editors and Contributors as well as through the kind support of our sponsors Historic Environment Scotland and Tru Vue,Inc.