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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1742: Conserving and Interpreting Medieval Scotland's Built Environment

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Historic Environment Scotland
Organiser:Morvern French, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Stefan Sagrott, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Paper 1742-aNot Set in Stone: Conservation in a World of Shifting Values
(Language: English)
Nicki Scott, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1742-bCollaboration: The First Line of Defence in Understanding Climate Change Risk
(Language: English)
David Harkin, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1742-cBrought to Light: The Carved Stone Collection of Elgin Cathedral
(Language: English)
Rona Walker, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Art History - Sculpture

This session includes recent work done by Historic Environment Scotland in developing our relationship with the historic built environment. The first paper will argue that the medieval ruins in our care, rather than being static and unchanging, have associated values which affect how they are conserved and interpreted. The second will outline HES's climate change risk assessment of our properties, which provides new insights into our ancestors' ability to build sensibly in vulnerable landscapes. The final paper will tell the story of Elgin Cathedral's carved architectural stonework, from construction to loss, rediscovery, and redisplay, shedding light on the site's rich decorative scheme.