Digital on agenda at conservation conference

How digital technologies can be used when working with historic buildings will be the focus of a conference in Manchester in October organised by the North West Branch of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Speakers at the day-long event on Wednesday 16 October, entitled Digital Heritage – new technology for the historic environment, will cover topics including digital recording, measurement and analysis. There will also be site tours to the Manchester Town Hall Extension and Central Library refurbishments which have employed digital technology, and to Angel Meadows to look at applications in archaeology.

Sean O'Reilly, IHBC director, said: "With an exciting and busy programme planned, the day will contribute critical new perspectives and understanding to the CPD of any IHBC member. Moreover, with the programme extending from survey and interpretation to demos and impact assessments, this promises to provide a uniquely concise survey of what is fast becoming one of the most interesting items in the 21st century armoury of the conservation specialist, or indeed anyone with an interest in cutting edge practice in the built or historic environment."

A spokesman for IHBC's NW branch said: "Digital technologies are here to stay for historic buildings, but are often misunderstood and underused. There is great potential to use innovative digital application for the surveying, recording, refurbishment and interpretation of heritage assets. This conference will highlight examples of best practice to allow you to conserve and present your historic environment more effectively. Case studies will be presented from the public and private sectors and the conference will be of interest to conservation and heritage specialists, architects, planners and surveyors."

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