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Historic Scotland hosts science conference

19 August 2010

The worlds of science and heritage and how they can help each other will be explored at a one day conference hosted by Historic Scotland at Glasgow’s Science Centre on Tuesday 7th September.

Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland will open the conference which is set to explore a broad variety of topics, appealing to scientists and non-scientists alike.  

Cutting edge technology will be on the agenda including a new tool which is in the process of being developed with olfactory ‘smell’ technology to evaluate old books without the need of invasive testing.  

Delegates will hear about thermal imaging, capable of finding underlying hidden structures in old buildings as well as revealing the causes of damp, stone decay and algal growth.  

Synchrotron radiation will also be discussed. This is a science which uses X rays a billion times more intense than the sun to examine earth from buildings and structures and help us understand how they were built and how they will decay.  It also tells us about the people who built them.  This expertise will soon be used to look at Scottish earth buildings.

There will also be an option to visit the Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art.

Professor Anne Glover said: “"Science affects every aspect of our lives, so it's no surprise that new discoveries and techniques can have a significant impact on how we care for our historic buildings. Using science and technology helps us make sense of the past but also helps ensure future generations have the chance to enjoy our built heritage. Historic Scotland are well placed to highlight how Scottish research excellence can be exploited to benefit our world-renowned heritage sector."

David Mitchell, Director of Conservation Group, Historic Scotland said: “This conference will highlight the importance and quality of Scotland’s science output. In particular it will show the close and productive working between heritage institutions and specialist university research groups.”

To book a place at the event please call 0131- 668 8683 or email or visit our website

Delegate fee (includes refreshments and lunch)

                           Price            VAT          Total
Normal fee        £29.79        £5.21        £35.00

Students             Free (to students who present a poster at the conference)

For further details on presenting a poster, please contact Craig Kennedy at

Notes for editors


Speakers will include:

  • Professor Anne Glover Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
  • Richard OramUniversity of Stirling
  • Susy Kirk and Alice Blackwell National Museums of Scotland
  • Paul AdderleyUniversity of Stirling
  • Clare MeredithNational Trust for Scotland
  • Lorraine GibsonUniversity of Strathclyde
  • Chris HallUniversity of Edinburgh
  • Craig KennedyHistoric Scotland
  • Maureen YoungHistoric Scotland
  • Lyn WilsonHistoric Scotland
  • Ticca OgilvieNational Museums of Scotland
  • John Hughes University of the West of Scotland
  • Jim TateNational Museums of Scotland
  • David Mitchell Historic Scotland

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866