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Historic Scotland commitment to conservation

13 October 2008

Historic Scotland’s new Director of the Technical Conservation Group (TCG) David Mitchell has reiterated the agency’s commitment to technical research and raising standards in the conservation, repair and maintenance of the traditionally built environment.

As Director David will be responsible for leading Historic Scotland’s work in this area.

Historic Scotland Chief Executive John Graham said: “I would like to congratulate David on this deserved appointment. As a result of a review of our technical research, applied conservation, skills and materials activities carried out earlier this year the TCG has been revised with David taking the helm at an exciting time for Historic Scotland.”

The review set out six new key objectives to inform and sustain the conservation, repair and maintenance of the built environment:
  • Undertaking technical and scientific research.
  • Supporting the perpetuation and understanding of traditional building skills.
  • Understanding and promoting the use and availability of traditional building materials.
  • Provision of specialist technical and scientific advice.
  • Provision of applied specialist conservation services.
  • Delivery of technical education and outreach activity.

David was previously Head of Division of HS’ Technical Conservation Research and Education group.

He said: “We are committed to being at the forefront of understanding and maintaining traditionally constructed buildings using appropriate materials and skills.

“TCG will continue its commitment to working in partnership with others to raise the standards of conservation, repair and maintenance of traditionally constructed buildings. A key challenge for TCG in the coming years is to better understand the contribution that traditional buildings can make to tackling climate change.

Prior to joining Historic Scotland in 2002, David was Managing Director of a private firm of Industrial Heritage Consultants and Contractors based in Glasgow for ten years. His previous work in TCRE Group centred around technical and scientific research and traditional building skills in particular.

He has an academic background in earth sciences and is currently working towards a PhD in Architecture. David is a Trustee of the Scottish Ironwork Foundation and the Scottish Industrial Heritage Society and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers.

David is married with two young children.

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