COTAC Conference 2021 – Protecting our World, Protecting our Heritage
23 November - 10:00 - 24 November - 13:00£20
Developing the skills, training, and expertise for the challenges ahead
COTAC – the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation – was formed in 1959, the Council’s objectives are to advance the education and training of all those involved in the protection and preservation of the historic environment that is of cultural, architectural or historical value, and to provide knowledge in support of training and education in the arts and skills required to protect and preserve it.
The conference will take place over two days, 23 and 24 November, from 10.00 to 13.00 on each day.
Tuesday 23rd November: Protecting our world: Climate change and the built heritage
The first day of the COTAC conference will focus on the challenges that climate change is bringing to our built heritage, and the potential impact of climate change mitigation on the built heritage.
The morning will start with a look at the European scale at strengthening cultural heritage resilience for climate change if the face of extreme climate events and its impacts on the built heritage and historic gardens. This will be followed by look at the development of Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built and Archaeological Heritage (CCASP) in Ireland.
The conference will then look at some of the strategies and standards being developed across European and beyond to create a lasting, comprehensive sectoral skills strategy to guarantee that the necessary cultural heritage skills are available to support sustainable societies and economies and to ensure that best practice is developed in the different skill sectors.
It will close with a look at lessons from the past for the future and the need to understand the way pre-carbon buildings were meant to be cared for again the background of the loss of critical skills, followed by a q&a session with the panellists.
Chair – Tim Yates
10.00 Welcome and introductions
10.05 Key-note speaker – Johanna Leissner (Fraunhofer Institute, Chair of the EU OMC Group Strengthening Cultural Heritage Resilience for Climate Change)
10.35 Peter Cox (Carrig Conservation International)
11.00 Nessa Roche (Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Ireland) – CHARTER Programme
11.45 Tim Yates (BRE) Setting Standards – European and wider initiatives
12.00 Robyn Pender (Historic England) ‘Lessons from the past for the future’
12.25 Round table Q&A discussion
Wednesday 24th November: Protecting our built heritage: Training, skills, and expertise
The second day will focus on ways to support the development of the training, skills, and expertise needed to protect the built heritage and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
The day will begin with a presentation on the UK governments views on ‘Heritage Skills and Climate Change’ both the need to protect heritage assets from effects of climate change, and the need to make best use of existing buildings by improving sustainability and reducing carbon use.
The session will continue with a look at examples of the challenges faced by both secular buildings and places of worship in improving sustainability without compromising heritage value and significance.
The final presentations will provide examples from Europe of the tools and training being made available online. At a European scale the session will look at the wider EU Heritage transnational project developed under Erasmus + EU program which aims to create a new transnational curriculum for cultural heritage professionals, focused on digital skills, transferable and transversal competences and skills in the field of cultural heritage. The session will close with a review of the educational and learning materials being developed by COTAC within the framework of the 14 ICOMOS Education and Training Guidelines, followed by a q&a session with the panellists.
Chair – John Taylor
10.00 Welcome and introductions
10.05 Key-note speaker – Caroline Dinenage MP (Minister of State for Digital and Culture , DDCMS)
10.25 Nigel Walter (Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association – EASA)
10.50 John Edwards (Edwards Hart)
11.35 Prof. Anna Tozzi (University of L’Aquila (Italy)) Coordinator of SAH project, ERASMUS Programme “Preserving architectural heritage: the compulsory interdisciplinary skills”
12.05 Ingval Maxwell (COTAC) – Next steps for COTAC and how you can help
12.20 Round table Q&A discussion
Who should attend: Architects, Surveyors, Planners, Engineers, Conservators, Conservation officers, Contractors, Craftspeople, other heritage professionals (archaeologists), Educationalists running conservation courses, students in secondary and tertiary education, and those seeking training for accreditation and CPD.