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The Ruins Symposium was a great success
The Ruins Symposium was a great success

Internal News - 27 May 2005

Symposium paves way for multi-disciplinary institute

Ruins: New Approaches - 16 May 2005

The Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering organised a well-attended symposium concerned with new approaches to the presentation, interpretation and conservation of ruins, a joint event between the University of Bath and the University’s Holburne Museum. It was one of a series of events preparatory to the creation of a University of Bath institute relating to the fields of scientific, architectural, industrial and archaeological heritage.

The symposium brought together practitioners and researchers from different disciplines to discuss the presentation and conservation of historic ruins in England. Speakers represented their points of view through a series of case studies in art, archaeology, landscape design, ecology and visitor interpretation. There was discussion on the changing perception of ruins over time, philosophical approaches, current best practice and areas of potential research. Topics included the identity and presentation of ruins, life history approaches to ruins in archaeological theory, digital recreations, designed ruins, approaches to the conservation and management of wildlife, the benefits of verdancy and the psychology of ruins.

Speakers came from a variety of organisations including English Heritage, English Nature and the National Trust. It was attended by over 100 delegates from national and international institutions and organisations concerned with digital technology, archaeological, architectural and scientific, and industrial/cultural heritage issues. The morning’s proceedings were chaired by Dr Michael Forsyth from the department and Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage chaired the afternoon session.