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Metal 2013

International Conference on Metal Conservation. 16 - 20 September 2013.

Metal 2013

Conference Programme

Programme for Metal 2013

Historic Scotland are pleased to announce that the programme for the triennial conference, Metal 2013, is now available online to view. The programme includes a daily breakdown of topics and papers and scheduled evening events.

Please note that there are no authors listed on this programme due to the current double-blind review process.


If you require further information, please contact us on +44 (0)131 668 8683 or email the Technical Outreach and Education team.

Scientific Programme

We have received papers in each of the following areas :

Case Studies:

  • Challenges of conserving industrial heritage
  • Assessment methodologies such as the application of scientific techniques to further understanding of metal objects or assist in their conservation
  • Archaeological and historical metal conservation (from both terrestrial and marine contexts)
  • Conservation of outdoor sculpture and architectural metalwork
  • In situ conservation of large or complex objects
  • Composite objects
  • Conservation of architectural and military objects

Research and Treatment Development:

  • Progress in conservation treatments such as stabilization techniques, cleaning, corrosion inhibitors, preventative conservation, risk management analysis
  • New approaches in metal protection
  • Conservation of wrought and cast iron
  • Ethical considerations in conserving metals
  • Documentation of metal objects and structures such as 3D reality capture, finite element analysis

Social Programme

A range of evening events are being organised to give delegates an opportunity to network and enjoy some typical warm Scottish hospitality. Historic castles, whisky and perhaps even a little dancing await you!  

Sunday 15th September - Early Registration & Welcome Drinks at Surgeons’ Hall

Delegates can register early for the conference at this event, followed by canapés and a glass of wine. The event will take place in the historic Surgeons’ Hall (our main conference venue) and delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the museums of surgery and dental surgery housed at the venue.

Monday 16th September (7.30 pm – 11 pm) - Reception & Poster Session at Edinburgh Castle

This evening reception will take place at Edinburgh Castle, one of the most famous castles in Scotland, standing high on Castle Rock overlooking the city. Delegates will have the opportunity to view the Honours of Scotland (Scotland’s Crown Jewels) before proceeding on to the Poster Presentations. The Poster Presentations will be followed by, a glass of wine and canapés which delegates can enjoy while soaking up the fabulous views over the city.  

Tuesday, 17th September - Forth Bridge Visit & Fish Supper, £35.00 per person (optional)

This optional tour will give delegates the opportunity to view the iconic Forth Bridge, one of the most magnificent feats of 19th Century engineering. The visit will be followed by a welcome drink and fish supper (vegetarian option will be available) which can be enjoyed with fabulous views of the bridge and Firth of Forth.

Wednesday, 18th September

Free evening

Thursday, 19th September - Conference Dinner at Stirling Castle 

This dinner is the social highlight of the week! It will be held in Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most majestic historic royal castles. A three course dinner in the Great Hall will be followed by a traditional Scottish ceilidh (Scottish dancing) to round off the evening, so get your dancing shoes on!

Non-delegates are welcome at the social events. Tickets for non-delegates can be purchased from our Official Historic Scotland Webstore.