Conservation of Heritage Buildings, Georgetown MY

Conservation of Heritage Buildings
Dates: 1 – 3 August 2012
Venue: Yap Association, Armenian Street
Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm
conservation imageA 3-day workshop on the Materials and Techniques used in the Conservation of Heritage Buildings.The workshops will include practical demonstrations and hands-on activities to provide tangible supporting information on conservation techniques, and detailed discussions about implications, how to tackle problems, what to do in certain situations and what not to do.Participants may sign up for workshops according to their specialisation or for the whole 3 days.

Workshop by Topic

Wednesday, 1st August: Workshop 1
POROUS MATERIALS
Porous masonry, lime mortars, damp and desalination and other relevant materials

Thursday, 2nd August: Workshop 2
ORGANIC AND NON-POROUS MATERIALS
Timber, glass, ceramics, iron and steel, reinforced concrete and other relevant materials

Friday, 3rd August: Workshop 3
ARCHITECTURAL FINISHES AND DECORATIONS
Paint finishes, tiling, decorative joinery and other relevant materials

Registration for the workshop is now closed.

The workshops will be led by Dr Donald Ellsmore, Convenor of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Australasia, and assisted by Gesa Schwantes, Architectural Conservation Programme, The University of Hong Kong. Donald and Gesa will also be speaking at a seminar for the public on 4th August, together with local architect and conservationist, Laurence Loh.

Donald Ellsmore
Dr. Ellsmore has over 35 years’ of professional experience in the conservation of the heritage built environment in Australia, and has contributed to the advancement of preservation technology and the development of other professionals through his work as convenor of the APT Australasia Chapter. He has worked as senior conservation architect with the NSW Government from 1978 to 1987, Assistant Director, Collections Management at the Sydney Maritime Museum from 1987-95, and Heritage Manager for the NSW State Rail Authority from 1995-99. From 1999, Dr. Ellsmore has run his own consultancy business, providing architectural heritage consulting services to diverse clients including government agencies and private enterprise; and providing expert advice and consulting in environmental heritage management, conservation techniques, and materials and finishes analyses. In his role as convenor of the APT Australasia Chapter, Dr Ellsmore has been instrumental in promoting the aims of APT and in fostering membership and support for sound conservation approaches in the region. He currently lectures in the heritage management and architectural conservation post-graduate programmes at universities in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Melbourne. In 2012 Dr Ellsmore accepted an honorary appointment as Principal Fellow with the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, with the title Associate Professor.

Gesa Schwantes
Gesa has 10 years of physical conservation experience of wall paintings, murals and decorated architectural surfaces on historic built heritage sites in Germany, Switzerland and China. She has conducted research and carried out surveys of building fabric, decoration and interior finishes, and her experience includes working with a wide range of surface materials including stone, lime plaster, clay plaster, frescoes, lime paint, tempera paint and watercolour. She has a Master of Science in Conservation The University of Hong Kong and a Diploma in Conservation/Restoration from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland. She is currently the Conservation Laboratory Manager of the Architectural Conservation Programme at the University of Hong Kong.

About gesaschwantes

Conservator/ Restorer of Architectural Surfaces and Wall Paintings. Director of Architectural Conservation Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong. PhD Candidate at the Architectural Conservation Laboratory of Tongji University in Shanghai.

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