Monthly Archives: March 2021

Register to Contribute to European Heritage Open Days 2021 in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland each year the Department for Communities, Historic Environment, coordinates the annual Europe wide event held during the second week in September in nearly 50 countries, to celebrate local architecture, history and culture. Each year hundreds of properties and locations in Northern Ireland open their doors and organise events to the public free of charge.

To once again celebrate Northern Ireland’s built heritage, European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) 2021 will be taking place from 6 to 12 September:

. •         events at historic places will take place on 10- 12 September

•           online events will take place from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 September

We are writing to invite you to take part in EHOD 2021 because you may have a building of historical or architectural interest, are an event organiser, community group… with a story to share. Please share this among organisation contacts you have that might have an interest in getting involved with EHOD 2021.

Getting Involved

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of EHOD and so whether there is a local character or connection to a local figure of note you would like to celebrate, a historic area you want to see recognised or simply want to tell the story of your home, workplace, or community we would love you to take part. This year EHOD is offering both an in person visitor experience, (dependent upon current restrictions that may be in place in September) and a digital offering. Register for EHOD here

EHOD offers the opportunity to showcase the stories and places you care about. We don’t define “heritage” – that is up to you!

The only requirement we have is that your place, space or story is provided free of charge to the public for EHOD and it has heritage at its core. 

This year the theme is “Inclusion-exploring our hidden history together.”  European Heritage Days has always been about bringing people together to appreciate the heritage and culture right on their doorstep.  For EHOD 2021 we want to go one step further and ensure that EHOD is accessible to everyone with events and activities right across Northern Ireland that interest people from all cultures and backgrounds.

APT Bulletin – Materials Themed Issue

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and the APT Technical Committee for Materials seek abstract submissions for a special materials-themed issue of the APT Bulletin. This special edition will focus on the controversies, challenges, and developments in architectural materials conservation and preservation philosophy and practice. We are seeking articles centering on challenges in materials science, materials conservation, or preservation design concerning specific individual architectural materials or material assemblies. Articles could illustrate debates surrounding materials selection or use differing international viewpoints, unique technical interventions, cross-discipline collaboration, and substitute materials. We invite submissions focusing on materials aspects of architectural conservation and preservation technology such as but not limited to the following:  

• Challenges and issues in materials testing methods and testing programs. 

• Conservation debates illustrated by the treatment of a specific material. 

• Evolving standards in materials conservation. 

• Lessons learned in materials conservation. 

• Philosophies in conservation of architectural materials. 

• Sustainability and architectural materials. 

• Unique factors involved in the deterioration of materials. 

Pertinent materials include but are not limited to: 

• Wood. 

• Architectural surface finishes. 

• Cement and concrete. 

• Ceramic and fired-clay materials. 

• Earth. 

• Metal. 

• Mortar, plaster, and renders. 

• Polymers/plastics. 

• Stone and masonry materials. 

Submission Guidelines 

Authors are encouraged to submit extendedabstracts including an outline of the paper fitting within the thematic issues listed. Case studies must include what the author(s) learned from this case study and why it is relevant to the theme of the issue. Each abstract must be: 500 – 1000 words and include an outline of the article. Please submit up to four images. Please also provide a bio of 50 words or fewer. Send to: with the subject line as follows: APT TCM Bulletin – Abstract – [Author’s Last Name].

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021