Talks and Debates Workshops

Future Proofing Heritage: Sustainability and Resilience

11 June 2024

13:00 -16:00

As countries around the world are faced with the increased challenges caused by extreme weather as a result of the climate crisis, we are rethinking how we could restore, build and sustain heritage structures and buildings to withstand extreme weather. This in-person event will explore different case studies and approaches to the risks that heritage structures face in the light of extreme weather changes.

Through this event we bring together the voices of heritage preservation specialists working around the world, each embarked on projects that deal with heritage buildings and structures at risk and what steps are being taken to preserve and sustain these important monuments to our past.

The event will be formatted as presentations followed by a panel discussion, followed by three breakout workshops examining the topics of Materials, Skills, Collaboration and Engagement.
Presentations will include contributions from:
- Heather Jermy (National Trust) and Omniya Abdel Barr (Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation) on Climate and conservation at National Trust Blickling and Bayt al-Razzaz, Cairo
- Javier Ors Ausín and Stephen Battle (World Monuments Fund) on Past-proofing: traditional skills and new materials
- Dr Louise Cooke (Archaeology Department University of York)
Chaired by Imogen Sambrook (National Trust)

This event is hybrid and when registering you will be asked to specify whether you wish to attend in person or online. For online attendance, it will not be possible to participate in the workshops as they require in-person attendance, but the presentations, panel discussion and audience Q&A are open for online attendance. Registration is via the event link.

This event is a partnership between LFA, the V&A’s Culture in Crisis Programme, International National Trust Organisation and World Monuments Fund.

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V&A in South Kensington

Cromwell Road,

Nearest station: South Kensington,

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V&A Culture in Crisis Programme


Wheelchair accessible
Assistance dogs welcome
Accessible toilet
Baby Changing Facility
Gender Neutral Toilet
Assistive listening / enhancement system

Level access but no automatic doors. Directly in front of the lift there are 2 sets of doors into the auditorium.
No quiet space but have quieter galleries nearby, and staff on hand to direct towards.
No on-site parking but 12 blue badge parking bays on Exhibition Road.

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