Part of Historic Environment Scotland
A man, wearing a white hard hat and yellow hi vis vest, cleans the stone St Martins cross from a scaffold. Iona Abbey is in the background.

Applied Conservation Unit

The Applied Conservation Unit specialises in stone and paintings conservation.

About the team

The Applied Conservation Unit’s work is essential for the upkeep and repair of the buildings and collections looked after by Historic Environment Scotland. Working out of a well-equipped facility at South Gyle in Edinburgh, the team specialises in stone and paintings conservation. It also provides a wider range of services including surveying, analysis, condition monitoring, treatment, close range 3D digital documentation and resin casting. Likely items for them to work with are in-situ carved structural ornaments, field monuments, museum artefacts, easel and structural paintings.