E. P Dennison, ed., (1999). Conservation and change in historic towns:. York: Council for British Archaeology.

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Papers originating in a conference held by the Centre for Scottish Urban History, Department of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh in September 1996, which discussed a variety of potential approaches to the problems associated with urban conservation in a changing world. The debate made it clear that similar problems were being faced throughout Europe in the aim to conserve the urban historic past whilst accepting the need for change; however, responses were different. The volume is divided into six parts -- an introduction, an assessment of the European experience, the Scottish scene, examples of conservation strategies in Europe, a brief overview of changing perceptions, and a conclusion. Summaries in German, French, Irish, Welsh and Gaelic are included. Contributions include
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Grant G Simpson
E P Dennison
3 - 9
introduction to the volume and discussion of the issues raised in the debate
T R Slater
13 - 23
considers variety in the ways of thinking about, and doing, urban conservation across the countries of Europe in the recent past. The paper is concerned with the geography and history of Europe's towns and the way variations in these produce differences in urban character; it explores variations in conservation management and the representativeness of the parts of towns which are conserved versus those which are destroyed or redeveloped
Charles McKean
24 - 38
enquiry into the extent to which the form of cities and the direction of their principal routes may have been shaped by the desire to contain or control sun, rain and, in particular, wind; with particular reference to Edinburgh
Olwyn Owen
47 - 59
considers the problems of preserving urban archaeological resources located in the midst of modern communities. The paper looks at issues such as scheduling; listed buildings and conservation areas; development control; Historic Scotland initiatives; and the importance of public awareness
Geoffrey Stell
60 - 68
analyses how Scotland has undertaken the recording of buildings in historic towns, and evaluates the role of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), including the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NRMS). A recording agenda for Scottish urban buildings in a wider European context is suggested
Derek W Hall
69 - 76
attempts to summarise current knowledge of the Scottish medieval burgh, and to assess what has been learnt from the last twenty-five years of urban excavation and monitoring, with particular reference to Perth and other burghs
E P Dennison
77 - 89
discusses the purposes, methodologies and progress of the Scottish Burgh Survey project, an initiative designed to help planning authorities to recognise where there might be archaeological implications to an urban planning proposal. The author also summarises some of the complementary work of the Centre for Scottish Urban History. This paper is intended to be read in tandem with the following paper
Russel J Coleman
90 - 98
provides an archaeologist's perspective on producing a survey for the new series of the Scottish Burgh Survey, outlining the principal objectives, the sources and methods used, and some recurrent problems and highlighting some of the contributions to the survey made by the archaeological input
Peter A Yeoman
Sarah Govan
99 - 104
reviews the development of urban archaeology in Fife as managed by the Regional Council's Archaeology Unit up to the time of local government reorganisation in Scotland in April 1996 and beyond, within the context of the creation of the new Fife Council Planning Service
William Garrett
120 - 128
the paper reviews the conservation context of Edinburgh's historic centre and the need for a conservation strategy for the city, before examining the structure of the strategy and its main objectives
Kirsteen Thomson
129 - 136
discusses the aims and work of the Edinburgh Old Town Renewal Trust, with examples of conservation-led regeneration strategies on the Royal Mile, Cockburn Street and the South Bridge and the Shopfront Improvement Scheme, and of new build within the historic fabric of the Old Town
John Oxley
137 - 144
sets out the ways in which the conservation of archaeological deposits has been incorporated into the political agenda within the city, and maps out the ways in which this policy may develop
Howard B Clarke
145 - 157
discusses the problems of historical conservation in and around Dublin, including its colonial and post-colonial context, the influence of modernism and `destructionism' and of post-modernism and constructionism, and the campaigns and strategies launched to attempt to preserve what is left of Dublin's historic fabric
Heather F James
158 - 168
summarises the principal results of archaeological and topographical work in both Roman and medieval Carmarthen since the late 1960s, and discusses advances in knowledge, remaining problems and changing perceptions, and the contribution made by archaeology to the specifically Welsh issues of conquest, co-existence and change in Anglo-Norman towns. The paper also assesses success and failure in the conservation of the historic fabric, together with ways of interpreting and promoting the historic resource in a bi-lingual culture, stressing the need for continuing archaeological commitment
Brian M Evans
179 - 195
looks at the legacy of towns in Scotland and the pressures they face, and reviews research undertaken by the multi-disciplinary design practice Gillespies. The author discusses the Scottish Office advice which the research informed, and concludes with a methodology for preparing an integrated strategy for the future of a small town as developed and applied by Gillespies in a number of towns in Scotland
Stuart Eydmann
196 - 205
gives a local authority conservation officer's view on how we have reached the current level of `conservation consciousness', identifying key moments in the shift from the culture of comprehensive redevelopment which typified the approach to towns in the decades immediately after World War II
M A Lynch
209 - 211
conclusion and discussion of future directions for the conservation of Scotland's historic towns
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