Understanding Conservation is a free educational resource provided by COTAC for all involved in, or interested in, the conservation of the historic environment. Its 5 study Units are based on the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Education and Training Guidelines and offer individuals a structure and framework to develop their conservation skills.

What COTAC does

Formed in 1959, the Council's 21st century Objectives are to advance the education and training of all those involved in the protection and preservation of the historic environment that is of cultural, architectural or historical value, and to provide knowledge in support of training and education in the arts and skills required to protect and preserve it.

To advance conservation education and training and support its knowledge base, COTAC will adopt an integrated lay, craft, specialist and professional approach, whilst engaging with a wide range of interested parties to achieve its aims. The Council's related website, understandingconservation.org will continue to be freely available as a COTAC on-line personal learning resource for those wishing to develop and further their conservation knowledge and skills.

By following the links on this page, you will also find details of COTAC's other related work, reports and conferences on conservation matters.

CLICK HERE to read our report on Building Information Modelling for Conservation


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