Thank you for attending the 15th Annual Heritage Conservation Symposium! Please join us again next year.


The 15th Annual Heritage Conservation Symposium will take place digitally due to the ongoing need for socially-distanced practices as suggested by public health officials. Keeping Heritage Real: Authenticity in Conservation Practice will be starting on Thursday, April 15th, 2021, on Zoom and will be recurring every Thursday for four weeks, over lunchtime.

Registration is now closed.



The Carleton University Heritage Conservation Symposium is usually a one-day event run by graduate students in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies in cooperation with the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation and the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Program. The event aims to bring together students, academics and professionals in critical discussion on heritage- and conservation-related issues and questions. This year the event will be online over a series of weeks.

The annual event began in 2004 under the direction of the late Herb Stovel, who was at that time an associate professor at the School and coordinator of the Heritage Conservation Programme. Since that time, the Symposium has been held on topics such as Does Designation Work?, Many Voices in Heritage, Heritage and Technology, Mind the Gap: Crossing Borders in Heritage and Conservation, Unsettling Heritage: Critical/Creative Conservation, Not My Heritage: New Identities/Voices in Conservation, Dynamic + Migrating Landscapes: Re-visioning Heritage Conservation, and most recently Heritage Intersections: People and Placemaking.

The Herb Stovel Memorial Lecture has been held in conjunction with the Symposium in various years. More information on the Herb Stovel Memorial Lecture is available here.