Restoring Palestine, with Nick Durnan

Nick is a stone and sculpture conservator who has made four visits to the Palestinian West Bank over the last eight years to teach limestone conservation and the art of using lime to Palestinian architects, engineers and masons


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A talk by Nick Durnan about his work in the Palestinian towns of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron and Bethlehem.

He will describe the work of the Palestinian cultural heritage organisations: RIWAQ Conservation Centre, the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee and Bethlehem 2000 in the challenging conditions of the West Bank.

There will also be a display of traditional Palestinian embroidery, and some resource material about the architectural heritage of the West Bank area.


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Nicholas Durnan

Nicholas has over 30 years experience working on the conservation and repair of stonework on cathedrals, churches and historic buildings. For most of his career he has worked as a sculpture conservator and has worked as a conservation consultant.

He has been involved in both these roles for the major repair and conservation programmes of the West Fronts of Wells, Exeter, Salisbury and Peterborough Cathedrals.

Nick is also a sculptor and is currently working on a series of carvings in Somerset alabaster inspired by the Mobius Strip.




2010Martin Keeley