Visit to Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland

We are pleased to have an ongoing relationship with The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Every year since 2012 two students from the Conservation Department of Nicolaus Copernicus University have had the opportunity to jointly survey the Glasgow Necropolis and contribute to some of our active Conservation projects. In April Brian Park and Natalia Burakowska of our Conservation team, visited the University in Torun, a beautiful UNESCO designated historic city.

During the three day visit Brian opened an exhibition on the Glasgow Necropolis project together with the director of the Conservation Department Professor Janusz Karwczyk, while Natalia gave a lecture on the project.

While visiting the University Brian also gave four lectures to the University, firstly on our recent conservation projects (Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The McManus), secondly a lecture entitled ‘Working on buildings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’, thirdly ‘Adaptation of Listed Places of Worship’ and finally on the legislative framework which aims to protect our national heritage and related conservation issues.

Brian also had the opportunity to visit some of the specialist conservation workshops that the University run including stone, leather, paper, architectural detail, paintings and the conservation of wall paintings. He was hugely impressed by the quality of education that the students receive.

It was a wonderful trip that cemented our relationship with the University and we look forward to continuing to work with their students in the coming years.

Photo by Marta Pilarska of Brian & Natalia with the students that have worked at P\P– from right: Brian Park, Monika Nowak, Natalia Burakowska, Edyta Przydryga, Ania Patelka, Sara Szerszunowicz and Urszula Jatkowska