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ExCeL London



26 - 28 April 2022

The Memory Stones:
a journey of collaboration at the Portland Quarries Nature Park

13:00-13:45, Thursday 2 May 
South Gallery Room 4


portland sculture and quarry trust host a seminar at the natural stone show


Taking place from 13:00 – 13:45 on Thursday 2 May, Hannah Sofaer from Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust will be discussing the principle of collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange that led to the Memory Stones - Beacon Matrix. A clifftop alignment of 12 stones with embedded iBeacon technology that will transmit existing and new audio visual materials by artists, ecologists, quarry-workers, geologists, architects and stone masons, creating a dynamic interpretative gateway for the Quarry Park.

This session is free to attend and will take place in South Gallery Room 4 which can be accessed through the rear of the exhibition hall. 


Hannah initiated the first stone carving courses as part of Tout Quarry Sculpture Park in 1983, delivering courses for  50 Higher Education institutions and the general public; also writing and delivering validated elective courses for students from 21 departments and 5 Faculties of the University of Brighton; applying the concept of a ‘Living Land Archive’ as an interdisciplinary model for quarry regeneration developed through the Mineral Industry Sustainable Technology Programme 2003 - 2007 (MIST/DEFRA). 

She is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Masons and an observer on their training committee. 

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memory stones
Portland Sculpture Quarry Trust Conservation Seminar

Balancing Superhero Technology with Tradition: An exclusive preview into 21st Century historic building R&M practice and training.

14:00-15:00, Thursday 2 May 
South Gallery Room 4

Taking place from 14:00 – 15:00 on Thursday 2 May, Scott McGibbon from the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, along with doctoral candidate Sam Harper will be discussing how the advances in data capture, digital and visualisation technologies are creating a wave of innovation within  the historic R+M sector. This is stimulating new ways of working and training, as well as delivering greater efficiencies and cost savings.

Drawing inspiration from the unprecedented pace of technological change compelling the wider construction industry to become more efficient, integrated and more attractive, Scott will walk through examples that illustrate how to come up with creative solutions and solve problems with 21st century digitisation.


The session will include:

  • A presentation on emerging digitisation trends for historic building repair and maintenance projects
  • An introduction, demonstration and interactive session with virtual and augmented reality for TVET training


The session is free to attend and will take place in South Gallery Room 4 which can be accessed through the rear of the exhibition hall.

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  • I've seen how techniques and machinery have advanced in the stone trade, making life easier, more efficient and saving money on a project
    2017 Show Visitor
  • The Natural Stone Show has been really exciting for us, we’ve met a lot of great people and had a lot of traffic on the stand, it has been a great setting for our official launch.
    Kelly Johnson
  • You can find everything!
    2017 Show Visitor
  • The real highlight of the show has been seeing so many people come to see the new colours that we've introduced...we've pulled in incredible crowds with the new range.
    Simon Boocock
    CR Laurence of Europe

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