The Leamington Society aims to "Promote high standards of planning and architecture, develop and extend knowledge of Royal Leamington Spa and to secure the protection and preservation of features of historic or public interest".
Visit to Cambodia, May 2010
David was invited to join an international team of eminent conservation experts to advise on the conservation issues of 10th century brick shrines in Cambodia.
The four day workshop was organised by the World Monument Fund. Other delegates included English and Italian engineers, conservation experts from America as well as Japanese and Cambodian archaeologists.
The shrines were within the Angkor Archaeological park close to the town of Seim Reap. Several shrines were surveyed and assessments made of their condition and possible methods of repair.
The decay of the fabric was quite complex with structural movement, root infestation and termites all contributing to their long term failure.
It must be said that although repairs to the brickwork shrines are at an early stage repairs to other stone monuments have been carried out by local tradesmen and are of a high standard.