Peter Burman

Peter Burman has been Vice-Chair of BEFS since February 2015. Previously, while already a trustee, he was Chair of the Garden History Society in Scotland.

Peter was Professor of Cultural Management at the Brandenburg Technical University, Germany (2007-2012) located in the Centre for World Heritage Studies which was part of the Department of Architectural Conservation. From 2002 to 2007, he was Director of Conservation for the National Trust for Scotland.

Prior to this, Peter was Director of the Centre for Conservation Studies (CCS) at the University of York in 1990-2002. The CCS is now forty years old and in July 2012 there was an inspiring conference to celebrate its many successes at which Peter Burman gave a paper on historic gas lighting and its role in urbanism.

Following a degree in History of Art at Cambridge and participation in the Mural Paintings Conservation Course at ICCROM (International Centre for Conservation) in Rome, Peter spent two decades as first deputy and then head of the two national bodies for churches and cathedrals at that time, effectively as ‘Conservation Officer’ and their CEO.

He has engaged in many missions to other countries during which he has advised the Department of Fine Arts in Thailand, Indian National Trust for Art & the Cultural Heritage (INTACH, India), Croatia (but for the Council of Europe), National Trust of Australia, Society for the Protection of New England Antiquities (USA), Conservation Institute in Tokyo (Japan), Archaeological Institute of Cheng-Du (China). He is a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Theory & Practice of Conservation.

In the UK Peter is a Guardian of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (f.1877) and a founding trustee of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He is also trustee of two Scottish country houses and their designed landscapes (House of Falkland and Hopetoun) and at Hopetoun he is also Archivist to the Hopetoun Papers Trust, responsible for curating a large body of archives from the 14thC to the present; and he is Arts & Heritage Consultant to Lincoln Cathedral and to Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation Ltd. He is a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a member of their Sculpture Committee.