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Church Loop Systems

Audio Frequency Induction Loops - The Law has changed

In the UK public venues such as churches MUST have a standards compliant Audio Frequency Induction Loop fitted - by law.

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Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

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British Islamic Heritage

British Islamic heritage celebrated by Historic England

In March, two mosques in London were listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic, architectural and cultural importance.

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New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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Church Grants

Over £50m available for church repair and restoration

Every year and sometimes bi-annually, grants are made available for churches and listed buildings. The funding is available for restoration and repair.

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Antique Restoration

Nearly four decades of maintaining standards

For nearly four decades BAFRA has been ensuring that the heritage of antique furniture can be dealt with by the qualified, experienced and skilled craftsmen who have achieved accredited status within the organisation.

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Traditional Lime

Ancient building material still has many uses

One of the universal building materials prior to the end of the 19th century was lime. Lime was present in various forms in almost every building, from limewash on the walls of cattle byres and cottages to the mortar used on cathedral and castle walls.

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Architectural Metalwork

A guide to architectural metalwork, wrought iron and its restoration

Our next issue will feature a fascinating insight, exploring metallurgy, production techniques, its architectural and historical context and best practice conservation.

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Master Craftsmen

The ‘resistance army’ that is fighting to preserve traditional craft skills

According to English Heritage, on average one historic building or monument has been destroyed every day since 1945. That fact has been accompanied by a fall in local authority heritage restoration budgets of 8% over the past eight years. These are worrying statistics, but perhaps the tide is turning as people are beginning to care more about our nation’s heritage.

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Drone Surveys

Your surveys no longer need to be done on a wing and a prayer

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is rapidly expanding as the carers and keepers of old buildings and churches learn how much easier and more cost-effective completing surveying and maintenance projects can be with the professional use of drones.

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CRE Events

CRE: inspiration and innovation for the whole congregation

Almost 90% of floor space sold with five months to go: that's the good news from the Christian Resources Exhibition, taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey from 16-18 October.

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Fire Guidance


Fire guidance for churches and heritage buildings

Fires in churches and heritage buildings have a number of causes and can have devastating consequences – not only in terms of damage to property, but also as the cause of serious injury and even loss of life.

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FTMRC

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.

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Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

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Master Carvers

Carving out an enviable reputation

The Master Carvers Association was founded in 1897 as an employers association, by a number of companies who employed carvers, to enable national negotiations with the emerging unions.

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Leadworker Register

The Leadworker Register - putting skills at the heart of the industry

The Lead Sheet Association has been developing and running successful training and qualification initiatives for many years to help ensure that standards of leadwork are high across the construction industry.

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ISCE

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Promoting technical excellence

ISCE is a specialist Learned Society and professional body for sound and communications engineers. Founded in 1948, it is an entirely independent Institute, run by a Council elected by its members. Members maintain a code of conduct in professional activities, embodying high ethical standards and concern for the environmental and sociological impacts of professional activities.

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Lead Contractors

Members offer 25 years peace of mind

The trade body that represents the leadworking industry – and guarantees quality in that industry – is the Lead Contractors’ Association (LCA). The LCA was formed in 1984 to promote quality standards in leadwork and now comprises over 70 specialist contractors committed, supported by 15 associate members who supply materials and ancillary services.

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Heritage Roofing

Heritage Roofing Register - a helping hand for architects

A unique register of heritage roofing specialists is providing much needed help and assurance for architects and specifiers when working on heritage projects. The Register is the brainchild of the UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

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Church Seating

Seating guidance from ChurchCare

One of the most frequent changes made to churches today will involve seating in some way. Changing seating inside a church can have a significant impact upon the interior. The process of changing furniture, as well as choosing a suitable alternative, requires careful consideration. ChurchCare publish a document intended to guide parishes through the planning stages and the decisions involved.

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RAR Ceramics create the model home
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World RAR CeramicsReal properties owned by people who take pride in their homes and gardens are captured in the handcrafted and unique ceramic models made by Nottinghamshire based artist Richard Rogers of RAR Ceramics.  

With over 30 years experience in art and ceramics, his business now takes him all over the UK from Scotland to Sussex, South Wales to Norfolk, making models of a rich variety of homes. These have included converted stable blocks, rectories and other listed buildings, some dating back to the 1400’s, and also a number of modern properties.
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Planning Policy Statement 5 (PPS5): Planning For The Historic Environment
Published by the Department of Communities and Local Government on 23 March 2010

(Note prepared by Tony Allen, DMH Stallard)

PPS5 replaces Planning Policy Guidance Note 15 and will apply to all planning decisions affecting “Heritage Assets” taken after 23 March 2010. English Heritage have published simultaneously their “Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide”.
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So far so good! Two years of traditional metal roofing federation

IAN HARVEY, the new chairman of the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, reflects on the first two years of the federation and its efforts to introduce and police quality standards in traditional metal roofing.

In stepping into David White’s shoes as chairman of the FTMRC, I can’t help but reflect on his parting statement: “So far, so good; but we have a long way to go.” That is certainly very true, but at least under David’s leadership we have laid firm foundations and I look upon it as now being my job to build upon those foundations as we continue to progress within the roofing sector of UK construction.

Click HERE to see the federation members’ profiles

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Palace project contracts awarded
ecclesiastical & heritage world historic scotland logoYork company plays key role in scottish palace recreation

Historic Scotland is delighted to announce the award of a series of specialist contracts for its ongoing Stirling Castle Palace Project.

The contracts are part of a £12 million scheme, which will see the royal palace of James V returned to how it may have looked in its mid-16th century heyday. Among the successful bidders is Chris Topp & Co, of North Yorkshire, which will create metalwork for the palace, including fire irons of the type that would have been essential in helping keep the palace warm for the royal family and courtiers.

To find out more about Chris Topp click HERE and view their entry in our online directory
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Electronic Enhancement for Traditional Worship
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Random Sounds St BartholemewsBob Dunbar of Random Sounds has a history of over twenty- four years of developing specialist installations in places of religious worship embracing a wide range of amplification techniques.

The varied styles of worship in the modern world demand a wide range of systems.
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Jewish museum

A dynamic exploration of culture, heritage and identity
Discover and share the Jewish experience in the context of British life
Planned future exhibitions include Jews in Entertainment and Comic Book Superheroes
The Jewish Museum London will reopen on 17 March 2010 after a £10 million transformation creating a landmark museum that celebrates Jewish life and cultural diversity. Its new displays and exhibitions will tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way and engage with people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore Jewish heritage and identity as part of the wider story of Britain. The only museum in London dedicated to a minority group, the museum’s expansion and redevelopment was made possible following a £4.2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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People’s History Museum

Ideas have always been worth fighting for

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Hidden Herstories

Innovative documentary binds generations and inspires young people.

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£4.4million Spring lottery bonanza for London's heritage

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced confirmed grants worth £4.4million for seven key heritage projects in seven boroughs across the capital.

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Transporter Clears Latest Lottery Funding Hurdle

Middlesbrough's iconic Transporter Bridge has been given the green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to work up plans ahead of a major improvement programme, it was announced today.

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Historic Places of Worship
Over £15,7 million for England's Historic Places of Worship 

 

English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) today (Thursday 18 February) announced more than £15.7 million to support urgent repair work to 154 Grade I and II* listed places of worship across England. The grants were awarded under the organisations’ joint Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.*
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Urgent appeal – The Brooking Collection is at risk!
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Brooking Architectural Museum TrustYour interest in Britain’s heritage has inspired us to write and ask for your help in our quest to preserve this vital heritage for the future.

The very nature of Charles Brooking’s unique Collection has relied on his dedication in rescuing, for the nation’s future generations, important items of architectural detail before they are consigned to the skip, sold to the highest bidder or, worse still, destroyed.
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Finding a craftsman
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Guild of Mastercraftsmen logoFinding a reliable and honest tradesman these days can be a minefield. It’s difficult enough just avoiding the cowboys for jobs around the house let alone for specialist jobs for heritage and ecclesiastical work where high levels of skill and competence are needed. The Guild of Master Craftsmen only accepts members who can prove their skill and integrity which is why they are always in demand.

Click HERE to see Guild members’ profiles
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The British Quarry that Stands the Test of Time
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Ladycross QuarryLadycross Quarry, situated in the middle of Slaley Forest, is one of the few remaining quarries in England where the stone is won by hand. The layers are separated by very level bedding planes. This means that the stone can be worked by hammer and wedge as it is used throughout the ages, and no explosives are used.
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Police Leadership College gets Ellis & Co treatment
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World BramshillIn August 2008, Ellis & Co. of Shepton Mallet, Somerset commenced masonry & roofing works to Bramshill Mansion, a Grade I listed building and Grade II* listed landscape, which is currently The National College of Police Leadership.  Works continue with Ellis supplying a team of Masons/Conservators working both on site and in their banker shop to conserve and where necessary replace masonry and brickwork and Carpenters, Tilers and Leadworkers working on the building’s roofs.
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Iechyd da! Reasons to be cheerful on St David’s Day

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced today initial support² for major redevelopment projects in Cardiff, Halifax and London.  These are: St Fagans, one of the UK’s earliest open-air museums which has been pivotal in shaping Welsh cultural identity; the Piece Hall, an 18th-century square and monument to Yorkshire’s textile industry; and the Science Museum’s new galleries designed to honour achievements in science and digital communications.

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Abingdon Old County Hall

Abingdon Old County Hall restoration gets Heritage Lottery Fund go-ahead

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Investing in Success

New report shows heritage tourism contributes £20bn to UK economy and has important role to play in recovery 

A new report published today, commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), reveals for the first time the scale of the heritage tourism industry in the UK, estimating its gross domestic product (GDP) contribution to be £20.6 billion.

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Florrie to rise from the Ashes

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced today an award of £3.7million for Liverpool’s pioneering Florence Institute for Boys, to fund extensive repair and conservation work, restoring the building so that it again can be used by the local community.

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Watercress Line's New Workshops

The first major phase of the Mid Hants Railway’s latest Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project has been completed and will be formally opened on Wednesday February 17th by song writer, record producer and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman

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HLF ensures the Cardiff Story is told

Christmas has come early for the Cardiff Story as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) today (14 December) awarded a grant of £440,000 towards the first phase of re-opening a museum for the city.

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