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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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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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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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Heritage Crime

The development of the Heritage Crime Programme in England

Mark Harrison, Head of Heritage Crime and Policing Advice at Historic England, outlines the development of their Heritage Crime Programme.

Historic England defines heritage crime as: "Any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations."

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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

Manchester proves to be the magnet as CRE returns to the North

Sold out! signs are up at Event City in Manchester, ahead of the much-anticipated return of CRE North – with more than 130 organisations taking all the space earmarked for the show, which runs from 13-14 March.

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Pest Control

Bird damage to church and heritage buildings

Church and listed building owners - and managers for large property owners in the sector such as Historic England, the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and the National Trust - understand property wear-and-tear very well. In fact, those who manage such facilities must budget for repairs and maintenance of their grounds and buildings each year.

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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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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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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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Draft Kings Park plan out for consultation
A draft plan to transform Stirling’s Kings Park to meet the needs of the whole community now and in the future is out for consultation.

The Kings Park in Stirling is a park steeped in the history of Stirling and Scotland and also a much loved, contemporary green space in the heart of the city providing leisure and pleasure to City residents and visiting tourists as well as offering stunning views to Stirling Castle and the distant hills.
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Major Makeover For Gateway to Ayr Town Centre
A multi-million pound project to transform the historic gateway to Ayr town centre is due to get underway later this year thanks to funding from South Ayrshire Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The HLF monies (£1.08 million) will supplement the Council’s investment in the Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (Ayr THI) to provide grant funding of more than £2.5 million for the repair and refurbishment of properties within the THI area, with the priority buildings being on New Bridge Street – known locally as the ‘pink buildings’.
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Pittencrieff House Museum Restoration Begins

An ambitious £260,000 restoration of Pittencrieff House, one of Dunfermline’s most historic buildings, gets under way this week.

To mark its 400th birthday, the exterior of the house is undergoing major restoration which is expected to be complete by the autumn.

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Chief Executive welcomes conservation of Chapter House

On Tuesday, 26 May 2010 a reception was held at Westminster Abbey to mark the completion of the repair and conservation of the exterior of the Chapter House. English Heritage's Chief Executive Dr Simon Thurley delivered the following speech, touching on the significance of the building, the craftsmanship involved in the project, the publication of a new book on the Chapter House as well as the current economic climate and as announced recently by the Government, the cuts to the public sector.

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Future of Buriton Chalk Pits secure thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Buriton Chalk Pits, near Petersfield, East Hampshire, is to be saved thanks to nearly £150,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


The money will be put towards conserving the ecologically valuable chalk pits in Buriton, a well-loved Local Nature Reserve and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

It will pay for a programme of maintenance work including scrub clearance and the creation of new habitats. New paths will be created and existing ones improved, local school children will be shown the natural and industrial history of the pits and a part-time ranger will be employed by Queen Elizabeth Country Park to help manage the site.

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St Malachy's Catholic Church, Belfast

One of Belfast's oldest and most beautiful churches has won an important prize following a huge renovation project involving tile company Armatile.

St Malachy's Catholic Church, in Alfred Street near the city centre, has been declared NI Project of the Year.
The 19th century church beat several multi-million pound commercial and government schemes.

 The results of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors competition were announced on Monday the 20 May.
Following the major renovations, many of the church's old features were brought back to life.
These included the altarpieces, the sanctuary, the "inverted wedding cake" ceiling and stained glass.
Designed by Consarc and manufactured and fitted by Armatile the main church floor has undergone a stunning transformation.
Incorporating new mosaic and water jet cut pieces, it succeeds in complimenting and enhancing the original sanctuary mosaic sections.
A bespoke original geometric design was also commissioned for the baptismal area which again was manufactured and fitted by Armatile.
All this was made possible by Armatile’s specialised manufacturing facility in Armagh, which allowed the floor designs to be realized to the exacting architectural design specifications.

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Growth innovation and awards over the past 5 years

In June 2010 Crossroad Health and Safety Systems; based in Charfield celebrate their 5 year anniversary. During the past five years they have grown into a truly national company with more than 40 employees and associates, and the company maintains an award-winning culture which focuses on innovation and practical solutions to the challenges which safety brings, although working in a very serious sector a fun work environment is key to success and effective communication.

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Think about it; it’s probably there. Asbestos: hidden killer
by PETER AUSTIN, manager of ACAD, the Asbestos Control and Abatement Division of the Thermal Insulation Contractors’ Association (TICA)

As I travel around the UK I often look and marvel at our churches and cathedrals. I am impressed by their beauty and design and I am in awe of the skills of the craftsman who built those magnificent buildings. I also often wonder at the spiritual meaning of the buildings and if other people who have lived, worked and worshipped in them were moved as I am by their reassuringly constant presence in our communities.

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Glasgow students create models of Historic Scotland sites

Students at Glasgow Metropolitan College have created models of Inchmahome Priory and Edinburgh Castle as part of their HND course in 3D Model Making.

The models were officially handed over to Historic Scotland today, Friday 14th May, at Glasgow Metropolitan College on North Hanover Street, Glasgow. They will be used at Edinburgh Castle and Inchmahome Priory as part of educational activities organised by Historic Scotland to support pupils’ learning.

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Leeds' Kirkgate wins £1 million Heritage Lottery regeneration boost

Lower Kirkgate in Leeds – an area integral to the regeneration of the city – is to be given a major makeover thanks to £1million awarded under the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced today. 

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Whitechapel wins £1.4 million Heritage Lottery regeneration boost

Whitechapel Road is to be given a major makeover, thanks to a grant of almost £1.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it was announced today.


This Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will become part of a wider £10m regeneration scheme named ‘High Street 2012’ that also plans to provide public realm improvements, community, art and heritage events as it rejuvenates the area.

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Knight Frank Scoops Scottish Natural Heritage Maintenance
Knight Frank’s building consultancy team has won a three year contract to manage planned maintenance to Scottish Natural Heritage’s property portfolio across Scotland.
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English Heritages historical archive catalogue now online

For the first time the public will be able to search online a catalogue describing more than a million historical photographs and documents relating to England's historic buildings and archaeological sites held by the National Monuments Record (NMR), English Heritage's public archive

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£7million to help repair England's historic places of worship

English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund announce grants to help restore Grade II listed places of worship


English Heritage (EH) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have today (Monday 24 May 2010) announced funding of £7million to help restore 68 historic Grade II listed places of worship in England. Places of worship from a range of faiths and denominations are set to benefit from the organisations’ joint Repair Grants for Places of Worship programme.

The buildings set to benefit include the Memorial Community Church, a Grade II listed Baptist Church in Newham, East London; the Church of the Sacred Heart, a Grade II listed Roman Catholic Church in Portsmouth; and the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Lincolnshire.

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Eglish Heritage Project

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £44,900 to Eglish Historical Society for a new project that will explore and record the history of the parish, it was announced today.


The two year project, ‘Eglish through the Ages’, will capture and record the cultural and natural heritage of the area over the past centuries to ensure its preservation for future generations.  At least fifteen volunteers will be recruited to help research, compile and record the heritage of the parish under the themes of history, literature, sport, folklore, politics and the industrial past. 

The unique heritage of Eglish includes its ancient church site, which is believed to have been a centre of worship since the dawn of Christianity, the base of an early Celtic cross, the sweat-house at Cadian and other places of historic significance including hill-forts, crannogs and holy wells.  Part of the Battle of Benburb was fought within the parish boundaries, Harper O’Neill is believed to be buried in the church grounds and connections with the milling industry date back to early monastic times, giving the area a rich heritage. 

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Lead Sheet Association appoint new head

The Lead Sheet Association (LSA) has appointed Nigel Johnston, their former Training Manager, as General Manager responsible for all aspects of the Association’s activities.

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National Heritage Roofing Contractors Register identifies quality
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World NFRC logoNFRC officially launched the development of a National heritage roofing contractor’s register in January 2008 and it is constantly updated. The register aims to identify reliable and suitably qualified heritage roofing specialists who have a good track record in carrying out roofing work to historic buildings.

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New faces grace Chapter House restoration
The future of one of London’s oldest buildings, the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey, has been secured following a major English Heritage-led repair and conservation project. Over the past 18 months a team of 20 master carvers and stonemasons has painstakingly cleaned, repaired and conserved the badly weathered gargoyles, stone floral friezes, flying buttresses and stained glass windows. The colossal scaffolding has now come down to reveal the majestic exterior completely refreshed, revived and weather-tight.
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Expert reveal the face of Stirling's medieval knight after 650 years

A dramatic reconstruction has revealed the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered at Stirling Castle.

This Thursday, BBC Two’s History Cold Case series will attempt to discover the identity of the warrior who may have been killed during Scotland’s Wars of Independence with England in the late 13th and 14th centuries.

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Welsh town centres win £2.5m Heritage Lottery regeneration boost

Two Welsh towns are to receive a much-needed boost of £2.5m, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced today (14 May, 2010). The money has been earmarked for Pontmorlais and Cefn Mawr and will help fund vital regeneration schemes.

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Opportunities to join our Scotland and Wales Committees

We are recruiting two Member vacancies on our Committee for Scotland and three Member vacancies on our Committee for Wales. Committees take decisions on all requests between £50,000 and £1million and provide a crucial country perspective to the HLF Board on larger grants, targeted initiatives and on regional priorities.

These posts present an exciting and challenging opportunity for individuals with a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for the UK's diverse heritage.

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