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Traditional Lime

Lime: it’s better for buildings – and for the environment

It is now fairly well known that cement is not good for old buildings and that lime mortar should be used. But why? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages? In order to begin to answer those questions it is necessary to understand the nature of traditional building, the process by which buildings used to be built, and how it differs from modern construction, the process by which we build today.

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CRE Events

Gathering no moss, CRE rolls on to Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh Park, located in the heart of England, is the venue for CRE Midlands – 4 and 5 March 2020.

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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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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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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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Ironwork

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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Midland Lead

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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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Lead Roofing

The benefits of lead roofing

Lead is one of the oldest materials in the roofing industry and is still commonly used throughout the world today.

Lead roofing is a traditional roofing method which has been used in the industry for hundreds of years, and is therefore proven to be extremely reliable. Lead roofing, and sand-cast lead, in particular is ideal for old buildings such as churches or historical renovations, whereas milled lead roofing is a mass-produced alternative, used for precision and accuracy in homes and commercial buildings alike.

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Tree Care

Tree care and planting in the church and heritage sector

According to a report in The Independent the UK will have to plant 1.5 billion trees if it is to tackle climate change. The London Tree Officers Association has this to say on the subject: "Future Governments are committed to planting trees to reduce carbon emissions, however there is concern that some of these proposals are focussed on a rapid increase without considering the intricate steps that are required to ensure that trees establish and thrive and it is important that this is made clear to avoid good intentions resulting in failure."

Professional advice and expertise needs to be sought and implemented.

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Lead Training

Training at the Lead Sheet Training Academy

The Lead Sheet Training Academy is at the forefront of training for those using lead or hard metals in the construction industry.

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Disabled Access

Are Britain’s heritage attractions inclusive?

Research commissioned by specialist heritage insurer, Ecclesiastical, has revealed many parents of children with special needs feel uncomfortable or unwelcome while visiting museums, art galleries, theatres, stately homes or castles with their children.

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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 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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Heritage Crime

The development of the Heritage Crime Programme in England

Mark Harrison, Head of Heritage Crime Strategy 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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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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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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M J Hrycko Carpentry Contractors now online

M J Hrycko was established in 1978 and has since developed a reputation in the construction industry for providing sub-contract carpentry services to meet today’s fast-track construction programmes. We give equal attention to modest and large commercial carpentry contracts and offer the same level of commitment to all clients.

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Arch Timber Protection

PROVEN FIRE PROTECTION FOR TIMBER

If you are involved in the specification of building materials and you have chosen wood - congratulations! An admirable choice for our most versatile, environmentally advanced and sustainable building material.
And if you have concerns about the use of wood in terms of the threat of fire, don’t worry! Correct design specification and the use of modern fire retardant pre-treatments can make wood into a long lasting and safe choice of material. In the event of a fire, specific pre-treatments will effectively slow down the process of combustion and restrict the surface spread of flame, giving more time for the safe evacuation of personnel from the building and greater opportunity for fire fighters to save the structure.

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Leave Your Historic Environment to the Experts

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World IHBC small logoThe IHBC www.ihbc.org.uk   is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.

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Bowes Takes a Bow
Ecclesiastical and Heritage World small swanFRENCH BEAUTY IN THE NORTH

 The Bowes Museum is a building on an extraordinary scale and is a major landmark in the Durham countryside. As Country Life stated in 1992: “Does anybody forget their first sight of the Bowes Museum? The short walk from the centre of Barnard Castle transports the visitor from a picturesque County Durham market town to Second Empire France...Time has not diminished the shock and delight of coming across this swaggering chateau amid the hills of Teesdale"

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Volunteers return in CSR scheme

For the second year running, volunteers from construction and management consultant Turner & Townsend returned to Shandy Hall in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, to carry out maintenance and decoration of the exterior of the 18th-century parsonage as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme.

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Baroness Andrews named as Bruce-Lockhart's successor

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has announced the appointment of Baroness Kay Andrews as the new Chair of English Heritage. Baroness Andrews was formerly Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Her appointment followed an open competition under full Nolan procedures earlier in the year and will run for four years from 27 July.

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Museum start marks Burns anniversary

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns is being celebrated across Scotland, with 2009 also being designated the Year of Homecoming.

In Burns’s birthplace of Alloway, in Ayrshire, the anniversary has marked the start of a long-anticipated project to build a brand new Burns Museum to house the most important collection of the poet’s life and work.

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Regeneration seminars stress importance of 'knowing the building'

Manchester Museum of Science and IndustryMore than 90 delegates attended a day of seminars on Regenerating Historic Buildings at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester at the end of April.

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New tiles for old at Keble

An enlightened and practical approach to the restoration of a Grade One-listed building was evident in the project at Keble College Hall in Oxford.

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Heritage bodies announce shared commitment to skills training

Several leading organisations behind the drive to preserve and maintain the built heritage met in Westminster on 31 March under the auspices of Sir Patrick Cormack’s Arts and Heritage All Party Parliamentary Group, to launch a shared commitment to promote the highest possible standards and best practice in the built heritage workforce.

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Excellence in Roofing: finalists announced
The National Federation of Roofing Contractors has announced the finalists in this year’s Excellence in Roofing Awards, including the popular Heritage category. The finalists have been selected based on demonstrated quality workmanship, technical difficulties encountered, problem solving, environmental qualities and aesthetics.
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Institute of Carpenters
inst_carp_crest_smallHERITAGE TIMBER

The rich built heritage we have in the UK is made up of churches, castles, stately homes, private residences and even industrial buildings; a wide and diverse range which help give character to where we live. With over 6 million such buildings, their long-term preservation depends on the specialist skill, knowledge and expertise of talented craftspeople. These once commonplace skills have suffered a decline, but a revival across all craft professions is taking place and opportunities are increasing for young students and career changers alike, with carpentry and joinery particularly in demand.

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British Organ Builders
Martin Goetze & Dominic Gwynn

Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn is a firm of six craftsmen dedicated to the production of pipe organs of high quality in classical styles. There are three partners, Martin, Dominic and Edward Bennett, and usually four other craftsmen. All three partners are full time organbuilders. Generally speaking Martin and Dominic alternate responsibility for the design, supervision and finishing of each project, though the advantage of a small firm with three committed and experienced partners is that much of the responsibility is shared.

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Brick Development Association
 Ecclesiastical & Heritage World logo-bdaBrick is one of the oldest building materials and dates back to the beginning of civilisation. We represent the nations leading clay brick and paver manufacturers and are responsible for promoting the contribution that brick makes to the places and spaces that people live and work in today.
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Lead industry mounts a Europe-wide offensive

Detail of lead roof in BelgiumOver the years the lead sheet industry has carried out numerous campaigns to explain the qualities and advantages that the material has to offer – its sustainability, its weatherproofing qualities, its versatility and its aesthetic appeal among them.
The issue is not just pertinent in the UK, however; lead has been in use as a building material throughout Europe since at least Roman times. And the campaign to promote its qualities is also Europe-wide.

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Wollaton restoration is EM Project of the Year

Wollaton Hall detailPurcell Miller Tritton has won the RICS East Midlands Project of the Year award for its work on the restoration of Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, one of the finest Tudor houses in the country and the base for the city council’s Natural History Museum.

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Heritage bodies fear crisis in LA services

Heritage bodies have united to urge Government to use its proposed statement on the historic environment to encourage local authorities not to cut historic environment services. A new report into local authority conservation and archaeology resources in England has revealed a recent drop in staff levels that could, heritage bodies claim, lead to a future crisis.

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Last retreat faces £1m bill

Launde AbbeyOne of the country’s last remaining Church of England retreat houses is launching a public appeal in a desperate bid to raise the £1m it needs for essential renovation work. If the money cannot be raised by the beginning of September the doors of Launde Abbey, which welcome in around 20,000 people a year, will be forced to close for good.

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Restoration wins out over replacement: on cost

Wooden sash windows at a historic 17th-century mansion in Warwickshire have been saved and restored, because it proved more cost-effective than replacing them.

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Merger creates a partnership of experience

Two architectural practices with track records in the ecclesiastical and heritage sectors have merged to form a new firm. PEP Architects Ltd and the Peter Bradford Partnership – both based in Tring, Hertfordshire – have come together to form Thompson Bradford Architects Ltd.

 

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What’s available and where

Preserving and maintaining the nation’s built heritage is also part and parcel of preserving the environment in which we live. That environmental husbandry extends to the materials we use in the restoration projects we undertake and new additions to the built heritage. Re-using and recycling is central to that work and is typified by the extensive use of architectural salvage.

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