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Skills for the future to safeguard the past

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World have a selection of heritage training providers listed within our online directory offering a wide range of courses.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CRE Events

CRE North: the show that really did have All Kinds of Everything

‘What a wonderful exhibition – we have discovered so much here. Please, please, please come back to Manchester soon!’

That was the overwhelming feedback from visitors to CRE North in Manchester in March. In fact, such was the warmth of the welcome as the show returned to the city that it isn’t a question of if, but when, the exhibition will be heading north again, according to the organisers.

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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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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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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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Metal theft is costing the UK £770m a year

An estimated 18.7% of all listed buildings were physically affected by crime in 2017 - that is over 70,000 listed buildings. The biggest single threat is metal theft and the most threatened type of building is a church. Around 3 in 8 churches or other religious buildings were damaged by crime last year. Panthera Security is the UK’s first ever NACOSS Gold Accredited installer of NCP115 Compliant scaffold alarms and they are specialists in the installation of alarm and CCTV systems to listed and religious buildings whilst repair works are being carried out.

Part of Panthera Group, the company has been a leader and innovator of the scaffold alarm industry since 2003, when managing director Neal James recognised that there was a need for regulations and standards within this niche sector of the security market. In 2012 Panthera collaborated with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) to develop the industry’s first ever code of practice.

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The non-invasive system that’s at the Core of damp treatment

Belmont Abbey, just outside Hereford, is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery which also serves as a parish church for the local community. The abbey church is a Grade Two*-listed building dating from 1860. It was designed by Edward Welby Pugin, son of the celebrated architect Augustus Welby Pugin, and is noted for the quality of its sculpture and stained glass.

As with many buildings of it age, the abbey had various dampness problems that required constant attention – rising, or structural, damp being just one of them. Specialist damp treatment company Core Conservation were engaged to survey the building and proposed the Aquapol non-invasive system.

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Collaboration brings stunning results

Nestling in the heart of the historic Norfolk market town of Swaffham, the beautiful Grade Two-listed Methodist Church has recently been renovated to offer state-of-the-art resources to people of all ages and interests in a bright and welcoming building.

The transformation has been accomplished in no small part through the collaboration of two specialist church suppliers – Cunnings Recording Associates and Fullers Finer Furniture – in conjunction with the building contractor H Smith and Sons of Honingham.

Walk into Swaffham Methodist Church today and you enter a contemporary and flexible space, exquisitely modernised to blend the best of old and new, through bespoke furniture and restoration work provided by Fullers and a quality audio-visual system installed by Cunnings.

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Church heating specialist spans the Midlands

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist in the village of Somersham, near Huntingdon, stands on a site which is thought to have been used for Christian worship since the second half of the 7th century.

The current building itself dates from the latter part of the 13th century and was probably built by one of the bishops who lived in the Bishops Palace, which was sited only a few hundred yards from where the church now stands but has sadly disappeared.

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New audio system for St Nicholas’ Church, Burton in Wirral

St Nicholas’ Church, Burton in Wirral, is located in the village of Burton, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Cheshire. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Wirral South.

Inside the church is a hatchment bearing the arms of the Congreve family along with other memorials to the family. The memorial to Richard Congreve who died in 1820 is by S. Gibson and includes a weeping putto. The parish registers start in 1538.

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Leadworker of the Year 2019 - finalists announced

Finalists Shane White of SW Leadworks and Ashley Saxton of Saxton Specialist Leadwork will be vying for the prestigious Leadworker of the Year 2019 title at this year’s Award Ceremony. The competition, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by the Lead Sheet Training Academy, which specialises in training those using lead or hard metals in the construction industry. It was open to both self-employed leadworkers and those working for contractors.

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Halifax church and Worcester Cathedral get help from above for maintenance programmes

St Hilda’s Church in Halifax and Worcester Cathedral have taken part in a drone survey trial with specialist insurer Ecclesiastical.

St Hilda’s Church in Halifax participated in survey for specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, which has been trialling drone technology to help support its in house risk management team. The technology will give the insurer fresh insight and accurate data about the churches it insures, which will enable it to provide better and more specific advice to its church customers.

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Six fears and myths about the woodcarving industry

After the modernism that followed the war, no one expected we'd see hand-carved ornamentation in our architecture again, writes Master Carver Ian Agrell. Yet here it is. We’re enjoying a resurgence in classical decoration, whether it's a restoration of a 400-year-old church, a brand-new chapel with a Gothic organ case, or a Louis XIV-style library for a billionaire's London penthouse.

Large architectural firms are increasingly winning projects requiring hand-carved woodwork. However, many of these companies—especially those more experienced in modern styles—know little about classical decoration or the ornamentation industry as a whole. They might not know that woodcarving workshops still exist.

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The restoration of a ruined oast house

The Oast House is a former oast house and heritage asset, which forms part of a complex of former agricultural buildings near the village of Hever in Kent.

Once a derelict ruin located in the curtilage of the Grade II listed Lydens farmhouse, it has been carefully restored and converted by Richard and Jane Horobin into a characterful family home, which blends with the rural landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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World`s first bat friendly breathable membrane will save millions in energy loss

Bats are a protected species in the UK and play an important role in the ecosystem. Until now when bats are found, only Bitumen 1F felt has been used. This has come at considerable cost to the thermal performance of the roof because 1F felt requires extra rafter space if insulation is used; in old buildings this is often not possible.

Properties with an uninsulated 1F felt roof can release up to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year through the buildings fabric. Replacing 1F felt with a breathable membrane and additional insulation between the rafters can reduce CO2 emissions by 57%. These factors have a large impact on global warming and climate change.

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'Old Joe' chimes again!

The University of Birmingham boasts the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world at the heart of its campus, commonly known as ‘Old Joe’ or ‘Big Joe’. In 2017 Old Joe fell silent as the Smith of Derby Group carried out repairs to the strike side of the clock so the famous chimes could be heard across campus once again.

The tower has also had other practical purposes over the last 113 years, since it was built in 1905 when the four JB Joyce clock dials were first commisioned. It was originally designed with the physics department in mind to help experiments. In the 1940’s the tower was used to test equipment which would form the basis of RADAR technology in World War II and then provided a useful watchtower during the World Wars.

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The beauty of glass - work by Ann Sotheran FMGP

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Ann SotheranHaving designed and made stained glass for many different situations including private houses, churches, public houses, exhibitions and galleries, Ann Sotheran derives the most pleasure from working in close consultation with the client or donor in the initial stages of the design.

She explains:

I like to explore, with them, their reasons for commissioning a piece of work in order that I can develop images which will most closely reflect their feelings and aspirations and evoke a positive response to the finished piece.

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Lighting specialist looks forward to a welcome return

One of the companies that had reason to be glad they exhibited at the last CRE in Manchester five years ago is Anthony J Smith (Glos) Ltd. They have a long history of designing and installing bespoke lighting systems within churches and since that last show they have been fortunate to have been involved in a number of church projects in the North West – including at Standish, Ecclestone, Preston and Oldham. They also have a small number of other projects in the region at the planning stage.

That being the case, the company felt that, when CRE decided to return to the North West in March, they should do the same, and they are looking forward to discussing potential new projects with visitors to the show who may be looking either for lighting improvements or for a full design, rewire and installation service.

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Walthamstow Wetlands wins Best Refurbishment in the 2018 Brick Awards

Walthamstow Wetlands is a series of 10 reservoirs, located in the Lea Valley Special Protection Area, providing drinking water to 3.5 million Londoners. The 211-hectare site is an area of Special Scientific Interest, which has been transformed into one of Europe’s largest urban Wetland nature reserves.

A collaboration between Thames Water, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust, the aim was to conserve the heritage and identity of the site, whilst allowing free public access to this unique landscape of water, woods and marshland.

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Ealing Green Church gets new AV system as part of refurbishment programme

Newtech was awarded the contract to design and install a new audio visual system for Ealing Green Church, West London. The church was to undergo a complete refurbishment and as part of these works a new high quality sound and video system was required.

The church required multiple floorboxes each with a variety of audio / video inputs and outputs, these would allow for the system to accommodate all types of services and events to be held in the church.

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Entries invited for Leadworker of the Year competition

Entries for the 2019 Leadworker of the Year competition are now open. The Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA) is inviting those who are proud of the leadwork skills they have, and who have undertaken an LSTA or Lead Sheet Association leadwork course, to enter the competition. It offers leadworkers the chance to get a career boost and gain recognition of their skills.

The competition is open to all leadworkers in the UK – whether they are self-employed or working for a contractor. The winner receives a free week of training at the LSTA, a new set of tools and a copy of the Rolled Lead Sheet Manual.

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Stained glass restoration helps bring 17th century manor house back to former glory

Breakspear House is a truly magnificent 17th century Grade I-listed manor house, which has undergone a detailed restoration.

Formerly the Breakspear family estate in the 13th century and home to W.S Gilbert by the end of the 19th century, it was then acquired commercially in 1956 as a retirement home. Sadly by 1987 it lay abandoned, derelict and vandalised.

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Priva BMS helps preserve historic HQ of National Centre for Writing

The National Centre for Writing, which has just completed a £2 million extension and refurbishment project at its headquarters in Norwich, called upon the capabilities of the latest Priva BMS (building management system) as a vital part of the upgrade. By installing state-of-the-art Priva Blue ID technology to monitor and control the internal climate, the organisation hopes to ensure that the building’s fabric, which includes ancient timber beams, is preserved in an optimum way.

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Tudor wins 'Best Roofing Product' award for the second time

Tudor Roof Tiles Co Ltd, Britain's foremost independent handmade clay roof tile manufacturer, has received a 2018 ‘Build It Award’ for its range of ‘Bespoke Handmade Clay Roof Tiles’

This is the second time the company has claimed the prize for ‘Best Roofing Product’ in these prestigious awards, which recognise the best products, services, projects and innovations available to self-builders and renovators. This achievement for the bespoke tile making abilities follows the company’s previous success in 2014 as category winner for its authentic standard range of peg and plain tiles.

According to the judges “This product is a high-quality option for any homeowner undertaking a heritage project or looking to create an authentic period feel.”

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Cupa Pizarras chosen for Camphill Blair Drummond – an inspirational redevelopment project

Cupa Pizarras has been specified for the historic Camphill Blair Drummond site. In keeping with the area’s heritage Heavy 3 slate was chosen for six stunning homes for Camphill residents; due to its desired aesthetics, durability and flexibility.

Located in the outskirts of Stirling amongst rolling hills and exquisite Scottish scenery, Camphill Blair Drummond provides a warm, friendly and home-from-home living environment for young people with complex learning disabilities. The community provides meaningful activities and workshops where relationships can be built, and day students and residents can live, learn and relax in a unique family setting.

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A warm church gives a warm welcome!

That is the message to church managers from Essex-based Argonaut Heating Ltd, a company with over 40 years experience in the industrial and commercial heating sector.

Specialising in church heating systems, they can provide cost-effective and efficient design, installation, repair and maintenance services and understand the problems involved in heating churches, community centres, halls and other places of worship.

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