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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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CRE roadshow heads for Sandown following successful Manchester return

‘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.


Master Craftsmen

Championing our heritage with modern craftsmanship

Twenty years ago, English Heritage (now Historic England) published its first-ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England, which featured nearly 2,000 buildings and monuments that were ‘neglected, broken and unloved’. Recently Historic England was delighted to announce that over two-thirds of those buildings were now safe, in both urban and rural areas right across the country.


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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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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."


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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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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Edinburgh Castle seeks modern apprentices

Historic Environment Scotland is celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week by offering 9 school leavers the opportunity to join the team at Edinburgh Castle on a two-year Modern Apprenticeship.

Starting in June 2016, the Modern Apprentices will spend their first three months taking part in a thorough induction of the castle, before being thrown into working life at Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction. Over the two years, apprentices will divide their time between college and hands-on experience of working in one of three main areas: admissions, tour guiding, or retail.

It's not just the weather that can be hazardous!


Surrey based Gillett & Johnston has been supplying and installing clocks, bells and weathervanes since 1844 and are one of a few specialist companies capable of carrying out restoration of this type of equipment. 

Recently they were contacted by St John's Church in Bethnal Green because the weathervane was in danger of becoming a safety hazard.

Induction Loop Systems for churches

Since October 2004, Induction Loops have been mandatory in all public buildings - including Places of Worship. They are used to transmit clear sound, without the need for wires, to hearing aid users.

A correctly designed Induction Loop System produces a crystal clear sound through the whole of the seated area of the venue without the necessity for the user to take any action, apart from moving a switch on their hearing aid. Hearing Aid users can sit anywhere and hear perfectly without either background noise from other people or any other interference.

York Theatre Royal to reopen on Friday 22 April following a £6million redevelopment

York Theatre Royal, founded in 1744 and one of the UK’s oldest producing theatres, reopens its doors on Friday 22 April 2016 following a £6million redevelopment. The project by architects De Matos Ryan has transformed the 270 year old theatre into a building fit to serve a 21st century audience with improved access and flexibility.

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, City of York Council and York Conservation Trust with generous grants and donations from local and national trusts and foundations, corporate and individual supporters. A further £153,000 has been raised through a public fundraising campaign.

FAKRO roof windows with bespoke flashings for new community church

Westhill Community Church in Aberdeenshire was a new, greenfield project. Its contemporary style was designed for maximum functionality and to encourage use by the wider community. 33 FAKRO roof windows flood the stage with natural light and illuminate buildings which form the sanctuary, foyer and offices.

Products included FTP-V U3 Electro windows with rain sensor, EFW flat roof windows and an FAKSV17 Smoke Vent window.

Conservation of delicate silk paintings

Nicole Wall of Southampton based picture framers We Frame It has just completed a major project involving a series of four silk paintings that arrived in a perished condition. Liaison with a textile conservator resulted in the silk being consolidated and finally framed.

Nicole takes up the story: "Four silks depicting the seasons arrived in my studio in a very delicate state having already been shipped back from New Zealand. I was able to offer advice to the customer concerning their conservation before I could frame them.

"One had been disturbed and broken away along the top edge. The others were in good condition but very delicate. Each one was fastened behind the matt along the top edge only, thankfully, with a strip of double sided Sellotape, now beyond easy removal with a solvent.

Brighton College terra cotta tower completed

MBH PLC’s Hathern Terra Cotta brand is the UK’s leading manufacturer of traditional hand pressed architectural terra cotta and faience, with a highly skilful team and unsurpassed customer service. Due to its accomplished craftsmen and unrivalled reputation, HTC were selected to accurately re-create over 1650 individual handmade pieces for Brighton College, complementing the site’s previous designs by the highly acclaimed Sir George Gilbert Scott and Sir Thomas Graham Jackson’s design in 1887. The original plans for the front façade included an impressive Tudor style, central bell tower which was never completed due to lack of funding, left as a truncated stub.

Virtus Contracts Ltd were appointed as Main Contractor, working in conjunction with Richard Griffiths Architects, who were tasked to orchestrate and re-create the bespoke tower to match the infamous original 19th century designs.

First look at Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre

Purcell has been appointed to lead the design team on the Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre project in Larkhill, Wiltshire. The ambition of the centre is to create a sustainable new home to share the heritage of Salisbury Plain and display internationally significant collections. The new image shows Purcell’s proposed design in context.

Cathedral Centenary War Repair Fund helps conserve Chester Cathedral

imgEssential conservation work has begun on the fabric of the ancient Chester Cathedral.

In 2014, Chester Cathedral became one of 31 English cathedrals to be awarded a grant as part of the £8.3 million First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

This award provided a once in a generation opportunity to re-lay the Cloister Roof and to reset the decorative pinnacles added to the cathedral by the esteemed cathedral architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Cabinet makers maintain the highest standards

Set within the heart of Devon, Colin Layzell Cabinet Makers pride themselves in maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship in all projects undertaken. Their reputation has been established through traditional values and by working with the finest materials - and never compromising cost over quality.

The company are a dedicated team of skilled craftsmen with a wealth of experience and knowledge across all aspects of their trade. They pride themselves in offering the highest standards across all of their work and love the challenges each new project brings.

ISCE announces seminar programme for ISCEx2016

ISCE has announced dates for this year’s ISCEx2016 exhibition, along with details of its seminar programme.

The two-day event is returning to the picturesque rural location of Coombe Abbey, outside Coventry (March 8-9) and will bring consultants, specifiers, installers and manufacturers together under one roof. The Institute’s AGM during the afternoon of March 8 will be followed by a networking dinner and entertainment in the evening.

Glass artist shines a light on notable events

York-based stained glass artist Ann Sotheran has more than 25 years experience of designing and making stained glass for a wide range of locations. She works in the traditional English method of stained glass making, selecting and cutting glass from hand-made sheets sourced from English Antique Glass at Alvechurch, Lamberts in Germany and St Just in France, along with precious remnants of glass once made by Hartley Woods in Sunderland. The glass may be acid etched, painted and stained before being leaded. 

Oak coffer at historic church restored to former glory

Southampton based Ian Wall Furniture Restoration were contacted by the Parish Church of St Margaret of Antioch, East with West Wellow about an old oak coffer that had been used for many years to store the flower arranging paraphernalia.

The back and base had become detached and it was no longer stable. Upon inspection it was found to have suffered badly with woodworm and the bottom rail at the rear was so badly damaged it fell away.

With a limited budget it was decided to insert a section of oak so that it was able to hold the back panels and floor in situ. A length of oak was dimensioned and machined to accept the old structure and then inserted into place. It was then coloured to bring it to a dark colour to match as best possible within the time constraints.

War memorials to receive funding for repairs as part of centenary commemorations

War memorials in Cowie and Strathblane are to receive £1.5k and £2.4k respectively, to carry out vital repairs, as part of an initiative to restore memorials across the country, as part of the four year centenary commemorations of the First World War.

They are part of a wider group of 8 war memorials across Scotland who have been awarded a total of £87k. Two well-known Falkirk memorials - the Duke of Wellington Memorial (pictured) and Falkirk Boer War Memorials in Newmarket Street - are to receive £750 each. The announcement coincides with the commemorations for the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of Verdun – one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts of the First World War.

Buy cast iron rainwater products with confidence

Rainclear Systems has been in the business of providing customers with high quality Cast Iron Rainwater products and a high quality of advice and service for over 10 years.

Cast Iron guttering and downpipes have the longest life span of 100+ years when maintained correctly.

If purchased pre-painted the finish will last for approximately 10 years before the system needs to be repainted.

Martin-Brooks makes no bones about heritage skills

You wouldn’t expect an archaeological dig to form part of a roofing project, but for Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks, it is all part of the service.

While working on St Michael and All Angels church in the Derbyshire village of Taddington, the heritage specialists needed help to uncover the past and cure a soggy problem.

As land to rear of the grade I listed church was prone to waterlogging, Martin-Brooks was asked to extend its remit to improve drainage across the site. The churchyard is known to contain unmarked graves of orphans who worked at nearby Litton Mill in the 1800s, so expert assistance was called in to monitor the excavations and record anything of archaeological interest that was encountered.

Rhuddlan Castle: Conservation of Castle River Dock

The impressive Rhuddlan Castle stands today as a dominant, yet ruinous, feature alongside a once strategic crossing point of the river Clwyd in Denbighshire, North Wales. The castle can be seen on the approach to the town, lending an enchantment to the view and awakening the imagination, of a time long past, and of the stories behind its existence. Now, Cadw and a team of skilled masons are helping to preserve this historic site for present and future generations.

Architectural ceramics skills saved by experienced team

Jon Wilson and Steve Allen, both former employees of a specialist clay building products manufacturer, have set up Darwen Terracotta Limited and in the process been able to re-employ 25 skilled and experienced craftspeople in the new business. Their former employer, Shaws of Darwen, closed its terracotta and faience business to concentrate on their domestic sink range, leading to skills that could have been lost forever.

Jon explains, “Steve and I have over 50 years combined experience in this industry having worked on some of the most prestigious building projects in both the UK and USA. All of our people have spent most of their working lives in this trade and preserving these skills is vital. We are a close knit team with a strong commitment by everyone to support the business and succeed together.”

Buying the right folding chairs for your church

When buying folding chairs for your church, there are one or two things you need to take into account to ensure you make the best decision. After all, there are hundreds of options out there, and limitless uses to which the chairs can be put.

Length of Use

For example, there’s a marked difference between a chair that might be used for short meetings or coffee mornings, and one that is used for the duration of a church service. Length of use should be considered alongside the chair’s comfort and strength.

Building made better with

MBH PLC remains at the forefront of industry innovation, by continuing to invest and evolve its manufacturing processes. At the same time, it leads the way in offering intuitive, informative and supportive product data through the most up-to-date construction technology procedures. Acting rapidly on the Government's Construction Strategy, published in May 2011, MBH PLC responded with its first range of clay products files. As the first brick manufacturer to introduce Building Information Modelling (BIM) files in the UK, it is now delighted to see a surge in industry support, acceptance and participation.

More and more roofers are raising the competence standard

Competent Roofer Ltd is the leading Competent Persons scheme for roof refurbishment in the UK.

Launched in 2010 with backing from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Competent Roofer has enjoyed great success in raising the profile of the roofing sector over the past five years.

In that time it has signed up over 500 members, issued over 26,000 job notifications and saved millions of pounds in Building Regulation Compliance Certificates (BRCC) charges.

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