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Cathedral Care

Restoration and upkeep of cathedrals

There are some 42 Anglican cathedrals in the UK, not to mention 20 or so Catholic cathedrals. Cathedrals form the most important collection of historic buildings in England. The largest and most ancient are internationally famous, the smallest are usually among the most significant buildings in their region and even the most recent are architectural masterpieces.


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.


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.


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.


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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Natural Stone

Identifying and sourcing stone for repair

England is fortunate to have such a wide variety of historic and older stone buildings. However, there has been a marked decline in the range of natural stones that are being actively quarried.


Pest Control

Call in professionals if nesting birds pose a problem

Birds can cause a range of issues during nesting season, but interfering with wild birds, their eggs or nests could lead to prosecution, a national trade body has warned.


CRE Events

Thousands set to descend on Sandown

The next incarnation of Christian Resources Exhibition will be CRE National 2022 – taking place at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey, on 11-13 October.

Sandown Park is a great venue for Europe’s leading annual exhibition of Christian resources. Just 15 miles from central London, the venue is easily accessible by rail (25 minutes from London Waterloo to Esher) and road (M25 and A3). Parking is free for exhibitors and visitors.


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.


Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Historic England supports the Government’s aims to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings through Part L of the Building Regulations. Many improvements can be carried out, often at a relatively low cost, significantly enhancing the comfort of the building for its users, as well as providing savings on fuel bills and helping to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.


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 - maintaining our iconic buildings

The UK is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, from stunning churches and cathedrals to historic stately homes. Each and every one of these remarkable feats of architecture requires regular maintenance to ensure they remain in the very best condition, allowing them to be enjoyed for generations.


Church Lighting

Light up your place of worship

The design of a lighting scheme and the light fittings themselves can have a positive impact on the way your building looks as well as being functional.



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Dr Manon Williams appointed to Board of Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund

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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) today welcomed the announcement that Dr Manon Williams will join the Board as Deputy Chair and Chair of the Committee for Wales from January 2012.

She takes over from Dan Clayton Jones who steps down after seven years.

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Worth Park to be restored with £2.4m Lottery support

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Crawley Borough Council has received a grant of £2.42m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for the Worth Park restoration project.

The money from the Funds’ joint Parks for People programme will be used to return the area to its former Victorian glory and ensure that more people visit and enjoy this historic park. The council, which is also contributing £975,000 towards the five-year project, expects work to begin early in 2012.

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Maryhill’s new stained glass windows of today revealed at last!

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Stained glass is an ancient art form that stretches back hundreds of years. Now, here at Maryhill Burgh Halls, we’re ready to reveal the world’s first ever interactive stained glass window.

Scan the 2D barcode in the window with your smartphone, and you’ll be automatically taken to a webpage explaining the designs and giving information about the glass.

While the new glass is as modern as can be, stained glass in Maryhill has a long history: in 1878, the then Burgh commissioned twenty stained glass windows to showcase the trades and industries of Maryhill. They were designed by the artist Stephen Adam, and have become known as the crown jewels of Maryhill.

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John Constable ‘comes home’ to Hampstead

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 Artist John Constable’s love of Hampstead is largely overlooked but, now, as the second centenary of his first visit approaches, a new exhibition will open, thanks to a grant of almost £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum will be marking the event this year with a major six-month exhibition of some of Constable’s original works on display just a few steps from the views that inspired them. Burgh House has submitted a formal loan request for the paintings to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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National Museum of the Royal Navy to tell the story of the Royal Navy from 1900 to the present day


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The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has recently been awarded an HLF grant to allow project architects Purcell Miller Tritton to complete the transformation of the Museum’s Storehouse 10 building.

The project, which has already received planning and listed building consent, will begin in late 2012, and open to public in 2014 (the centenary of the start of World War I). It will enable the NMRN to introduce a key part of maritime history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, adding to the museum’s existing Nelson Gallery and Sailing Navy Gallery. New 20th and 21st Century galleries will be incorporated into the scheme to create a seamless chronological timeline of naval history from the 18th Century to the present day.

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Refurbishment of Davies Brother gates at St Peter’s Church, Ruthin illuminates the town


The historic wrought iron gates at St. Peters Church, Ruthin have been brought back to former glory following a massive restoration project. Blacksmiths David and Gwilym Jones from Flintshire Forge in Holywell, Flintshire were given the honour of working on the gates originally designed and made by the Davies Brothers of Wrexham in the 18th Century.

The gates at Ruthin are a wonderful example of the quality of craftsmanship of Robert and John Davies, incorporating elegant scrolls and finials with intricate leaves and organic forms, exquisite cherubs with impressive overthrows.

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Lead Theft Reduction Seminar

FREE in Nottingham on Thursday December 1st

On Thursday 1st December, Smith of Derby, in association with Nottinghamshire Police, is holding a free Lead Theft Reduction Seminar, in a bid to help the Church community reduce the risk of this type of crime.

Richard Stones, Pre-Crime Unit Manager Force Crime & Justice Directorate at Nottinghamshire Police said: “It is anticipated that copper will have a market value of £7000 per ton by the end of the year and we can expect the value of other metals to rise accordingly. Police forces nationally are working with their public and private sector partners to address the metal theft issue and collaboration with industry is crucial to the effective implementation of sustainable crime reduction solutions.
We welcome the opportunity to speak at events such as this arranged by Smith of Derby as increased awareness in both the domestic and commercial sectors will assist in tackling the problem.”

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The Abbey, Britain’s largest monastic ruin, was founded in 1132 by thirteen Benedictine monks seeking a simpler life. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 by Henry VIII, the Abbey buildings and over 500 acres of land were sold by the Crown to Sir Richard Gresham. The property was passed down through several generations of Sir Richard’s family, finally being sold to Stephen Proctor who built Fountains Hall, probably between 1598 and 1604.

Today this magnificent attraction is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Join Alan Whitworth on this fascinating photographic journey to explore Fountains Abbey Through Time and its water features, ornamental temples, follies and magnificent vistas. Even those familiar with the area will find much to marvel at within these pages, and hopefully it will encourage many more people to travel to visit this unique and historic part of Yorkshire.


 The latest title in Amberley’s extensive and highly successful Through Time series.
 Full colour, bringing history and memories to life.
 The author is a Yorkshireman, born and bred, and is available for talks or interviews.


Alan Whitworth was born in Huddersfield and now lives in Whitby. He worked in graphic design and printing before becoming involved in local history and the preservation of old buildings. A founding member of the British Dovecote Society, Alan now writes and lectures full time on architecture and local history.


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When St Laurence’s Church in Slough was robbed of the original lead lining from its roof valley gutter, its parish warden was determined to find an alternative rather than replace the metal and risk thieves striking again.

The 12th century church in the parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey is the oldest building in the borough and is protected by a Grade I-listing. As such, it came as no surprise to warden Allan James – who is responsible for three churches in the parish – when insurers told him the roof would have to be replaced with the original metal to the tune of £12,000.

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Imagemakers launch app engine to help heritage sites go digital and save money

Heritage interpretation consultants Imagemakers have launched ‘i-explore’, an app engine designed to help the heritage sector embrace digital technology and increase learning and participation. 

i-explore is not an app in itself, it is a new engine specifically designed to power heritage apps. Based on the much-loved game of I-Spy, i-explore combines visitor information and multimedia with game dynamics, in order to engage audiences. It is this game element that sets i-explore apart from other visitor apps, which often have static information or images (like a digital guide-book). An independent research study(1) on our Wildspace app for the London Borough of Havering, showed that the game element drives participation and learning by tapping into people’s natural curiosity and desire to succeed.

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Letchworth's Howard Gardens public opening

A new statue of Greek poet Sappho will be unveiled at an official event to mark the reopening of Howard Gardens in Letchworth Garden City to the public on 5 November 2011 from 12 to 3pm.

The original Sappho statue was stolen from the Gardens in the 1990s and a new version will now be given pride of place in the heart of the renovated Gardens.
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The reopening of the Gardens marks a significant milestone in North Hertfordshire District Council’s £2.7million project to renovate both Howard Park and Gardens. The overall scheme will conserve the historic importance of the Park and Gardens while bringing its facilities up-to-date and aims to increase the number of people who use and enjoy it. The scheme has been largely financed thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) joint Parks for People programme.

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Royal Garrison Church Woolwich gets new lease of life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a confirmed grant* of just over £396,000 so that Grade II listed St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich can undergo much-needed conservation works, it was announced today.


The money will see up to twenty students work alongside newly appointed mural conservators under the Heritage of London Trust Operations (HOLT Op) scheme to preserve the remains of the Royal Garrison Church, currently on the English Heritage At Risk Register. The scheme, expected to take just over two years to complete, will also make the site fully accessible to the public for the first time.

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Natural Stone Award for Craftsmanship current holder Timothy Lees demonstrates standards achieved by MCA Members

Principal Stone Contractor/Craftsman: Timothy Lees

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New Chimney Pieces, Hanover Lodge, London

Each of the five chimney pieces has been made from carefully selected statuary marble, sawn to make sure only the best quality material was visible on the finished piece.

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Wood Carving Classes with Gerald Adams of the Master Carvers Association

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After obtaining a fine art degree at Exeter, Gerald worked for a large Norfolk Furniture maker making fine reproductions, before studying carving at the London College of Furniture and setting up on his own.

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Newcastles Medieval 'Black Gate' brought back to life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today awarded a confirmed grant¹ of £1.4m to The Heart of the City Partnership for an exciting restoration project. Old Newcastle: ‘Where the Story Begins’.

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HLF’s investment will completely revitalise the City’s 13th century, Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed ‘Black Gate’, bringing this currently vacant building back into public use as a fully accessible heritage, education and community resource.

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Laing O’Rourke seals £95m Manchester library revamp job

Contractor will overhaul the city’s central library and town hall

Laing O’Rourke has signed a £95m contract with Manchester city council to overhaul the city’s grade-II listed Central Library and town hall.

The contractor will refurbish the two 1930s landmarks and connect the buildings for the first time.

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Other works include the installation of a glass and steel feature stair and lift in the Central Library and the creation of a new public ground floor exhibition and entertainment space.

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