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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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Town Halls

The history of the great Victorian Town Halls of Northern England

From industrial squalor to civic pride, the story behind some of the most impressive buildings of the North involve a unique mix of economics, grand designs and noble sentiments within communities.


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.


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.


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.


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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Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ of £11m for five heritage sites across the UK.

Middlesbrough’s landmark Transporter Bridge; World War II submarine HMS Alliance in Gosport; 19th-century Penarth Pier and Pavilion on the South Glamorgan coast; Grade I listed Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire; and one of the last surviving ‘winter gardens’, Wentworth Castle Conservatory in Barnsley, will all benefit from the financial boost.

Initial HLF support² was also awarded to four projects enabling them to develop plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. These include support for a ‘saloon-style’ Music Hall in London and a new home for the National Horseracing Museum.

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Chester Civic Trust New Year’s Honours 2011 AWARD For Gary Drostle
dostleHome of a Goddess, Named after a King, Gift of a Duke

A three dimensional mosaic story stone unveiled this Autumn in Edgar’s Field Park in Chester formed the focal feature of the award winning playground refurbishment.
This unusual three dimensional mosaic sits surrounded by a haiku in bronze mosaic lettering. The project commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, aims to highlight the rich heritage of the park.

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Award Winning Plaza at the regional RICS Awards

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awarded their top awards to the Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre on the evening of Monday 16th May in a glittering event focusing on the achievements of regional heritage, restoration and building projects.

The RICS was founded in 1868 and granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria in 1881 which required the institution "to maintain and promote the usefulness of the profession for the public advantage".

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Modern Training with a History

We can trace our roots back over 100 years, but we were officially founded in 1919. Since the early days we have offered distance learning courses, initially through correspondence courses and most recently using our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment.
Since 1967 we have delivered our courses only through distance learning. We remain an entirely independent self-funded charity.
CEM milestones

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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.

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Only one fire protection solution for listed church

Many projects require specialist equipment and there is a skill in knowing the best product for any particular job. Experience and technical knowledge are paramount in making the right choices.

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Church Lighting Company shows St Teresa’s in a Different Light

A new lighting scheme has been designed for The Catholic Church of St Teresa in Morden, Surrey by church lighting specialists, HSE Lighting and Electrical Services. 

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Keim Mineral Paints used to create spectacular wall mural

Keim Mineral Paints have been used by award winning, London based artist, Gary Drostle, to paint a trompe l'oeil mural at Chester’s Roman Amphitheatre, which was discovered back in 1929.

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Sporting heritage projects receive thumbs up from Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick

Two projects preserving and celebrating the influential footballing history in the North East of England have today been awarded nearly £70,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to make their fascinating stories available for the wider public. 

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New gallery depicting changes in rural life opens at Melton Museum!

After a successful couple of months since opening its doors to the public, Melton Carnegie Museum’s new £1 Million gallery was officially opened  

After a successful couple of months since opening its doors to the public, Melton Carnegie Museum’s new £1 Million gallery was officially opened last week on Friday 4 February, by author and broadcaster, Paul Heiney, from the television series Countrywise.

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Wrexham Museum and Archives Re-Opens its Doors

The Worshipful the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr Jim Kelly KSG was joined by renowned Welsh Historian, Prof John Davies at the official opening of the newly refurbished Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives today. (Monday 14th February).

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Three regimental collections to be displayed in new museum

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a £50,000 grant to the Queen’s Royal Lancers (QRL) to help establish a new home for the historic and prized collections of the QRL, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the South Nottinghamshire Hussars. 

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Preston, Oxford and Torbay benefit from £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund investment

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ of £7.4m to Preston’s impressive Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the Grade I listed University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and the stunning 800-year-old Torre Abbey in Torbay.

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Preston, Oxford and Torbay benefit from £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund investment

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ of £7.4m to Preston’s impressive Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the Grade I listed University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and the stunning 800-year-old Torre Abbey in Torbay.

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Heritage Lottery Fund announces an additional £45m investment

HLF has today announced an overall budget of £250m for new grants next financial year (March 2011-12) – £45m more than the budget for the current year.

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Low cost heritage training for the construction industry

Checkout our Heritage Construction Courses wef February 2011!
We are offering 60% subsidies, subject to eligibility, on all these courses. But hurry. This is for a short time only.

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xWales Gets £3m Restoration Fund

The construction industry is a winner too with news that a restored classical Georgian church and a former temperance hall are among projects to benefit from winning £3.2m in funding for two Pembrokeshire towns.

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