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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.


CRE Events

CRE South West postponed to next year, but Sandown Park gallops on

With the ban on large public gatherings likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, CRE has announced that the much-anticipated CRE South West in Exeter has had to be postponed until 23-24 February next year.


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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War Memorials

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK. The charity provides free advice to anyone as well as running grant schemes to support repair and conservation projects. You can find a range of resources on the website http://www.warmemorials.org/ to help you engage with our unique war memorial heritage. The Trust is a charity so if you support our work please consider making a donation.


Painting and Decorating

Redecorating listed buildings and places of worship

If you are thinking of redecorating the interior of your listed building or place of worship seek the advice of your architect or surveyor as implications of redecoration can be far reaching. There may well be technical aspects that need to be addressed before decoration can be carried out successfully. Redecoration can also have a major impact on the appearance of your building, including the way it looks and feels for worship.


Scottish Heritage

£240,000 boost for communities as Scottish heritage projects awarded funding

Funding to provide training opportunities and the restoration of historic structures will benefit local communities and economies throughout Scotland.


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.


Think Brick

Proven reliability over the centuries - and annual awards are back

Brick is one of our oldest building materials and its use dates back to the beginning of civilisation.

The Brick Development Association represents the United Kingdom and Ireland’s clay brick and paver industries and promotes the contribution that brick makes to the places and spaces we live and work in today. Their role is to ensure clay brick and pavers are recognised as the material of choice by architects, engineers, planners, specifiers, developers, landscapers, builders and property owners.


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.


Live Streaming

Why live stream is now mainstream

The restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic have led to many churches venturing into the online world in a much more comprehensive way than before. While most churches have had some kind of online presence and the Church of England has it’s a Church Near You site, the live streaming of services has become much more common. And modern AV equipment is perfectly suited to communicating via the internet.


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Bradford Cathedral – first to install solar panels

Bradford Cathedral has received permission from the CFCE (Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England) and English Heritage to install solar photo voltaic cells.   Following planning permission being granted by Bradford Council, work will start shortly and be completed by the end of the month (August) installing panels on the entire South Aisle roof – making it the first cathedral in the country, and possibly in the world, to generate its own power.  Cathedral architect Ulrike Knox, of Knox-McConnell Architects in Saltaire, led the project through the permissions process for this historic heritage building.

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Gopak's Colourful Table's are a Hit at Learning Loft

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The lunchroom at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry’s (MOSI) new Learning Loft is using robust and durable Premier tables in a range of primary colours from market leader Gopak. The bright and colourful space provides a much needed respite for school groups gaining an insight into the achievements that made Manchester a world leader in science and technology.

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Award Winning Lightning Protection Systems

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Central High Rise offer a wide range of lightning protection products and services from the test and inspection of lightning protection systems to the design and installation of a full faraday cage system or the supply and installation of early streamer emission systems to new builds or retro fits.

They have a team of ATLAS accredited designers who will carry out a risk assessment to determine exactly what level of protection will be required. This is supported by a fully trained team of operatives for the installation of the system to the highest standard ensuring safety at all times.

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Harrods choose Good Directions to manufacture Big Ben replica for new signature room

Good Directions was excited to receive an enquiry to manufacture a replica of Big Ben for Harrods prestigious London themed signature room, which was designed and recently installed by Prop Studios.

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Eight parks given a new lease of life thanks to £15.9m Lottery investment

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded confirmed funding¹ of £12.4m to six parks in London, Felixstowe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Merseyside and Dunbarton.

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The National Maritime Museum’s Sammy Ofer Wing opens


This July the National Maritime Museum opens the Sammy Ofer Wing, a transformative £36.5m capital project which sets a new strategic direction for the museum.

Opening on 14 July 2011, the £36.5million wing is the largest development in the National Maritime Museum’s history and a catalyst for the organisation to change completely the way it presents its galleries, exhibitions and visitor facilities. This major project has been made possible through a generous donation of £20m from international shipping magnate and philanthropist Sammy Ofer and an award of £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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£20million Lottery money to boost heritage philanthropy

Today the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a £20million commitment to Catalyst, a joint funding initiative with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England, to help build the long-term financial resilience of cultural organisations

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£8m vital funding for England’s places of worship


Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced more than £8million of Lottery funding to support urgent repairs to 67 of England’s most important Grade II listed churches, chapels and synagogues. 

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Heritage Construction, Access To Training

Focus on the issues

Recently In an article for the Independent. John Edwards of English heritage, stated that from a known number of practitioners in the heritage sector currently working on historic properties, his estimation was that only 30% are “properly qualified skilled craftspeople” We should take that as from the horse’s mouth and act accordingly. (Excerpt from The independent 25/3/2011)

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Stonehenge funding package unveiled

The on-off saga of sorting out the roads around Stonehenge and building a proper visitor centre seems to be back on track after ministers announced two important measures which could mean work finally starting as early as next year.

Work to create new visitor centre and make road improvements could start next year after financial announcements by ministers

The closeness of the A344 to the stones near Salisbury, as well as the visitor facilities described by the public accounts committee in 1993 as a "national disgrace", have long been a problem in need of fixing. Government funding for the latest project was axed as part of £73m of savings announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sports in June.

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£20m station overhaul by BDP includes a new transparent roof

BDP has revealed designs for its £20m proposed overhaul of Manchester Victoria rail station.

The plans include a new transparent roof made of ETFE – the same material used on the Eden Project.

The revamp will also includes refurbishment and renewal of the grade II listed station building.

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Historic Scotland brings medieval construction to Glasgow Science Festival

Historic Scotland is joining forces with Glasgow Science Festival for the first time to present the past, present and future of construction at this year’s Glasgow Science Festival. 

On Sunday 12th June, families can come along to Glasgow Cathedral and St Mungo’s Museum to take part in a range of free activities that highlight the science and technology behind medieval and modern engineering, from tower building to renewable energy.  The event starts at 11am and runs until 4pm.

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Mansell Lands £3m Project To Restore Historic Tynemouth Station

Mansell has landed a £3 million contract to restore Grade II listed Tynemouth Station in North Shields for Station Developments Ltd.

The structural work includes preservation of the existing cast iron canopy structure and replacement of the roof glazing alongside repairs to stonework, lead work, gutters and platforms.

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Teachers are finding it easier than ever to give children an interactive experience of life in Roman Britain, thanks to a unique new teaching resource inspired by Wroxeter Roman City and the new Roman Town House which has been built there.
A trip to Roman site can bring the subject alive like nothing else, especially when supported by the landmark new resource - a ten minute film created by students for younger students following the primary curriculum.

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Seven city and town centres set to benefit from £10m regeneration boost 

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced earmarked support¹ totalling £10m for the regeneration of seven city and town centres stretching County Antrim in Northern Ireland to Margate in Kent. 

HLF’s investment comes through its Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)² programme which fosters effective partnerships between local organisations enabling repairs and other essential works in historic but often run-down areas bringing high streets back to life. The funding, integral to wider conservation and regeneration strategies, will also help provide employment and training opportunities.

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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
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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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