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CRE Events

Celebrations at Sandown Park as CRE makes triumphant return

A post-lockdown celebration was how thousands of visitors to the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) viewed their visit to the event at Sandown Park in October.


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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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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£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
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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