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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.88

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa

Sponsored by Santander Additional support provided by The A.G.Leventis Foundation
4 March – 6 June 2010   /  Room 35  /  Admission charge

Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife (pronounced ee-feh) through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa. Ife is today regarded as the spiritual heartland of the Yoruba people living in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and their many descendants around the world. The exhibition will feature nearly 100 superb pieces of Ife sculpture, most of which have never been seen in the UK before, and have been drawn almost entirely from the magnificent collections of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. The British Museum is planning a series of Africa-related events, activities and displays to coincide with the 50th anniversary of African Independence celebrations in 2010

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The BBC and British Museum announce ‘A History of the World’

A unique and unprecedented partnership focusing on world history for 2010

The BBC and the British Museum have joined forces in an original and unprecedented public service partnership, focusing on world history. At its heart is a landmark series on BBC Radio 4, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ which will broadcast from 18 January 2010.

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Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance drawings

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World BP_special_exhibitionThe BP Special Exhibition

22 April – 25 July 2010  /  Reading Room  /  Admission charge


This major exhibition, supported by BP, will bring together the finest group of Italian Renaissance drawings to be seen in this country for over seventy years. Drawn from the two foremost collections in the field, the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe Uffizi in Florence and the British Museum, the display will chart the increasing importance of drawing during the period between 1400 and 1510, featuring 100 works by amongst others Fra Angelico, Jacopo and Gentile Bellini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Lippi, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Titian  and Verrocchio. In addition, infrared reflectography and other non-invasive scientific analysis of the works will give fresh insights into the techniques and creative thinking of Renaissance artists as they experimented with a freedom not always apparent in their finished works

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Henry VIII's Window Sheds Light On His Life On The Day He Died

Ecclesiastical & Heriatge World henryviii_stained-glass10.jpg- Major New Cultural Venue in Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site Moves Closer to Opening -

 29 January 2010:  A window from the Royal Tudor Palace of King Henry VIII was reinstalled on the site of his famous palace on the exact day Henry died, 463 years ago on 28 January 1547.  The window, reconstructed from stonework excavated on the site of Tudor Palace is one of the unique exhibits in Discover Greenwich at The Old Royal Naval College, a new £6m contemporary cultural venue exploring the history of the area, opening on 23 March 2010.  [Link to pictures below].  The site of King Henry VIII’s Greenwich Palace lies under the Old Royal Naval College.  

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Leave Your Historic Environment to the Experts

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World IHBC small logoThe IHBC www.ihbc.org.uk   is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.

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British Organ Builders

Martin Goetze & Dominic Gwynn

Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn is a firm of six craftsmen dedicated to the production of pipe organs of high quality in classical styles. There are three partners, Martin, Dominic and Edward Bennett, and usually four other craftsmen. All three partners are full time organbuilders. Generally speaking Martin and Dominic alternate responsibility for the design, supervision and finishing of each project, though the advantage of a small firm with three committed and experienced partners is that much of the responsibility is shared.

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Brick Development Association

 Ecclesiastical & Heritage World logo-bdaBrick is one of the oldest building materials and dates back to the beginning of civilisation. We represent the nations leading clay brick and paver manufacturers and are responsible for promoting the contribution that brick makes to the places and spaces that people live and work in today.

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Volunteers return in CSR scheme

For the second year running, volunteers from construction and management consultant Turner & Townsend returned to Shandy Hall in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, to carry out maintenance and decoration of the exterior of the 18th-century parsonage as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme.

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Baroness Andrews named as Bruce-Lockhart's successor

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has announced the appointment of Baroness Kay Andrews as the new Chair of English Heritage. Baroness Andrews was formerly Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Her appointment followed an open competition under full Nolan procedures earlier in the year and will run for four years from 27 July.

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Wollaton restoration is EM Project of the Year

Wollaton Hall detailPurcell Miller Tritton has won the RICS East Midlands Project of the Year award for its work on the restoration of Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, one of the finest Tudor houses in the country and the base for the city council’s Natural History Museum.

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Museum start marks Burns anniversary

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns is being celebrated across Scotland, with 2009 also being designated the Year of Homecoming.

In Burns’s birthplace of Alloway, in Ayrshire, the anniversary has marked the start of a long-anticipated project to build a brand new Burns Museum to house the most important collection of the poet’s life and work.

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The night is young! Let's visit the museum.

The weekend of 15-17 May will see the Museums at Night 2009 event, when museums open their doors for special night-time events and tours aimed at those who don’t normally get the chance to visit them.

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Heritage bodies fear crisis in LA services

Heritage bodies have united to urge Government to use its proposed statement on the historic environment to encourage local authorities not to cut historic environment services. A new report into local authority conservation and archaeology resources in England has revealed a recent drop in staff levels that could, heritage bodies claim, lead to a future crisis.

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Regeneration seminars stress importance of 'knowing the building'

Manchester Museum of Science and IndustryMore than 90 delegates attended a day of seminars on Regenerating Historic Buildings at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester at the end of April.

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Last retreat faces £1m bill

Launde AbbeyOne of the country’s last remaining Church of England retreat houses is launching a public appeal in a desperate bid to raise the £1m it needs for essential renovation work. If the money cannot be raised by the beginning of September the doors of Launde Abbey, which welcome in around 20,000 people a year, will be forced to close for good.

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Restoration wins out over replacement: on cost

Wooden sash windows at a historic 17th-century mansion in Warwickshire have been saved and restored, because it proved more cost-effective than replacing them.

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Heritage bodies announce shared commitment to skills training

Several leading organisations behind the drive to preserve and maintain the built heritage met in Westminster on 31 March under the auspices of Sir Patrick Cormack’s Arts and Heritage All Party Parliamentary Group, to launch a shared commitment to promote the highest possible standards and best practice in the built heritage workforce.

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