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The 2017 edition of The Building Conservation Directory brings together the latest expert advice and up-to-date information on craft skills, conservation products and specialist services, as well as course listings, useful contacts and other essential information. Find out what's in it and order a hard copy here or read the free digital edition here.

Historic Churches

The 2017 edition of Historic Churches features an introductory article on sacred space by the Bishop of Worcester. Other highlights include contributions on master carver Grinling Gibbons, brass eagle lecterns and church roof repairs in the west of Scotland, where climate change is creating increasingly challenging conditions. Find out more and order your copy of the 24th annual edition here. Or read the free digital edition online here.

Historic Churches 2017


Heritage Retrofit 2017

Read the first edition of Cathedral's new annual publication Heritage Retrofit. It's packed with illustrated features and other specialist coverage of this rapidly expanding area of building conservation. You can access the free digital edition here.

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Lime technology is developing rapidly. Our two new articles explore hot-mixing with quicklime.

Hot Limewashes and Sheltercoats

Stonemason and building conservator Nigel Copsey looks at the role of hot-mixed limewashes and sheltercoats in modern conservation practice and their advantages over lime putty mixes, including some strange recipes from historic sources.

Hot limewash with salt on the timber walls of a French Jesuit mission church in Canada

Hot-mixed Mortars

What exactly are hot-limes and should you be using them? Building surveyor Adam Brown unpicks the advantages and limitations of hot-mixed lime mortars for conservation work in an article which ranges from historic precedents to modern applications.


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