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.
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NEW: Heritage Retrofit 2017
The first edition of Cathedral's new annual publication Heritage Retrofit is now out. It's packed with illustrated features and other specialist coverage of this rapidly expanding area of building conservation. You can read the free digital edition here.
Should lost religious heritage be reconstructed? Whether losses result from gradual decay brought about by economic and demographic change or sudden acts of deliberate destruction like those at Palmyra, the ethics of restoration can be contentious. John Darlington of World Monuments Fund Britain considers the thorny question of whether, and under what circumstances, religious sites should be restored to a previous condition.
Earth mortars were far more widely used historically than previously realised. Here, three earth-building specialists provide an expert overview of the composition and typical performance of earth mortars before going on to provide guidance on suitable repair techniques and materials for work to earth-mortared masonry, ruined masonry and earth-bound stone paving.