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The 2018 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. The Directory is also available as a free digital 'flipping book'. You can read it 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.

Digital flipping book edition of Heritage Retrofit 2017


Sacred Space and Community

In this powerful and persuasive article the Bishop of Worcester argues that England's 16,000 parish churches must adapt in order to survive. Observing that 'proper conservation is about managing change not preventing it', he calls for parish churches to become vibrant centres of service to the community and describes some of the forward-looking churches which are leading the way.

Community centre and café at All Saints, Hereford (Photo: Alastair Lever/Archbishops’ Council)

Bell Frames and Bell Towers

Movement in historic church bell towers or in the timber bell frames and their foundation beams can make bell ringing difficult. Structural engineer Andrew Dutton outlines the assessment of bell frames and bell towers in historic churches and considers a range of issues including the nature and potential implications of common bell frame alterations such as the insertion of concrete ring beams.


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Dave Boulting outside Cathedral's office

After almost ten years with Cathedral, Dave Boulting left on 18 May to join the editorial team at the National Trust.

Dave joined Cathedral in June 2008 after completing his PhD in American Literature, and was working as editor of the IHBC Yearbook, co-editor of Historic Churches and ASCHB Transactions, and as deputy editor of The Building Conservation Directory and Heritage Retrofit.

Everyone at Cathedral wishes him all the best in his new role, and we look forward to welcoming Felicity Fox as Cathedral's new editorial assistant in June.

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