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The 2016 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. It is also available in a free digital edition.

NEW: Heritage Retrofit

Cathedral's new annual publication Heritage Retrofit, due out this autumn, will be packed with illustrated features and other specialist coverage of this rapidly expanding area of building conservation.

Find out more about the first edition, how to reserve a copy and the latest advertising opportunities here.


The following publications are now available as digital flipping books for your PC, tablet or smartphone:

The Building Conservation Directory 2016

Historic Churches 2015

New Articles

Tile Work of the 17th and 18th Centuries

Hand-painted Delft tiles

The term 'Delft tiles' can be misleading and it requires an expert eye to differentiate between some English tiles and the Dutch products they so carefully imitated. Architectural tile conservator Lesley Durbin untangles the history, manufacture and use of glazed ceramic tiles in northern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Her article also outlines common defects in surviving tiles of this period with clear guidance on consolidation, repair and maintenance.

Salvage and Sustainability

Historic building materials and components which have been legally removed during demolition or refurbishment often end their days as landfill. David Boulting argues here that they are an important resource. His article advocates the responsible and sensitive use of architectural salvage as a way of promoting both sustainability and the preservation of historic fabric and high quality materials which would otherwise be lost.


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