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Cover image ot the 2014 edition of the Building Conservation Directory

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

Read the latest edition of Historic Churches as a digital flipping book for your PC, tablet or smartphone:

Digital edition of Historic Churches 2016


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.

Digital flipping book edition of Heritage Retrofit 2017


To Restore or Not to Restore?

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.

Tower of St George's, Bloomsbury: modern reproductions of lion and unicorn details removed in the late 19th century

Earth Mortars

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.


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