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Security Funding Scheme for Places of Worship in England & Wales

A new grant scheme has been announced by the Home Office, covering 80% of security equipment (CCTV, intruder alarms, locks etc) and installation costs. However, the deadline is tight: bidding is open 26 July - 20 Sept 2016, and work must be completed by 31 March 2017. A second round of bids will open in Spring 2017.

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Cover image ot the 2014 edition of the Building Conservation Directory

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.


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

Digital flipping book edition of Historic Churches magazine 2016


Metal Sheet Roofing

Tony Redman provides a concise overview of metal sheet roofing options for historic churches. His article ranges from traditional materials like lead, copper and zinc to modern substitutes like terne-coated stainless steel, which may be appropriate on new extensions or behind high parapets.

Copper roof to a friary church in Norwich

Interpreting Medieval Corbel Sculpture

Medieval church corbels were decorated with an array of men and beasts of mythical, divine or even demonic aspect. Medieval architecture specialist Richard Halsey looks at the iconography of corbel sculpture, explaining that we should try to see them through the eyes of the medieval churchgoer if we want to understand their intended meaning.


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