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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 the 2017 edition here. The 2018 edition will be available shortly.

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


Encaustic Tiles at the Palace of Westminster

Designed by Pugin and supplied by Minton, the tiled pavements at the Houses of Parliament are an outstanding fusion of design and workmanship. Adam Watrobski provides an insight into the restoration of the heavily worn encaustic tile schemes, from initial survey to the exacting process of making modern replacement tiles to match the originals, and the re-laying of new tiles and piecing in of repairs. This careful, respectful approach has brought back the rich colour and visual impact of the tiles, restored consistency and unity to the schemes, and extended the life of important original work.

The Central Lobby pavement at the Palace of Westminster (Photo: Adam Watrobski/UK Parliament)

The Conversion of Structural Timbers

Learn how to identify the characteristic surface finishes of historic pit, mill and see-sawn timber or the distinctive ridged finish of cleft timber. Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak and Iron explains how evolving technologies left their mark on construction timber and how the trained eye can read this important historic evidence. His article also explores the products and uses of historic timber conversion and evaluates appropriate repair philosophies when fitting new timbers alongside original ones.


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