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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


Artificial Stone: 19th-century Cementitious Sculpture and Rockwork

Although artificial forms of stone have even earlier origins, it was the introduction of Coade stone in 1769 that drove a new wave of development and use. Stone conservator Simon Swann provides an overview of mortar- and cement-based artificial stone, surveying the main types, such as Pulhamite and Roman cement, and considering their popular historic uses, such as artificial rockwork and garden ornament. His article also provides valuable insights into conservation best practice.

Restored artificial stone eagle designed by Felix Austin

Thatch Fires and Wood-burning Stoves

Architectural conservator Alison Henry and fire protection specialist Jim Glockling provide an overview of ongoing research by the Fire Protection Association into the causes of thatch fire in properties fitted with wood-burning stoves. Challenging previous theories regarding heat transfer through brickwork, the new research suggests that aggressive venting of stoves and chimney blockages are the main sources of risk.


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