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Digital model of Edinburgh University’s Old College

Digital Documentation - Tom Addyman

While the planning process requires increasingly detailed information about historic sites, modern survey and data capture technologies are creating new ways of recording and presenting this information. Tom Addyman provides an overview of the technologies and their end-products.

Architect's model of St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, Argyll

Statements of Significance - Andrew Brown

Designing and managing change to heritage assets is key to ensuring their survival. Andrew Brown looks at the role of statements of significance in this process including the requirements of the NPPF and how to evaluate whether a statement of significance is fit for purpose.

Vast yew tree at Tandridge churchyard, Surrey

Historic Churchyard Yews - Toby Hindson

While historic churchyard yews are often claimed to be pre-Christian in origin, the claim rarely holds up to scrutiny. As horticulturist Toby Hindson points out, however, these venerable trees can achieve very great age and have near legendary powers of regeneration.

Wall painting in the Lady Chapel of St Thomas and St Edmund, Salisbury

Funding in Parish Churches - David Knight, Lisa McIntyre and Emily Greenaway

This article by experts at the Church of England's ChurchCare resource centre provides practical advice on grant funding for repairs to historic churches. It also includes links to key sources of funding and information.

The copper roof of a friary church in Norwich

Metal Sheet Roofing - Tony Redman

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.

Medieval corbel bust depicting a church patron at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich

Medieval Corbel Sculpture - Richard Halsey

Medieval church corbels were decorated with a bewildering array of men and beasts of mythical, divine or demonic aspect. Medieval architecture specialist Richard Halsey explores what this iconography meant to the medieval churchgoer.

Detail of a 17th-century ledger stone at Tilehurst, Berkshire

Ledger Stones - Julian Litten

Dr Julian Litten explains the history of church ledger stones, marble slabs set into the floor and inscribed with the name of the person interred beneath, and advises on how to care for and record this important form of ecclesiastical heritage.

Detail from The Great East Window of York Minster depicting the Apocalypse

The Great East Window of York Minster - Andrew Arrol and Sarah Brown

The Great East Window is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in England. Here Andrew Arrol and Sarah Brown map the conservation of its stained glass and stonework and the installation of a cutting-edge protective glazing system.

Two carpenters admire the view from a pitched wooden roof, Church of the Transfiguration, Turchasovo

Maintenance Cooperative - Kate Streeter

Run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Maintenance Co-operatives Project provides free practical support to staff and volunteers who look after historic places of worship. Kate Streeter explains how the project works in practice.

Two carpenters admire the view from a pitched wooden roof, Church of the Transfiguration, Turchasovo

Wooden Churches of the Russian North - Richard Davies

Photographer and author Richard Davies looks at the precious legacy of the wooden churches of the Russian north and the grass-roots conservation movement that is working to safeguard it.




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