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The illuminated facade of the Phoenix Theatre, London

Exterior Lighting Design - Simon Dove

Lighting designs which affect historic buildings require creative solutions to ensure positive and minimal impact on the historic environment. Simon Dove weighs up a range of approaches and technologies, including the use of CGI to simulate completed schemes.

Detail of timber surface following application of a chemical poultice

Paint Removal from Historic Timbers - Ben Kirk

Timber framed building specialist Ben Kirk surveys paint removal methods for historic timber, from air abrasive methods like dry ice blasting, to chemical methods such as poultices. His article provides useful insights on how to specify the right method for a particular building.

Robert Adam’s 1767 proposal for decorating the library at Kenwood House

Colour in Georgian Interiors - Edward Bulmer

Edward Bulmer specialises in the redecoration of historic buildings and the creation of historic schemes for new buildings. His article ranges from the cultural context of Georgian architectural classicism to paint analysis and advice on colour selection.

White salt-staining on a large expanse of exterior brickwork

Water in Permeable Building Materials - Robyn Pender

Conservation scientist Robyn Pender explains the often misunderstood mechanisms by which water moves into and through building materials, emphasising the importance of understanding traditional construction.

Restored Grand Fountain, Fountain Gardens, Paisley

Coatings on Cast Iron Structures - Ali Davey and Elaine Troup

An insight into the challenges of restoring Paisley's Grand Fountain, focussing on the coatings and colour scheme and with expert guidance on the maintenance and repair of finishes for outdoor historic cast iron.

Royal Crescent, Bath

The National Heritage Bodies - Jonathan Taylor

Editor of The Building Conservation Directory Jonathan Taylor provides an overview of the UK's national heritage bodies and explains recent changes to the structure of some of the key organisations.

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.

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 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.

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.




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