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Medieval stained glass depiction of a saint at St Mary’s church, Treuddyn, Flintshire

Medieval Stained Glass in North Wales - Martin Crampin

Martin Crampin explores the small but highly significant body of medieval stained glass which survives in the churches of north Wales. His article also provides striking insights into the work of Victorian restorers.

   
Brookwood Cemetery, Woking

Saving Cemeteries - Rebecca Barrett and Jenifer White

Rebecca Barrett and Jenifer White unravel the significance of our historic cemeteries, not only as burial grounds but also as repositories of history. They also evaluate the principal threats to this form of heritage.

   
The interior of Yarpole church, Herefordshire

England's Rural Parish Churches - Trevor Cooper

Trevor Cooper considers the fate of historic rural parish churches with dwindling congregations and suggests some of the ways in which they can access new funds, supporters and uses: the all-important trinity of 'pounds, people and purpose' that can secure their survival.

   
Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton

Are Britain's Synagogues at Risk? - Sharman Kadish

Sharman Kadish explores some of the key threats to the UK's historic synagogues and evaluates some notable successes at Singers Hill, Birmingham and Golders Green Synagogue in North London.

   
Monumental brass at Ashby St Legers, Northamptonshire depicting William Catesby

Monumental Brasses - Sally Badham

An introduction to the history of monumental church brasses explaining how they were used as grave markers, how they were made and who they commemorated. It goes on to evaluate the principal threats to this important aspect of church heritage.

   
St George and the Dragon mosaic, part of the Royal Artillery Victoria Cross Memorial at the Royal Garrison Church, Woolwich, London

Mosaic Conservation - Kalypso Kampani

Almost destroyed during the Blitz, The Royal Garrison Church, Woolwich retains an important Royal Artillery war memorial. Conservator-restorer Kalypso Kampani details the conservation of the memorial's rare Venetian smalti mosaics.

   
Martin Coward's gargoyle design for Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral’s New Gargoyles - Oliver Caroe and Liz Humble

Conservation architect Oliver Caroe and archaeologist Liz Humble explain how a group of new gargoyles were commissioned for Ripon Cathedral and how the process has helped to stimulate and support local craft skills.

   
Brigflatts Meeting House, Yorkshire Dales (Photo: Andrew Green)

Quaker Meeting Houses in Britain - Marion Barter, Ingrid Greenhow and Linda Monckton

Quaker architecture has an understated elegance and simplicity. As this article explains, recent joint research by Historic England and the Religious Society of Friends is extending our understanding of it.

   
St Bridget’s Church war memorial, West Kirby, Merseyside

Conservation of War Memorial Inscriptions - Frances Moreton and Chris Reynolds

This article from the War Memorials Trust advises on conservation best practice when dealing with war memorial inscriptions, whether incised in stone, carved in relief, inlaid with lead or on plaques.

   
Tower of St George's, Bloomsbury: modern reproductions of lion and unicorn details removed in the late 19th century

To Restore or Not to Restore? - John Darlington

Whether losses result from gradual decay or sudden and deliberate destruction, as at Palmyra, the ethics of restoration can be contentious. John Darlington of WMF Britain considers whether religious sites should ever be restored to a previous condition.

   

 


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