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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 it here.

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


Buildings at Risk and the Use of Compulsory Purchase Orders

Some 25,000 listed buildings are estimated to be at risk across the UK. With no legal requirement for such buildings to be maintained, many are threatened by accelerating deterioration and spiralling repair bills. What action can local authorities take to stop the rot? This article looks at the role of compulsory purchase orders, repair notices and back-to-back agreements with developers or voluntary sector bodies.

The London Road Fire Station, Manchester, which has been derelict since 1986

Lead Fixing for Historic Ironwork

Blacksmithing teachers David Field and Adrian Legge look at the use of lead caulking to fix iron into masonry. The article includes guidance on removing lead-fixed ironwork, the health and safety aspects of working with molten lead, and an overview of how to reinstate lead-fixed ironwork to create a durable repair.


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