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Security Funding Scheme for Places of Worship in England & Wales

A new grant scheme has been announced by the Home Office, covering 80% of security equipment (CCTV, intruder alarms, locks etc) and installation costs. However, the deadline is tight: bidding is open 26 July - 20 Sept 2016, and work must be completed by 31 March 2017. A second round of bids will open in Spring 2017.

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Cover image ot the 2014 edition of the Building Conservation Directory

The 2016 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. It is also available in a free digital edition.

NEW: Heritage Retrofit

Cathedral's new annual publication Heritage Retrofit, due out this autumn, will be packed with illustrated features and other specialist coverage of this rapidly expanding area of building conservation.

Find out more about the first edition, how to reserve a copy and the latest advertising opportunities here.


Read the new edition of Historic Churches as a digital flipping book for your PC, tablet or smartphone:

Digital flipping book edition of Historic Churches magazine 2016

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Ledger Stones

If your church was built before 1800 there’s every possibility that it contains at least one ledger stone, a marble slab set into the floor and inscribed with the name of the person interred beneath it. Dr Julian Litten explains the history of church 'ledgers', how to care for them and how you can record and document this important form of ecclesiastical heritage.

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

Documenting Church Conservation

Do you know your terrier from your inventory? Church records have a sometimes confusing variety of forms and functions. Peter Aiers of The Churches Conservation Trust looks at the main types and explains how detailed and up-to-date records can aid insurance claims and the recovery of stolen goods, provide source material for researchers and, most importantly, guide sympathetic conservation and repair work.


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