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Cover image ot the 2014 edition of the Building Conservation Directory

The 22nd 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 full course listings, event details and other essential information. Print and digital copies of the 2015 edition are now available.


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Historic Churches


The following publications are now available as digital flipping books for your PC, tablet or smartphone:

The Building Conservation Directory 2015

Historic Churches 2015



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New Articles

Victorian and Edwardian Stencilled Decoration

Detail of the Sign of St Mark by Clayton & Bell 1908; All Saints, Maidstone, Kent (Photo: Kevin Howell)

One of the earliest known forms of decoration, stencil-work reached new heights during the Gothic Revival, most famously in the commissions of pioneer architect and designer AWN Pugin. Kevin Howell's article explores the techniques and materials used and provides guidance on conservation and restoration, including the cleaning of both tempera and oil-painted schemes.

The Management of Bats in Churches

Bat colonisation in historic churches is not without benefits but bats can pose a threat to historic fabric and furnishings. Conservation architect Andrew Harris looks at a range of bat management strategies including light and acoustic deterrence, the provision of alternative roosts and the use of bat boxes.


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