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Intervention and Evolution at Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, London

This thought provoking article by architect Neil McLaughlin argues that it is possible to adapt listed historic buildings to accomodate the growing needs of the local community, without
destroying their instrinsic historic value. The Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead provides an interesting case study.

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The Yorkshire Maintenance Project

It's not uncommon for churches and other places of worship to struggle to keep up with general maintenance. The National Churches Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund have lent their support to buildings in Yorkshire by implementing the Yorkshire Maintenance Project, which helps to regularly maintain over 1,000 listed places of worship in the area and provide preventative training to avoid future issues.


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Sacred Space and Community

In this powerful and persuasive article the Bishop of Worcester argues that England's 16,000 parish churches must adapt in order to survive. Observing that 'proper conservation is about managing change not preventing it', he calls for parish churches to become vibrant centres of service to the community and describes some of the forward-looking churches which are leading the way.

A diagram of a bell frame

Bell Frames and Bell Towers

Movement in historic church bell towers or in the timber bell frames and their foundation beams can make bell ringing difficult. Structural engineer Andrew Dutton outlines the assessment of bell frames and bell towers in historic churches and considers a range of issues including the nature and potential implications of common bell frame alterations such as the insertion of concrete ring beams.

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

Buildings at Risk and the Use of Compulsory Purchase Orders - Jonathan Taylor

What action can local authorities take to protect listed buildings at risk from spiralling deterioration? This article looks at the role of compulsory purchase orders, repair notices and back-to-back agreements.

A well-defined caulked joint (Photo: P Smith)

Lead Fixing for Historic Ironwork - David Field and Adrian Legge

Blacksmithing teachers David Field and Adrian Legge look at the use of lead caulking to fix iron into masonry. The article includes an overview of how to reinstate lead-fixed ironwork to create a durable repair.

Restored artificial stone eagle designed by Felix Austin

Artificial Stone: 19th-century Cementitious Sculpture and Rockwork - Simon Swann

Stone conservator Simon Swann provides an overview of mortar- and cement-based artificial stone, surveying the main types, such as Pulhamite and Roman cement, their historic uses and conservation best practice.

Firefighters direct a hose at the remains of a thatched roof

Thatch Fires and Wood-burning Stoves - Alison Henry and Jim Glockling

This overview of ongoing research by the Fire Protection Association challenges previous theories and identifies aggressive venting of stoves and chimney blockages as the main sources of risk.

The Central Lobby pavement at the Palace of Westminster (Photo: Adam Watrobski/UK Parliament)

Encaustic Tiles at the Palace of Westminster - Adam Watrobski

An insight into the restoration of the Palace of Westminster's heavily worn tile schemes, from initial survey to the production of modern replacement tiles, re-laying of new tiles and piecing in of repairs.

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Conversion of Structural Timbers - Joe Thompson

Learn how to identify the characteristic surface finishes of pit, mill and see-sawn timber or the distinctive ridged finish of cleft timber. Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak and Iron explains how evolving technologies left their mark on historic construction timber.

Galloway ‘dyke’, Loch Dornal, South Ayrshire (Photo: DSWAPL/N Coombey)

Dry Stone Walling in the 21st Century - Richard Love

Chairman of the Dry Stone Walling Association Richard Love looks at the historic development of dry stone walling, including its many regional variations, and explains the key challenges facing the craft today.

A conservator prepares to abseil down King Alfred’s Tower, Somerset (Photo: Helen Martin, St Ann’s Gate Architects)

CDM Regulations 2015 - Chris Bowes

Chartered architect Chris Bowes reviews the changes to The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and their bearing on conservation projects. The article places particular emphasis on risk management on conservation sites.

Hot limewash with salt on the timber walls of a French Jesuit mission church in Canada

Hot Limewashes and Sheltercoats - Nigel Copsey

Stonemason and building conservator Nigel Copsey looks at the role of hot-mixed limewashes and sheltercoats in modern conservation practice and their advantages over lime putty mixes, including some strange recipes from historic sources.

The Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata/Calcutta

Britain's Heritage in India - James Simpson

India's conservation movement is relatively new but it is developing rapidly, driven forwards by an energetic group of Indian conservation architects. James Simpson explores this exciting and critical period for some of the world’s finest cultural heritage.