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The Building Conservation Directory 2020 is now available. This edition brings together the latest expert advice and up-to-date information on craft skills, conservation products and specialist services, as well as course listings and other essential information.

A free digital 'flipping book' version is available, or order a hard copy here.

Corona virus update – we are back!

Following changes in government advice, Cathedral's office in Tisbury has reopened with a limited number of staff and strict social distancing.

Some of our colleagues will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future, but all are now available by phone or email, and we would be delighted to help you with your enquiries.

Tel 01747 871717

Submissions Welcome...

We are looking for articles which draw attention to key issues likely to be encountered by those responsible for the conservation or adaptation of historic buildings and sites for our magazines.

Guidance for authors is available here.


Historic Churches 2019

The 26th edition of Historic Churches leads with an article on the Taylor Review and examines the significance of extending the use of ecclesiastical buildings in relation to their future survival. Order your copy here or view the flipping book here.

Historic Churches 2017

New Articles

Hydraulicity Revisited

Edward Walker provides a technical explanation of the chemical properties which affect hydraulicity in lime mortars, looking at why EN459 lime classifications are not a reliable way of determining their strength and suitability for conservation work.

Portreath's harbour wall

Sandstones and Limestones

Jonathan Taylor considers the performance of sandstones and limestones as historic building materials, explaining the impact of different compositions on the level of stone porosity and the effects that inherent stone defects can have on masonry structures.

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