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Clara Willet

Clara Willet: "I’ve been so impressed by the creativity in design and high standard of craftsmanship that is represented by the Natural Stone Awards."

17 November 2021 | Stone Heritage
Heritage Forum is one of Stone Federation Great Britain’s sector focus groups. Here the group talks to Clara Willet, Architectural Conservator at Historic England and a judge of the Federation...
Stone cleaning

Stone cleaning carried out by skilled operatives using the correct equipment for the job produces the desired results.

14 November 2021 | Stone Heritage
Natural Stone Specialist asked two of the top suppliers of stone cleaning equipment how the sector has been during the pandemic. Here’s what they said...Stonehealth is well known for supplying...
Purbeck Marble: Conservation and Repair

A new 64-page Technical Advice Note about Purbeck Marble has been published by Historic England.

8 October 2021 | Stone Heritage | 1 Comment
In medieval England, Purbeck Marble was widely used to decorate important buildings. Now English Heritage has published a new guide on how to preserve what remains of it. Following a webinar on...
Digging Bath Stone cover

The cover of David Pollards fascinating 512-page book about the extraction and transportation of Bath Stone over the ages.

19 September 2021 | Stone Heritage
Digging Bath Stone – A quarry and transport history ISBN: 9781911038 86 3 Author: David Pollard Published by: Lightmoor Press Pages: 512 Illustrations: 570 Price...

Analysis of a core taken from one of the Stonehenge sarson stones in the 1950s has unlocked some of the 5,000-year-old stone circle's secrets.

Photo: ©Andrew Bruce |

8 September 2021 | Stone Heritage
Analysis of cores taken from one of the sarcen stones of Stonehenge in the 1950s has revealed how the 5,000-year-old structure has survived the English climate, floods and even an earthquake so well....
Cwt-y-Bugail slates

Part of the roof that won Lyons Roofing a shortlisting in the ‘Best use of slate for a domestic project’ category in the 2020 Pitched Roofing Awards.

2 September 2021 | Stone Heritage
When IT consultant Jonah Beck was looking to re-roof his converted oast house,  he went to several roofers for quotes. One suggested plain clay tiles, another imported slate. But it was the...
HE Purbeck Marble

A technical Advice Note on looking after Purbeck Marble has been published by Historic England.

23 August 2021 | Stone Heritage
After a survey of the Purbeck Marble in Lincoln Cathedral in 2014, Nicholas Rank (Surveyor of the Fabric) wrote of the need for a nationwide investigation into the problems of conservation of the...
Stonebuilt Ireland

For more information about Stonebuilt Ireland during National Heritage Week, visit the website

14 August 2021 | Stone Heritage
Stonebuilt Ireland is using the country's National Heritage Week 2021, which starts today (14 August), to elicit more information about the stones used to build walls in different parts of the...
National Stone Centre

Part of the 40-acre site of the National Stone Centre in Derbyshire, which is getting a renewed lease of life as the Institute of Quarrying relocates to this Centre of Excellence for the stone and quarrying industry.

10 August 2021 | Stone Heritage
The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has today (10 August) announced an agreement with the trustees of the National Stone Centre near Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales to create a world class visitor...
World Heritage slate

The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

28 July 2021 | Stone Heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has designated the Slate Landscape of North-west Wales as the UK’s latest World Heritage Site. An announcement on 28 July said the UK’s nomination...
Eden Portland

A computer-generated view of the carved walls of the Portland limestone mine once it has become the Eden Portland visitor attraction.

1 July 2021 | Stone Heritage
With the Cop 26 global climate change summit taking place in Glasgow in November, Eden co-founder Sir Tim Smit says it’s now or never for Eden Portland, a £59million project to create a...

Historic England offers advice on dealing with graffiti on historical buildings and monuments in its new publication, Graffiti on Historic Buildings – Removal and Prevention.

25 May 2021 | Stone Heritage
Photo: John Stewart Apart from the occasional Banksy, graffiti is not usually welcome on any building, but removing all trace of it can be difficult, especially from historic buildings when it...
Kenwood House

English Heritage property Kenwood House, where a monitoring experiment to reduce the energy needed for heating has proved so successful it is now being rolled out to other English Heritage properties.

20 May 2021 | Stone Heritage
An artificial intelligence pilot that is putting 18th century Kenwood House on a technological par with The Shard is being extended.English Heritage expects the technology to help it reduce by 25%...
Heritage Register

The Heritage Forum is one of Stone Federation Great Britain’s sector focus groups. Its members help to maintain the built heritage of the UK. You can look at the Stone Heritage Register online at or request a hard copy by emailing [email protected].

19 May 2021 | Stone Heritage
Repair stonework to ensure a greener home. That’s this month’s message. Historic England has published this year’s annual Heritage Counts document, which looks at trends,...
Chester Cathedral's Resident Stonemason Tom Livingstone

Chester Cathedral's Resident Stonemason Tom Livingstone (centre) with Ted Comer, Clerk of Works, and Naomi Watts-Kitto, Resident Conservator.

17 April 2021 | Stone Heritage
Tom Livingstone is now Resident Stonemason at Chester Cathedral, having joined the Cathedral team to help establish its own stonemasonry department. The Banker shop in the Works Yard is now fully...