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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...
Stonehenge

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 | Dreamstime.com

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 https://stonebuiltireland.com/news-events/.

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...
Graffiti

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 bit.ly/2GluMyM 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...
The Stone Heritage Register

Start your search for heritage skills in stone with the Stone Federation's Stone Heritage Register.

14 April 2021 | Stone Heritage
As specifiers become increasingly aware that a ‘business as usual’ approach to the carbon impacts of architecture and construction is no longer an option, there is a fresh drive to...
The Settmakers & Stoneworkers Journal can now be viewed online

The Settmakers & Stoneworkers Journal can now be viewed online at the British Newspaper Archive.

13 April 2021 | Stone Heritage
There was an interesting addition to the British Newspaper Archive online last month (March). It is 498 issues of the monthly Settmakers & Stoneworkers Journal, dating from 1891.It was produced...
Houses of Parliament

Bids are being invited for £80million worth of surveys of the Houses of Parliament due to start this year.

Photo: UK Parliament

13 April 2021 | Stone Heritage | 2 Comments
Having concluded that a multi-billion pound renovation of the Houses of Parliament is essential (see Renovation of the Houses of Parliament – review concludes work is essential), the government...

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