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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...
Historic England advice on graffiti removal

Historic England has published a new advice note on graffiti on historic buildings.

12 April 2021 | Stone Heritage
Historic England has published a technical advice note for building owners, conservation professionals, local authorities and estate managers on the removal and prevention of graffiti from historic...
Toller Fratrum font in Dorset

Alex’s painting of the Romanesque font in the church at Toller Fratrum in Dorset pictured in his book, King of Dust.

14 March 2021 | Stone Heritage
Cover illustration: © Ed Kluz 2019 Having completed a doctoral thesis on medieval sculpture, Alex Woodcock wanted to carve the stone for himself. And so began his life as a stonemason and...
Houses of Parliament © UK Parliament

Billions of pounds and thousands of people will work on the renovation of the Houses of Parliament.

Photo: ©UK Parliament

11 March 2021 | Stone Heritage
The 150-year-old Houses of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster are falling apart faster than they can be fixed, with the cost of maintenance and ongoing works doubling to £127million a year...
Colin Burns

A picture taken 15 years ago when Colin was building solid cored walls in an environmental chamber at Sheffield Hallam University as part of English Heritage’s ‘Damp Towers’ research. The walls were subjected to driving rain tests to monitor the effects of different treatments.

2 March 2021 | Stone Heritage
Colin Burns, master mason and instructor in the specialist craft of repairing ancient monuments and historic buildings, has died aged 74. He was cremated on 26 February. His ashes will be scattered...
John Crook in the excavated pit dug to accommodate the lift

John Crook in the excavated pit dug to accommodate the lift.

15 February 2021 | Stone Heritage
In December, NSS reviewed the Kings & Scribes permanent exhibition at Winchester Cathedral (click here to see the review). Its opening marked the end of an eight-year building and conservation...
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Grants of up to £5million are available again from the National Lottery Fund following their suspension while money was diverted to surviving the coronavirus pandemic.

8 February 2021 | Stone Heritage
From 8 February the National Lottery Heritage Fund has once again been accepting applications for project grants of up to £5million. This follows almost a year of providing emergency...
cleaned granite

Cleaning the stonework of a building is like bringing it out of the shadows and into the sunlight.

28 December 2020 | Stone Heritage
The transformation achieved by cleaning a building or monument can be significant. Removing the accumulated dirt of perhaps centuries and exposing masonry as something akin to when it was installed...
Madonna and Child from the Great Screen in the Decoding The Stones exhibition

Madonna and Child from the Great Screen in the Decoding The Stones exhibition in Winchester Cathedral.

24 December 2020 | Stone Heritage
More than a thousand years of English history are recorded in the stonework of Winchester Cathedral. An exhibition at the Cathedral explains how to read those stones. Above. The statue of Alfred...
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A second round of grants from the National Lottery to get heritage sites back up and running.

19 December 2020 | Stone Heritage
A second round of the National Lottery Culture Recovery Fund grants will be open for applications in January. Applications will be accepted from 7 January until 26 January.The aim of this round is to...
Ros Kerslake

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, announces the re-opening of its coronavirus Grants for Heritage scheme.

4 November 2020 | Stone Heritage
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is re-opening its National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme - but it is not a return to 'business as usual', says the Fund's Chief Executive, Ros...
Chris Wood

Chris Wood: "There are many materials used on historic buildings, all of them important and interesting, but none more so than stone."

20 October 2020 | Stone Heritage
Chris Wood spent his last day as Senior Building Conservation Advisor with Historic England speaking at the Traditional Roofs conference held in Church House at Westminster Abbey, London, just before...
Cobham Dairy

Rescued: Grade II* listed Cobham Dairy, in Kent, where a system of Welsh Slate cladding, patented when it was originally used on the dairy in 1796, and Welsh Slate roofing were used to renovate the building in Cobham Hall School grounds. Once installed, the slate cladding was painted.

16 October 2020 | Stone Heritage
Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register 2020 published on 15 October lists 5,097 historic buildings, monuments and sites that are in danger of being lost to decay or development.The good...