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Comments from Stone Federation Great Britain’s Stone Heritage Group.

1 November 2017 | Stone Heritage
Stone Federation Great Britain’s Stone Heritage Group gives its opinion on issues relating to this sector of the stone industry.Much of the continuation of Britain’s built heritage relies...

16th century Irish masons drank 14 pints of ale a day, researcher finds.

12 October 2017 | Stone Heritage
Imagine working at the banker after 14 pints of beer. Especially if the beer had a strength of 7-10% alcohol.Imagine also that each pint contained 400-500 calories, compared with 180-200 calories for...

Stone Federation’s Heritage Group has published a Stone Heritage Register listing the specialities of its members who work in the heritage sector. It was launched at a reception in the Royal College of Surgeons with celebrity guest speaker Loyd Grossman, who chairs the Heritage Alliance. Stone Federation has joined the Alliance.

2 October 2017 | Stone Heritage
Federation works to protect stone’s vital position in the built heritageHistoric buildings make a major contribution to tourism, which, in turn, makes a significant contribution to the economy...
Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman, TV personality and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, at the launch of Stone Federation's new Stone Heritage Group at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

25 May 2017 | Stone Heritage
Loyd Grossman, TV personality and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, was at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 24 May for Stone Federation’s launch of its new group, Stone Heritage....
Marta Zurakowska

Dr Marta Zurakowska, whose research contradicts Historic Scotland's assertion that stone cleaning accelerates decay, has set herself up in business as a stone consultant under the name of UK Stone Doctor Ltd.

28 February 2017 | Stone Heritage
A geologist and conservation scientist who challenges Historic Scotland’s assertion that cleaning sandstone accelerates its decay has set up her own stone consultancy business called UK Stone...

Iain Cotton refreshing the Pope inscription in the marble at the Grotto at Stourhead in Wiltshire with the nymph, Ariadne, reclining behind.

Photos: ©National Trust / Steven Haywood

26 October 2016 | Stone Heritage
A National Trust team at Stourhead, in Wiltshire, is working with heritage experts from Cliveden Conservation to restore the lettering of a quote written by Alexander Pope in the first half of the...
Solar Panels at Gloucester Cathedral

Canon Celia Thomson bolts the first solar panel on to the roof at Gloucester Cathedral with a bit of help from Ben Harrison, MyPower's Managing Partner.

26 October 2016 | Stone Heritage
The thousand-year-old Gloucester cathedral will get the electricity it needs from the sun with the installation of 150 solar panels on its roof.The panels on the nave would generate enough energy to...
Canterbury Cathedral Masonry for sale

A mullion transom head from the Great South Window at Canterbury Cathedral. One of 140 lots of masonry from the window being auctioned on 24 September.

2 September 2016 | Stone Heritage
Want a genuine piece of early 15th century masonry taken from Canterbury Cathedral, the centre of the Anglican Church founded by St Augustine in the 7th century AD? It can be yours on 24 September...
Historic England: Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair

The updated, 36-page Technical Advice Note Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair can be downloaded from the Historic England website – see story for a link.

20 August 2016 | Stone Heritage
Historic England has updated its Technical Advice Note Sourcing Stone For Historic Building Repair.This is an easily readable, practical guide to selecting the right stone for conservation projects,...
Angelo Hornak book signing

Angelo Hornak signs a copy of his book, After the Fire, for Karena Phillips during the pre-launch presentation to the Worshipful Company of Masons in London in July.

7 August 2016 | Stone Heritage
After the Fire: London Churches in the Age of Wren, Hooke, Hawksmoor and Gibbs by Angelo Hornak (ISBN: 9781910258088). Published by Pimpernel Press, London. £50 hardback.As you might expect of...

Save yourself a fortune and just seal it, says Peter Young.

7 August 2016 | Stone Heritage
With Parliament planning to spend £4billion (and many expecting the final bill could be twice that) on the renovation of the Palace of Westminster, Ultraseal founder Peter Young has suggested...
Scottish heritage year

2017 will be History, Heritage & Archaeology Year in Scotland, with stories, stones & bones grants available from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

25 July 2016 | Stone Heritage
Scotland is having a Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in 2017, which has attracted backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).The aim of the designation of next year is to inspire people...
Floor Canons Ashby

This is one of SPAB's Top 20 floors. It is an Elizabethan flagstone floor in the kitchen at Canons Ashby. SPAB is running a campaign to increase the recognition of the importance of floors as part of the historic fabric of a building to prevent them being lost.

Photo: National Trust Images – Andreas von Einsiedel

7 June 2016 | Stone Heritage
SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) has started a campaign, called History at your Feet, to protect the floors of heritage buildings.SPAB has a statutory right to be consulted over...
Money for conservation

€1million allocated for conservation projects in Ireland.

2 June 2016 | Stone Heritage
Heather Humphreys, the Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today (2 June) announced funding of €904,530 for 57 heritage projects under the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF). The...
More money for war memorials

The government has made more money available for the repair and maintenance of war memorials as the centenary commemorations of World War I continue.

17 May 2016 | Stone Heritage
The Government has provided additional funding to Civic Voice, Historic England and the War Memorials Trust to ensure as many war memorials as possible are appreciated and cared for by their local...