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John Crook

John Crook in the pit excavated 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...
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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...
Nigel Copsey

Nigel Copsey spreading the message about hot mixed limes and earth mortars in York last year.

25 September 2020 | Stone Heritage
Nigel Copsey is a hands-on conservator who was converted to the benefits of earth mortars and hot mixed lime many years ago. He has been spreading the word enthusiastically ever since and...

SPAB's Sustainability of Traditional Buildings conference takes place online only this year.

11 September 2020 | Stone Heritage
SPAB's Sustainability of Traditional Buildings conference takes place online only this year on 6, 8 and 13 October. It is hosted by SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and...
Clumber Park ornamental bridge

The repaired and renovated ornamental bridge at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, one of the National Trust's most visited parks. Photo: Claire Santry

7 September 2020 | Stone Heritage
The ornamental magnesian limestone bridge at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is open again, more than two years after vandals repeatedly drove a car into its balustrades. The National Trust,...
Buried stone

Fig. 2. The stone was left buried in the clamps for three years.

20 August 2020 | Stone Heritage
If historic masonry needs to be stored until it can be repaired it can be protected and preserved highly effectively by burying it in the right conditions, determines a three-year study by Barry Hunt...
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If you have a heritage site that is struggling to re-open, there is some help available, but only until 17 August.

11 August 2020 | Stone Heritage
Are you eligible for the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage?Applications for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage close on Monday 17 August. Funds will be distributed by The...
Notre Dame on fire

The Notre Dame roof on fire on 15 April 2019.

Photo: © Christian Jakob |

1 August 2020 | Stone Heritage
The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral last year shocked Paris and the whole world. President Macron promised the building would be restored within five years. This is the story so far. Say ‘...
15 Clerkenwell Close

15 Clerkenwell Close is a seven-storey building in Islington with a structural stone frame. It contains eight apartments (including the home of the building's architect, Amin Taha) and several office spaces. Amin chose French limestone for the project to honour the original structure on the site, which was the 11th century Norman nunnery of St Mary’s. The stone frame reduced the building's carbon footprint by 90% compared with steel or concrete and cost 25% less.

Photo: Paul Slade

29 June 2020 | Stone Heritage
James Simpson, OBE, Hon DSc FRIAS, Consultant to Simpson & Brown Architects and Chairman of the Building Limes Forum, speculates on new structural roles for natural stone and lime mortars in a...