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

29 July 2021 | Stone Heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has designated the Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales as the UK’s latest World Heritage Site.Yesterday (28 July), the announcement was made that the UK...
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...
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...
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...