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stonemasonry for bricklayers

Historic England is offering a free, week-long course in stonemasonry for bricklayers who want to extend their repertoire.

14 July 2019 | Stone Heritage
The heritage sector believes there is a shortage of stonemasons (among other trades) with traditional skills. So Historic England is trying to get bicklayers interested in stonemasonry by running a...
Lime Forum

Nigel Copsey is pictured talking in the Masons’ Lodge during the symposium. He said he favours hot lime because hydraulic lime can cure to become as hard as proprietary cements and can lead to the same problems of accelerated decay in stone masonry.

15 June 2019 | Stone Heritage
Understanding how people built with stone in the past using traditional lime and earth mortars, renders and plasters is key to conservation. That was the theme of the York symposium presented by the...

Nigel Copsey welcomes the international delegation of those interested in traditional building techniques to a day of demonstrations of lime and earth mortars, plasters and renders at the York Minster Masons' Lodge during the Building Limes Forum symposium from 10 to 12 June.

14 June 2019 | Stone Heritage
The Building Limes Forum held a three-day symposium in York this month (10-12 June) to present a thorough and international perspective on traditional building using lime and earth mortars. Nigel...
Historic England

Left to right are Claire Wallbridge, Alison Henry and Clara Willett. They are looking at Practical Building Conservation: Stone, one of the 10 books in the Practical Building Conservation series from Historic England.

11 May 2019 | Stone Heritage
It is useful sometimes to take time out to think about what you are doing and why you are doing it, as well as to hear the latest thoughts on a subject. That was the benefit of this heritage CPD from...
The Granite Men
22 March 2019 | Stone Heritage
A new book called The Granite Men about the granite workers of Aberdeen – the Granite City – is published on 2 April.It has been written by Aberdonian author Jim Fiddes. In it he reveals...
Historic England

Historic England will once again be leading the heritage section of the Natural Stone Show and the heritage element of the seminar programme run in conjunction with the exhibition.

7 March 2019 | Stone Heritage
Historic England is once again heading a heritage section of the Natural Stone Show, which is taking place in London at ExCeL from 30 April to 2 May. Sharing the area will be the English Stone Forum...
Flaxmill Maltings

The Flaxmill Maltings in 1897. They are now being renovated by Historic England with heritage experience opportunities available. You have until 25 February to apply.

12 February 2019 | Stone Heritage
Meet Historic England in the Conservation area of the Natural Stone Show in London at ExCeL,30 April-2 MayHistoric England has some placement opportunities for heritage trainees on Flaxmill Maltings...

Stone Federation Great Britain's Stone Heritage Group comments.

4 February 2019 | Stone Heritage
Stone Federation Great Britain’s Stone Heritage Group is dedicated to the heritage sector of the natural stone industry and promoting the use of Federation members for heritage projects....

A new, more commercial look to the Heritage Fund from the National Lottery is introduced in the Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024 published on 30 January.

1 February 2019 | Stone Heritage
The new five-year plan for the Heritage Lottery Fund as it celebrates its 25th anniversary was published on schedule on 30 January. As expected, it marks some major changes for the way the fund is...
Welsh sdlate

Welsh slate has been designated as a Global Heritage Stone Resource.

17 January 2019 | Stone Heritage
Welsh slate has joined the international list of stones designated as a Global Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR). Portland limestone was the first on the list in 2017.Welsh slate is still widely used as...
National Museum of Scotland

The Egyptians are questioning the authenticity of limestone cladding said to be from the Great Pyramid of Giza that the Museum of Scotland intends to display in a new Ancient Egypt gallery due to open in February. If it is genuine, they want it back.

9 January 2019 | Stone Heritage
The National Museum of Scotland is due to open a new permanent gallery called Ancient Egypt Rediscovered on 8 February. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a piece of limestone masonry labelled as a...
Piece Hall Angel

Piece Hall in Halifax with Claire Slattery (inset), winner of the 2017 Angel Awards for her work in leading the renovation of Piece Hall.

Photo: Paul White 

22 November 2018 | Stone Heritage
At the end of January, the Heritage Lottery Fund will publish its Strategic Funding Framework for the next five years – and it looks as if many of what have until now been grants are about to...

Stone Federation considers issues relating to conservation & heritage.

19 November 2018 | Stone Heritage
Stone Federation Great Britain’s Stone Heritage Group is dedicated to the heritage sector of the natural stone industry and promoting the use of Federation members for heritage projects....
Hadrian's Wall

£2million of Heritage Lottery Fund money will help preserve the Roman walls of the Emperor Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.

5 October 2018 | Stone Heritage
Hadrian's Wall and the lesser known and less well preserved Antonine Wall have been awarded £2million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help train a volunteer army to survey and carry out...
York Minster

You could own a piece of historic York Minster. Masonry is being auctioned on Wednesday 22 August.

16 August 2018 | Stone Heritage
On Wednesday (22 August) historic masonry from York Minster that has been replaced as part of the restoration work currently in progress will be sold by auction. And for the first time, bids can be...