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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...

Everything visitors want from a church these days.

16 February 2016 | Stone Heritage
While the number of people attending church services on Sundays is falling (in the Church of England, at least) more than half the UK population will visit a place of worship each year and most...
Want to work for English Heritage? Register online.
13 November 2015 | Stone Heritage
English Heritage, the charity looking after English Heritage properties and sites since the old English Heritage was split into two organisation (the charity and Historic England) in April, is...
Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda is one of the main sources of Welsh slate today.

Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda is one of the main sources of Welsh slate today.

3 November 2015 | Stone Heritage
The Welsh slate industry was not entirely sure it wanted to be seen as a ‘World Heritage’, because the quarry operators consider themselves part of a thriving, modern industry. But it is...
Brendan Teasdale (centre), MD of Team Force Restoration with apprentice mason James Landless and National Trust trainee Alice Ward.
17 September 2015 | Stone Heritage
After winning this year’s RICS Award for Building Conservation for The Black Barn in Northumberland, Team Force Restoration, based in Blyth, Northumberland, is now working on a careful masonry...
Clitheroe’s Palace of Westminster Pinnacle in the Castle’s War Memorial Gardens.
17 September 2015 | Stone Heritage
Clitheroe Civic Society is spearheading an urgent project to see the historic Palace of Westminster Pinnacle in the Lancashire town’s castle grounds repaired by Heritage Conservation...