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Church Loop Systems

Audio Frequency Induction Loops - The Law has changed

In the UK public venues such as churches MUST have a standards compliant Audio Frequency Induction Loop fitted - by law.

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Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

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British Islamic Heritage

British Islamic heritage celebrated by Historic England

In March, two mosques in London were listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic, architectural and cultural importance.

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New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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Church Grants

Over £50m available for church repair and restoration

Every year and sometimes bi-annually, grants are made available for churches and listed buildings. The funding is available for restoration and repair.

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Antique Restoration

Nearly four decades of maintaining standards

For nearly four decades BAFRA has been ensuring that the heritage of antique furniture can be dealt with by the qualified, experienced and skilled craftsmen who have achieved accredited status within the organisation.

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Traditional Lime

Ancient building material still has many uses

One of the universal building materials prior to the end of the 19th century was lime. Lime was present in various forms in almost every building, from limewash on the walls of cattle byres and cottages to the mortar used on cathedral and castle walls.

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Architectural Metalwork

A guide to architectural metalwork, wrought iron and its restoration

Our next issue will feature a fascinating insight, exploring metallurgy, production techniques, its architectural and historical context and best practice conservation.

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Drone Surveys

Your surveys no longer need to be done on a wing and a prayer

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is rapidly expanding as the carers and keepers of old buildings and churches learn how much easier and more cost-effective completing surveying and maintenance projects can be with the professional use of drones.

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CRE Events

CRE: inspiration and innovation for the whole congregation

Almost 90% of floor space sold with five months to go: that's the good news from the Christian Resources Exhibition, taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey from 16-18 October.

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Fire Guidance


Fire guidance for churches and heritage buildings

Fires in churches and heritage buildings have a number of causes and can have devastating consequences – not only in terms of damage to property, but also as the cause of serious injury and even loss of life.

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FTMRC

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.

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Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

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Master Carvers

Carving out an enviable reputation

The Master Carvers Association was founded in 1897 as an employers association, by a number of companies who employed carvers, to enable national negotiations with the emerging unions.

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Leadworker Register

The Leadworker Register - putting skills at the heart of the industry

The Lead Sheet Association has been developing and running successful training and qualification initiatives for many years to help ensure that standards of leadwork are high across the construction industry.

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ISCE

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Promoting technical excellence

ISCE is a specialist Learned Society and professional body for sound and communications engineers. Founded in 1948, it is an entirely independent Institute, run by a Council elected by its members. Members maintain a code of conduct in professional activities, embodying high ethical standards and concern for the environmental and sociological impacts of professional activities.

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Lead Contractors

Members offer 25 years peace of mind

The trade body that represents the leadworking industry – and guarantees quality in that industry – is the Lead Contractors’ Association (LCA). The LCA was formed in 1984 to promote quality standards in leadwork and now comprises over 70 specialist contractors committed, supported by 15 associate members who supply materials and ancillary services.

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Heritage Roofing

Heritage Roofing Register - a helping hand for architects

A unique register of heritage roofing specialists is providing much needed help and assurance for architects and specifiers when working on heritage projects. The Register is the brainchild of the UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

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Abingdon Old County Hall

Abingdon Old County Hall restoration gets Heritage Lottery Fund go-ahead

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Investing in Success

New report shows heritage tourism contributes £20bn to UK economy and has important role to play in recovery 

A new report published today, commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), reveals for the first time the scale of the heritage tourism industry in the UK, estimating its gross domestic product (GDP) contribution to be £20.6 billion.

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Florrie to rise from the Ashes

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced today an award of £3.7million for Liverpool’s pioneering Florence Institute for Boys, to fund extensive repair and conservation work, restoring the building so that it again can be used by the local community.

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Watercress Line's New Workshops

The first major phase of the Mid Hants Railway’s latest Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project has been completed and will be formally opened on Wednesday February 17th by song writer, record producer and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman

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HLF ensures the Cardiff Story is told

Christmas has come early for the Cardiff Story as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) today (14 December) awarded a grant of £440,000 towards the first phase of re-opening a museum for the city.

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Lewes Priory to be brought to life thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Ecclesiastical & Heritage World lewes_priory_1One of the most important historical buildings in South East England, Grade I listed Lewes Priory, is to be transformed into a top visitor attraction thanks to a confirmed* Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £545,500.
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Regimental museum's towering achievement

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Lieutenant_Maurice_James_Dease_VC1A museum charting the history of a regiment linked to the Tower of London for more than 400 years will receive a complete makeover, thanks to confirmation of a £300,000 grant* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it was announced today.

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£9.3m New Year 'hat trick' for historic parks

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Lloyd_and_Aveling_Park_1Three parks in London, Walsall and Devizes are celebrating the beginning of the New Year following confirmed grants totalling £9.3m* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).  This money from the two Lottery distributors will give a vital boost to plans for these popular local parks. 

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said on behalf of HLF and BIG:

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Historic York Catholic Church becomes first UK user of new DRU Kamara heaters

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World St_Georges_YorkSt George’s is an historic 19th century Catholic Church in the ancient city of York. Designed by Charles and Joseph Hansom (of Hansom cab fame), the church was built in 1850 to serve the needs of the large number of Irish immigrants arriving in England at that time to find work in the farms and on railway construction.

St George’s is still a thriving church with a large and cosmopolitan congregation. In common with many other similar period churches, it has had a problem finding effective heating during the long winter months.

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Taking Flight with EPL Skylift at the Royal Liver Building

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Liver_outreachLavendon Access Services’ Vehicle Mount Division, EPL Skylift, has recently supplied Chester-based company Wasp Ltd, with its largest truck mounted boom, a 72 metre model, for a job at the Royal Liver Building on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool.

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Hidden Herstories

Innovative documentary binds generations and inspires young people.

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£4.4million Spring lottery bonanza for London's heritage

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced confirmed grants worth £4.4million for seven key heritage projects in seven boroughs across the capital.

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Transporter Clears Latest Lottery Funding Hurdle

Middlesbrough's iconic Transporter Bridge has been given the green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to work up plans ahead of a major improvement programme, it was announced today.

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Historic Places of Worship
Over £15,7 million for England's Historic Places of Worship 

 

English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) today (Thursday 18 February) announced more than £15.7 million to support urgent repair work to 154 Grade I and II* listed places of worship across England. The grants were awarded under the organisations’ joint Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.*
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Building Conservation School for listed property owners Friday 26th March 2010

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Mike_Wye_1We all know that listed buildings require materials and repair techniques different to those of modern structures. It is not just that owners and builders may be committing a criminal offence if they don't, they may be causing major long term damage to the property.

In an effort to help people avoid common pitfalls, Mike Wye & Associates Ltd have joined forces with the Listed Property Owners Club to offer free guidance in a series of lectures during Friday 26th March.

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Hogwarts Express

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World glenfinnan_viaduct_1Across the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct, in an area of outstanding natural beauty sits Glenfinnan Station Museum which today was awarded a grant of £195,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Featured in ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' and 'Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban' films, it is one of the best-preserved working stations on the West Highland Line. The Heritage Lottery investment will give people the chance to step back in time and experience the atmosphere of a late-Victorian station while learning about the history of the ‘iron road to the Isles’ in the Highlands.

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Tidings of HLF good cheer for 11 parks

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Haddo_Park_house_in_snow1The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced a £1.39m grant¹ for the restoration of Victoria Gardens in Neath, Wales, plus first-round passes² for 10 other historic parks in London, Chester, St Helens, Clydebank, Aberdeenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, Belfast and Wolverhampton.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the HLF, said:

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Sleeping giant comes to life

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Giants_Causeway_1HLF awards £3m to Northern Ireland’s treasured coastal landscape

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced today a £3m grant¹ for the spectacular Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and £3.7m for Liverpool’s pioneering Florence Institute for Boys.  In addition, it has given initial support² for projects at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, Roman Maryport in West Cumbria and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:

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Urgent call for more Craftspeople and Built Heritage Sector professionals to apply for CSCS Cards
Sir Michael Latham, Chairman of ConstructionSkills today joined with other industry partners to call for more craftspeople and building professionals in the built heritage sector to apply for CSCS cards. In a speech to clients, contractors, trainers, professional bodies and industry groups at the German Gymnasium, St Pancras, London on Tuesday 9th February, he stressed the need for the right blend of skills, expertise, knowledge and experience and demonstrating competency to do this work.
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Preserving history:

Lecture series to highlight the value of built heritage

Robert Gordon University's Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment have announced a new lecture mini-series that will focus on the
importance of preserving and working with our built heritage.  This will be done by showcasing a number of conservation and regeneration projects currently being undertaken in Scotland and beyond.

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