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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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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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Master Craftsmen

The ‘resistance army’ that is fighting to preserve traditional craft skills

According to English Heritage, on average one historic building or monument has been destroyed every day since 1945. That fact has been accompanied by a fall in local authority heritage restoration budgets of 8% over the past eight years. These are worrying statistics, but perhaps the tide is turning as people are beginning to care more about our nation’s heritage.

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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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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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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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Church Seating

Seating guidance from ChurchCare

One of the most frequent changes made to churches today will involve seating in some way. Changing seating inside a church can have a significant impact upon the interior. The process of changing furniture, as well as choosing a suitable alternative, requires careful consideration. ChurchCare publish a document intended to guide parishes through the planning stages and the decisions involved.

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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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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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The BBC and British Museum announce ‘A History of the World’

A unique and unprecedented partnership focusing on world history for 2010

The BBC and the British Museum have joined forces in an original and unprecedented public service partnership, focusing on world history. At its heart is a landmark series on BBC Radio 4, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ which will broadcast from 18 January 2010.

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Listed Property Show sees 35% increase in visitor numbers

The fourth Listed Property Show has been hailed as the most successful ever by the exhibitors and visitors. The 2010 show closed its doors on 21 February, at the end of the two-day event, with an increase in attendance of over 35% – to 5,743. The number of exhibitors rose by 20%.

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M J Hrycko Carpentry Contractors now online

M J Hrycko was established in 1978 and has since developed a reputation in the construction industry for providing sub-contract carpentry services to meet today’s fast-track construction programmes. We give equal attention to modest and large commercial carpentry contracts and offer the same level of commitment to all clients.

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Institute of Carpenters
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The rich built heritage we have in the UK is made up of churches, castles, stately homes, private residences and even industrial buildings; a wide and diverse range which help give character to where we live. With over 6 million such buildings, their long-term preservation depends on the specialist skill, knowledge and expertise of talented craftspeople. These once commonplace skills have suffered a decline, but a revival across all craft professions is taking place and opportunities are increasing for young students and career changers alike, with carpentry and joinery particularly in demand.

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British Organ Builders
Martin Goetze & Dominic Gwynn

Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn is a firm of six craftsmen dedicated to the production of pipe organs of high quality in classical styles. There are three partners, Martin, Dominic and Edward Bennett, and usually four other craftsmen. All three partners are full time organbuilders. Generally speaking Martin and Dominic alternate responsibility for the design, supervision and finishing of each project, though the advantage of a small firm with three committed and experienced partners is that much of the responsibility is shared.

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Brick Development Association
 Ecclesiastical & Heritage World logo-bdaBrick is one of the oldest building materials and dates back to the beginning of civilisation. We represent the nations leading clay brick and paver manufacturers and are responsible for promoting the contribution that brick makes to the places and spaces that people live and work in today.
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Lead industry mounts a Europe-wide offensive

Detail of lead roof in BelgiumOver the years the lead sheet industry has carried out numerous campaigns to explain the qualities and advantages that the material has to offer – its sustainability, its weatherproofing qualities, its versatility and its aesthetic appeal among them.
The issue is not just pertinent in the UK, however; lead has been in use as a building material throughout Europe since at least Roman times. And the campaign to promote its qualities is also Europe-wide.

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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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Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa

Sponsored by Santander Additional support provided by The A.G.Leventis Foundation
4 March – 6 June 2010   /  Room 35  /  Admission charge

Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife (pronounced ee-feh) through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa. Ife is today regarded as the spiritual heartland of the Yoruba people living in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and their many descendants around the world. The exhibition will feature nearly 100 superb pieces of Ife sculpture, most of which have never been seen in the UK before, and have been drawn almost entirely from the magnificent collections of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. The British Museum is planning a series of Africa-related events, activities and displays to coincide with the 50th anniversary of African Independence celebrations in 2010

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Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance drawings

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World BP_special_exhibitionThe BP Special Exhibition

22 April – 25 July 2010  /  Reading Room  /  Admission charge


This major exhibition, supported by BP, will bring together the finest group of Italian Renaissance drawings to be seen in this country for over seventy years. Drawn from the two foremost collections in the field, the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe Uffizi in Florence and the British Museum, the display will chart the increasing importance of drawing during the period between 1400 and 1510, featuring 100 works by amongst others Fra Angelico, Jacopo and Gentile Bellini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Lippi, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Titian  and Verrocchio. In addition, infrared reflectography and other non-invasive scientific analysis of the works will give fresh insights into the techniques and creative thinking of Renaissance artists as they experimented with a freedom not always apparent in their finished works

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Henry VIII's Window Sheds Light On His Life On The Day He Died

Ecclesiastical & Heriatge World henryviii_stained-glass10.jpg- Major New Cultural Venue in Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site Moves Closer to Opening -

 29 January 2010:  A window from the Royal Tudor Palace of King Henry VIII was reinstalled on the site of his famous palace on the exact day Henry died, 463 years ago on 28 January 1547.  The window, reconstructed from stonework excavated on the site of Tudor Palace is one of the unique exhibits in Discover Greenwich at The Old Royal Naval College, a new £6m contemporary cultural venue exploring the history of the area, opening on 23 March 2010.  [Link to pictures below].  The site of King Henry VIII’s Greenwich Palace lies under the Old Royal Naval College.  

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Arch Timber Protection

PROVEN FIRE PROTECTION FOR TIMBER

If you are involved in the specification of building materials and you have chosen wood - congratulations! An admirable choice for our most versatile, environmentally advanced and sustainable building material.
And if you have concerns about the use of wood in terms of the threat of fire, don’t worry! Correct design specification and the use of modern fire retardant pre-treatments can make wood into a long lasting and safe choice of material. In the event of a fire, specific pre-treatments will effectively slow down the process of combustion and restrict the surface spread of flame, giving more time for the safe evacuation of personnel from the building and greater opportunity for fire fighters to save the structure.

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Leave Your Historic Environment to the Experts

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World IHBC small logoThe IHBC www.ihbc.org.uk   is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.

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Bowes Takes a Bow
Ecclesiastical and Heritage World small swanFRENCH BEAUTY IN THE NORTH

 The Bowes Museum is a building on an extraordinary scale and is a major landmark in the Durham countryside. As Country Life stated in 1992: “Does anybody forget their first sight of the Bowes Museum? The short walk from the centre of Barnard Castle transports the visitor from a picturesque County Durham market town to Second Empire France...Time has not diminished the shock and delight of coming across this swaggering chateau amid the hills of Teesdale"

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Volunteers return in CSR scheme

For the second year running, volunteers from construction and management consultant Turner & Townsend returned to Shandy Hall in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, to carry out maintenance and decoration of the exterior of the 18th-century parsonage as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme.

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Baroness Andrews named as Bruce-Lockhart's successor

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has announced the appointment of Baroness Kay Andrews as the new Chair of English Heritage. Baroness Andrews was formerly Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Her appointment followed an open competition under full Nolan procedures earlier in the year and will run for four years from 27 July.

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