Gloucester Stone Carving Festival, Llanthony Secunda Priory 25-27 August

25-27 August 2018
Llanthony Secunda Priory 

Carrie Horwood of Cat’s Eye Carving is once again organising this years stone carving festival in Gloucester.

With work progressing well at Llanthony Secunda Priory, where the festival will be held, there will be plenty to celebrate during the August bank holiday as the site becomes ready to welcome visitors as an historic attraction.

Carrie hopes to attract more than 20 stonemasons and carvers to take part in the contest. They will have the opportunity to carve some of the original stone taken from the old stable block of the Priory during the recent renovation work (carried out with the help of £3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund) as well as newly quarried Cotswold stone.

The theme this year is mythical creatures. Carrie herself plans to carve a beastie as a raffle prize.

The carvers will have Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning to complete their creations before offering them up for the grand live auction on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

If you are an accomplished mason or carver wanting to take part, or a trader who would like to have a stall at the event, email Carrie on

Further details here>>


London Branch AGM 2018, drinks and talk

17 July 2018

Join us at HS1 offices (5th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG) which enjoy good views over this part of north London and hear from members of Conisbee’s heritage team on some of their recent work appraising historic plaster ceilings, surveying industrial gasholders and examining the fabric of a unique country house.

Conisbee is an award winning civil and structural engineering design practice with offices in London, Norwich and Cambridge. Conisbee has a specialism in heritage engineering with engineers who are CARE registered.

TIME – The AGM starts at 6.00pm


All members attending the AGM will receive a free glass of wine.

It is essential you book through Eventbrite as your name will be requested at King’s Place reception that you will find on your right, opposite the box office and just after the Pangolin Sculpture Gallery.


TRAIN STATIONS – Kings Cross / St Pancras

Docomomo: One-day Seminar on Tower Blocks

7 July 2018

Tower blocks have had a chequered history and their survival in the UK remains uncertain. In this one-day event, we look at their history, their changing technical characteristics, the reception of them by residents and the public, the maintenance and upkeep of them by their owners, their safety and their prospects for the future.

Among our speakers will be:

  • Professor Stefan Muthesius, co-author with Miles Glendinning of Towers for the Welfare State (published by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies);
  • Emma Dent Coad, MP for Kensington, former member of the tenant management association that oversaw Grenfell Tower, and member of the Docomomo Working Party;
  • Ian Abley, a specialist in construction detailing, compliance, snagging, and the requirements of façade, structural and services engineers;
  • Asterios Agkathidis of Liverpool University, a specialist in sustainable retrofit;and others.

For more info please go to:

Featured image: Grenfell Tower via

Civic Voice Conference 2018

19 – 20 October 2018

Civic Voice is excited to announce that bookings are open for Civic Voice’s annual conference – the event of the year for people who care about where they live.

Join hundreds of Civic Voice members, partners and people working in the historic environment to connect, learn, influence the debate and celebrate the power of community as we ask, “How can we balance conservation and regeneration?”. Visit the website here.

Working Party Open Day

15 July 2018
Eastbury House, Eastbury Square, IG11 9SN, BARKING

Join the SPAB at Eastbury Manor, Barking, London for the Working Party Open Day. See conservation in action at Eastbury Manor, an Elizabethan gem in Barking, the site of the SPAB’s Working Party. Try your hand at traditional crafts under the guidance of experts.

Enjoy guided tours, building craft demonstrations and refreshments from the Eastbury kitchen. The event is free and there’s no need to book, just turn up.

Further information here>>