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From quarry to quoin: a conservation guide to stonework

19 June 2018

Join us for the next instalment of our training series: a comprehensive training session where we will explore all aspects of stonework from the quarry to the workshop and beyond.

Topics covered:

  • Quarries
  • Geology of the World Heritage Site
  • Stone matching
  • Stone conservation approaches
  • Health and safety
  • Practical demonstrations

Speakers include:

  • Marcus Paine, Hutton Stone
  • Katie Strang, Scottish Lime Centre
  • Luis Albornoz, British Geological Survey
  • Christa Gerdwilker, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Maggie Tennant, St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop
  • Jordan Kirk, St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop

The RIAS is happy to recommend this event to its members, and it is recognised by the IHBC for CPD.

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15 June 2018


Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE

For over 2000 years London has been settled by traders, exiles and adventurers from overseas. The achievements of these individuals and their communities are reflected in the city’s buildings and monuments. Their craftsmen and artists underpin much of what we appreciate in London’s vibrancy today.

This conference looks at the role of international heritage in perceptions of London as a great world city. It explores our understanding of London’s past, its global appeal, the value of heritage in rooting communities and its potential for strengthening the city’s future.

The Heritage of London Trust’s Conservation Conference has been held every year since 1983 and is a unique occasion when all London local authorities are represented and the latest planning ideas and developments discussed.

Further details and bookings here>>

Understanding Building Conservation

19-20 July 2018


With over 6 million traditional buildings and over 500,000 listed monuments in the UK, there is a considerable need for building professionals to understand the nature and practicalities of conservation.  For this reason, we have developed a course looking at conservation for both residential and commercial property as well as historic monuments.

In accordance with the ICOMOS (International Council On Monuments and Sites) Training and Education Guideline and the latest British Standard on conservation of historic buildings (BS 7913: 2013) the course will introduce the philosophy behind conservation before going into detail regarding the technical analysis of buildings, ensembles and sites, diagnosing issues, identifying the best building conservation solutions, working with the various  stakeholders, and ultimately providing advice regarding best practice.

At the end of the 2 days, you will be confident in your ability to apply practical skills towards building conservation, will feel much better informed in this field of practice, and will receive a certificate of attainment from the CIOB if you pass the end of course test. Moreover, those who pass the course will be eligible for further recognition under the new CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme.

15% of discount to IHBC Members.

Further details and bookings here>>

St Pancras at 150: Regeneration and Revival

31 May 2018

Join an expert panel to discuss the past, present and future of St Pancras International in its 150th anniversary year.

Panellists include:

  • Duncan Wilson,Chief Executive of Historic England
  • Simon Jenkins,columnist for the Guardian and author of Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations
  • Josie Murray,Senior Heritage Advisor for HS1 Ltd
  • Simon Bradley,historian and author of St Pancras Station

Reopened in 2007 by Her Majesty the Queen, following an £800 million transformation, St Pancras International’s Victorian, neo-gothic splendour stands today as a centrepiece for a transformed Kings Cross.

With the area home to London’s Knowledge Quarter and with tens of millions of visitors and passengers each year, St Pancras is one of London’s central railway terminus and an iconic symbol of the UK’s gateway to Europe as the home of Eurostar.

Yet for a station that only narrowly avoided demolition in the 1960s, St Pancras’ future has not always shone so bright. Nor is this century the first time that St Pancras has played a transformative role in London.

Further information and bookings here>>