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Help safeguard the UK's built heritage

The Natural Stone Show’s Conservation Area provides free advice, enlightening case studies and a forum for the exchange of information experience and opinions, helping you select the correct stone for building repair. Stone is an important part of the £3.6 billion conservation sector and has a thriving community of specialists committed to safeguarding the UK’s built heritage. This is represented at the show through a dedicated conservation area co-ordinated by Historic England and English Stone Forum, together with partner organisations including the Institute of Conservation (ICON), Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Historic England



Institute of Conservation

Highlights from the last show included:

  • Demonstrations of the Strategic Stone Study website from Historic England
  • Useful guidance from the English Stone Forum on how to select the correct stone for building repair
  • Support and assistance to historic environment practitioners from IHBC as well as free copies of their journal 'Context'
  • Information about the work of Historic England’s Technical Building Conservation & Geospatial Survey (BCGS) and Technical Conservation Department
  • Impartial technical advice from SPAB on subjects ranging from controlling dampness in solid walls that need to 'breathe', to improving energy efficiency and the use of lime mortars 
  • Numerous training initiatives including SPAB’s unique six-month training scheme for young craftspeople

And don't miss the Conservation Day of the Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference taking place in throughout Thursday 8 June. 

Conservation Conference

Historic England and the English Stone Forum will oversee day three of the Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference.

The free to attend Conservation Day takes place on Thursday 8 June 2023 and is fully CPD-accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).  Seminars include among others:

  • Sourcing stone for repairing historic buildings: resources and guidance
  • Repair and conservation of historic slate and stone slate roofs: training and guidance
  • Conserving Purbeck Marble 
  • From tradition to innovation – COTAC’s role in developing training for the built heritage
  • Specifying and selecting stone: a stone supplier’s perspective
  • Stone Masonry and Conservation Training

Details of the conference programme will be included nearer the show.

Conservation Gallery

The Natural Stone Show will be complemented by Hard Surfaces, the new event showcasing the latest products and trends in the fast-moving field of surface design. Hard Surfaces brings together the full production, design, specification and purchasing chain and is the only exhibition in the UK focusing exclusively on Hard Surfaces and directly related products and services. 

By co-locating, The Natural Stone Show offers an attractive proposition for architects, designers, developers, fabricators, specialist contractors, installers and KBB outlets. 

  • I've seen how techniques and machinery have advanced in the stone trade, making life easier, more efficient and saving money on a project
    Show Visitor
  • The Natural Stone Show has been really exciting for us, we’ve met a lot of great people and had a lot of traffic on the stand, it has been a great setting for our official launch.
    Kelly Johnson
  • You can find everything!
    Show Visitor
  • The real highlight of the show has been seeing so many people come to see the new colours that we've introduced...we've pulled in incredible crowds with the new range.
    Simon Boocock
    CR Laurence of Europe



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