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ExCeL London



18 - 20 April 2023

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 coordinated by Historic England and English Stone Forum, together with partner organisations including the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Historic England      SPAB     IHBC


Highlights from 2019 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 room taking place in South Gallery Room 6 throughout Thursday 20 April 2023. 


Mingary-Castle-Restoration Conservation


Conservation area at the Natural Stone Show

Conservation area

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 20 April 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

  • I've seen how techniques and machinery have advanced in the stone trade, making life easier, more efficient and saving money on a project
    2017 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!
    2017 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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