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).

Highlights from the previous show include;

  • Demonstrations of the Strategic Stone Study website. Historic England 
  • How to select the correct stone for building repair. English Stone Forum
  • Support and assistance to historic environment practitioners. The Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • Impartial technical advice and guidance on the care and repair of old buildings; subjects range from controlling dampness in traditional walls that need to breathe, to improving energy efficiency and the use of lime mortars. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
  • Numerous training initiatives including SPAB’s unique six-month training scheme for young craftspeople.


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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 2 May 2019 with seminars addressing the selection and sourcing of stone for conservation projects. The Conservation Day is fully CPD-accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Seminars include:

  • Sourcing stone for repairing historic buildings: resources and guidance
  • Repair and conservation of historic slate and stone slate roofs: training and guidance
  • Stone Masonry and Conservation Training
  • Concrete repair: an international review project

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