This Digest provides an overview of the principles of the conservation management of masonry in historic buildings. It discusses the legislative framework in the UK (including interactions with planning authorities and conservation bodies, and regional variations in conservation policy) and the general principles of conservation practice, including minimal intervention, protection against disaster and neglect, use of identical replacement materials or the nearest analogues, respecting the spirit of the core building, maintaining a log of works, and agreeing a protocol for project management before a project begins. The Digest then lists the recommended procedures for good conservation project management in a summarised form. Key events in the development of building conservation bodies, practice and legislation in the UK are listed chronologically in the Annex. 8 pages.
Principles of conservation management of masonry
- Why conservation?
- - Culture/nostalgia
- - Education
- - Economics
- - The environment
- Historical development of UK legislative framework for conservation
- Current legislation in England and Wales
- Regional variations
- - Wales
- - Northern Ireland
- - Scotland
- General principles
- - Minimal intervation
- - Protection against disaster and neglect
- - Use of identical replacement materials or the nearest analogues
- - Respect for the spirit of the core building
- - Maintenance of a log
- - Conservation project management summary
References and further reading
Annex: Historical development of building conservation bodies, practice and legislation in the UK.
Other publications that may be of interestConservation and cleaning of masonry: Part 1. StoneworkConservation and cleaning of masonry - Part 2: Brickwork, blockwork and terracottaRecognising wood rot and insect damage in buildings. 3rd edition