Building Conservation Journal March–April 2018

Hannah Ramsden

Editor (RICS)

If a subject holds personal significance for us, we may want to supplement our knowledge by researching it further – and “significance” is a concept that is central to conservation practice.

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In this issue, Duncan McCallum reflects on the subject in light of the recent publication of the second edition of Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance. He explains that Historic England’s objective is to create a clear but flexible framework to manage our heritage now, rather than providing an exhaustive list of prescriptions.

Heritage management is also challenged by other issues dominating the headlines, notably climate change. But how are we leading action to adapt to this in the sector? Fit for the Future seeks to bring organisations together to make them more climate-aware, adaptive and resilient. Sara Crofts from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) discusses how the initiative is proving popular – which is reassuring to hear, given that 10 years ago climate change was still a relatively low priority in the sector. HLF hopes that following best practice on climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability will encourage the organisations it funds to build a closer relationship with Fit for the Future and share their knowledge.

Continuing the distribution of knowledge, the current instalment of our Material Information Sheet series sees Rosamond Artis take us through the identification and application of various limewashes and lime paints. Elsewhere, Bill Zajac discusses recent and anticipated changes to Welsh conservation legislation, while in our regular Update Henry Russell reports on the 50th anniversary of conservation areas, the recently published Heritage Statement and concern about energy efficiency in historic buildings.

As ever, if you have any ideas for the journal, please do get in touch.

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