The assessment of condition, and requirements for cleaning, repair and conservation work can be complicated by the location and placement of the material. Floor surfaces pose particular challenges due to surface wear, the impact of past and present maintenance and cleaning programmes. The main reference source continues to be Jane Fawcett’s Historic Floors: their care and conservation.
Issues surrounding the repair and replacement of older windows are commonly met during conservation works to older houses. The current condition of historic window is a combination of the quality of the original materials and the skill of the joiner, and the impact of wear and tear, and often of lack of maintenance over the years. The links below should provide a general introduction to the key issues:
Welcome to a blog on the conservation of architectural and archaeological heritage. This is primarily intended to provide resources and links for students on a series of lectures I give on various aspects of architectural conservation, research and analysis. The main topics over the next few months will be on research skills, survey, analysis and investigation, with some detailed information on weathering, soiling, cleaning, diagnosis, historic lime mortars, brick and stone deterioration. Case studies and links to publications relevant to projects and issues in Ireland are provided at www.boltonconsultancy.com, and this blog will hopefully provide a useful resource to assist in your studies.