In general, most authors have followed the general rule that builders from prehistory to the post-medieval period commonly used locally obtained material for general building, with more distant stone sources exploited for decorative elements. However, as covered on Saturdays lecture, in conservation practice, stone quarries form a richer and more useful resource which may add to our understanding of the significance of a site; relationships with Continue reading
There is a submerged village at the mouth of Wexford Harbour, lost to winter storms over 80 years ago. Amid the wave-swept wreckage of homes and a small port, the only recognisable remains are the brick chimneys of the long-gone timber houses. It’s easy to forget that concealed behind the fireplace, painted walls and framed decorations of most period houses lies a massive brick or stone chimney stack, perhaps the most substantial element of the building. Continue reading
Following on from the discussions during the seminar on Stone conservation on Monday, the following links to examples of stone deterioration research may be of interest: Continue reading
CPD Seminar Stone: Soiling, Conservation & Cleaning, 19th November 2012
The Traditional Lime Company will host a CPD seminar on stone conservation on the 19th November 2012 in Tullow, Co. Carlow. The seminar on “Stone: Soiling, Conservation & Cleaning” explores how historic stone masonry buildings and stone surfaces deteriorate, and how to understand and assess their conservation needs. The seminar will also explore treatment and repair options including cleaning, stone repairs, desalination, consolidation, protective coatings and nano-technology, and the control of plant growth.
For a full programme and how to book, please contact the Traditional Lime Company at email@example.com.
Saving the Stones is a three or five month training internship in conservation and historic preservation. The program is intended to give recent graduates of archaeology, architecture, design, history, art, geography, and other related subjects, the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge hands-on in the field of conservation. Held at the campus of the Center in the inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Acre, this training internship provides intimate access to the veritable living laboratory for the study and application of practical heritage conservation methods and skills. Scholarships are available.
Spring session February 18 – July 13, 2013
Application deadline December 6, 2012
The primary function of a roof is to shed water. The roof is a complex structure of slates, flashings and rainwater goods above timber structural members and modern insulation materials, rainwater goods. When damp is found to the interior of a period property, there are many potential sources for this moisture. This moisture may not be coming from outside, as modern living can provide significant levels of water vapour and humidity within a building from cooking, showering and from uncovered water tanks in attic spaces. However, one of the most common concerns regarding roofs of a certain age is the condition of the slates, if and how they are failing, and when and to what extent should they be replaced.
Traditional and historic roofs have been covered with a wide range of materials, of which oak shingles, thatch and slates are the most commonly known. Roofing “slates” are not necessarily the metamorphic rock slate, but is an umbrella term to refer to any stone which can be split and used as Continue reading
The next series of inter-related lectures are on stone conservation, tracing stone from initial extraction and placement in the building, to understanding their deterioration, to exploring options on cleaning and conservation work.