Useful Websites

Below we have listed some other websites which may be useful. Please make your own checks on the accuracy and validity of information.

 
BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network, is the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property.


A worldwide network of libraries and documentation centres contribute data on their combined holdings, including previously unavailable material from private sources, to the BCIN database.

Cited literature includes:
books, published and unpublished monographs and serials conference proceedings, technical reports, journal articles, theses, audio-visual materials, software and machine-readable files

Available online since 1987, BCIN is a trusted resource for professionals, museums and other heritage organizations. It now contains nearly 200 000 citations, including the first 34 volumes of the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA), published between 1955 and 1997.
 
 
Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Run by Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public.

Our historic built environment is a finite and unique resource, yet its care calls for conservation skills that are in short supply. This new learning and visitor resource will help to encourage a greater understanding of traditional building materials and skills – and inspire future generations to continue to care for Scotland’s built heritage.

 
This website will help you understand the basics of the Historic Environment and show you where you can find out more. Heritage Help has been put together by volunteers and professionals who are keen to share their knowledge with you
 
IHBC Webstarter

IHBC Webstarter guides students, trainees, researchers and anyone interested in learning more about conservation through the wide range of resources, guidance, opportunities and links available across the IHBC website.

 
NACE - National Association of Chimney Engineers

Our mission is to: “Ensure the safety of all fuel users in the UK and Ireland, who depend on a chimney or flue for the operation of a heating appliance, by providing a register of competent chimney engineers for all types of chimney work.”

 
Roofing Traditions in Britain and Ireland

Information about stone and slate roofing traditions

 
Thatch Advice Centre
The Thatch Advice Centre is run by Master Thatchers and thatched home owners. They offer relevant, useful and up to date information so that they can make an informed decision on whatever they are doing or planning with their thatched property.
 
The Thatcher's Craft

The Thatchers Craft deals with the history of thatching, the stage-by-stage construction using long straw, combed wheat or water reed, and has chapters on materials, tools and roof construction. This publication is available from the Herefordshire and Ludlow College website.

 

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