Caring for our built heritage: conservation in practice by Tony Haskell

By Tony Haskell

Conservation is now an enormous a part of planners', surveyors' and designers' paintings load. This assessment of contemporary conservation schemes conducted by means of the County Councils in England and Wales will offer a distinct and integral reference publication for pros within the building embarking on 'heritage' paintings. utilizing exact and highly-illustrated case reports, the publication files over a hundred schemes from business archaeology to ancient parks.

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These estimates involve a total cost of £376 000 of which Cadw, the Welsh Historic Monuments body, will find £303000, for a five-year funding programme of measures for the archaeological excavation of the whole lake-bed area and conservation of the finds; the local authorities will find £73000. The excavation, the largest of its type ever attempted in Wales, is being conducted by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust. A public appeal is being mounted to raise funds for display of the finds and visitor interpretation of the site and the Caldicot Trust has been particularly supportive in this respect.

Then the Director of Michelham Priory, a property of the Sussex Archaeological Society, showed interest in the proposal and a suitable area was found Caring for our built heritage: conservation in practice 28 within the Priory grounds where the project could be located. 5 ft) diameter round-house, constructed with wattle-and-daub walls, was erected by project members helped by local school children and traditional craftsmen. The construction cost around £1000 and local firms made generous donations of materials.

The Project was fully funded by English Heritage and administered by Durham County Council (Education Department: The Bowes Museum) in conjunction with Cleveland County Council’s archaeological service. This exercise in corporate management between adjacent counties was designed to make maximum use of local authority archaeological provisions and has proved immensely successful. The A66 Project has attempted to carry out a full landscape survey of the road and surrounding countryside. Rather than examine individual sites in isolation it has tried to place them in a broader environmental and archaeological context and thereby explore the way that the land has been used and modified over some six thousand years of human history.

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