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 via the County Councils in England and Wales will supply a distinct and critical reference ebook for pros within the building embarking on 'heritage' paintings. utilizing targeted and highly-illustrated case reports, the publication files over a hundred schemes from commercial archaeology to historical parks.

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The Cheshire County Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) was first computerized in 1974 on the County’s IBM mainframe computer. However, there were several limitations to this system and in 1986 a complete overhaul and enhancement of the old record began with the establishment of the temporary post of Sites and Monuments Computerization Officer. The post was funded by English Heritage for two and a half years as part of a nationwide enhancement programme of county Archaeology 13 SMRs. The new system is personal computer (PC)-based and uses the Superfile program, which is supported by English Heritage.

Over 2000 people came to Open Days with guided tours and displays. More than 2500 children had talks, tours and their first ‘hands on’ experience of living history. The excavation was made accessible to the public on all levels and each child was given a certificate to prove that he or she had visited Sandy’s Roman Past. Thirteen burials have been found so far, together with the layout of part of the Roman town with its roads and buildings, revealing something of its everyday life and industry.

The construction cost around £1000 and local firms made generous donations of materials. g. ), whilst technical items (such as a thermocouple for recording kiln temperatures) have also been purchased. An accompanying exhibition was produced in-house, at comparatively low cost, using desk-top publishing software. 8, ESSEX Butt Road Roman Church, Colchester When Essex County Council announced plans to build a new police station in Colchester in the 1970s, it was already known that the site contained all that remained of one of the cemeteries which lay beyond the walls of the Roman settlement.

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