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Practical Building Conservation: Metals

1st Edition

By Historic England


474 pages

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Hardback: 9780754645559
pub: 2012-03-28
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Metals deals with the conservation of a group of materials that have been used in buildings for everything from structural components and fixings to weatherproofing, repairs, and decoration. It covers both the iron-based and the non-ferrous metals (such as copper, bronze and lead), in each case considering technological evolution, deterioration processes, and the practical application and long-term implications of the common conservation materials and methods.


'[The Practical Building Conservation volumes] offer considerable information and advice on many aspects of conservation… Great emphasis is placed in all the volumes on making the reader familiar with the material in question, giving them as much information and direction as possible to allow them to understand what they are dealing with… gives a comprehensive 'hands on' approach; solutions are found, methods described and practical tips freely given. It should be kept on the bookshelf within reach of most practising professionals in the field.'- Jane Jones-Warner RIBA SCA AABC IHBC, Member RIBA Conservation Group

'My overriding impression of this series is that it is comprehensive, well set out and easy to follow, and it should be of interest both to all involved in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings, and to the casual reader. Each volume stands alone or as part of a set. This represents a substantial body of work in the field of building conservation that is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. The tables and technical drawings are clear, and some of the photographs included are remarkable. The amount of information within each volume is staggering and must represent the nearest thing to a one-stop-shop for historic building practitioners. The new volume is a worthy successor to its parent edition, and fittingly dedicated to the memory of John Ashurst. This work, like the others [in the Practical Building Conservation series], is a must have for any conservation professional, student, or conservation library. While its price might seem high, its value over the years will pay back the costs many times over.' - Architectural Technology Magazine (AT)

'Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this book for the North American conservator, then, is its presentation of both familiar and unfamiliar metal use, from a different perspective. While readers should not expect to find verys specific information to guide treatment, they will undoubtedly find a photo and description of a metal use or metal condition they were not familiar with and a useful prescription for treatment. Everyone will enjoy the detailed photographs and the excellent glossary at the end' - Richard Pieper, Directore of Preservation for Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

Table of Contents

About this book. Using these books. Part 1. 1.Introduction 2. History of metal working 3. Architectural metalworking 4. Deterioration and damage 5. Assessment 6. Treatment and repair 7. Care and maintenance Part 2 8. Ferrous Metals: Ferrous Metals 9. Corrugated iron Part 3 10. Non-Ferrous Metals 11. Lead 12. Copper and Copper Alloys 13. Aluminium 14. Other metals Part 4 15. Special Topics: Metal Leaf Decoration 16. Metal Statuary 17. Bells Appendices. Glossary. Index

About the Author

The contents reflect the work of the Building Conservation and Research Team, their colleagues at Historic England, and their consultants and researchers, who together have many decades of accumulated experience in dealing with deteriorating building materials and systems of all types. This multi-disciplinary team of architects, surveyors, conservators and scientists are responsible for standard setting and research across a wide range of Historic England activities. The team specialises in dealing with the practical, technical and scientific aspects of building materials decay and their treatment. The aim has been to provide practical advice by advocating a common approach of firstly understanding the material or building element and why it is deteriorating, and then dealing with the causes. The books concentrate on those aspects which are significant in conservation terms, and reflect the requests for information received by Historic England.

About the Series

Practical Building Conservation

Practical Building Conservation

The Practical Building Conservation series, first published in 1988 in five volumes, has been revised and expanded. The ten new volumes provide a comprehensive and practical reference for professionals involved in repairing historic buildings.
Practical Building Conservation - English Heritage Technical Handbooks by John and Nicola Ashurst, became essential reference works for those whose work involved the repair of historic buildings. Prior to 1 April 2015 Historic England was known as English Heritage and although some of the volumes refer to English Heritage they represent Historic England’s current advice and guidance.
The new ten-volume series looks at the conservation of buildings, materials and systems.
It builds on the research and field experience of Historic England, and is aimed at those who work on or look after historic buildings: primarily architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, contractors and conservation officers, but also owners, curators, students and researchers. The ten volume series includes:

  • Building Environment
  • Concrete
  • Conservation Basics
  • Earth, Brick and Terracotta
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Metals
  • Mortars, Renders and Plasters
  • Roofing
  • Stone
  • Timber.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection