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Looking After Historic Buildings

How to maintain and repair historic buildings, including advice on the types of materials and treatment methods to use.
  • Tile pavement

    Building Materials

    The use of authentic material helps to retain the character of historic buildings and in turn supports traditional industries and vital craft skills.

  • Illustrated example of lack of maintenance on brickwork

    Maintenance and Repair

    Good maintenance and repair of historic buildings is fundamental to their preservation, following proven materials and methods. Historic England provides advice on conventional treatments and responses to changing market and legislative conditions.

  • image showing repairs undertaken on an old farm building

    Maintenance Plans

    How to draw up a maintenance plan for a building; what the plan needs to consider, and how often it needs to be supported by maintenance inspections.

  • Image of Whitby in North Yorkshire

    Practical Building Conservation Series

    A 10-volume comprehensive and practical reference for professionals involved in repairing historic buildings.

  • A historic building in Lavenham village, Suffolk

    Principles of Repair

    This page describes the main principles of repair for historic buildings

  • Weavers' Triangle Tower in Burnley, Lancashire - a vacant historic building

    Vacant Historic Buildings

    An owner's guide to vacant historic buildings

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