An 18th century stone townhouse in Stamford, Lincolnshire. © Historic England

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

Materials for repairs

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

Brickwork - lack of maintenance

Maintenance and Repair

Good maintenance and repair of historic buildings is fundamental to their preservation, following proven materials and methods.

Cleaning out gutters on an old house in Dorset

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 the Practical Building Conservation series of books

Practical Building Conservation Series

Practical Building Conservation - Comprehensive and practical reference books 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

Fibrous plaster ceilings require survey by a competent plasterwork inspector and repair and maintenance by a competent plasterwork contractor familiar with these historic constructions.

Fibrous Plaster

Guidance to help determine the competency of specialist inspectors and contractors you need, and to define the required standard of inspection.

The Heaven Room, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, 1619

Decorative Features

Advice on the care and conservation of wall paintings and other decorative features.

An image of a thatched roof

Thatching Advice

Thatch is a traditional roofing material in many parts of England and our publication presents guidance on its repair and maintenance.

Thermal performance of energy efficiency improvements to timber windows at the Engine House, Swindon

Technical Conservation Guidance Brochure

Our brochure lists all our current free-to-download technical conservation guidance and research reports.

Insuring Historic Buildings

Insuring historic buildings is an important part of their risk management

Man wearing high vis vest and leather work belt part way through the work of laying slates on a roof.

Traditional Roofs Conference

A one-day conference to look at recent innovations in the conservation, repair and energy efficiency of traditional roofs.