Historic England Hosting Roof Conservation Day Conference

HISTORIC ENGLAND is planning a Traditional Roofs conference in March 2020 to present and discuss the roof conservation issues the organisation has been researching over the last few years.

Entitled ‘Repair and conservation: facing the challenge in the 21st century’, the day-long conference taking place in London on 3 March 2020 features several speakers who are well-known in the UK roofing sector.

The day conference will be of interest to building conservation professionals, including conservation officers, architects and surveyors, as well as contractors involved in the repair of historic roofs.

Tickets are available at a cost of £145 here.

Traditional Roofs Programme

Introduced by Historic England’s chief executive, Duncan Wilson who will outline the organisation’s recent roofing research and guidance, the day will be divided into four chaired sessions (see programme below).


Repair and conservation: facing the challenge in the 21st Century


9:00 Registration & coffee
9:30 Welcome & Introduction: Historic England roofing research & guidance, and current issues Duncan Wilson

Historic England

Session 1: Metal roofing
9:45 Lead theft and churches: Challenges and responses: case studies Dr David Knight,

Church of England

10:10 Alternatives to lead roofing: Historic England guidance Dr Dale Dishon

Historic England

10:35 Terne-coated stainless steel: Detailing for optimum performance Keith Roberts

Keith Roberts Consulting

11.00 Coffee
Session 2: Stone and slate roofing
11:30 Regional roofing: Vernacular roofing details: research and guidance Terry Hughes

Stone & Slate Consultants

11.50 Slate and stone slate roofing: Guidance & development of code of practice Chris Wood

Historic England

12:20 Sourcing slate and stone slate for roofing:

Small metamorphic slates for conservation

Case study: safeguarding Horsham stone slate

Sourcing stone slates

Richard Jordan

Sean Rix

Horsham District Council

Terry Hughes

13:00 Lunch
Session 3: Roofing research update
14.00 Thatch Alison Henry

Historic England

14.20 Building Stone Database for England Clara Willett

Historic England

14. 40 Deterioration of lead roofs: Update on recent HE research and guidance Chris Wood
15.00 Tea
Session 4: Modern roofing practice
15.30 Moisture-related risks in roof spaces: principles and effect of modern practices Dr Bill Bordass
16.00 Roof space environments in domestic buildings: Historic England research Dr Brian Ridout

Ridout Associates

16.30 Questions & discussion  
17.00 End


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