Challenges and Conflicts in Building Conservation


Our annual Conservation Day was held on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at The Chantry House, Henley on Thames, a beautiful Grade I medieval timber framed building. Oxley Conservation is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.






Joe Thompson, who has  been working with historic timber frames since 1989 and is currently carpenter-in-residence at the Weald and Downland Museum, gave a talk on his  journey from carpenter to conservator.


Our Director, Richard Oxley, opened the seminar with a speech on timber-framed buildings.  Richard has an active interest in the traditional repair of old buildings, including developing the link between sustainability and traditionally constructed buildings.

Michael Dunn, who has worked for English Heritage/Historic England since 2003 and has been the Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas for London since 2012, then gave a talk on "The Chantry House in the context of late medieval urban timber-framed buildings".


Simon Corbey from The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and who is on the advisory committee of UCL MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings, gave a talk on "Materials for health and indoor air quality".


The day was well received with positive feedback for a very well run and informative day.


Please contact us on 01491 414191 or info@oxleyconservation.co.uk if you would like further information about our next course.



Phil Ogley of Oxley Conservation rounded off the day with a quiz on wood. Attendees had to identify types of wood, fungi, joints, frass and beetle damage from various samples provided.

Steve Finney, a traditionally trained carpenter and joiner, who worked in the family trade before leaving school and who now leads a team of clerk of works that inspects and reports on quality issues across the south of England, gave a talk on "Measurement and proportions in historic carpentry".

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