Challenges and Conflicts in Building Conservation


We held a Conservation Day on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at The Chantry House, Henley on Thames, a beautiful Grade I medieval timber framed building. The day comprised of a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations by distinguished specialists in their fields.


Natalie Merry, Oxford DAC Secretary, spoke about "Helping historic churches face the challenges of the 21st century."

Richard Oxley, Director of Oxley Conservation, raised the question "Has the simple message of breathability had been lost?"

Brian Ridout, Senior Architectural Conservator at English Heritage, provided an update on some of the latest research carried out at English Heritage, including whether ventilation was actually beneficial.



Paulo Coll, Director of vision2video, gave a talk on our new high level inspection survey service combining the use of a remotely piloted aircraft (also known as a drone) with Oxley Conservation's knowledge and experience as an historic buildings consultancy. This was followed by a demonstration by Paulo of the aircraft outside The Chantry House.

Roz Artis, Director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust gave a talk on "Designing lime mortars and renders for climate change".

Graham Stone, Managing Director of Stonehouse Property Care, gave an interesting talk on the  history and facts behind the marketing of retrospective damp-proof courses.

Matt Smith from Natural Building Technologies Ltd presented a talk on "Retrofit - making historic buildings energy efficient".


The day was well received with positive feedback  for an excellent, 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.





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