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"This is a sound introductory basis for those embarking on the study of architectural conservation and can be recommended to anyone thinking of joining the profession." ( Journal of Architectural Conservation , November 2008) "Outlines the importance of architectural conservation on our society." ( UK Construction )

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My purpose in writing this book was to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to architectural conservation for students in built environment and related disciplines, for those who own, live in or manage historic properties, those in decision making positions and those embarking on the field of architectural conservation professionally. In writing this book I have drawn on my own research, practice and consultancy experience in architectural conservation over the past 15 years. Most importantly, however, I have tried to respond to the learning needs and usually challenging questions of my students at Oxford Brookes University, where I teach on the Diploma and MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development in the Department of Architecture

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Whilst the information covered in this book is broad ranging - running from the history and ethics of conservation through to the implimentation of the principles in practice, it is a great work. When I was a practicing conservation officer, I used the book as a reference point to formulate arguments and to inform Committee Reports/consultation responses and it remains one of the only books on the subject that I retain today. I often recommend the book as a starting point for young conservation staff within the local authority within which I work and to students of archaeology and architectural conservation alike.

The book is broken down into manageable sections and there is are very useful definitions for key theories and principles, which are easily located within the text. The book gives a good grounding in the history of architectural conservation and provides an overview of the legislative context from the local through to international level, drawing links to the root International Conservation Charters and guidance documents. Not only does the book cover the background and theory of Conservation but it also looks at conservation in practice and details how to tackle decay in various materials and considers approaches to regeneration, re-use and to design intervention.

I honestly cannot recommend the book enough. This will be ideal for the junior conservation professional /archaeologist (private practice or public sector), or a well-referenced book for the student. The content is as relevant today as when it was first published and if you are only going to buy one book and use the library for the rest, I would strongly recommend it be this.
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