Global Links

International Heritage Organisations

The Building Crafts & Conservation Trust
The Trust promotes training in the traditional building skills required for the conservation of historic buildings and manages workshop and on-site training programmes. There is no fixed programme for individual applicants, but the Trust will respond to requests by groups of ten or more on most building conservation topics.

Building Conservation
Information on various aspects of building conservation for practitioners and owners.

Historic Farm Buildings Group
The Group aims to promote the study and appreciation of historic farm buildings.

ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites), is an internationally recognised non-government body that works to promote the world-wide application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques to the conservation, protection and enhancement of monuments and sites.
The organisation is UNESCO’s principal advisor on heritage conservation, including the evaluation of cultural properties proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List. ICOMOS seeks to establish international standards for the preservation, restoration and management of the cultural environment.

Institute of Historic Building Conservation
The IHBC is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland.

National Trust of Australia
The National Trust’s vision is to live in a community which understands, values and enjoys its heritage; a natural, built and cultural heritage that creates our unique Australian character.

Researching Historic Buildings
It includes hints on planning a research programme, and clues to finding and understanding useful sources. There are bibliographies on everything from architects to Victorian architecture. There are quick guides to archives. There are introductions to a wide range of building types and architectural styles, plus the development of towns and villages. Eccesiastical sources are such a big topic that the Church gets a section to itself.

Ryedale Vernacular Building Materials Research Group
A multi-disciplinary research group formed to bring together interested groups, societies, institutions and individuals who have an interest in the vernacular buildings of Ryedale, North Yorkshire, and in particular the building stones and source quarries.

The Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group
The Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 to record and study the traditional houses and buildings of this historic county. In particular, farmhouses, cottages, the smaller manor houses and barns which are in the local style and built of local materials.

The Scottish Lime Centre Trust
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) was established in 1994 as a ‘not for profit’ organisation registered as a charity in Scotland. Its aims are to promote for the public benefit the appropriate repair of Scotland’s traditional and historic buildings; advance education through the provision of advice, training and practical experience in the use of lime for the repair and conservation of such buildings and promote and further the preservation and development of Scottish building traditional, crafts and skills

Vernacular Architecture Group
The Vernacular Architecture Group was formed in 1952 to further the study of traditional buildings, originally those of the British Isles. In recent years, its membership and publications have also reflected a growing interest in buildings from other parts of the world.

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group (YVBSG)
By studying buildings in detail, and using documentary and oral evidence from a variety of sources, the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group (formerly the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Vernacular Buildings Study Group) is building up a picture of the different styles of local architecture.

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