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Traditional Materials

Explore the different approaches to repairing old buildings

Ian Leonard © Historic England

Methods and materials used in historic buildings

The performance characteristics of historic buildings are different to modern buildings. Methods and materials used on historic buildings must be the similar to those used in the past or it can cause both short-term and long-term damage. Often the minimum intervention approach is best alongside regular maintenance. Those involved in practical building conservation have a responsibility for safeguarding the historic building fabric.

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What materials were used to construct historic buildings and how should they be maintained?

Click the resources below to learn more about the unique challenges posed by working with traditional materials.