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Information resources in
heritage conservation



Last updated 11 May 2005
New additions since April 2005 marked with [NEW]

Preservation Internet Resources
From the site: "Preservation Internet Resources is an annotated database of online electronic resources of interest to the preservation community."

Conservation OnLine
From the site: "CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials."

Conceptualized Reference Database for Building Envelope Research
From the site: "CRD is a web representation of a cross linked database for collection of scientific papers and related information in the areas related to building envelope research .... In additional to the reference entries, CRD adds concepts and collection of essays. The concepts serve as subject heading or keyword index, while essays provide more detailed information on specific topics."

The European Heritage Forum
From the site: "[The European Heritage Forum] is intended for everyone who is in one way or another involved in the study, the preservation, the restoration, the maintenance and the presentation of cultural heritage in Europe."

Scottish Stone Liaison Group
From the site: "The aim of the Scottish Stone Liaison Group is to enhance availability, promote utilisation and advance knowledge and skills in design, specification and use of indigenous Scottish stone in existing and new build projects."
[http:// www.sslg.co.uk/]

Natural Stone Institute
From the site: "The aim of the Natural Stone Institute is to provide a knowledge base that will be used to promote a better understanding of all aspects of natural stone, from its quarrying to its use in the built environment - in both new build and conservation activities. The NSI will promote good practice through: education, training, research, technical innovation and information co-ordination."
[http:// www.sslg.co.uk/NSIhome.html]

Cultural Heritage Search Engine
A search engine about the conservation of cultural heritage From the site: "Preservation and conservation database: A search engine about the conservation of cultural heritage, restoration and maintenance of the architecture and preservation of the urban landscape. Cultural Heritage Search Engine is a website promoted from the technical office of architect Sergio Tinč."

Heritage Link
From the site: "Heritage Link brings people together who care about our heritage to formulate policy, influence opinion and achieve change on issues of common concern. We aim to do this through undertaking research, gathering data, marshalling arguments and deploying all of these through intelligent lobbying where they are likely to have most impact. Heritage Link is an umbrella group formed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the heritage sector. We also have many supporters with whom we share common cause, including bodies in the natural environment sector, government departments and agencies, universities, and professional and commercial bodies."

Heritage Information
From the site: "The site that provides free, easy access to information about restoring and repairing your historic building or garden. The UK has an abundance of fine buildings, gardens and parks, and repairing and conserving them is a major task. Heritage Information is an online fund of information that brings together everyone and everything involved: skilled craftsmen, experts, consultants, training courses & grants, products, books, news and jobs."

Building Conservation.com
From the site: "Designed and maintained by Cathedral Communications Limited. The online information centre for the care of historic buildings and places."

Technical Preservation Guidance
From New York State Parks. From the site: "The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is designated as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to review projects with involvement from state and federal agencies. This office is staffed by professionals with a wide range of experience and expertise. Staff members include anthropologists, archeologists, architects, architectural historians, art historians, engineers, historians, landscape architects and planners. Staff members also have experience in business, environmental review, local governments, private sector consulting, professional organizations, teaching, underwater sites, and as local historians and published authors."
Includes care of building exteriors and graveyard presevation.

From the site: "Restoration Online is a full-service online resource for those having an interest or actively participating in the restoration of period homes and furniture. We are in the continuous process of building a wealth of information that provides access to suppliers who specialize in resources and services for period restoration, references for education and accuracy in restoration projects, as well as various interest pieces."

National Council for Conservation-Restoration (NCCR)
From the site: "The National Council for Conservation-Restoration is the body that represents the interests of conservators and restorers in the UK and Ireland, speaking for the sector with one voice. The overarching aim of the Council is to promote the conservation and public access to cultural heritage items and collections held in the United Kingdom and Ireland."

Hornemann Institut
From the site: "The primary aim of the Hornemann Institute is world wide knowledge transfer: We customize current scientific results within the scope of conservation and restoration to fit the needs of international specialists. We spread this information, either by way of offering access to an online-database and to training modules in the Internet, or through the Institute's series of publications, its CD-ROM, or its films. During our exhibitions, we aim to deepen the visitors' awareness of the meaning of cultural heritage and the continuous threats to it. We hope to convince them of the urgent need to preserve it. Particularly, we would like to show young people what cultural heritage actually is and what it may mean to them personally. We offer professional and organizational support to selected restoration projects all over the world. The Hornemann Institute operates in close cooperation with UNESCO. However, it's activities aren't constrained to the World Heritage List issued by the World Heritage Center."

Canadian Heritage Information Network
From the site: "CHIN is a Special Operating Agency within the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. In pursuit of our mission, we collaborate with the heritage community and other relevant parties to provide heritage services for Canadians. If you are a heritage professional, check out news services for information on upcoming events of special relevance to the heritage community, or special studies which have been conducted on topics relevant to your institution or your career. Join special listservs for discussions with your colleagues around the world."

The Getty Information Institute
The Getty Information Institute - projects, publications, databases. From the site: "The Getty Information Institute works to enrich the content of the computer networks of the future by encouraging those concerned with preserving the cultural heritage to collaborate in building a cultural information infrastructure."

Art Conservation Resource Center
From the site: "Elements is an open bulletin board for research in conservation and preservation. We will list new articles, data bases, tutorials, notes and news items."

The International Committee for Documentation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-CIDOC).
From the site: "CIDOC is the international focus for the documentation interests of museums and related organizations."

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
From the site: "The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. We advise. We educate. We campaign. We offer help when it's wanted and informed resistance when we are alarmed. We encourage excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment."

Institute of Historic Building Conservation
From the site: "The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional institute which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has approximately 1360 members, divided between 15 branches. The Institute exists to establish the highest standards of conservation practice to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment."

National Committee on Carved Stones in Scotland
From the site: "The National Committee on Carved Stones in Scotland was formed in 1993 to co-ordinate responses to the threats of damage and destruction faced by Scotland's carved stones from the weather and other natural and human causes. It is an independent body composed of Representative Members from Scottish national organisations, plus a Chairperson, and up to three co-opted Individual Members. The NCCSS aims to raise awareness of the threats to Scottish carved stones of all periods, to promote their understanding and appreciation, and to encourage a common approach to their recording, publication and preservation."

Conservation Register [NEW]
From the site: "The Conservation Register was first set up in 1988 by the Museums & Galleries Commission as a selective database of conservation-restoration practices from across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Since 2000 it has been operated by the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation in partnership with Historic Scotland and the National Council for Conservation-Restoration. The Register holds the details of practices working in a variety of specialisms, all of which have had to meet specified criteria in order to be included. The information on each practice is reviewed every two years to ensure that it continues to meet the criteria. It is also updated in response to information provided voluntarily by the practices in order to remain as up to date as possible."

Men of the Stones
From the site: "The Society that stimulates public interest in architecture and good buildings of all periods and encourages the craftsmanship needed to create and preserve this excellence."

British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography
From the site: "For archaeology, historic buildings, maritime and industrial archaeology, environmental history, and the conservation of material culture - with a geographical focus on the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom"

American Society for Testing and Materials.
From the site: "ASTM has developed and published 10,000 technical standards, which are used by industries worldwide. ASTM members develop the standards within the ASTM consensus process. Technical publications, training courses, and Statistical Quality Assurance Programs are other ASTM products; ASTM services include The ASTM Institute for Standards Research."

World Monuments Fund
From the site: "The World Monuments Fund (WMF), founded in 1965, is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving art and architecture. Based in New York, WMF works worldwide, promoting onsite conservation of cultural landmarks and art as well as supporting educational and interpretive activities. To date, WMF has orchestrated over 165 projects in 51 countries."

Council of Europe: Cultural Heritage
From the site: "The Cultural Heritage Committee is responsible for promoting and preserving the historic and architectural heritage. The Conventions for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage and the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Europe consolidate, improve and harmonise policies designed to conserve and enhance Europe's architectural heritage, providing a legal framework for international co-operation."

The Urban Conservation Glossary
From the site: "There are two reasons for producing this glossary. Providing an easy reference for anyone involved in, interested by, or simply puzzled by the language used in the conservation of the built environment is the most obvious. The second reason may not be so immediately apparent, although it is undoubtably the more important of the two. In addition to simply cataloguing items, the glossary has become an attempt to impart some of the range, the sheer complexity, and, the enormous interest and satisfaction that can be found in conservation work."

Learning Stone
From the site: "Sculpture, carving, workshops, quarries, geology, landscape, ... Learning Stone is about mutual interests, understanding and contacts amongst people who work with stone. Learning Stone is managed by the Portland Sculpture Trust, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the traditional skills and understanding of Portland masons and quarry workers."
[and an extensive page of stone-related resource links at: http://www.learningstone.net/stonehoo/]

University of Groningen
University of Groningen, The Netherlands - Institute for Art and Architectural History.
Cultural Heritage and its protection in the Netherlands.

National Park Service [USA]
From the site: "The NPS [National Park Service] programs in archeology, ethnography, historic landscapes, historic structures, history, and museum management want you to have access to our most important products. These include informational databases, inventories, and collection descriptions and reproductions that you may search, study, or download."
Includes listings and info on World Heritage Sites in the USA - http://www.cr.nps.gov/worldheritage/.

Heritage Preservation
From the site: "Heritage Preservation is the nation's leading advocate for conservation and preservation activities in the United States. We provide national leadership and coordination for the preservation of America's culture heritage, including: works of art, anthropological artifacts, documents, historic objects, architecture and natural science specimens "

The Association for Preservation Technology
From the site: "The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to "advancing the application of technology to the conservation of the built environment." Members of APT include architects, conservators, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, curators, developers, educators, engineers, historians, landscape architects, managers, planners, preservationists, technicians, tradespeople, and others involved in the systematic application of the knowledge of methods and materials to the conservation of buildings, districts and artifacts."

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
From the site: "The mission of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to promote the protection and enhancement of our Nation's historic resources. The Council was created by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and is the only Federal agency created solely to address historic preservation issues."

EcoIQ - Conserving the Built Environment
From the site: "The EcoIQ.com Conserving the Built Environment website is for everyone interested in making smart choices about protecting and preserving the structures and infrastructure we have already built - choices that are both economically and ecologically intelligent... EcoIQ provides media products and services to promote community, business, and personal decisions that are at the same time economically and ecologically beneficial... EcoIQ's media products are focused on amplifying and conveying the most valuable ideas of individuals and organizations working to create a sustainable future... Online publications include EcoIQ Magazine and a guide to sustainability resources online called The EcoGateway."

John Leeke's Historic HomeWorks(tm)
From the site: "Helping owners, tradespeople, contractors and professionals understand and maintain their historic and older buildings."

Technical Center of Expertise for Preservation of Historic Structures and Buildings
From the site: "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Technical Center of Expertise (TCX) for Preservation of Historic Structures and Buildings is located in the Corps' Seattle district office. The TCX has established a nationwide reputation as a valuable resource for military installations and other Federal, State and local agencies in the study, rehabilitation, repair and maintenance of historic sites, districts, landscapes, buildings, and structures."

European Masonry Data Bank
From the site: "European Masonry Data Bank (EMDB) is an on-line collaborative data base for the support and co-operation of masonry related research and testing activities. The purpose of EMDB is to collect basic data on experimental and numerical research of masonry carried out in European countries and worldwide. The idea of collecting data was generated from need for promotion and upgrade of the efficiency of research on masonry."

Masonry Advisory Council
From the site: "The Masonry Advisory Council is an alliance of Mason Contractors, Brick Distributors of Illinois, The Illinois Concrete Products Association and Bricklayer Unions. Masonry Advisory Council Online has become a free information center whereby architects, engineers and developers can obtain information concerning costs, technical questions regarding masonry design, and general information pertaining to masonry."

The Masonry Society
From the site: "The Masonry Society is an international gathering of people interested in the art and science of masonry. It is a professional, technical, and educational association dedicated to the advancement of knowledge on masonry. TMS members are design engineers, architects, builders, researchers, educators, building officials, material suppliers, manufacturers, and others who want to contribute to and benefit from the global pool of knowledge on masonry."

Atlantic Masonry Research & Advisory Bureau, Inc.
From the site: "The Atlantic Masonry Research & Advisory Bureau, Inc. was established at the University of New Brunswick in January 1989 under an agreement between the University and the masonry industries of the Atlantic Provinces. AMRAB was created to provide technical and engineering assistance to all facets of the industry concerned with the study, design, construction and utilization of masonry structures."

Preserve/Net Home Page
Information on historic preservation. Conferences, organisations, links to other conservation sites, etc. Mostly USA and Canadian sources.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
From the site: "Ever since it was founded in 1949, the National Trust has shown how preservation can play an important role in strengthening a sense of community and improving the quality of life."

The Virtual Past
From the site: "The VIRTUAL PAST is a service provided by the Johnstone Centre of Parks, Recreation and Heritage (Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia) and is maintained by Dirk H.R. Spennemann. The service focuses on cultural heritage information of Australia and the Pacific and is mainly aimed at tertiary education students in the field of cultural resource management."

Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation
Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation (BIT). BIT is the Austrian Service Centre for prospective and active participants in European research and technology programmes.

From the site: "Cyburbia (formerly called PAIRC - The Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center) contains a comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment. Cyburbia also contains information about architecture and planning related mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups, and hosts several interactive message areas."

Open Directory Project (Historic Preservation)
From the site: "The Open Directory Project's goal is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web, by relying on a vast army of volunteer editors."

From the site: "ArchNet serves as the World Wide Web Virtual Library for Archaeology. This server provides access to archaeological resources available on the Internet. Information is categorized by geographic region and subject. Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish language versions of the home page are also available.

From the site: "Research on education and training for architectural restorers/conservators
and for conservators of architectural property in Europe
To compare national and regional programs in conservation and restoration of architectural property in Europe.
To initiate an international discussion on the theme of training and education for architectural conservators/restorers.
To organize an international meeting on the theme of training and education for architectural restorers in Venice.
To specify guidelines for future development."

The Society of Architectural Historians
From the site: "The Society of Architectural Historians and its members invite the support and active participation of all who share our interest in architecture--past, present, and future. Founded in 1940, the Society encourages scholarly research in the field and promotes the preservation of significant architectural monuments that are an integral part of our worldwide historical and cultural heritage."

Construction History Society
From the site: "The Construction History Society exists to focus the attention of the construction industry and associated professions on the importance of preserving the records of our built environment so that they are available to future historians, planners and craftsmen."

The Construction Site
Information on the construction industry. Construction research publications, jobs from Architects' Journal, New Civil Engineer and Construction News, events of interest and links to many other sites.

Architecture Studies Internet Resources
University of Nevada Libraries. Architecture Studies Library.

Civil Engineering Resources
From the site: "A collection of civil engineering resources. Especially focused on building, construction and materials."

Conservation Department of the State Library of Victoria
Heritage conservation & historic preservation. Information gathered and edited by The Conservation Department of the State Library of Victoria.

Nick Birchall's Architectural Site
Nick Birchall's Architectural Site. Listings of info and other sites in architecture and construction.

International Academic Projects
From the site: "International Academic Projects Ltd (IAP) was formed in London in 1989 as an international educational charity whose aims are to help promote education, training and research into conservation, archaeology, anthropology and other related fields. IAP is based at The Institute of Archaeology , which is part of University College London. In addition to its own courses, IAP runs the Institute of Archaeology Summer Schools which have been active since 1983."

Anthropogenic impacts on weathering processes
Anthropogenic impacts on weathering processes: man-induced atmosphere-water-rock interactions on a global- to micro-scale. Includes prediction of the durability of building materials.

Historic preservation
Links to sites about historic preservation and conservation. Maintained by the Department of History at the University of North Texas.

International Survey of Architectural Values in the Environment.

Health & Safety
Health & Safety with respect to historic structures preservation. By Karen Yager. Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

National Building Museum
National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA. From the site: "The Museum presents permanent and temporary exhibitions; collects artifacts of design and construction; publishes books and an award-winning journal, Blueprints; and offers a wide variety of programs. From workshops on building crafts to tours of landmark buildings and construction sites, as well as films, lectures, concert series, and symposia."

The Universal Library
From the site: "The mission of the Universal Library Project is to start a worldwide movement to make available ALL the Authored Works of Mankind on the Internet so that anyone can access these works from any place at any time. This is a major new initiative in digital libraries that will build a technically realistic and economically practical infrastructure for putting and accessing library documents on the World Wide Web. In this regard, access to the Universal Library would be free and has the same stated goal as the Carnegie Library of the last century. In addition, individuals and existing libraries would be able to purchase documents in digital form on demand."
With link to the text for "Conservation of Historic Stone Buildings and Monuments", Report of the Committee on Conservation of Historic, Stone Buildings and Monuments. NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS, Washington, D.C. 1982.

Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL)
From the site: "The UK gateway to engineering information on the Internet. The EEVL Gateway is a World-Wide-Web interface to a catalogue of Engineering information resources available on the Internet. It provides a central access point to networked Engineering information for the UK higher education and research community, and anyone else who may be looking for networked engineering information."

Building Design and Construction Services Directory [NEW]
From the site: "Providing information for Architects, Building Services Engineers and Facility Managers. This Building Design Directory was created by information taken from a series of formal Notebooks used for recording meeting minutes produced by Arundel Jones Associates. The Notebooks are provided free of charge to top Specifiers in the industry."

Natural Stone Specialist
From the site:"The monthly magazine for all specialists in natural stone, both suppliers and users - committed to the stone industry since 1882."

From the site: "Our goal is to provide architects, designers, specifiers, construction professionals & other stone buyers quick access to qualified suppliers of stone, such as granite and marble etc., and stone related products, from around the world. Our site provides concise and valuable information on product suppliers, their capability and experience, information on their product lines, and more. Web links also give access to the suppliers own web sites and/or email addresses, names, addresses & links to sales representatives and distributors in your geographical area."

From the site: "The on-line resource site for the stone industry and allied professions. From this web site you will be able to locate many of the world's leading quarriers and processors, suppliers of machinery, trade associations, exhibitions and numerous other related web sites that together make up over 100,000 companies globally that are all interested in one thing - the promotion of stone as the undisputed premier material whether it be for constructional, ornamental, decorative or monumental use."

From the site: "FindStone.com is serving the worldwide dimensional stone industry since 1998 as a neutral platform for buyers and sellers to interact. All products and services pertaining to the construction stone industry are covered. Materials include granite, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, sandstone, quartzite, alabaster, soapstone, onyx, and even quartz, pumice, perlite, etc. Products include blocks, slabs, tiles, countertops, monuments, and all types of artifacts and landscape products too. Stone industry related products such as tools, abrasives, earthmoving machines, quarrying machines, fabricating machines are well covered also."

For reclaimed and recycled materials, architectural antiques, conservation and heritage information

Valuing acid deposition injuries to cultural resources
For: National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program,Washington DC, Grant # NA56RC0264 by Edward Morey et al.
From the site: "Society values "cultural resources" such as monuments, building facades, and outdoor sculpture for a variety of aesthetic, cultural, and historical reasons. Value may be derived from direct use (e.g., visiting monuments), indirect use (e.g., viewing pictures of sculpture), and passive use (e.g., knowing that monuments will teach current and future generations about historical events). Given the vast distribution of cultural resources, it is likely that their value to society is significant. Nevertheless, relatively little is known about how the public values these resources. Aside from what can be inferred from visitation data or maintenance and renovation expenditures, there are almost no quantitative estimates of the overall value of these resources....."

Washington Conservation Guild
From the site: "WCG is a nonprofit organization of conservation professionals, based in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. While serving primarily as a forum for exchange of information among its members, the Guild also seeks to help non-conservators learn more about caring for their own art and artifacts."

World of Old Houses
From the site: "This is where to find help in restoring, renovating or maintaining your old house, heritage building or other example of traditional architecture. There's information, advice and assistance on castings, decorative glass, fireplaces, fabrics, hardware, joinery, lighting, plumbing, plaster, tiles as well as colour schemes, decoration, bathrooms and kitchens - in fact everything about old houses!"

Management of Disaster Mitigation
From the site: " Management of Disaster Mitigation and Response Programs for Historic Sites: A Dialogue. Proceedings of the Symposium edited by David W. Look and Dirk H.R. Spennemann. San Francisco 27-29 June 1995."

Museum Security Organization
Websites and newsgroups related to restoration and conservation


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