Professional journals (archived): Conservation Bulletin

Journal summary: Conservation Bulletin was formerly published twice a year by Historic England (& prior to 2015 English Heritage) and circulated free of charge to more than 5,000 conservation specialists, opinion-formers and decision-makers. Its purpose was to communicate new ideas and advice to everyone concerned with the understanding, management and public enjoyment of England’s rich and diverse historic environment. 75 editions were produced between 1987 and 2016. The publication has been replaced by the corporate Heritage Calling blog and by a series of online Heritage Debates

Publisher: Historic England (formerly English Heritage)


Access: Open-access

Journal type: Professional journal (archived and no longer in production)

Academic journals: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites

Journal summary: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (CMAS) was launched in 1995 and focuses on both theoretical and practical issues in heritage site management and conservation. Peer-reviewed papers from around the world report on new thinking and best practice in site management and conservation. CMAS also publishes short comments, conference, book and website reviews, and lists relevant new publications.

Topics covered include:

  • Cultural, social, ethical and theoretical issues in archaeological site management and conservation
  • Site management
  • Historical documentation and condition reporting
  • Site deterioration and environmental monitoring
  • Preventative conservation, including reburial and protective sheltering of sites
  • Building materials analysis and treatment
  • Restoration and reconstruction of buildings
  • Visitor management and sustainable tourism
  • Site interpretation
  • National and international legislation and charters

Publisher: Routledge


Access: Subscription; some open-access articles

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

Professional journals: RICS Building Conservation Journal

Journal summary: Building Conservation Journal is published bi-monthly and distributed as part of the Building Surveying Journal internationally to RICS members, including the Building Conservation Forum.
The journal aims to help conservation experts with the technical and professional aspects of their day jobs. It includes articles ranging from the value of heritage, traditional materials and new research techniques, to interviews with leading conservation professionals, reports on key projects and conservation management issues.

Publisher: RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)


Access: Open-access; print subscription via professional membership

Journal type: Professional journal

Vindolanda: the military bath-house


Military bath-house, Vindolanda during conservation © David Gill

The military bath-house at Vindolanda lies on the northern side of the excavated vicus outside the west gate of the fort. The bath-house was one of the first structures to be excavated by the Vindolanda Trust as it was felt that it would provide visitors with something to see and therefore would generate income for the site. This was undertaken over two seasons in 1970 and 1971.

This view from the mid 1970s shows the view across the bath-house looking south towards the replica stretches of the stone and turf walls. Note the placing of a seat within the bath complex to allow visitors to look across the excavations. The conservation was undertaken by a team from the Department of the Environment.

This same view, some 40 years later, shows the present display of the bath-house taken from the viewing platform. Note how the grass has been replaced with gravel.


Military bath-house, Vindolanda © David Gill

Heritage Scaffolding


Signage at Dumbarton Castle © David Gill

The Governor’s House at Dumbarton Castle was in a state of restoration during a visit in 2015. But Historic Scotland had provided an information panel about the use of scaffolding over time.


Entrance to King George’s Battery at Dumbarton Castle © David Gill

King George’s Battery was created in 1735.

Bury St Edmunds Abbey: Warnings


Bury St Edmunds Abbey © David Gill

Bury St Edmunds Abbey was placed in State Guardianship in 1955. Signs indicating different parts of the abbey and the precinct were placed around the remains (e.g. crypt, crossing, lecture room). Visitors were discouraged from climbing the walls. Similar signs can be seen at Kirkham PrioryHadleigh Castle and Pickering Castle.


Bury St Edmunds Abbey © David Gill

What appears to be a pre-Ministry sign threatened those who damaged the walls with prosecution. However workmen from the Ministry had assisted with the consolidation of the ruins in 1928 and these signs may date to this phase (and see also Brough Castle).

Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Bassai

Temple of Apollo Epikourios © David Gill

Temple of Apollo Epikourios © David Gill

The temple of Apollo Epikourios lies high in the mountains of Arcadia in the western Peloponnese, Greece. It was constructed as a thanksgiving by the nearby polis of Phigaleia for protection from the plague that affected many communities in Greece in the early 420s BC.

The temple is constructed in the Doric order with 6 by 15 columns.


The interior contains engaged Ionic columns. There was also a single Corinthian column inside the cella.

Temple of Apollo Epikourios © David Gill

Temple of Apollo Epikourios © David Gill

The high altitude means that that there is potential damage to the temple. As a result a specially constructed ‘tent’ has been placed over the architectural remains.

Frieze from the temple of Apollo Epikourios © David Gill

Frieze from the temple of Apollo Epikourios © David Gill

The interior frieze showing battles with Amazons (Amazonomachy) and Centaurs (Centauromachy) is now in the British Museum.

The temple was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.