Context 162 - November 2019

C O N T E X T 1 6 2 : N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 59 techniques that can be used in the analysis, recording, conservation and visualisation of historic objects, sites and landscapes in their present condition. It includes case studies that outline the uses and applications of potentially vast, multi-layered datasets. Each section of the guide presents best practices, as well as fundamental principles that will assist those looking to undertake digital documentation. The nature of digital documentation is a fast- developing field and the guide outlines the present limitations as well as its benefits. Understanding Architectural Drawings and Historical Visual Sources Susie Barson, ed, Historic England, 2019, 88 pages, 44 colour and black- and-white illustrations, softback, ISBN 978 1 848023 70 3, £9.99 The visual sources for understanding historic buildings and places are varied and extensive. They can include drawings, topographical views, maps, photographs and models. The records may be held in national, local and private collections. Finding out where they might exist, and obtaining access to them, can be a challenge. This Historic England publication provides a welcome introduction. Readable, concise and well-illustrated, it draws on the combined knowledge of a number of former and current Historic England staff to explain the optimum methods of research and investigation. The Stone Restoration Handbook: a practical guide to the conservation repair of stone and masonry Chris Daniels, Crowood Press, 2015, 224 pages, colour illustrations, softback, ISBN 978 1 847979 07 0, £25 Chris Daniels is a stonemason who trained in Venice and under the late John Ashurst. He worked as a senior conservator at both Rattee and Kett, and Herbert Read, and now teaches as well as practises the craft. His first book, The Craft of Stonemasonry , also published by Crowood, introduces the world of the artist craftsman, from the basic essentials of selecting stone, and developing tool skills and techniques, to high-quality carved masonry. This new volume deals specifically with stone conservation, covering the analysis of decay, project management, limes and mortars, and repairing and cleaning stone. Daniels’ approach is direct and practical, giving advice on how to address emergencies and cope with accidents, as well as setting out the ideals. The book is well illustrated, including many photographs showing close detail. While his target readers will be those who are training in the craft of masonry conservation, this is an easily accessible book from which conservation professionals too could benefit. The Railway Goods Shed and Warehouse in England John Minnis with Simon Hickman, Historic England, 2016, 128 pages, 74 colour and black-and-white illustrations, softback, ISBN 978 1 848023 28 4, £14.99, downloadable version free from Liverpool University Press Railway Goods Sheds were ubiquitous, from the multi-storey warehouses in city centres to small country sheds where local merchants collected their goods with a horse and cart. A building type that technology has rendered obsolete, they are today used for many different purposes, while a great many have been lost altogether. In part this is due to a failure to appreciate their significance. John Minnis draws attention not only to the range, but also the quality of these seemingly workaday buildings. Thatched Roofs (Inform) Jessica Hunnisett, Historic Environment Scotland, 2018 Plain Lime Plastering (Inform) William Napier and Moses Jenkins, 2018 Both available free www.engineshed. org/publications The latest publications in Historic Scotland’s excellent Inform series set out in a concise and authoritative manner the materials and methods of repair for thatched roofs and plain lime plastering. Although the leaflets are aimed principally at Scottish historic building owners, professionals and craftsmen, those in other parts of the UK could benefit from the advice they contain. Peter de Figueiredo, Reviews Editor, Context

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