The cultural significance of a building or place may be seen as the perceived value of that place to society, established as a result of its continuity of presence and worth to society. This is a combination of historical, emotional, cultural and spiritual significance.
This can also apply to the historic environment which, over time, may have been subject to a variety of interventions, often to meet changes in the needs and aspirations of those making use of the place and also as a consequence of ongoing changing patterns within society.
Buildings and places tell a story of the events they have witnessed and it is therefore important that any proposed measures to maintain and repair do not erase any chapters from their fascinating tale.
Prior to any proposed intervention it is crucial that an appropriate assessment of the cultural and historical significance of environment, fabric, artefacts, and context is undertaken to gain a clear understanding so that planned works respect the significance identified.
In the field of conservation, the term intervention applies to those works that may alter, modify, repair or maintain the historic environment in good condition in order to preserve historical and cultural value or significance.
More information about historic buildings and their conservation can be found on the following websites
- Institute of Historic Building Conservation – www.ihbc.org.uk
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – www.spab.org.uk
- English Heritage – www.english-heritage.org.uk
- National Trust – www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- The Georgian Group – www.georgiangroup.org.uk
- The Victorian Society – www.victoriansociety.org.uk
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – www.rics.org
- Churches Conservation Trust – www.visitchurches.org.uk
- Historic Farm Buildings Group – www.hfbg.org.uk
Jeremy Richardson – AssocRICS, MRPSA, DRSV, CPEA, BA Hons – BCR Surveyors
Courses & Awards
- BA (Hons) History & Landscape Archaeology
- Understanding Building Conservation – endorsed by English Heritage
- Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings
- Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings
- Repair and Maintenance of Traditional (pre-1919) Buildings
- Understanding Heritage Impact Assessments
- Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation
- Member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
- Associate Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS)
- Member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association
- Member of the Weald and Downland Museum
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- Your Independent Property Adviser
- Bespoke Private Client Guidance – for buyers and sellers
- Over 35 years property industry experience