Project Spotlight – Eshton Hall Drone footage

This drone video offers some awe-inspiring and amazing views of the grade II* listed country house Eshton Hall, these views are usually reserved only for birds!

Aura were awarded a second contract to undertake additional restoration works to the Hall which were completed early 2018. This contract entailed the erection of a scaffold & canopy encapsulating the entire main hall. This enabled Aura to carry out the full replacement of slate roof coverings to the main hall, patch repairs to the adjacent range building and creation of a central code 8 lead flat roof around the central atrium and existing lanterns. The slates from the Main Hall were replaced with new Burlington blue / grey slates from the quarry in Cumbria and the salvaged slates were used to repair the Range. The flat roofs were replaced with lead using the wood core roll jointing method between each lead bay all in accordance with The Lead Sheet Manual.

The rainwater goods were also restored to increase the outflow capacity, discharging into new downpipes via reconfigured lead gutters and new below ground water drainage where necessary. With regards to joinery; repair works were carried out to the timber lanterns, window frames and cills replaced, internal timber panelling was replicated exactly and replaced due to water damage.

Aura were awarded the RICS Award 2018 for the Yorkshire and Humber region for work carried out at Eshton Hall, Skipton!


Chapels Royal in England: Architecture, Music and Worship from the Middle Ages to the Restoration, Oxford, 1– 3 February 2019
This weekend at Rewley House will explore the English Chapel Royal from the Middle Ages to the end of the Stuart period. Starting with an introduction to the Medieval chapel royal, the programme consists of three pairs of talks by architectural historians and musicologists, each considering a different period, and will conclude with an examination of the importance of preaching in the 16th and 17th centuries. Speakers include Maurice Howard FSA and Rory O’Donnell FSA.

Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents, London, 25 February 2019
Organised by Professor Eduardo Carrero Santamaría, Dr Alexandra Gajewski FSA, Dr Michael Carter FSA and Dr Lesley Milner FSA Conference to be held in the Society of Antiquaries apartments, Burlington House. https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2019/02/secret-spaces/

Wolds welcome, walking Lincolnshire’s churches, 26th February 2019
Run as part of ExploreChurches’ HLF funded Great Interpretation project, this is a walk of just over 9 miles exploring three delightful Lincolnshire churches whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the rolling Wolds. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wolds-welcome-walking-lincolnshires-churches-tickets-54707266908

Visual Communion: Conversations between ancient and modern, 2nd March, Bishop’s Palace, Chichester
In this third Visual Communion symposium, we look at ways in which modern art and architecture can engage with ancient buildings and traditions in such a way that it enriches and enlivens both. The medieval Cathedral of Chichester is an outstanding exemplar of what can be achieved and likewise Worth Abbey, just 40 miles from Chichester, designed by Francis Pollen and consecrated in 1975. Our speakers will address both and they include Bishop Martin Warner, Alan Powers, Br David Jarmy, Frances Spalding and Simon Martin.
To book tickets please visit https://www.artandchristianity.org/v-c or contact Art and Christianity on 020 3757 5492.

Visit my Mosque, Sunday 3rd March 2019
Following on from the success of previous years, the campaign will run for its 5th consecutive year, encouraging mosques across the UK to open their doors and invite those from all faiths and none to come together to build more cohesive and stronger relationships in their local communities. http://www.visitmymosque.org/

SPAB Lunchtime CPD Lecture Series, London, Various Dates in March 2019
Join the SPAB at their HQ in Spitalfields for lunchtime CPD sessions. These are specially designed to help meet CPD requirements and improve your understanding of building conservation. Topics in 2019 will be: vegetation and old buildings; mould and timber decay; and managing bats in old buildings. https://www.spab.org.uk/whats-on

The Phoenix Renewed: Sustainability of Post-War Churches and Cathedrals 18th – 19th March 2019, Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral epitomised the spirit of the age and captured the attention of the nation when it was consecrated in 1962, but almost 60 years later it faces some significant conservation challenges. This international conference will discuss themes of significance and change, materials technology and conservation, and consider the management of collections and interiors designed in tandem with the buildings.  Over two days, experts from The Getty Foundation, Historic England, C20 Society, Church of England as well as a range of practitioners will present the latest best practice and lead panel debates. http:// http://www.churchcare.co.uk/events/1108-the-phoenix-renewed-sustainability-of-post-war-churches-and-cathedrals Bookings open at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtUFqXnlQdIBv37lZiKW3qCV3UnpRptoQwwKpS8sfA-E4jZQ/viewform

Explore the Explorers of Lincolnshire, 20th March 2019
Run as part of ExploreChurches’ HLF funded Great Interpretation project, this is s guided coach tour visiting four of East Lincolnshire’s hidden churches and discovering the stories they hold. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-the-explorers-of-lincolnshire-tickets-54701731351

Welcome to our Church: How to write a Church Guide on 13 April 2019 in Norwich
Run by the Centre for Parish Church Studies (CPCS), this day will provide some pointers on how to write, illustrate and produce a church guide that is neither too simple nor too involved. https://www.nhct-norwich.org/cpcs/
Throughout 2019, the CPCS, set up by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, is running a series of talks and training days to see the full brochure click here https://www.nhct-norwich.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NHCT_CPCS_leaflet_2019_WEB.pdf

Ecclesiological Society Annual Lecture 1st May 2019 Central London
Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch: “Thomas Cromwell and the End of Medieval Monasticism”
The lecture will begin at 7.00pm. and is open to non-members free of charge. It will be held immediately after the Society’s AGM at the St Albans Centre, Holborn, Baldwins Gardens, London EC1N 7AB. http://ecclsoc.org/events/agm-lecture-prof-diarmaid-macculloch/

Many thanks to Historic Religious Buildings Alliance for their February 2019 Newsletter, where we found these exciting events.

The services we provide for you at

aura conservation


Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk


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