The history of construction includes a variety of traditional materials that have been developed over the centuries through trial and error or experimentation. Protecting historic structures preserves not only the materials, but also the traditional skills and techniques employed by builders of the past. Understanding the character and condition of historic building materials is paramount to the development of appropriate building conservation programmes and repair strategies.
Although standard techniques for modern materials are often used to great effect, historic building materials can present problems for analysts due to their comparative rarity and unusual characteristics.
This themed issue of Construction Materials will bring together the experience of researchers and experts to discuss the unique problems and best practices for the investigation and scientific analysis of all types of historic construction.
Please submit a 200-word outline of the article you would like to write by 30th November 2016.