Historic Floors: Their Care and Conservation
Now in paperback, this book introduces an important and largely neglected subject and considers conservation methods in a global context. It traces the history of some of the great floors of Europe from the fourth century B.C. and outlines the development of mosaic, tiles, marble and parquetry floors in secular buildings. The early Christian pavements in basilicas, temples and cathedrals, the creation of medieval tiles, ledger stones and monumental brasses, their destruction by iconoclasts and re-creation during the Gothic Revival, are also discussed.
Leading authorities, archaeologists, architects and archivists consider the latest methods of recording and repairing historic floors, including those of cathedrals, country houses, the monumental tiled pavements of the Palace of Westminster and other public buildings. Management policies to protect outstanding floors in over-visited sites are considered and historic features particularly at risk, are identified. Urgent action is recommended to contain the damage caused by the dramatic increase in tourism throughout Europe.
The only definitive guide to historic floors published in association with ICOMOS UK (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
Gives you the tools to identify and address problems with historic floors whatever the situation
Draws on the knowledge of a range of experts who have worked all over the world
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