There was a good attendance for the first meeting in our Autumn Talks series on Tuesday 9 October 2018 in Powick Parish Hall. Tom Coombe, a professional Conservation Officer with the National Trust in Devon, talked us through the problems of damage that affect all properties, and the steps undertaken by the National Trust to conserve our heritage buildings from the ravages of nature. The five main agents of destruction are Wear and Tear, Dust and Dirt, Humidity, Insects, and, perhaps surprisingly, Light. It's difficult to get the right balance with light – enough to see properly without speeding up the deterioration of valuable paintings and delicate textiles. UV filters are installed on most window panes but the most innovative measure is the setting of a “light budget” to reduce the amount of hours in a year when natural light is let into the building.
A reminder that our next meeting will be on FRIDAY 9th November, 10.00 for 10.30 in Hanley Swan Memorial Hall.
John Mason will be talking on ‘The Last Voyage of U-boat 234’.