UNESCO recognises Belgian carillon culture

UNESCO recognises Belgian carillon culture

“After a very thorough selection process by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Belgian application was the only one that was selected.”

Joëlle Milquet congratulated both bell-ringers and carillon music enthusiasts for their continued efforts to protect this intangible heritage and adapt it to our times. “Carillon music is the voice of our cities. Today it still greatly contributes to the quality of life in urban areas”, she said.

http://thebrusselstimes.com/art-culture/unesco-recognises-belgian-carillon-culture

Westminster ‘Big Ben’ material authenticity, or lack thereof

Westminster ‘Big Ben’ material authenticity, or lack thereof

The clock tower, Palace of Westminster, London, popularly known as Big Ben, was originally built of Magnesian Limestone. Stone from Bolsover Moor quarry was used for the plinth with Anston Stone above. About 50 per cent of the stones above the plinth have now been replaced with Clipsham Stone.

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Is it better to maintain original materials or replace them with a more sustainable alternative?

Ashurst, J. & Dimes, F. G. (1998). Conservation of Building and Decorative Stone, vol. 2 of Butterworth-Heinemann Series in Conservation and Museology. Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann, plate 1.