Publications and Events

Architectural Tiles – Conservation and Restoration 2nd Edition Architectural Tiles – Conservation and Restoration 2nd Edition
Durbin, Routledge (2014) ISBN 978-0-415-84058-3.

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To read a review please click here to download a book review by Tony Herbert.

Victorian and Twentieth century Tile Schemes

Eighteenth Century Tile Work

Relocation and Restoration of Dorothy Annan Panels, Glazed Expressions
Issue No. 73, Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society.

 ‘Terracotta: Past, Present and Future’

a digital, online conference

Organised by the Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society, this conference aims to provide a historical context for the use of terracotta and faïence in architectural structures and the latest information on the restoration and refurbishment of buildings bearing these materials. It will also, importantly, promote the use of terracotta and faïence in contemporary new-build projects. Leading practitioners in the field of architectural conservation, manufacture of terracotta and faïence, and designers of new-build construction featuring these materials will be among the panel of speakers. The conference will include a tour of some of the important buildings in central Manchester as well as a visit to a major manufacturer of both conservation and new-build architectural terracotta and faïence.

Outline Programme

  Part One:  To be launched at end July 2021

‘PAST’: Terracotta and faience, its history and uses.
Presentations covering the history of architectural terracotta and faïence, the range of terracotta buildings, manufacturers, and process from design to build. This will be followed by an introduction to conservation: causes of degradation, then questions and discussion.

‘PRESENT’: Conservation
Conservation continued: cleaning of terracotta and faience; conservation practice; case study of a conservation project

Part Two: to be launched Autumn  2021

‘FUTURE’: Manufacture, architectural design, and new-build terracotta projects
Overview of the current use of terracotta in new buildings and where this is made; an architect’s view of using terracotta in new buildings; further views and discussion of the use in new buildings

 A filmed visit to Darwen Terracotta and Faience
The Darwen Terracotta factory where handcrafted, traditional methods are combined with modern kiln-firing technology.

A filmed walking tour of terracotta buildings in central Manchester complete with map.  

For more information,    TACS is the national society which promotes the study and conservation of tiles and architectural ceramics. Visit our website at


Disclaimer: TACS ensures as far as reasonably possible that its advice and information is independent and given in good faith. However, neither TACS nor any officer or committee member can accept any responsibility for any injury, loss or damage suffered or incurred by any person or body as a direct or indirect consequence of acting on such advice or information. Conference delegates participate in events at their own risk and neither the Society nor its officers or servants accept any liability of any kind whatsoever. TACS reserves the right to cancel or alter the stated programme as necessary.


Terracotta:  Past Present and Future –   Terracotta, Common Causes of Degradation

a lecture by Lesley Durbin, Emeritus Icon.

Terracotta: Past Present and Future

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