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Flood defences on conference agenda

New guidance on protection of listed buildings from flooding will be unveiled at the Sixth National Conservation Conference taking place in Birmingham next week.

John Fidler of English Heritage will preview EH's forthcoming technical advisory note, Flooding and Historic Buildings, in his presentation at the conference.

He will also describe planned joint work with the Environment Agency to set national guidelines for defences in historic towns.

The title of the conference, which takes place at Aston University on Friday 16 May is 'Water: Friend or Foe?'Also speaking will be Dr Josef Stulc, conservator-general at the Czech National Institute for Historic Preservation, who will describe the work that took place after the damaging floods in Prague last year.

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