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The English Heritage Directory of Building Sands and Aggregates offers guidance on selecting the right aggregate for the job and provides details of sands and aggregates in the form of data sheets that have been categorized by county, colour and supplier. It lists only the most suitably graded sands for conservation work and offers easy colour matching using the Munsell colour coding system. A wallchart showing the mortar colours that can be achieved by combining particular sands with different types of lime is also included. £30. For more information call 01747 828422 or visit www. donhead. com

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