Men of the Stones. Welcome.

For more than 65 years Men of the Stones has been bringing together specialists from the fields of architecture, building conservation and stone craftsmanship to stimulate interest in, and preserve, our built heritage.

The Society has lots to offer professional members and enthusiasts alike, and whether you are a time-served craftsman, a student of an architectural or conservation trade, a lover of historic buildings or the owner of one, you will find something to interest you.

It is hoped that over time our website will become a valuable resource for anyone interested in architecture and we welcome your contributions. Take a look around and find out more about what we can offer you.

Please note that our new website is very new and therefore may contain a few bugs. If you spot anything that doesn’t seem to work properly or looks a bit odd then please do let us know via the contact form.

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For a small annual fee you can keep in touch with the latest developments in architecture and stone craftsmanship.

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Men of the Stones. About the Society.

Formed in 1947 by the late Archibald Ireson MBE FASI FRSA and JEK (Edmund) Esdaile MA BLitt, the Society’s aims are to:

  • stimulate public interest in architecture and good buildings of all periods and kinds with particular reference to stone as a natural medium for construction and decorative purposes

  • encourage the study and development of relevant specialist knowledge technical skills and craftsmanship to ensure continuity of excellence within our field of interest

  • promote with like minded organisations the conservation of buildings and townscapes of special merit.

The Society seeks to carry out these aims through lectures, exhibitions and visits to places of interest.



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Take a look at the training directory for details of a wide range of architecture and building conservation training courses including:

  • foundation level & undergraduate

  • postgraduate

  • specialist stone skills courses

Chairman's Report 2014. Featured Article.

A crystal ball would have been useful throughout the 2013 trading year as the industry struggled with the challenges that spilt over from the year before! Much of the work that should have been signed off by the English Heritage Lottery Fund never materialised and that left companies struggling to manage forecasts and the ability to service customer’s needs.

It became clear that the industry found it difficult to plan work due to the continuing austerity. Clients worked within very tight budgets, which left no tuck or contingencies for unforeseen or urgent work. As the year moved forward it became clear that in many cases only work that was absolutely necessary was put out for tender for a fixed price.

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Men of The Stones Chairman