To look at photograph of a town or citiy a hundred years ago will usually form some feelings of regret. Buildings with character and sometimes intire streets have been hastily pulled down to make way for modern structures that can age very badly. A great work of art that is allowed to decay through neglect can prompt charges of criminal damge. The same can be said for the care of objects, ornaments and furniture which have survived the tests of time and now find themselves displayed for all to see in the great houses, palaces, castles and museums. After being a general builder for over 10 years, my passion for conservation lead me to study Historic Building Conservation BSc and Conservation Practice MSc. I am currently completeing a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors accreditation. I believe that a successful conservation project on both historic buildings and objects involves a three step process. Firstly taking time to look in detail and identify the significance, type and condition of the materials in question. Secondly creating a scientificly driven repair or maintenance plan which has identified the best practices, solutions and the potential heritage impact. Thirdly close monitoring and documenting of the conservation works as they progress so that unforseen issues can be avoided.