An interesting new Historic England blog series has been written by Hannah Fluck on ‘A Changing Climate: Water flooding & Historic Buildings’ as part of their ‘Heritage Calling’ series.
The article includes reference to York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall 2015 Boxing Day flooding.
Hannah, who was a welcome and active participant in the roundtable discussion at the 2016 Resilient York conference, argues in her blog article that the material components of historic buildings are usually more able to ride out flood damage than modern-built buildings. Today we put too much hope and effort on trying to make buildings air- and watertight; a fool’s errand. In comparison, historic buildings were built using permeable materials and, in certain locations, accepted that occasional contact with flood water was to be expected.
You can read Hannah’s article on Historic England‘s Heritage Calling webpage.