"Like nurses, masons must know in detail about the lives of the buildings they care for". "This intimate knowledge has given Andrew Ziminski unique insights into some of England's oldest and most beautiful structures". "But this book is as much about people as mortar and stone". "It's a conversation with the past, from which I learnt so much". "My book of the year!"
Francis Pryor, Time Team archaeologist and author of THE MAKING OF THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE
Over the past three decades I have been lucky enough to have worked as a stonemason on some of our greatest monuments.
From repairs to a megalithic burial chamber and the reconstruction of a Roman temple façade to an Anglo-Saxon shrine and Salisbury's medieval cathedral my craft skills and knowledge have been put to good use.
'The Stonemason' which will be published by John Murray in March 2020 tells the history of how Britain was built - from the inside out, stone by different stone, culture by different culture in a journey by canoe along river, canal and sea that offers a new version of our island story.
It is a book about change, the coming and going of peoples and the fragility of stability, for stones, buildings and populations.
I am a partner of Minerva Stone Conservation, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a SPAB William Morris Craft Fellow and Consultant to the Diocese of Salisbury for the conservation of stonework and monuments.
Speaking, training and lecturing is an important part of what I do. For example at St Pauls Cathedral during London Craft week, The Good Life Experience festival, and The Weald and Downland open air Museum.
Upcoming events for 2020 include:
26-3-20 Book talk at Toppings of Bath bookshop.
07-4-20 Architecture club, Frome.
Chillingstone Castle Literary Festival
Stratford on Avon Literary Festival
The Chalke Valley History Festival
The Salisbury International Festival