Other Organisations' Events

All courses and events listed here are run by organisations other than the SPAB and we have no responsibility for their content. Appearance on this list does not equal endorsement by the SPAB.

Please contact the organiser using the details listed for each event with any questions or to find out more.

Tag a Roof Tile
Union Chapel, London
Saturday 11 March

This event is FREE but donations are positively encouraged! All money raised will go towards the repair of the Vestry roof.

Join us in Union Chapel Bar, 11am to 3pm. Access is via the gate to the left of the main entrance on Compton Terrace.

Come and decorate your very own Union Chapel roof tile

Wienerberger are donating 400 Keymer handmade clay roof tiles to help us repair the vestry roof - and you get to decorate them!

Come and meet the Keymer team, make your own little clay models and “tag a roof tile.”

Once tagged, the Keymer tiles will go up on the roof and become a part of Union Chapel’s history!

And why not pop into the Chapel for Daylight Music with The London Accordion Orchestra + Chris T-T + Robert Saxton’s Night Dance Fantasy
Free - donations welcome, 12noon - 2pm.
Music, tea & cake!


Hot-Mixed Lime Mortars, The Building Limes Forum
Weald & Downland Museum
Tuesday 14 March 2017

This event is suitable for contractors, professionals and their clients who have an interest in the appropriate repair and conservation of traditional buildings and structures. The day will consist of a combination of talks and practical demonstrations, delivered by a diverse team of craftspeople and consultants, sharing their knowledge and experience.

Speakers & Tutors include Nigel Copsey, stonemason & building conservator; Alison Henry, Historic England; David Wiggins, structural engineer, Curtins; Nick Durnan, stone conservator; Richard Jordan, master roofer; Gerard Lynch, master brick mason; Bill Revie, building materials scientist; and Craig Frew, Historic Buildings Consultant. Practical support is provided by Chalk Down Lime.

The cost (including lunch and materials) is £90 for BLF and IHBC members or £100 for non-members.

This event has been made possible with sponsorship from Historic England. The BLF also acknowledges support from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Please visit http://www.buildinglimesforum.org.uk/hot-mixed-lime for more information and to book a place.

Exotic Tastes in Rococo England
Wednesday, 15 March, 6.30pm-8pm
£12/ £9 for unemployed adults; Booking essential

Fulham Palace and Chiswick Decorative & Fine Arts Society present this illustrated evening talk on the influences and styles of Rococo England, examining the unrivalled flights of fancy such tastes created both in the garden and inside the house. This talk is given by Philippa Barton, who is a specialist on historical architecture, interiors and furniture.
Visit Fulham Palace website for more information and to book.

A History of Handmade Clay Tiles
15 March 2017 and 14 June 2017
Ewhurst Works, Ewhurst Visitor Centre, Horsham Road, Wallis Wood, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5QH
Booking essential

An open day with the historic Keymer Brick and Tile Company, beginning with 'A History of Clay Tiles in Roofing', RIBA certified CPD talk, plus a short talk on brick. There will then be a full tour of the factory, ending in the Keymer making area where everyone will have a chance to make their own Keymer tile, and maybe even throw a handmade brick!
For more details and to book your place contact Christine.leadbeater@ wienerberger.com or call 07718 115578

Hot mixed lime mortar day
16 March 2017
Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3AR
£55 Early booking is advised.

Following on from last year’s very well received ‘hot-mixed’ lime mortar day, and due to high demand, Weymouth College Stonemasonry and Conservation department have organised a repeat event. Alison Henry (Senior Conservator at Building Conservation and Research Team, Historic England), Nigel Copsey (the Earth, Stone and Lime Company) and Nick Durnan (Conservator and Consultant) will give talks on historic lime and hot mixed lime mortars. There will also be Q & A lead discussion with Alison, Nigel and Peter Ellis (of Rose of Jericho) and a practical demonstration of Hot mixed lime mortars followed by hands on activities in a purpose built covered work area.

Visit the DCCA website for more information and to book. For other queries about the day please email Philip or call him on 07812 170 139.

Memorials in the Marches: Monuments in the church of St Laurence, Ludlow
Saturday 24 June 2017
St Laurence's Church

A one-day conference presented by the Ludlow Palmers and the Church Monuments Society.

For more information and to book a place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/memorials-in-the-marches-monuments-of-the-church-of-st-laurence-ludlow-tickets-31370758784

Heritage Ironwork Seminar
National Heritage Ironwork Group
Friday 30 June 2017
Hartlebury Castle, Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ

‘Surveying & Recording Heritage Ironwork’
A day of discussion & practical activities in the inspiring surroundings of a Grade I listed Manor House, with the opportunity to view artefacts from the portfolio of the Bromsgrove Guild. There will be a presentation on the history of the guild and its work.

Understanding Pre-Tender Information – how to cut through the mass of detail provided at a project’s pre-tender stage in order to identify the key details.

Methods of Surveying Heritage Structures – how to go about surveying ironwork including: types of equipment & techniques used; what information to record; what to look out for (e.g. maker’s marks) and ways all of this can be presented.

Recording Techniques – current techniques used to record heritage ironwork, both prior to a programme of conservation and throughout the course of treatment.   

Price: £50 including lunch and all refreshments (£40 students) Early bird discount: £45 
Venue: Orchard Room, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ
Book tickets at www.nhig.org.uk/events  Early bird discount ends Friday 2 June 2017

Rustic Retreats: Grottos and Hermitages in the 18th-Century Garden
Thursday 13 July 2017
Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

A day conference about the grottos and hermitages which can often be found in 18th century gardens. These intriguing buildings, though often overlooked, offer insights into the interface between literature, antiquarianism , mysticism and garden design in the 18th century. Papers will be exploring their origins, popularisation and decline; the cultural, horticultural and aesthetic context in which they were created, and recent efforts to survey and restore them.
Confirmed speakers include Brian Dix (garden archaeologist), Prof. Gordon Campbell (author of The Hermit in the Garden), Katherine Myers, Dr Judy Preston, Hazelle Jackson, Diana Reynell and Danielle Westerhof. Tickets are £20 (including lunch and refreshments).

To book, please call our dedicated sales team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon–Fri 8.30am–5.30pm, Sat 9am–5pm). For more information and a full programme, contact
Andrew.Hann@english-heritage.org.uk or Emily.Parker@english-heritage.org.uk

Geometry of Architecture: Muqarnas

Dates: 29 August - 1 September 2017
Time: 10:30-17:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Joachim Tantau

Muqarnas is a form of ornamented vaulting found in domes and entrances in traditional architecture throughout the Islamic world.

Learn about the origins and symbolism of this form, analyse underlying 2D and 3D geometries and learn to hand-draw these geometric patterns.

Finally, assemble models and experience first-hand the implications and possibilities for different materials.

Some familiarity with geometry will be useful on this course.

All materials will be included.


Historic Farm Buildings Group 2017 Conference, Advance Notice

The conference will be held in the Dartmoor locality on the weekend of 15 to 17 September 2017.

The weekend will combine lectures with field visits to enable a broader understanding of the farming and farm buildings of Dartmoor, in particular the contrast between the Teign valley and the higher moor and its fringe.

The recent Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads guidance produced jointly by the Dartmoor National Park Authority and Historic England will be utilised to illustrate a new perspective in the farmsteads character of this upland region.
The event meetings will be based in Christow in the Teign valley.  Accommodation arrangements are to be self sourced.

Booking details and further information will be posted on the website in due course. http://hfbg.org.uk

Twentieth International Course on Stone Conservation (SC17)
9 October to 8 December 2017
Mexico City and Chicanná (Campeche), Mexico
Course fee: 900 € (Euro)

ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) ( www.iccrom.org )
INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) ( www.inah.gob.mx/en/ )

Course objectives and programme
The course adopts a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach and is designed for professionals involved in the conservation of historic stone structures and artifacts. The primary goal of the course is to improve the practice of stone conservation internationally by providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone, disseminating effective conservation methodologies, and ensuring a practical understanding of appropriate repair methods and long-term management strategies. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will discuss both the fundamental theories of conservation as well as consider how advances in technology and research have influenced practical approaches as they pertain to all phases of stone conservation. Group fieldwork exercises at a worksite will provide participants with the opportunity to address actual work scenarios where multidisciplinary solutions and collaboration are required. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to draw upon their collective expertise from various specializations to help them arrive at more effective conservation solutions.

The course will take place over eight weeks; four weeks in Mexico City and four weeks at the Mayan archaeological site Chicanná, in the State of Campeche.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send it together with the documents listed below to the following e-mail: stonecourse17@iccrom.org . All the documentation must be submitted in English.
A full professional curriculum vitae.
A brief report (3-5 pages) answering the following questions:
            1. Describe the organization you work for and its role in stone conservation in your own country.  What kinds of stone heritage is your organisation responsible for – built (immovable), collections (moveable), archaeological or other?  Please describe.
            2. Describe a conservation project involving stone conservation for which you are or have been actively involved.  Include the appropriate contextual background (objectives, partners, support, etc.), a description of difficulties encountered, and the strategic responses developed.
            3. In addition to the project described above, what other case studies might you be able to share during your participation in the course?
            4. What do you consider as your major achievement in stone conservation?  Please describe what you did and why it is important to you.

Applications must be received by ICCROM by 30 April 2017 to ensure inclusion in the selection process.

NHTG Building Traditional Skills Resilience
The National Heritage Training Group have been awarded £779,200 funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide high quality, work-based training and skills development opportunities to equip people for a career in the built heritage sector or for those already working in the sector to expand and improve their knowledge and skills sets.

This Project Building Traditional Skills, Resilience and Community will be achieved by working with Construction Trade Federations, Specialist Contractors and Regional Partners in England to offer:

    30 variable-length traditional building craft skills bursary placements
    100 delegates (including 30 Bursary Holders) attending the 2 day course to achieve the Level 3 Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings
    10 Heritage Specialist Apprenticeships
    20 Level 3 NVQ Diplomas in Heritage Skills
    10 Mentors to train and undertake a scheme to pass on their skills and knowledge to develop the abilities  of less experienced trades people

Training and live site-based work experience is the largest element of this Project and will be available for new entrants, career changers and those looking to up-skill from mainstream construction. This therefore provides a spectrum of learning and training covering beginners to the pinnacle of higher crafts status, as well as helping those who wish to progress to site supervision and management roles within this sector. The placements are intended to be stimulating and rewarding opportunities, both for the Bursary Holder and the Placement Provider.

The Project will be delivered by a team consisting of a National Project Manager who will also act as South Regional Coordinator, covering the lower half of the Country assisted by a Coordinator for the North of England with an area stretching from Hereford in the West to Lincolnshire in the East, Cumberland in the North West and Northumberland in the North East.

The NHTG Project Management Board (PMB) will oversee strategy and delivery and continually review progress and monitor quality. It will also promote the project at every opportunity as well as liaise closely in supporting and advising the National Project Manager.

For more information please contact National Project Manager: Graham Lee, graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk / 07971 655692 Further information can be found on the NHTG website.

West Dean College:  Building Conservation Masterclasses
The Building Conservation masterclasses provide training in technical and practical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic structures. The courses are aimed at those who need to develop practical skills and also those who need to understand, specify and supervise these skills. They are relevant to craftspeople, conservators, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, planners, construction managers, specifiers, specialist contractors and archaeologists.

For more information, please go to: www.westdean.org.uk/BCM

The Architectural Association Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings
The AA Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings is designed to offer a comprehensive and innovative approach to the conservation of historic buildings. It addresses the need to conserve; the artefacts that require conservation; and the methods of conserving. Philosophical issues and craft techniques are explored alongside modern value systems of assessment. The programme includes site and craft workshop visits that are connected to current conservation issues of interest.

Ty-Mawr Thatching Course
Starting with an illustrated  talk on the history and styles of thatching, the day then focuses on practical hands-on work on a purpose built display. It will cover what is and isn't repairable, new and repair projects, and selection of materials. All work is done at ground level. Suitable for homeowners, builders, architects and other enthusiasts.
More information available on their website.

Free CPD sessions for architects, social landlords and local authorities. The presentations are designed to last for 45-60 minutes and will be delivered at your offices, normally at lunchtime. They will include time for Q&As.
Topics related to traditional buildings include:
  1. Holistic Heating in Traditional Buildings: The presentation explores a range of heating options for traditional buildings set in the context of sustainable energy. Case studies include biomass, heat pumps, heating controls and conservation heating. Consideration is given to the interaction between heating, ventilation, insulation and humidity, so as to take a holistic approach to heating a traditional building.
  2. New Technologies for Old Buildings: The presentation provides an overview of renewable technologies and financial incentives for these technologies. Included are biomass boilers, heat pumps, solar hot water, solar PV, wind turbines and hydroelectric power. Case studies include a bivalent system, ground source heat pump and PV in relation to a traditional building and two listed ones.
  3. Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings: This presentation reviews appropriate retrofit specifications for traditional buildings. Such buildings often rely on vapour permeable materials to allow moisture inside the building to migrate to the exterior without risk of condensation. This makes the use of modern vapour sealed materials inappropriate and threatens the integrity of the building fabric.

All presentations can be tailored to meet individual needs and will be delivered by one of our experienced Building Physics team which includes Steven Coulsting, Senior Consultant at Encraft with specialist expertise on traditional buildings. The Building Physics team at Encraft also includes Helen Brown, Dr. Sarah Price and Julia Bennett – all Senior Consultants and Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) Fellows.
How to book: To book a free CPD, email Sameer Shirodkar or call 01926 331969. For further information, including a full list of CPDs we offer, please click here.

RIBA - Conservation Course

The RIBA Conservation Course acts as a step on the ladder towards your development of a specialism in conservation. The four day intensive course comprises of three presentation and workshop based days and a practical application day with site visits.
For more details, including dates and locations, please visit the course webpage.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum: Historic Building Conservation Courses

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum runs a range historic building conservation courses covering a varitety of topics including, timber framed buildings, brick and flint walling, lime mortars and lime plasters. Our courses are aimed at craftspeople, architects,surveyors, conservation officers and owners of historic homes or buildings.

For full course listings and information visit www.wealddown.co.uk/adult-learning/historic-building-conservation/
Email courses@wealddown.co.uk
Phone 01243 811021


Scottish Lime Centre Charlestown Workshops

Courses for Contractors
These courses are suitable for all general building contractors who undertake refurbishment, renovation and restoration work to traditional buildings. Please visit our website or contact us for full course details. Courses can also be delivered on site and we are always happy to help you choose the course which is right for you or your staff.

Courses for Building Professionals and Homeowners
These courses are suitable for building and heritage professionals and owners of historic buildings who need to be able to  determine best practice for the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry buildings.     

If you would like further information or to make a booking please visit Sottish Lime Centre website or contact at Charlestown Workshops Rocks Road Charlestown Fife KY11 3EN T:01383 872 722 F:01383 872 744 E: admin@scotlime.org

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