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


Canterbury Cathedral presents its first Conservation and Collections Conference – The Black Prince: Man, Mortality & Myth

Canterbury Cathedral's two-day conference will be attended by world renowned experts who have undertaken research into the Black Prince, his life, his legacy and material culture.

Delegates will have opportunities to visit the Cathedral Archives and Library to view documents and records relating to the Black Prince and to take part in special tours with access to rarely seen parts of the Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral’s Western Crypt
16-17 November 2017

Wednesday 15th November 2017
An evening drinks reception and opportunity to join one of the following:
A candlelit tour and to visit the Black Prince’s Chantry
A visit to the Cathedral Library
A climb up to the safety deck above the Nave to see the current conservation work
(Delegates will need to be able to climb stairs to participate in these tours)

Thursday 16th November 2017
Papers to be presented include:
A review of research on the Black Prince
An examination of chivalry, display and death,
Remembrance, power and changing perspectives
Architecture and cultural depictions of the Black Prince and his family.

Evening of Thursday 16th November 2017
A special evening lecture in the Cathedral itself: ‘The architectural history of the Trinity Chapel and Crypt’.

For more information and details on booking, please visit the Canterbury Cathedral website.

Specifications, Tenders & Procurement in Heritage Ironwork 
National Heritage Ironwork Group

17 November 2017
St Paul's Cathedral

A day of practical guidance which will lead you through the process of writing and understanding specifications on historic ironwork, highlighting pointers and pitfalls in the tendering and procurement process.  Includes a tour of the Cathedral.

For more information visit http://nhig.org.uk/events/event/specifications-tenders-procurement-in-heritage-ironwork/

Natural Fibre Insulation CPDs - ASPB / Natural Fibre Insulation Group

23rd November 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free for ASPB members, £20 for partners, £40 for non-members, £20+VAT for SPAB members and staff
The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU

Natural insulation products and systems are beginning to move from the margins of UK construction into more widespread use. But what are the benefits? The ASBP has developed an introductory CPD containing 2 hours of core curriculum content to provide architects and specifiers with knowledge of the wide range of products and systems available on the market. You will gain an understanding of designing with natural fibre insulation, health, safety and sustainability aspects and how natural fibre insulation can greatly enhance the performance of buildings.
Attendees should leave the event with a greater ability to successfully design and specify natural fibre insulation products and systems in a way that maximises their many benefits.

Please see www.aspb.org.uk for details of how to book.

CobBauge: Invitation to the launch of an exciting new research project

28 November 2017
Registration and refreshments from 5.15pm
Buffet and networking from 8pm
The Senate Room, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA

CobBauge is a joint UK and French project centered on the regions bordering the Channel.

Cob is a traditional method of using the earth on site to construct the walls of a building. In France it is known as Bauge - hence 'CobBauge'. The research is aimed at optimising Cob as a building material.

Come and join us to learn more about the issues facing Cob buildings, and to find out how we intend to improve the material, bringing it into line with current regulations and modern methods of construction.

RSVP to jim.carfrae@plymouth.ac.uk
Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts

Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance
29 November 2017
14.00 - 18.00

The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London, N1 7RU
A seminar and workshop to identify areas where this conflict exists, and to explore ways in which it can be resolved, including perhaps a different way of approaching the discipline of sustainability. There will be brief keynote addresses from representatives of heritage, industry and sustainability. After a short discussion, delegates will split into smaller groups to tackle a series of key questions before reconvening as a larger group to discuss the results.

Apply for a place at the inaugural Thornton Lecture

Tate Modern
Thursday 30 November

The Thornton Lecture is named in honour of Open House founder Victoria Thornton. Victoria’s contribution to London, and the public’s appreciation and understanding of architecture and urban design, is immense. Forget Grand Designs, Open House – unpretentious, egalitarian and free - is the biggest success story to emerge from British architectural culture in living memory. Literally millions of Britons have enjoyed this friendly September weekend event for the past quarter century. The lecture, to be held annually, has a simple premise: a guest speaker of international repute, addressing the topic of ‘the open city’.

Our inaugural speaker is Maria Balshaw, the new Tate Director. Maria’s ambition is to make the Tate “the most culturally inclusive institution in the world". And while Maria is known for her ability to engage new audiences – she doubled the numbers at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester during her tenure – she’s also passionate about great architecture.

Maria believes that people make cities what they are, and that we should celebrate public life at every opportunity. Her first act as Tate Director was to show an artwork in Tate Britain of Khadija Saye, a young artist who died in the Grenfell fire. So while we have no idea how Maria will interpret ‘the open city’ for her lecture, we know we’re in for a treat. Given her passion for architecture, and the arts – and people – and crucially, the public nature of her work, and of course the small fact that she heads up one of London’s great cultural institutions, we cannot think of a better speaker for Open City's first Thornton Lecture.

A limited number of tickets to the evening lecture are available to the public through our ballot - apply now. Successful applicants only notified by 21 Nov.

Understanding Building Conservation

CIOB academy
2 day course
4 available dates

Improve your decision making when working on and managing traditional buildings, including both unprotected traditional buildings, and those which are protected due to their historic significance.

The course is open to anyone who works with traditional buildings. The course is also an integral part of the forthcoming CIOB Conservation Certification scheme which requires all those applying for Certification to successfully complete this course unless they have an approved qualification in the subject.  The course however is stand alone and those participating need not be CIOB members or have an interest in the CIOB Conservation Certification scheme.  It is an ideal grounding to all those new to conservation and seeking to improve results for clients on conservation projects.

More information

Autumn Programme at the Engine Shed

Location: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ

The Engine Shed is the new hot spot in the heart of Stirling! At Scotland's national building conservation centre we provide both formal and informal learning opportunities around tradional buildings, science and technology. We offer short technical courses, weekend activities for kids, and Technical Modules on a range of subjects.

For more information please visit the website or download the programme.

Training opportunities in Stone Conservation at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
Are you looking for an opportunity to explore a career in building conservation?

As part of the forthcoming Clerestory Shaft Repair Project at Llandaff Cathedral, we are offering five work placements to trainees to work alongside the stonemasons and conservators who will be working on the cathedral. Each placement will be of 3-4 weeks duration. Most work will be inside the cathedral on high-level stonework and windows. There will also be an opportunity to visit the mason’s workshops in Carmarthen.

You need not have direct experience of stonemasonry or conservation, but you must be either considering a career in building conservation in Wales, or looking to improve your existing construction skills. You will need to be fit, reliable and able to work at height on a scaffold. A stipend of £56 per day will be paid to trainees to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Block 1: 31st July – 25th August
Block 2: 11th September – 5th October
Block 3: 10th October – 3rd November
Block 4: 22nd January – 9th February
Block 5: 12th February – 30th February

If you are interested in applying, or would like to discuss the opportunity, please email enquiries@olivercoe.com with a brief CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the placement, and for which blocks you would be available. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview in Carmarthen or Cardiff.

Placements are funded by Cadw and the Friends of Llandaff Cathedral.

St Mary Magdalene Development Project 

The HLF funded St. Mary Mags Project will restore and conserve the beautiful grade 1 listed church in North Paddington, plus build a new building, with café, at the back, which will allow us to re-open as a community, heritage and arts space. While the building works are taking place we have the following volunteer roles…

Conservation volunteers: A rare opportunity to volunteer alongside conservators to restore St Mary Magdalene’s. Conservation training provided.
Heritage Pioneers: Learn research and oral history skills to bring the history and heritage of Paddington to life as a Heritage Pioneer!

More information contact lucy@pdt.org.uk or call 020 3735 5175


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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