The Care and Repair of Old Floors - One Day Seminar

DATE & TIME: 15 November 2016, 09.00-17.00

Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, Lancashire, M60 2LA

FEE: £150 pp
Refunds will not be made in the event of booking cancellations less than two weeks before the course.
The fee includes refreshments and a light lunch.

building conservation professionals and students; managers and staff of period properties; construction professionals; general interest; intermediate.

Old floors are beautiful. Marked by the passage of time and worn by the feet of centuries of visitors and inhabitants, they provide a very real and tangible link with the past. But too often their value and contribution to the interest, beauty and historic value of a building are overlooked.

The major event of the SPAB's #LookDown campaign, this one day seminar will look at the care and repair of old floors, showing how careful maintenance and sympathetic repair techniques can help to keep these valuable building elements in place. We will explore the contribution that old floors make to the historic significance and aesthetics of a building, discuss methods for assessing their condition, and consider the role of archaeology in carrying out repairs. Through case studies, we will give practical advice on approaches to repair and maintenance. The day will also include a 'myth-busting' session which will look at alternative approaches to the common reasons given for lifting an old floor, including damp, access issues and inserting underfloor heating.

This seminar is accredited for continuing professional development (CPD) by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Certificates of attendance will be available for this course.

This course will be held at Manchester Town Hall, one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877 (the year the SPAB was founded), the Town hall is regarded as one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom and retains its beautiful decorative mosaic floor in the 'Bees Area'.

The Town Hall is centrally located, within an easy walk of Manchester Picadilly and Oxford Road Train Stations. Alternatively, change at Piccadilly, Victoria or Deansgate train stations onto the Metrolink to St Peter's Square. Paid for parking is also available in the city centre. Visit the council website for more information on parking:

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