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.

Location: The Cathedral’s Western Crypt.
Dates: 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.

The Avongard Training Course, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, UK
What are the causes of these cracks? Are they just cosmetic or the first sign of a serious defect?

The course will follow a systematic approach to diagnosing the cause of cracks in low-rise buildings. As well as fully illustrated lecture sessions drawing upon case studies, the course includes workshop sessions, which allow the delegates to work in small groups to put into practice the material covered in the lectures. The course will impart the basic skills for crack diagnosis and provide guidance on how to gain further expertise.

A CPD certificate will be provided for all delegates together with a complete set of notes.

22 May 2017   9:30am - 4:30pm                    
4 July 2017      9:30am - 4:30pm        

Visit http://www.avongard.com/training-courses/ for more information and to book a place.

Craft Skills Open Day
St Botolph’s Church, Wardley, Rutland. LE15 9AZ
Friday 7 April

Join the Churches Conservation Trust for a special Craft Skills Open Day at Wardley Church in Rutland. Conservation repairs on the building have been progressing since April 2016, when St Botolph’s was vested to the CCT.

Drop in from 11am-3pm to see behind the scenes of the on-going works and gain an insight into the traditional craft skills used on a project such as this. Enjoy a look around the church (currently closed), take a hard-hat scaffold tour, and see displays and demonstrations of heritage slate and lead working.

One of the most interesting aspects of the conservation work on St Botolph's has been the use of traditional Collyweston slates. This attractive limestone roofing material was once feared to be dying out, but is currently reviving through the commitment of specialist craftsmen. Messenger Construction have worked with English Heritage and Sheffield Hallam University to determine the process for creating ‘new’ Collywestons, using commercial freezers to replicate the splitting process that once occurred when the large limestone slabs were exposed to frost during the winter months.

Free event; no need to book. More information on the CCT website: https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/what-s-on/craft-skills-open-day-wardley.html

HCT 2017 - South Devon Historic Rood Screens: Churches of the South Hams
19 May 2017
Member - £50.00, Non Member - £60.00
Meet at Newton Abbot train station

Devon is full of historic rood screens. Join us as we explore some of the finest examples in the south of the county.

St. Sylvester’s, Chivelstone, is a 15th century Grade II* listed parish church and the start of our tour of South Devon. Its rood screen dates from the late medieval period; can you make out its painted figures? St. Mary’s, North Huish, also dates from the 15th century and is a stone-spired landmark close to Dartmoor. Its tower and stone spire remain largely unaltered across the centuries; however, its internal furnishings are mostly Victorian.

The mighty medieval church of Holy Trinity, Torbryan is where we finish our tour. Its home to a spectacular 44-panel wide rood screen which spans the entire width of the church. Dating from the late 15th century along with the original church fabric, the panels depict a series of 40 saints. Evidence suggests that these depictions were once whitewashed, perhaps to save them from destruction during the Reformation? We’ll let you decide…

Travel: Collect coach from Newton Abbot train station at 10.00, returning to station by 16.30.

What’s Included: The price includes lunch, expert tour guides, coach pick up from and drop off to the train station and travel between sites.

Please note: In the unlikely event that any of the above tour details need to be amended before the tour, guests will be informed immediately.

Contact: For booking enquiries please call 0800 206 1463. You’ll receive specific tour contact information nearer the time with your tour itinerary.

See website for more information and to book now.

EBUKI 2017 Clayfest! - Earth Mortar: hidden in plain sight
13-14 June 2017
Lincoln Castle

Earth and earth-lime mortars were the common mortar of masonry construction across the UK, Ireland, Europe and the Americas until the end of the 18thC, in association with hot mixed lime pointing and finish coat or render mortars. This course will demonstrate mixing mortars and building a stone arch, one of the classic building types to build with stone. Nigel will discuss demand for compatible repair and conservation and explore the materials and methods necessary to achieve this

For more information see http://ebuki.co/event-clayfest-2017.htm#sthash.r4ciOFDh.dpuf 

A History of Handmade Clay Tiles
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

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

IHBC Annual School - Manchester 2017
Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th June 2017  (Day School - Friday 23rd June 2017)
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation will hold its 19th Annual School in Manchester, UK, from 22–24 June, 2017, hosted by the IHBC North West Branch. This year’s Annual School examines the rich legacy of transport infrastructure, exploring both its continuing role as a future driver of change and economic growth as well as its impact upon historic places. The emergence of transport networks brought massive physical change to the urban and rural landscape and the structures associated with road, river, canal, rail and air transport continue to shape the world around us. New modes of transport and communication were critical to the industrial revolution and ongoing expansion continues to stimulate economic, social and cultural exchange and interaction. Much of this accumulated historic transport legacy survives and remains in operation, often adapted to serve new needs and sometimes reinvented and converted for new purposes.

Visit the website to for more information http://manchester2017.ihbc.org.uk/

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
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation will hold its 19th Annual School in Manchester, UK, from 22–24 June, 2017, hosted by the IHBC North West Branch. This year’s Annual School examines the rich legacy of transport infrastructure, exploring both its continuing role as a future driver of change and economic growth as well as its impact upon historic places. The emergence of transport networks brought massive physical change to the urban and rural landscape and the structures associated with road, river, canal, rail and air transport continue to shape the world around us. New modes of transport and communication were critical to the industrial revolution and ongoing expansion continues to stimulate economic, social and cultural exchange and interaction. Much of this accumulated historic transport legacy survives and remains in operation, often adapted to serve new needs and sometimes reinvented and converted for new purposes.  

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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