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

Traditional building heritage craft day at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire

A one day event at Southwell Minster will offer visitors a rare chance to marvel at the work of a wide range of skilled specialists in building conservation. With stalls in the Crossing and live demonstrations outside on the south side of the Minster, the Heritage Crafts Fair will include ironwork, stonemasonry, brickwork restoration, stained glasswork, lead roofing, tile-making, timber and plaster conservation, calligraphy, bespoke furniture, church textiles and the work of a major clockmaker. Sponsored by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust, and generously supported by Carl Edwards of the CEL Group and by Woodhead Heritage, the event has attracted exhibitors who work to preserve all types of historic building, from the most modest of pinfold to the grandeur of the Minster itself. All share a passion for traditional craftsmanship and the use of authentic materials. Building owners, contractors and the general public will find much to fascinate them, with help and advice freely available from the experts. Entry is free, and the exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For further information on the Historic Crafts Fair, please contact the co-organisers: architect Alan Wahlers on 07966 303505 or master glass painter Michael Stokes on 07912 618332

The Orton Trust – Courses for September
September 15th – 17th

A course designed to help masons draw, set-out and carve traditional stone features found in ancient buildings.  It includes a study of the designs prevalent at different periods, e.g. Norman, Early English, etc.  Students attending on a regular basis will follow a progressive theme.
Course Tutor: Tim Crawley

September 29th – October 1st

This course is specific to the good design and execution of memorials of all kinds.  It begins with a study of existing memorials, both ancient and modern.  Students are then helped to design a memorial feature, set it out on stone or slate and carve it in relief.  The course is suitable for all levels of ability.
Course Tutor: Shaun Bradley

All the courses are held in the lecture room (village hall) and workshop (redundant village church) in the village of Orton, near Rothwell in Northamptonshire.  The fee for the weekend (Friday to Sunday) course is £170 per person includes tuition, lunches, tea and coffee, but not accommodation which is available locally at reasonable cost.  The Trust also provides, free of charge, the necessary materials and tools for students to use.  All levels of ability and experience can be accommodated on all our courses.

The Courses Manager, Peter May, is always pleased to supply more information on the courses and facilities at Orton.  Contact him at 116, High Street, Broughton. Kettering. Northants. NN14 1NQ or telephone 07704336733 or email him on peter.theortontrust@gmail.com
Architectural History and Arts & Crafts in the Cotswolds - The Churches Conservation Trust Symposium 2017

Location: Sapperton Village Hall  and St Kenelm's Church, Sapperton
Date: 28th September 2017
Time: 9:45am - 6pm
Please see attached flyer for more information.
Natural Fibre Insulation CPDs - ASPB / Natural Fibre Insulation Group

Dates: September 19th, October 26th, November 23rd
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fee: Free for ASPB members, £20 for partners, £40 for non-members, £20+VAT for SPAB members and staff
Location: 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.

Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation (2017-2019)

University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Course Director: Sarah Buckingham

This two-year, part-time course, open to adult students, offers an introduction to the philosophy and practice of historic building conservation with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the traditional crafts involved.

The course takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century manor house set in eight acres of landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown. It’s taught through classroom-based lectures and discussion, as well as site visits and field trips across East Anglia to view buildings and practitioners at work. The evolution of buildings from medieval to modern times runs as a thread through the course and you will receive guidance on the identification, recording and development of appropriate conservation techniques. This is a University of Cambridge qualification, awarding 120 credits at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ4) in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

You don’t need any formal qualifications to apply though some knowledge and a definite interest in the subject are required. Application is open until 4 September 2017 and you can see further information about course-content, teaching dates, course-fees and how to make an online application on the Institute’s website.

If you have any queries or would like to talk through your application, please contact the course administrator Liz Morfoot at Liz.Morfoot@ice.cam.ac.uk or tel. 01223 746226.

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.
RICS & SPAB Building Conservation Summer School

10-14 September 2017, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Now in its 14th year, this unique hands on programme, designed by the RICS Building Conservation Forum in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), gives attendees a vital introduction to building conservation, with a view to ensuring that those that conserve our nation’s heritage will have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure its protection.

Spanning five days, this event aims to reinforce undergraduate and graduate training in traditional buildings, construction techniques and materials, as well as support new surveyors and other specialists in this field.  You will benefit from the ability to tailor your agenda to include a choice of lectures, case studies, practical workshops and site visits with unprecedented access to leading experts in the field.

Examine how historic buildings can be repaired, altered and updated without losing their character with in-depth sessions on a variety of topics, including:

§  Building defects and the architectural timeline

§  Solid wall construction

§  Timber decay and repair

§  Structural diagnosis and repair

§  Historic building control

§  Roof coverings and timber framed buildings

§  Stone decay and methods of repair

§  Plain glass and glazing

§  Building in brick

§  Conservation and restoration of period interior woodwork


Register now at http://bit.ly/2rExz0M

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 

Natural Fibre Insulation CPD – What are the benefits?

Date: 19/09/2017, 26/10/2017, 23/11/2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: London
Cost: Free for ASBP members, £20 for partners, £40 for non-members
SPAB members are entitled to the ‘partners’ rate

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.

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Managing Major Buildings Projects’ training day, Thursday 19th October, Oxford;

HRBA, a group within the Heritage Alliance, is running its 7th training day on ‘Managing Major Building Projects in Places of Worship’, in partnership with Purcell UK.  It is taking place at the Wesley Memorial Church in the centre of Oxford.

The day covers the management of all stages of a building project in a place of worship, from start up through to making sure benefits are achieved over the long term. Presentations will include developing your vision, engaging with the wider community, fundraising, working with your architect and managing works once on site. We will also be hearing from three case studies that will tell us how it ‘really was’ and reflecting on lessons learnt. There will be a session from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as lunchtime surgeries where individual cases can be discussed. Anyone thinking about or starting to plan a major building project for their place of worship will find it invaluable. All are welcome, you don’t have to be based in the south-east. If you would like further information please contact Becky Payne.

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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.

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/
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.
The 18th International Course On Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2018
A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood

9 April -11 May 2018 and 4 - 29 June 2018
Riksantikvaren (The Directorate for Cultural Heritage), Oslo, Norway
The Directorate for Cultural Heritage FREE for selected participants

The course is divided in two main parts:
            1. On-line distance learning: 9 April - 11 May 2018
            2. Workshop in Oslo: 4 - 29 June 2018

ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
Riksantikvaren - The Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Applicants should be mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years' work experience in wood conservation. It is of great importance for the success of the course that the participants have relevant experience to contribute with, and benefit from, the mutual exchange of ideas.
The number of participants is limited to 20.

The working language of the course is English. A good knowledge of English is essential for the benefit of the individual participant and for the course as a whole, and must therefore be documented in the application.  A certificate of language is required for non-native speakers.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from http://www.iccrom.org/courses/) and send it together with the documents listed below to wood2018@iccrom.org.
            i. A full professional curriculum vitae (in English)
            ii. One page report describing a conservation project related to wood for which you are or have been actively involved and can be shared with the other participants.

For further information regarding the course, please contact: Ms. Anne Nyhamar (The Directorate for Cultural Heritage), e-mail: anne.nyhamar@ra.no

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2017 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.
Please note that the implementation of the course is subject to the approval of the ICCROM Programme and Budget 2017-2018 by the General Assembly of ICCROM to be held in November 2017.
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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