Decorative Plasterwork in Traditional Buildings: History, Research and Conservation Techniques, Online CPD Session

Decorative Plasterwork in Traditional Buildings: History, Research and Conservation Techniques, Online CPD Session

12/05/2020 - 12/05/2020
Course Type: 
Introductory, Intermediate, CPD

£25.00 per person.

Event details

12.30-13.30, Tuesday 12th May 2020

Online CPD Session held live via Crowdcast

William’s presentation will cover the development of decorative plasterwork from the mid-16th century to the present day and its appropriate repair. He will discuss changes of styles, materials and techniques over the centuries, and the challenges which face the craft today and in the future.

Scotland’s great houses and civic buildings house some remarkable treasures, not least the richly decorative plasterwork which  graces their interiors.  Over the centuries, the powerful and wealthy have used plasterwork to express their political and ideological outlooks, to show off their wealth and prestige, and to educate and enliven.  This plasterwork can be a great source of historical information, and is tangible evidence of highly skilled and well informed patrons and artisans.  Sadly, that which remains is increasingly at risk, as the skills needed to repair and conserve decorative plasterwork schemes are slowly dying out – fewer apprentices are being trained, and where large scale restoration work is required often the skills are imported, calling into question the sustainability of this traditional craft. 

About the Speaker:

William is Chartered Building Surveyor and RICS accredited Historic Building Professional with over twenty years’ professional experience in building conservation. His career began with a traditional decorative plastering apprenticeship with L. Grandison and Son in Peebles. William went on to train as a building surveyor and completed a two-year post-graduate conservation fellowship with Historic Scotland before he took up a post at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust. William was a Lead Surveyor at the National Trust for Scotland, managing a team of surveyors in the repair and maintenance of some of Scotland’s most significant buildings. He is now a Director with Adams Napier Partnership, a Chartered Building Surveying Practice specialising in building conservation, research and training. William is a regular speaker at conferences and CPD events on a wide range of conservation subjects, and in 2011 completed a Ph.D, ‘Kinship and Politics in the Art of Decoration', a study of Scottish Renaissance decorative plasterwork and interiors. 

A replay of this talk will be available to view anytime until the 19th May 2020.

Booking Terms & Conditions

IT requirements: Please note that this is an online course and will be held via a webinar platform called CrowdCast. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session when you book. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio. On android mobiles/tablets, sessions can be accessed via either Chrome for Android or Firefox for Android. Apple mobile/tablet users will need to download the CrowdCast app.

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Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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