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NHTG Heritage Training Courses

Two courses coming up shortly, leading to qualifications and a heritage contractor CSCS Card. Early booking is recommended via the links below.

Heritage Stonemasonry SAP and SUP When: Monday 15th May
Where: Traditional Building Skills, The Old White House Barn, Clifford, Herefordshire, HR3 5EU

About this course
Available as a 5 or 10 day SUP and a 20 day SAP. This course is aimed at those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in Heritage Stonemasonry - craft masonry, fixing, site masonry. Examples of course content; Concept of minimum intervention, re-usable materials, tools of the trade, materials used; Types of foundations, shoring, excavation and underpinning; Lime cycle, lime putty, lime mortars, defective mortar, tamping and pointing.

Courses are a combination of lectures and practical work at historic sites and can be an integral part of working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Skills. Upon completion of the NVQ portfolio and assessment (within 12 months of registration) the candidate can apply for a CSCS Gold Card (increasingly necessary for Heritage contracts). SUP courses are targeted at more experienced workers. The 20 day SAP course is split into two separate blocks, both of which require attending to gain the qualification. Full programme here

Heritage Wood Occupations SAP When: Monday 15th May
Where: Traditional Building Skills, The Old White House Barn, Clifford, Herefordshire, HR3 5EU

About this course
5 or 10 day SUP and 20 SAP course in the conservation and repair of historic timber framing, carpentry and joinery. During the course participants will develop a solid theoretical underpinning to practical on-site skills development in bench joinery and timber framing.
Examples of course content are: Identification of materials, defects, fungi treatment and repairs, plan reading, tools of the trade, shaping and milling, making and using jigs, setting out, jointing and shaping and conserving or restoring timber framing.
Courses are a combination of lectures and practical work at historic sites and can be an integral part of working towards an NVQ L3 in Heritage Skills. Upon completion of the NVQ portfolio and assessment (within 12 months of registration) the candidate can apply for a CSCS Gold Card (increasingly necessary for Heritage contracts). SUP courses are targeted at more experienced workers. The 20 day SAP course is split into two blocks, both of which require attending to gain the qualification. Full programme here

Booking a place
To book a place please at either of these courses please email with your contact details: info@traditionalbuildingskills.co.uk or Tel: 01497 831125 Joining instructions, the programme and a payment invoice will be sent to applicants.

West Coast Cumbria Maintenance Co-operative Events 2017

West Coast Maintenance Co-operative sessions•

Mon 10 July – St Mary’s Gilcrux 10am to pm – contact Christopher Wren chris.wren@talktalk.net. Site visit with a tour and talk about the church plus information exchange session with everyone attending. St Mary Gilcrux, WIGTON, CA7 2QD, Grid Ref: NY117328

Mon 9 Oct – St Philip’s Mosser provisionally 10am-12.30pm – contact Don Smith don@ca139nb1.plus.com. Theme To Be Confirmed.

Scottish Lime Centre Training events 2017

A varied programme of traditional skills training being held at their regional training centres in Fife. For more information on any of these courses see the full details are available on their website or email them but highlights include the following:-

24th-26th April - Traditional Masonry Repair - C2 Contractor Level
at Merryhill Training Centre, Fife Time: 09.30 - 16.30 This 3 day workshop builds on the knowledge and skills gained on ‘C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars’. The workshop aims to enable you to complete seamless rebuilding and repair of traditional masonry to match original work. You will gain a conservation ethic and be able to develop repair strategies suitable for a variety of traditional masonry types.

The course deals with build types from ashlar to rubble walling, as well as finishes including harling and limewashing. Participants will be able to undertake sensitive surface repairs to ashlar and profiled stone to the highest standards using indenting, part indenting and mortared surface repairs.

This workshop provides the underpinning knowledge and a practical rehearsal of the assessment and accreditation procedure for SQA National Unit 2 and Unit 3.

To book a place on this course, please click here, email admin@scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722

9th - 10th May - Repairing Traditional Masonry P1- Professional Level 1
at Charlestown Workshops, Fife Time: 09.30 – 16.30
Cost: £175 + VAT
This is our most popular 2 day workshop for building professionals and provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime based mortars.
By the end of the course attendees will be able to recognise vernacular and historic finishes to masonry buildings and will gain an understanding of building diagnostics in order to be able to develop specifications in relation to exposure, season, substrates and the nature of masonry repairs required. If you would like to book a place on this course, please click here, email admin@scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722.

13th May Sash and Case Window Repairs Merryhill Training Centre, Fife, 9.30-16.30 Don’t rip out your sash and case windows, did you know that in most cases you can undertake simple repairs add and retain this period feature?
This practical course will prove invaluable if you have a property with Sash and Case Windows. We will cover a short history of the development of windows before looking at the different components that make up a window and the issues to consider when approaching repairs. The course will allow attendees to identify and address various problems that commonly occur with sash windows. Topics covered will include window dismantling and reassembly, replacing ropes, weights, panes and putty. Various repair and improvement techniques will also be covered
To book a place on this course, please visit our website, email admin@scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722.

19th May - The Damp in Buildings Masterclass Time: 09.30 - 16.30 Venue: Charlestown Workshops, Fife
Cost: £190 + vat ...... Remember if you are a BLF, IHBC, RIBA or RIAS member you are eligible for 20% discount on this seminar. Please just give us a call with your member number.
For more information and to book your place, click here

29th-30th June - Rubble Wall Building Merryhill Training Centre, Fife 9.30 - 16.30 This practical two day course will equip you to set out, construct and finish a traditional rubble wall using a variety of building stones and traditional lime mortars. The importance of laying the stones correctly and the use of pinning stones will be emphasised so that no more than 30% of the volume of the wall is mortar!
The content of this workshop provides part of the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 3 – ‘Conservation Masonry’.

To book a place on this course, please click here, email admin@Scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722.

Further ahead is the Repair and Maintenance of Masonry Arch Bridges Masterclass being held on 25th August 2017.
Venue: Charlestown Workshops, Fife Time: 09.30 - 16.30
Cost: £190 + vat ...... Remember if you are a BLF, IHBC, RICS or RIAS member you are eligible for 20% discount on this seminar. Please just give us a call with your member number.

This one day masterclass looks at all aspects of masonry arch bridge construction and the materials utilized to determine the most appropriate repair schemes. It is suitable for building professionals, contractors, engineers and others involved in heritage work.

To book a place on this masterclass, please click here, email admin@scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722

Auckland Castle’s 2017 Heritage Skills Programme

Events throughout February, March and April including leaded glass, willow basket making and wood turning.

For more information or to book call 01388 743 797 or email bookings@aucklandcastle.org

Land of Oak and Iron Training and Events

A variety of events and training sessions throughout February, March and April, including reptile identification and water vole surveying.

See website for more details and who to contact as this varies for each event:

Rusland Horizons Training and Events

A variety of events running until July 2017, including swill basket making, dry stone walling, oak bark peeling and lots more.

Download the full programme from their website: